Uber launches appeal against London's decision to cancel licence

Uber appeals London ban with hearing likely in December

The business this morning filed its intent to appeal the decision with Westminster Magistrates' Court, which will temporarily extend its operations in the United Kingdom capital, an Uber spokeswoman told The Register.

The ride hailing app filed documents at Westminster Magistrates' Court opposing the ruling.

Uber is appealing Transport for London's decision to deny it a new private hire licence for operating in the capital.

A hearing is likely to take place on December 11, a spokesman at Britain's Judicial Office told Reuters.

"While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London", Uber said in a press statement.

Transport for London decided not to renew Uber's private hire licence last month, claiming the firm was not "fit and proper" to operate in the city.

Earlier this month, Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met Mike Brown, who runs Transport for London.

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A TfL spokesperson said: "We note that Uber has submitted an appeal". In an open letter after the ban, Khosrowshahi admitted that the company has "got things wrong along the way" and apologized for any mistakes. The company launched a campaign to win over its London customers.

London is an extremely important market for Uber.

The firm's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers were cited among the concerns.

Its expansion has been blighted by regulatory and legal complications worldwide, including wrangles over the employment rights of its drivers in the UK.

Mayor Sadiq Khan support TfL's decision and said: "All companies in London must play by the rules, if you do play by the rules, you're welcome in London".

I want London to be at the forefront of innovation and new technology...

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