September 28, 2020 | technology | No Comments
Uber Technologies Inc. dodged a ban in its biggest European market after a London judge said the ride-hailing service deserved an 18-month license to operate in the UK capital.
Uber did enough to satisfy the court that it was now “fit and proper” to hold a permit, despite its “historical failings,” Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram said Monday. In November, Transport for London revoked its license a second time over concerns that it failed to adequately verify drivers’ identities and safeguard passengers.
While Uber’s new license is shorter than the 5-year permit it could have received, the magistrate was far more complimentary of its executives than a prior judge in 2018 who criticized the “gung-ho attitude” of previous management. Ikram pointed to Uber’s “credible and honest” witnesses and said the firm may perhaps be doing “even more” than what a reasonable business is expected to do in the sector.