Uber files appeal against Transport for London

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Uber on Friday filed its appeal against a decision by London authorities not to renew its licence, the USA ride-hailing company said.

Uber could continue to be hailed across London for another year after officially filing its appeal against Transport for London's decision to revoke its London license.

The Uber boss came to London in early October for talks with the TfL commissioner that both sides described as "constructive".

"We have this morning filed our appeal on the London licence decision at Westminster Magistrates' Court", Uber said in a statement ahead of the Friday deadline. A hearing is likely to take place on December 11, a spokesman at Britain's Judicial Office told Reuters.

"I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoner's safety and security". "As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right".

Uber will continue to operate in London throughout the whole appeal process, which could take up to a year or more.

TfL's decision to not renew the license was based on Uber not being "fit and proper" to operate in London and having a "lack of responsibility".

TfL cited concerns including Uber's approach to reporting criminal offences, its treatment of drivers, how it conducted medical and criminal checks on drivers, and whether software employed to evade regulation was being used in London.

Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the service in London, according to Uber.

His predecessor, Travis Kalanick, left the company following allegations that managers didn't adequately address reports of sexual harassment.

In an open letter last month, Khosrowshahi apologised for "mistakes" made by Uber.

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