Uber secured the right to continue operating in London after the courts accepted its appeal against a decision by Transport for London.
The giant company was granted a new license to operate in the British capital, nearly a year after the Transport Authority of London rejected a request in this regard due to safety concerns.
The court said that Uber is now a “decent and appropriate operator. Despite historical failures”.
One of the main concerns raised by Transport for London was that there was a bug in the Uber system that allowed people who were not permitted to upload their photos to the accounts of licensed drivers, which then allowed them to carry passengers.
The court heard that 24 drivers shared their Uber accounts with 20 other drivers, resulting in 14,788 rides.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the Transport Authority of London was “absolutely right” in its refusal to renew Uber’s license last year but acknowledged that the company had “made improvements”.
“I can reassure Londoners that Transport for London will continue to monitor Uber closely and will not hesitate to take swift action if the company fails to meet the stringent standards required to protect passengers,” he added.
Judge Tan Ikram said he took into account Uber’s “record of violating laws and regulations,” but added that the company had made efforts to address failures and worked to improve its standards.
“Despite their historical failures, I now find them to be a suitable and suitable entity to hold a London private taxi operator license,” he said.
The judge said that Uber “does not have a perfect track record but its image is improving.”
The judge said the license would be valid for 18 months. It is not clear yet whether there are any conditions imposed on the company.
“This decision is a recognition of Uber’s commitment to safety and we will continue to work constructively with Transport for London,” said Jimmy Heywood, Uber’s Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.
Transport in London had originally refused to renew the Uber license in September 2017. The company then gained a 15-month license under a court ruling in June 2018 after the case was brought to court.
Uber was granted a two-month license extension in September last year, but in November the London Transport Authority decided not to grant the company a new license. At the time, Transport in London said it had “identified a pattern of failures on the part of the company, including numerous breaches that put passengers and their safety at risk”.
Uber has appealed the decision, and it is allowed to continue operating during the litigation process.