Uber has appealed against its licence being revoked in London


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.

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.

TfL "noted" the appeal but said it would not be commenting before the hearings, which are expected to start in December.

It said in a statement it was hoping to "continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London".

New global Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi met TfL Commissioner Mike Brown for talks earlier this month, which both sides said were "constructive" as the US$70 billion [AU$89 billion] firm tries to fix its relationship with the regulator.

Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the firm's licence last month on the grounds of "public safety and security implications". Khosrowshahi apologized for "the mistakes" the company had made.

A TfL spokesperson said: "We note that Uber has submitted an appeal".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said TFL will defend its decision.

Alongside the outward apologies, Uber launched a lobbying campaign to get its London customers onside.

According to the regulator, Uber was banned due to the company's alleged use of its secret "Greyball" software to avoid regulators as well as its approach to reporting crime.

Uber also claimed TfL's decision would affect its 3.5 million London customers, and then 40,000 drivers who use the app for work.

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

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