Uber Seeks More London Negotiations as It Appeals License Ban

Uber is also facing challenges around the world over its classification of drivers as contractors rather than full-time employees

Uber is also facing challenges around the world over its classification of drivers as contractors rather than full-time employees

Uber has submitted a court appeal to overturn a decision by London's transport regulator stripping the taxi app of its operating licence. Uber said that the appeal was filed at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. Uber can still operate while the appeal is ongoing.

"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", an Uber spokesman said on Friday. "As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right", an Uber spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

Last month, regulators Transport for London (TLF) failed to renew Uber's license and gave the USA firm until October 13 to appeal.

TFL accused Uber last month of showing a "lack of corporate responsibility" in relation to "public safety and security".

Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week to discuss the firm's future in the capital.

Uber will challenge the licence decision "with the knowledge that we must also change", he said. Uber has been trying to placate the regulators.

The new boss has apologised for "the mistakes we've made" and accepted that the company had "got things wrong".

"I think we are very conscious of the fact that 40,000 people do earn money through Uber in London".

While United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May and some local groups have questioned the authority's decision to revoke Uber's license, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said TfL is set to defend its decision. The city represents a key market for the company, with an estimated base of more than three million customers and tens of thousands of drivers.

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