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Uber limited to two-month London licence over safety concerns

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Uber has received a new license to continue operating in London – but has been limited to two months because of passenger safety concerns.

The application-based lift company has been in disagreement with Transport for London (TfL) since 2017, when the first decision was made not to renew its license in the capital.

Uber had to go to court for a 15-month license on appeal last year, which was due to expire on Wednesday.

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London is one of Uber's most lucrative markets

Sky News revealed last month that the company was struggling hard to secure a long-term license beyond this week, and has now been confirmed to be limited to two months.

In a statement, TfL said Uber had not done enough to "ensure passenger safety."

Sky sources indicated that the company, which has a market value of $ 68.5 billion, had little chance of receiving the full five-year term when its probationary period expired this week.

The US-based company was asked to use the two months to provide the extra information needed to consider "any potential additional licensing requests."

The Uber app is used by millions of people in the capital and employs about 40,000 drivers there.

London is among the most lucrative markets in the world and the most lucrative outside the US.

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The company has been trying to secure a long-term license for several years.

Concerns about his London operation included his approach to reporting criminal offenses, checks on criminal records, how drivers' medical certificates are obtained, and their alleged use of technology to evade police authorities.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he has been "clear" about his position at Uber, adding: "No matter how powerful and big you are, you must follow the rules."

Jamie Heywood, Uber's regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, said the company has released several new in-app security features over the past two years.

He said the company also has "better driver protections" and a "clean air plan" to help combat air pollution, and that it is committed to "listening, learning and improving" to remain a "business partner". trust in London ".

London Mayor Sadiq Khan during a patrol with Metropolitan Police officers along Stratford High Street
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan says application-based company must follow the rules

Steve Garelick, regional GMB union official, accused TfL of "kicking the can down the road" by granting the two-month extension and said Uber was still operating "an unsafe model".

His cry was repeated by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association. Its secretary general, Steve McNamara, said the company "is still a major threat to public safety."

He added: "It's time for the mayor to shut down Uber's immoral operation forever."

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