In 2018 Uber will have a chance to reclaim the right to work in London in court, as the taxi service was declared unfit and was deprived of its license in the most valuable country for the service among EU states.
“Transport for London” stunned the company from the Silicon Valley saying “no” to the license extension some months ago, among the reasons were issues of reporting crimes and background checks.
Thousands of the app’s drivers, which account for around 30% of private hire cars in the UK capital, can still operate till the process is finalized, sometimes it takes years. This case puts one of the wealthiest capitals against an IT monster famous for its intrusions into new areas all over the globe, which caused bans, limitations and rallies against Uber, including London’s widely known cab drivers.
At a hearing for case timetable yesterday, the chief magistrate expressed her hope for the appeal to be heard in the period of 5 days starting April 30, but the beginning date might be moved to an earlier day because of timetable overlaps.
The next week some hearings will be dedicated to deciding if the GMB trade union or the London Taxi Drivers’ Association could take part in the case.