London’s transport regulator decided not to renew
Uber’s licence to operate in the capital in September.
Uber is appealing the decision, and can continue to
operate in London in the meantime.
In an initial hearing at Westminster Magistrates’
Court, a judge said Uber can start appealing on April 30 2018
but may have to wait until June.
Uber is trying to put out multiple fires in the UK
after the city of Sheffield suspended its operator’s licence
and the firm revealed that about half its UK users had been
affected by a massive hack.
Uber’s appeal against the loss of its London license should begin
on April 30 for five days but might be delayed until June, a
British judge said on Monday at a preliminary hearing at
Westminster Magistrate’s Court.
There will be two further preliminary hearings on Tuesday and
Wednesday next week to decide whether a trade union and the
London Taxi Drivers’ Association can join Uber and transport
regulator Transport for London (TfL) in the case.
TfL ruled in September that the
ride-hailing service’s approach and conduct was not fit and
proper to hold a private vehicle hire license.
Uber’s legal appeal against TfL is likely to be long and costly,
and it’s one of many battles the company is fighting in the UK.
The city of Sheffield suspended Uber’s licence to
operate in December, because the ride-hailing company
apparently failed to answer questions about its management.
According to Uber, the issue boiled down to a change of staff,
and the firm is applying for a new licence.
The company is also under scrutiny by the UK government after
it revealed that a massive global
hack affected 2.7 million British users. The company has
around 5 million active users in the UK. The UK’s digital
minister, Matt Hancock, said it’s probable Uber’s inaction
around the hack was illegal, and a number of riders and drivers are
considering suing the firm.