Uber wins right to carry on operating in London for 15 months as judge agrees car-sharing service is 'fit and proper' after firm claimed it had changed its culture

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Uber has won a partial victory at Westminster Magistrates' Court in getting its London operating licence renewed.

On Tuesday, a judge granted a new 15-month permit which will allow the car service to continue to operate in the city.

Decision - Months - Transport - London - TfL

The decision comes months after Transport for London (TfL) bosses blocked the Silicon Valley company from renewing its licence to operate for another five years, in September 2017.

The taxi hailing app admitted to a judge during an appeal which began on Monday that TfL was right to have safety concerns.

Uber - Operating - Licence - 'wholesale - Reforms

But Uber said the operating licence should be now renewed as it has made 'wholesale' reforms.

Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said Uber was now, in her judgement, ready for a renewal and granted a 15-month licence.

News - Company - Uber - TFL - Costs

Despite good news for the company, Uber will have to pay TFL's legal costs of £425,000.

TfL's concerns came after it was revealed 2,500 Uber drivers had been investigated for suspected offences including sex assaults, stalking and dangerous driving.

Ms - Arbuthnot - Decision - Uber - Fit

Ms Arbuthnot said: 'A decision had been made that Uber was no longer fit and proper to be granted a licence.

'But evidence has been provided by ULL (Uber London Ltd) today that it is fit and proper to hold a licence.

'ULL - Evidence - Efforts - Operations - Procedure

'ULL has shown evidence that it is making efforts to change its operations, procedure and governance.

'I have given particular consideration to the agreed conditions between ULL and TFL.

'ULL - TFL - Effectiveness - Complaints - Procedures

'ULL will update TFL in the effectiveness of its complaints procedures every 6 months.

'It is clear that personal safety is TFL's chief priority.

Question - Uber - Change - Change - Proceedings

'The question comes down to whether uber can be trusted and whether it has change and will maintain that change when these proceedings fall away.'

The Silicon Valley firm - which boasts more than 5billion passengers in over 630 cities worldwide - needed to win back the licence amid fears the decision...
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