In November last year, Uber lost its licence to operate in London following the decision of Transport for London (TfL)’s to revoke its licence based on security concerns. The Indian ride-hailing company Ola began its operations in the city shortly after the incident and managed to attract over 10,000 drivers. In response to Uber ‘s appeal last December, the Westminster Magistrates Court judge reinstated the company’s licence to operate for 18 months in London today.
Despite their past failures, I find that they are now a fit and proper person to hold a licence from a London PHV operator … I am confident that they are doing what a fair business should be required to do in their industry, maybe even more, “said Deputy Chief Magistrate Tanweer Ikram in his ruling.”
The Transport for London (TfL) suspended the Uber licence for the uninitiated in 2019 because Uber’s systems permitted unauthorised drivers to upload their images to other Uber drivers’ accounts. In other words, the loophole allowed drivers to manipulate legitimate Uber accounts, and through this process, 24 drivers made a total of 14,788 trips between August 2018 and January 2019.
Uber London released a blog post shortly after the court order describing a range of security and security features that the company has introduced over the years, including Real-Time ID Search and Safety Toolkit. About 45,000 private drivers use the Uber app on a daily basis, according to Uber.
This decision is a recognition of the dedication of Uber to safety and we will continue to work with TfL in a positive way. As we work together to keep London going, there is nothing more important than the protection of the people who use the Uber app, ”said Jamie Heywood, regional general manager of Uber for Northern and Eastern Europe.