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Uber embarks on legal battle to retain London licence

Uber embarks on legal battle to retain London licence

Transport for London (TfL) announced it would not be renewing the company's licence last month, but the San Francisco transportation service has now filed its appeal to Westminster Magistrates' Court.

The company faced a deadline Friday - lodge the appeal or stop its drivers from working in one of the largest cities in the world.

She said the document that Uber filed to court does not contain the grounds for appeal.

Uber's appeal is expected to take place on December 11. In his open letter Khosrowshahi vowed to make things right with for Uber, so that it can still drive through the streets of London.

"The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TFL will defend the decision they made", Khan said during a monthly question time session before the official appeal, Reuters reported Thursday.

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Despite the decision from TfL, and Uber's licence expiring on 30 September, Londoners will still be able to hail Uber cars until the full legal process is finalised, which could take up to a year or more.

Last month, regulators Transport for London (TLF) failed to renew Uber's license and gave the USA firm until October 13 to appeal.

Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week to discuss the firm's future in the capital. The talks were described by Uber as "constructive", with TfL focusing the discussion around what they thought was best for the taxi market across London.

He also apologised for the companys past actions and promised to change. An online petition against TFL's decision has garnered over 850,000 signatures.

According to the regulator, Uber was banned due to the company's alleged use of its secret "Greyball" software to avoid regulators as well as its approach to reporting crime.