Judge rules Uber ‘fit and proper’ to operate in London

A judge has ruled that Uber is “fit and proper” to hold an operating licence in London despite “historical failings”.

The ruling comes after Transport for London had in November rejected the ride-hailing app’s application to continue trading in the capital, pointing to “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk”.

Uber challenged the decision in a four-day hearing held at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.

TfL said it had found a change to the company’s systems had allowed unauthorised people to upload their photographs to legitimate driver accounts, enabling them to pick up passengers.

Uber has been allowed to continue operating in London until the appeal process is completed.

The company was previously granted a short-term licence by a judge in 2018, following TfL’s decision not to renew its licence in September 2017.

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