Licence of Uber in Cambridge Granted Extension for Five years


On Monday, the British university city of Cambridge extended the operating licence of Uber for five years in a help to the taxi app which is trying to keep its cars on the road in London, the company’s most important European market.

The said decision came a week after the northern English city of York rejected to renew the Silicon Valley’s licence, noting a data breach and numerous complaints, in a ruling that the app has until January 5 to appeal.

Local officials in Cambridge, eastern England on Monday said that the U.S. company, that is valued at about $70 billion, will be able to keep continuing operations for another five years.

The chairwoman of the licensing committee of Cambridge city council, Councillor Gerri Bird, stated: “We consider Uber to be a fit and proper operator,” said Councillor Gerri Bird, the chairwoman of Cambridge city council’s licensing committee.

Fred Jones, Uber’s Head of Cities for the United Kingdom, welcomed the move in a statement:

“We’re delighted people in Cambridge can continue to use Uber,” he said. “For both licensed drivers and passengers in the area, the app brings more choice and control.”

Uber is working hard to continue its operations in London where the regulator of the city said in September was “not fit and proper” and stripped out it of its licence.

The company is contesting the decision and its cars can stay on the streets of the British capital city until an appeals process is drained, which could take years.