London Licence of Addison Lee Extended by TfL for Another Five Years as Licence Battle of Uber Continues

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The Addison Lee has been granted by the Transport for London (TfL) with an extension to its licence to operate in the capital for another five years as the battle of Uber to regain its licence continues.

Today, Addison Lee, a minicab firm, said that its licence to operate “has been routinely renewed by Transport for London.”

A company spokesperson stated: “Addison Lee looks forward to continuing to offer Londoners a high quality, reliable service in getting around town. We are fully supportive of TfL’s efforts to enhance the standard of regulation in the private hire industry.”

Last August, it emerged that the licence of Addison Lee had been extended for another six months, as the TfL weighed up on increasing the cost of operating in the capital for private hire vehicles as their number on the roads increases.

Meanwhile, Uber, the ride-hailing app, lost its licence to operate in London last September, with the TfL declaring that the company was “not fit and proper” to hold one.

Uber has started an appeal against the said decision, stating at the time that the said ban would reveal to the world that “far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies who bring choice to customers.”

The service of Uber will remain available throughout the whole legal process if the company does not resolve its dispute with the TfL through discussions.

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has said that the appeal process could go on “for a number of years.”

Just last week, Uber was granted with the permission to operate in Aberdeen, and last month, the Cambridge licence of Uber was renewed for another five years, with mayor James Palmer saying that it remained “an affordable option for many.”