Uber Appeal to Transport for London Scheduled to be Heard in Spring

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The appeal of Uber against the decision of Transport for London not to renew its licence is scheduled to be heard in the spring.

On Monday, parties for both sides arrived at the Court of Westminster Magistrates for a case management hearing.

Emma Arbuthnot, the Chief Magistrate, scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday of next week for a hearing on whether the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association and union GMB can become interested parties in the said case.

A full appeal hearing is anticipated to take place in either May or June of next year, with a specific date yet to be scheduled.

In September, TfL refused to renew the licence of Uber on the grounds of “public safety and security implications.”

TfL has various concerns regarding Uber, including the approach of the company to reporting serious criminal offences, how the medical certificates of drivers are obtained, how checks on criminal record are carried out, and the firm’s use of technology which purportedly helps it to evade law enforcement officials.

The app allows users to book cars simply by using their smartphones. It is available in over forty (40) towns and cities across the United Kingdom.

According to Uber, around 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million passengers use the service in London.