Uber boss to meet London transport chief over ban

Uber's new boss hopes to
Uber's new boss hopes to "make things right" with London's authorities | © AFP | Ben FATHERS

London (AFP) | 29 September 2017 9:08

Khosrowshahi will meet Mike Brown of Transport for London (TfL) as the ride-sharing service attempts to overturn the ban.

“Our new CEO is looking forward to meeting with the commissioner next week,” said an Uber spokesman.

“As he said on Monday, we want to work with London to make things right.”

A TfL spokesman responded: “Following an approach from Uber, and at the mayor’s request, London’s transport commissioner will meet with Uber’s global CEO in London next Tuesday.”

TfL highlighted the company’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to obtaining criminal record checks for drivers as factors in its decision.

Uber, which has about 40,000 drivers and some 3.5 million customers in the British capital, has 21 days to lodge its appeal and can continue to operate until that process has concluded.

Khosrowshahi apologised on Monday “for the mistakes we’ve made” and insisted “we will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change.”

The capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, welcomed the apology.

“Obviously I am pleased that he has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London,” he said in a statement.

More than 800,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Uber urging TfL to reverse its decision.

The company is having regulatory issues in several countries, and threatened on Tuesday to stop services in Canada’s Quebec province in mid-October, saying proposed new ride-sharing rules aimed at levelling the field with taxis are too onerous.

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