Uber to meet for crunch talks with TfL

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


The new boss of Uber will hold crunch talks with London’s transport commissioner today after the firm’s licence was not renewed.


Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of the ride-hailing app, is meeting Mike Brown of Transport for London (TfL) as Uber seeks to continue operating in the capital.


It comes just one day after Uber’s UK head quit her post. Jo Bertram announced on Monday that she will be resigning after four years with the company.


Uber’s licence expired on Saturday but its drivers can continue to operate in the capital while it pursues an appeal.


The regulator decided not to renew Uber’s London licence last month after it deemed the firm “unfit” to run a taxi service.


An Uber spokesman said the firm had yet to file an appeal, but the company has indicated it will do so before a 13 October deadline.


Jo Bertram, who was in charge of the UK as well as Ireland and a number of other countries in Northern Europe, announced her resignation just 10 days after Uber was stripped of its licence to operate in London.


Tom Elvidge, Uber’s London boss, will become the UK general manager on an interim basis.


An Uber spokesman said Mr Khosrowshahi is “looking forward to meeting with the commissioner”, adding: “We want to work with London to make things right.”


For Uber’s boss, today’s meeting is the chance to show the company has changed since he took over.


Dara Khosrowshahi’s admission a few days after TfL decided not to renew its licence that Uber had “got things wrong” was already a marked change of tone from that of the taxi app’s har charging founder Travis Kalanick.


There’s also a sense that the London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who welcomed the apology, would like TfL to find a way to reach a deal with Uber in the longer run.


More than 840,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Uber, urging TfL to reverse its ruling.


The boss of a rival minicab app claimed Monday that the number of Uber drivers in London should be capped to ensure “healthy competition and consumer choice.”

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