December 13, 2019 / 3:33 PM / in 4 months

Uber submits appeal to regain London taxi licence

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Uber submitted an appeal on Friday against a decision by London’s transport regulator to strip the taxi app of its right to operate in one its most important markets, setting up a potentially lengthy legal process during which it can continue to take rides.

Transport for London (TfL) refused to grant the Silicon Valley-based company a new licence in November due to what it called a “pattern of failures” on safety and security, the latest stage of a long-running battle with the authorities.

Uber, which was also denied a licence by TfL in 2017 before a judge restored it on a probationary basis, said it had changed its business model over the last two years and would go further.

“Safety is our top priority which is why we have robust systems and processes in place,” said Uber’s Northern and Eastern Europe boss Jamie Heywood.

“We are committed to Londoners and are working closely with TfL to address their concerns and requests, as we have since 2017.” (Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Stephen Addison)

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