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Uber back down and prepare to offer concessions

Uber want to offer concessions to Transport for London just days after attacking the decision to lose their operators license in London. 

The controversial American minicab app were quick to attack London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the capital's transport regulator and claimed "London was closed" for business.

In a stark U-turn, the aggressive operator now wants dialogue with transport officials to discuss how they can adapt and meet requirements.

“While we haven’t been asked to make any changes, we’d like to know what we can do,” Tom Elvidge, Uber’s general manager in London, told The Sunday Times newspaper. “But that requires a dialogue we sadly haven’t been able to have recently.” 

As the reality of losing one of its biggest markets sets in, Uber will be desperate to resolve the issue away from the court rooms.

Going to court presents its own problems for the app. They would need to publically prove how their set up works; that includes who takes the booking. Giving that evidence in a court  of law could risk their licenses in other UK cities. 

There is also the growing concern that even if they do meet requirements, due diligence would now put a stop to any new application. 

Gerald Gouriet QC, a licensing lawyer in London said "Imagine a publican who has licence revoked for selling to kids. Does he get his licence back simply by saying: "OK - I'll stop doing that"

Uber's licence is due to end 30th September.


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