Uber have overturned Transport for London’s original decision to strip them of their operators licence by winning today’s court hearing.
Uber requested, and was granted, a probationary 15-month licence as opposed to the full five year term usually applied. Restrictions and conditions are also included. After only two days at Westminster Magistrates Court Judge Emma Arbuthnot arrived at the controversial decision to relicence the minicab firm much to dismay of those associated to both taxi and private industries in the capital. Uber lost its licence in September 2017, but continued to operate in the city whilst the appeal process has been exhausted.
The much maligned ride-hailing company based it’s appeal around changes to corporate culture and practice. In the lead up to this weeks hearing Uber did offer to accept an 18-month licence to prove to the authorities that it had significantly changed. However, on day one of the hearing, Judge Arbuthnot said she thought 18 months "would be rather too long."
The following day the judge ruled that 15-months was acceptable.