Transport for London will fight off Uber's appeal in court

Behind Scenes Of The Old Bailey

Behind Scenes Of The Old Bailey

Uber has submitted a court appeal to overturn a decision by London's transport regulator stripping the taxi app of its operating licence. The appeal is likely to take place on December 11.

According to CNBC, the company has filed its papers with Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday morning. Uber can still operate while the appeal is ongoing.

The appeal process could take months, during which time Uber can continue to operate in London. "As our new CEO [chief executive] has said, we are determined to make things right", an Uber spokesperson said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said TFL will defend its decision. It said that it considered the company's approach and conduct to "demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications".

The legal battle follows purported peace talks between Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's new chief executive, and TfL commissioner Mike Brown. "We will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change".

After talks with TFL, Uber released a statement saying that it was a "constructive meeting" and that there would be further discussions in the coming weeks. In an open letter after the ban, Khosrowshahi admitted that the company has "got things wrong along the way" and apologized for any mistakes.

"I think we are very conscious of the fact that 40,000 people do earn money through Uber in London". The company claims to have 40,000 drivers in the United Kingdom capital.

More than 850,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Uber, urging TfL to reverse its ruling.