Uber boss “optimistic” about London licence

The head of Uber in the UK says he’s “optimistic” that the firm will win back its licence in London when the case comes to court in September.

Jamie Heywood, Uber’s general manager for the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe told the financial paper City AM, “I am optimistic. I think we need to continue to raise the bar on safety, always, and the job is never done”

Transport for London banned the ride-hailing app in London at the end of last year, saying Uber had unlicensed operators upload photos on other people’s accounts, leading to at least 14,000 trips involving fraudulent drivers.

“We had informed TfL about this well in advance and it had been fixed and addressed by the time the decision was made which is why we disagreed [with the decision.],” Heywood is quoted as saying.


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