London’s transport regulator, TfL, has given Uber a temporary reprieve to continue operating in the UK capital.
The ride-hailing giant’s current (provisional) licence expires tomorrow but there’s no return to normality for Uber in its most important European city — with TfL issuing just a two-month extension on its private hire vehicle licence — not a full five-year term, as Uber had hoped.
The backstory here is TfL’s decision two years ago to deny Uber’s application to renew its licence — when it raised a range of safety and corporate governance issues.
The then scandal-struck company was nonetheless allowed to continue operating in London during an appeal process.
Uber went on to claim it was making changes to improve its processes and come into compliance