London court to rule on whether Uber should keep operating

London court to rule on whether Uber should keep operating
The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — A London court is set to rule on whether ride-hailing firm Uber should be allowed to keep driving on the streets of London.

The firm told Westminster Magistrates’ Court it has made significant changes since a regulator refused to renew the company’s operating license last year over public safety concerns. The company insists it has changed, and a clean break with the past means it should be granted a new license.

Gerald Gouriet, representing the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, warned an “Uber in sheep’s clothing” had appeared before the court.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot is considering a probationary operating license.

Uber had been asking for a five-year license, but said on Tuesday it would accept one for a 15-month “probationary” period with the restrictions agreed on with London Transport authorities.

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