A judge at Westminster Magistrates’ Court has granted Uber with a 15-month probationary license to continue operating in London.
The decision was made after Transport for London refused to renew Uber’s license last September, citing the company’s use of a program called “Greyball”, which supposedly stopped government regulators using Uber taxis, as a major reason. As part of the new license agreement the Uber “shall not use any software, tool or any other mechanism to interfere with or evade any enforcement action by a regulatory or law enforcement authority, including the licensing authority.”
Uber will also be required to provide TfL with an independently-verified audit every six months, ensuring it reports criminal activity by its drivers, user complaints, and other aspects of its business to ensure the safety of passengers.
“We are pleased with today’s decision,” the general manager of Uber in the UK, Tom Elvidge. “We will continue to work with TfL to address their concerns and earn their trust, while providing the best possible service for our customers.”