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

Uber appeals loss of license in London

The company's head of public policy Andrew Byrne told the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee he believes there is a "path forward" towards resolving its dispute with Transport for London and receiving permission to continue operating in the capital.

The appeal hearing is likely to be on December 11, according to a spokesperson for the United Kingdom judiciary office.

Uber's London licence expired on 30 September after TfL ruled it was not a "fit and proper" operator. Uber waited until the deadline day to file the appeal.

Transport for London announced last month that Uber's license to operate would not automatically renew and publicly ripped the company for its business practices.

The new boss has apologised for "the mistakes we've made" and accepted that the company had "got things wrong".

London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday that the appeal against regulator Transport for London "will take its course" during a City Hall question time session.

Uber's United Kingdom policy chief Andrew Byrne responded: "I don't know, I think we are conscious of the fact that 40,000 people who do use Uber to make money in London".

Last week, newly-appointed Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi flew to London to meet with TFL. Uber has been trying to placate the regulators.

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.

Khosrowshahi also published an open letter in London newspaper The Evening Standard apologising for his company's prior misdemeanours.

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

Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the service in London, according to Uber. But this week, one MP grilling Uber's United Kingdom policy chief described the company as a "hypocrite", given that it is also appealing against driver rights in a separate legal battle.

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