A judge is set to tell Uber on Monday whether it has won back its London operating licence after it was removed over safety concerns.
It is the latest stage of a long-running battle with the regulator in one of its most important markets.
Transport for London refused in 2019 to grant the Silicon Valley company a new licence because of a “pattern of failures”, including thousands of trips where drivers other than those advertised picked up passengers.
The taxi app, which was also denied a licence by agency in 2017 before a judge restored it on a probationary basis, appealed against the decision and said it improved insurance document verification systems and introduced real-time identification.
Uber’s 45,000 drivers in London cab still operate until the appeals process is exhausted, which could be many months depending on any further legal action after Monday’s verdict.
Senior District Judge Tan Ikram is set to hand down his decision at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The transport agency did not take a formal position during hearings this month on whether Uber should now obtain a licence.
Instead the regulator submitted evidence, questioned witnesses and asked the judge to bear in mind factors including whether the company could be trusted going forward.
Uber, which apologised for mistakes it made, ran into regulatory barriers and a backlash in other countries, forcing it to withdraw from some markets.
In London, it faces a number of rivals, including Ola, Freenow and Bolt, and traditional black cab drivers have previously blocked streets in protest at what they see as a threat to their livelihoods.
Their trade body, the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, urged the judge to block a new licence, saying in a legal submission that Uber was “not fit and proper”.
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