Uber CEO meets with TfL after licence withdrawal

Jo Bertram said that she had decided it was time to move on “to something new and exciting”

Uber has lodged a legal appeal against the revocation of its licence, which TfL said was down to concerns about whether the firm was a "fit and proper" company to run a taxi service.

Uber, which is under pressure to clean up its act in the city, could have to wait some time before it is granted a new licence, the last of which expired at the end of September.

Among the issues raised by Transport for London include how Uber reports serious criminal offences, how drivers' medical certificates are obtained, and how criminal record checks are conducted. "We want to work with London to make things right", Uber said in a statement.

The chief executive of controversial ride-hailing app Uber has arrived in London for crunch talks with Transport for London, which refused to renew the company's licence to operate in the capital. London represents one of the firm's biggest markets, with more than 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers.

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Khosrowshahi was named CEO in August and has stuck a conciliatory tone compared to Uber's more brash approach to government relations under co-founder Travis Kalanick.

Khan, a centre-left politician from Britain's opposition Labour Party, approved Tuesday's meeting between Khosrowshahi and Brown, who is in charge of TfL's day-to-day operations.

Sources familiar with the contact between Uber and TfL said the meeting was not likely to yield any immediate results, with talks likely to continue over months.

Reuters reported on Monday that Uber's top boss in Britain, Jo Bertram, would be quitting in the next few weeks to take up an undisclosed new role outside the company.

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In addition to the license battle, Uber is also facing a potentially damaging decision from an employment tribunal over its treatment of workers.

The app-based taxi firm will not be able to pick up passengers in the city beyond the expiry of its current licence.

The meeting comes as Mr Khosrowshahi faces pressure in the USA over former Uber boss Travis Kalanick's influence over the company's board. "On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we've made", he wrote in the open letter. Uber's drivers have been protesting in London.

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