Jo Bertram: Uber's boss in London to leave firm

Uber boss resigns as it battles for licence			
				 
   by Tess De La Mare 
  Published

Uber boss resigns as it battles for licence by Tess De La Mare Published

Transport for London (TfL), which runs and regulates the British capital's transport system, shocked Uber last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its licence.

Uber's drivers can continue to operate in the capital while the firm pursues an appeal against the decision from the regulator, Transport for London (TfL).

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.

Uber failed, said TfL, in its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how medical certificates are obtained.

Uber also hailed the meeting as constructive, saying: "We hope to have further discussions over the coming weeks as we are determined to make things right in London".

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Transport for London has said it will take Uber several weeks to win back its trust after a "constructive" meeting between the company's new chief executive and senior officials.

Uber is used by an estimated 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in London.

However, it has apologised for "mistakes" and said it could make concessions to be allowed to stay.

It comes just one day after Uber's United Kingdom head quit her post.

The talks are being held following an approach from Uber and at mayor Sadiq Khan's request.

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Meanwhile, the chief executive of Uber rival Kabbee, a booking and price comparison service for minicabs, said Uber should also be investigated over its tax payments and market dominance.

An Uber spokesman said the firm had yet to file an appeal, but the company has indicated it will do so before a 13 October deadline.

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Mr Kalanick, who is still one of the firm's biggest shareholders, appointed two new directors in a surprise move on Friday.

"It's. true that we've got things wrong along the way". Some are against the ban that has been imposed by TfL, while some others are protesting poor pay and demanding that Uber recognize them as employees instead of contractors.

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