Uber has received a two-month extension of its current 15-month licence in London, which was due to expire tomorrow.

This morning, Transport for London (TfL) issued the licence ahead of “consideration of any potential further licensing application”.

The company lost its licence to operate in London in 2017 but was able to continue business during an appeal. TfL granted a temporary, 15-month licence in June 2018 under a set of strict conditions.

The new licence will have the same conditions Uber has been subject to over the past 15 months, but TfL has requested several enhancements – with these helping to inform any future licensing decision.

The Chief Magistrate ordered the firm to comply with extra conditions, including: a requirement for Uber to produce an independently verified assurance report every six months; the addition of three non-executive directors to its board; notice of at least 28 days for changes to Uber’s operating model; and a requirement to maintain arrangements with the Metropolitan Police for the reporting of passenger complaints that may be criminal.

A TfL spokesperson said: “Uber London Limited has been granted a two-month private hire operator licence to allow for scrutiny of additional information that we are requesting ahead of consideration of any potential further licensing application.”

The decision follows Uber for Business making significant inroads into corporate travel in Australia and New Zealand, including tie-ups with Flight Centre Travel Group and Fraedom.

Meanwhile, rival Bolt is targeting London, and has offered Londoners safety features including an in-app “panic button” for both passengers and drivers, with an “SOS” service that contacts the Metropolitan Police directly when activated.


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