London, United Kingdom:
US giant Uber won an appeal to operate in London on Monday after a judge ruled it was a “fit and proper” company despite safety concerns.
The company successfully lifted Transport for London (TfL )’s refusal to extend its operating license for security reasons last year.
Uber – with 3.5 million customers and 45,000 drivers in the UK capital – was allowed to continue working during the appeal process.
“Despite your historical shortcomings, I feel that you are now an appropriate person to own a London PHV (Private Hire Vehicle) license,” said Deputy Chief Justice Tan Ikram, who sat in a central London court.
The judge has not yet determined the terms and length of the license.
TfL argued last November that there was a “pattern of errors” including the use of unauthorized drivers.
According to the authority, some trips took place with unlicensed, suspended or dismissed drivers.
Ikram said Monday the company appeared to have addressed those concerns.
He admitted that Uber had tightened its document and insurance fraud review processes.
“Uber doesn’t have a perfect record, but it has improved,” said Ikram.
“The test of whether Uber is a ‘fit and right person’ doesn’t require perfection.
“I’m pleased that they are doing what can be expected of a reasonable business in their industry, maybe even more.”
Uber’s London operation has suffered previous license bans alongside protests by the capital’s traditional black taxi drivers.
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