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    Uber Granted Temporary License Extension in London

    Uber Granted Temporary License Extension in London

    Uber Granted Temporary License Extension in London

    US rideshare giant Uber has been granted a four month renewal of its London operating license, as authorities in the city deliberate over whether to issue a full extension.

    The announcement comes as part of a wider consultation on private hire vehicles in the city, which includes proposals to raise license fees for operators from around £3000 paid over a 5 year period to in excess of £2 million.

    Uber was first granted a license back in 2012, which was due to expire on May 30th. However, Transport for London has renewed the firm’s license for an additional four months, with a spokesperson commenting that the extension will allow the regulatory body time to “conclude [their] consideration of a five year licence.”

    Opponents of the company have questioned the move, with the Licensed Taxi Driver’s Association branding it as a “coward’s decision”.

    Steve McNamara, the LTDA's general secretary, said: “This is totally unprecedented. We think that TfL’s reason for this temporary licence is unlawful. Uber has still not answered questions that TfL asked months ago. We say they are either safe to licence or they’re not. You can’t be a little bit pregnant.”

    However, despite the surprise expressed by the LTDA, Transport for London did mention that shorter licenses may be granted until the consultation on private hire vehicles is concluded. In a letter to operators sent back in April, TfL stated that they were “considering, on a case-by-case basis, whether private hire operator licences of a shorter duration should be issued, until the outcome of the consultation process is known and any changes are implemented”.

    The final decision on Uber’s licensing is set to be made in the next few months, and could potentially be known as early as June. In anticipation of the decision, a spokesperson for Uber said that they “look forward to continuing to help keep London moving.”

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