London mayor welcomes Uber employer’ humility after licence loss

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LONDON (Reuters) – London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the humility revealed by Uber’s [UBER.UL] president after the city stripped the taxi app of its license to operate, once again criticized the company’s London management on Thursday.

Transportation for London (TfL) stunned Uber last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its license, pointing out the firm’s approach to reporting major criminal offenses and background checks on motorists.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi satisfied TfL Commissioner Mike Brown on Tuesday for conversations both sides explained as “constructive.” Khan stated he did not have talks with the Silicon Valley firm’s boss.

Khan, a center-left political leader from the opposition Labour party, has actually consistently slammed Uber’s management in Britain, formerly stating that rather of hiring “an army of PR professionals and an army of legal representatives” it had to address the problems raised by TfL.

Khan, who is also chairman of TfL, contrasted that with Khosrowshahi, who apologized for the company’s mistakes in an open letter to Londoners last week.

“What provides me self-confidence about the TfL decision is the truth that the international chief executive officer for Uber asked forgiveness to London,” Khan told LBC Radio.

“I believe that bodes well in relation to the humbleness which hasn’t been revealed by Uber London or Uber UK,” he stated.

Mentioning separate disputes with unions in London over strike action on the underground train network, referred to as television, Khan said he always preferred to fix matters without court action.

“The international CEO has disappeared to do some further work and I constantly think, as I stated before when it concerned the tube strikes, the method to resolve distinctions is constructively and amicably around a table rather than through litigation,” he stated.

Asked on Thursday, Uber referred to its remarks on Tuesday when it assured to “make things right in London.”

Uber’s license expired on Sept. 30 but its roughly 40,000 drivers – specified by the company as those have made at least four trips in the last month – are still able to take passengers until an appeals process is exhausted, which could take months.

Uber’s fate in London will be decided by a judge who will rule on the appeal after it is sent by Oct. 13.

The company reported that 2016 revenue in Britain rose 59 percent to 37 million pounds ($49 million) and its pretax profit jumped 65 percent to 3 million pounds, inning accordance with a filing posted on Britain’s Companies House website.

Khosrowshahi, who has just been in the role for just over a month, has actually also had to deal with a fractured board in the United States, which on Tuesday attempted to end months of strife by all passing a series of steps to shore up corporate governance, generate major investor SoftBank and lessen the power of previous CEO Travis Kalanick.

Extra reporting by Andy Bruce; Modifying by Kate Holton and Mark Potter



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