US ride-hailing giant Uber on Monday won an appeal to operate in London after a judge ruled it was a “fit and proper” firm despite safety concerns.

Uber — which has 3.5 million customers and 45,000 drivers in the British capital — overturned Transport for London’s (TfL) refusal last year to renew its operating licence around the issue of unauthorised drivers.

The San Francisco-based company was permitted to continue operating in London during the appeal process.

“Despite their historical failings, I find them, now, to be a fit and proper person to hold a London PHV (private hire vehicle) operator’s licence,” said deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram, sitting at a central London court.

He noted that Uber had sought to explain how breaches had taken place and how they would be remedied.

The judge did not state the length of the licence — but Uber said in a separate statement that it would be for 18 months and welcomed the ruling. (Source : economictimes.com)

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