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Uber boss to meet London transport chief over ban

Uber boss to meet London transport chief over ban”

The city's transportation agency, Transport for London, said last week it would not renew Uber's license when it expires September 30, citing a lack of corporate responsibility.

UK's black cab app, Gett in its latest advertising campaign has taken a dig at its rival Uber which has been denied a new private hire license by Transport for London.

Khosrowshahi will sit down with Mike Brown, the commissioner for Transportation for London, the regulator that last week revoked Uber's licence.

TfL highlighted the company's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to obtaining criminal record checks for drivers as factors in its decision.

Uber said its new chief executive was "looking forward" to the meeting in London and wanted to work with city authorities to "make things right". It can operate during the appeal, a process that could last months. More than 800,000 people have signed a petition against the ruling.

Uber has until October 13 to appeal the decision.

The capital's mayor, Sadiq Khan, welcomed the apology. Khosrowshahi was named CEO in August and has stuck aconciliatory tone compared to Uber's more brash approach to government relations under cofounder Travis Kalanick.

"Obviously I am pleased that he has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London", he said in a statement.

Premium auto service Addison Lee plans to increase driver numbers in London by up to a quarter, it said on Friday, stepping up competition in the city.

The company has faced regulatory and legal setbacks around the world, and been forced to quit several countries including Denmark and Hungary, amid opposition from traditional taxi services and concern among some regulators.

Khosrowshahi apologised on Monday "for the mistakes we've made" and insisted "we will appeal this decision on behalf of millions of Londoners, but we do so with the knowledge that we must also change".



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