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Uber's UK Head to Step Down Amid London Licensing Fight

Uber's UK Head to Step Down Amid London Licensing Fight”

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Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi is meeting with Mike Brown, the head honcho at Transport for London (TfL), to talk about London's decision not to renew Uber's licence to operate in the nation's capital.

Uber's United Kingdom boss has quit the company as it battles London regulators over a threat to revoke it's licence and faces bitter divisions on its board.

Bertram said she will remain at the company for several weeks during a transition.

The regulator decided not to renew Uber's London licence last month after it deemed the firm "unfit" to run a taxi service.

Uber has apologised for "mistakes" and said it could make concessions. Uber, which has been heavily criticised for lax procedures relating to reporting criminal offences, carrying out criminal records check on its drivers and verifying the drivers' medical records, intends to appeal against the decision.

But in an email seen by Reuters on Monday, Uber's Northern European Manager Jo Bertram, who has responsibility for Britain among other countries, said the firm needed a new manager in the region to tackle the issues it faces.

Mr Khosrowshahi took over at Uber in August after predecessor Travis Kalanick resigned following a series of scandals.

More than 840,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Uber, urging TfL to reverse its ruling.

The head of Uber Technologies Inc.'s United Kingdom business is stepping down amid a contentious fight with London regulators who are threatening to ban the company in the British capital.

From January next year Uber drivers will need to hold a taxi licence, under new regulations introduced on Sunday.



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