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Uber has appealed against its licence being revoked in London

Uber has appealed against its licence being revoked in London

Westminster magistrates court received legal papers from Uber this morning, outlining their appeal against TfL's decision to remove its licence after the department ruled the popular ride-hailing firm wasn't "fit and proper" to operate in London.

Uber fanatics in London can breathe easy. A hearing is likely to place on 11 December.

"We hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London", Uber said Friday in an emailed statement. "As our new CEO [chief executive] has said, we are determined to make things right", an Uber spokesperson said.

TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service and refusing to renew its licence, citing its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers.

It also questioned the process through which drivers obtain their medical certificates and the practice of "greyballing", when the company uses a fake version of its app to fool regulators in cities in which it is banned.

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Following the ruling, Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apologised to Londoners on behalf of the company.

The Uber boss came to London in early October for talks with the TfL commissioner that both sides described as "constructive".

Uber hired Khosrowshahi from USA travel group Expedia in August, in the hope that he can steer the ride-sharing service away from the string of controversies.

The market is Uber's most important in Europe, where it claims to have some 3.5 million users and around 40,000 drivers.

The debate over Uber's future has divided Londoners, with hundreds of thousands of people signing a petition urging the mayor to revoke the decision.