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Uber lodges appeal over London ban

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Ride-hailing firm Uber has filed an appeal against the London transport regulator after losing its license to operate in the city.

"I fully support TfL's decision - it would be wrong if TfL continued to licence Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoner's safety and security".

The appeal hearing is likely to be on December 11, according to a spokesperson for the United Kingdom judiciary office.

The business this morning filed its intent to appeal the decision with Westminster Magistrates' Court, which will temporarily extend its operations in the United Kingdom capital, an Uber spokeswoman told The Register. "As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right", the company's spokesman said.

The Financial Times reports that an Uber representative stated the appeal had been submitted while "constructive discussions" with TfL continue.

It launched a "Save Your Uber" petition, prominently visible to anyone using the Uber app in the British capital, which has now racked up more than 850,000 supporters. "No further comment will be made pending the appeal hearing".

Earlier this month, Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi reportedly met with TfL commissioner Mike Brown for peace negotiations.

Uber described those talks as "constructive", while TfL said the talks "centred on what needs to happen to ensure a thriving taxi and private hire market in London".

According to the regulator, Uber was banned due to the company's alleged use of its secret "Greyball" software to avoid regulators as well as its approach to reporting crime.

Mayor Sadiq Khan support TfL's decision and said: "All companies in London must play by the rules, if you do play by the rules, you're welcome in London".

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