A man holds a smartphone showing the Uber transportation app on screen, while taxis wait in the background, June 4, 2019 (Photo by Olly Curtis / Future via Getty Images)
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Uber won its legal battle to continue operating in London on Monday, as a judge overturned a city transport regulatory authority ban on the car reservation app.
The watchdog said a flaw in Uber’s systems allowed unauthorized drivers to upload their photos to other drivers’ accounts and fraudulently picked up passengers on at least 14,000 trips.
Judge Tan Ikram, upon delivering his decision in Westminster Court of First Instance on Monday, said he had “sufficient confidence that Uber no longer poses a threat to public safety.”
“Despite their historical failures, I find (Uber) a fit and appropriate person to hold a PHV (private car rental) operator license in London,” Ikram said in his letter. Rule.
Uber shares rose 6% in pre-market trading after the ruling.
Uber tried to assuage regulator’s concerns about passenger safety, and Prof. New system in April To verify drivers’ identities through a combination of facial recognition and human auditors. Despite losing its license, the company was still able to operate in London as it resumed the ban.
London is by far the largest Uber market in Europe. The company has attracted around 3.5 million users and 45,000 drivers in the UK capital since it launched there in 2012.