LONDON - – Uberâ€™s new global boss Dara Khosrowshahi will meet Londonâ€™s transport regulator on Tues. as the taxi hailing app fights to maintain its license in a single of its most mandatory foreign markets.
Transport for London (TfL), which runs & regulates the capitalâ€™s transport system, shocked Uber last month by deeming it unfit to run a taxi service & refusing to resume its license.
TfL cited the firmâ€™s approach to reporting critical criminal offences & background checks on drivers.
Reuters reported on Mon. in that Uberâ€™s top boss in Britain, Jo Bertram, can be quitting within the next few weeks to take up an undisclosed new role outside the company.
Uberâ€™s British administration has-been blamed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who’s additionally chairman of TfL. Khan stated the firm needed to spend less time hiring â€œan army of PR specialists & a military of lawyersâ€� & instead address issues raised by TfL.
Khan, a center-left politician from Britainâ€™s opposition Labour Party bash, approved Tuesdayâ€™s meeting between Khosrowshahi & TfL Commissioner Mike Brown, who’s in control of TfLâ€™s day-to-day operations.
Uberâ€™s license expired on Sept. 30 still its roughly 40,000 drivers are nonetheless be capable of take passengers until an appeals process is exhausted, which might take several months.
Khosrowshahi was appointed Uber chief executive in Aug., replacing co-founder & former boss Travis Kalanick & has promised alter at the $70-billion greenback firm.
He’s battling to steer a brand new course for the app, which has confronted regulatory crackdowns, courtroom cases, bans & protests across the world, in addition to several boardroom controversies.
In an indication of broader issues facing Uber, Khosrowshahi is additionally expected to call right in to a contentious board meeting in San Francisco on Tues. which can look at slicing the influence of Kalanick, sources stated.
The meeting will think about proposals to strip early buyers of supervoting power & secure a multibillion-dollar funding. Kalanick, ousted by buyers in Jun., contends in that fellow Uber board members are moving too swift on a dramatic restructuring, sources stated.
Making an attempt to repair relations with the authorities in London, Khosrowshahi last week struck a more conciliatory tone in an open letter to Londoners, marking a brand new approach for a firm which has deployed a combative style to break in to closed markets across the world.
â€œItâ€™s … true in that weâ€™ve got things wrong alongside the best way. On behalf of everybody at Uber globally, I apologize for the errors weâ€™ve made,â€� he wrote within the open letter.
Uberâ€™s fate in London will probably be decided by a judicial judge who will rule on the appeal after it’s submitted by Oct. 13.
Uberâ€™s rivals are already making an attempt to take its business. Londonâ€™s second-biggest personal hire firm Addison Lee stated on Fri. it was planning to extend its driver numbers in London by as much as 1 / 4.
A source acquainted with the matter told Reuters the announcement was designed to faucet in to the growing uncertainty amongst Uber drivers over their futures.
Editing by Edmund Blair & Keith Weir