Uber can continue operating in London after a judge overturned a ban in the U.K. capital on Tuesday.
Uber was granted a 15-month license, with some broad conditions. The ride-hailing firm will have to provide regulators with the results of an independent review into procedure and safety every six months. It will also have to update UK regulators about any relevant changes to company policy or governance.
The regulatory agency Transport for London (TFL) accused Uber last year of showing a "lack of corporate responsibility" in relation to "public safety and security," and failed to renew a license that would allow the U.S. ride-hailing service to operate in London. Uber had been allowed to continue its business in London while it appealed last October's ban.
At the end of a two-day hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled Tuesday that Uber could operate in one of its most important cities. A shorter, 15-month license would allow Uber and the regulatory agency to "test out the new arrangements,” Arbuthnot said after the ruling.
London is one of Uber's most crucial markets. More than 3.6 million people in London regularly use the Uber app, and around 45,000 drivers use the service.