Uber has finally launched its appeal against Transport for London’s decision to deny it a new operating licence in the capital.
The ride-hailing app filed documents at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today opposing the ruling, with a hearing now expected on December 11.
Uber was required to begin its appeal by Friday or it would not be allowed to continue operating in London on a temporary basis.
The firm’s cars will remain on the roads of the capital until all legal avenues are exhausted – a process which could take more than a year.
However it is more likely that a compromise will be reached between Uber and TfL before long, with talks between both parties described as ‘constructive’.
London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the firm’s licence last month on the grounds of ‘public safety and security implications’.
An Uber spokesman said: ‘While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London.
‘As our new CEO has said, we are determined to make things right.’
Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week to discuss the firm’s future in the capital.
TfL has a number of concerns about Uber, including its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how drivers’ medical certificates are obtained.
The company came under scrutiny in Britain after it emerged that dozens of rape and sexual assault claims had been made against their drivers and when one of their drivers used his vehicle in a recent terror attack on Buckingham Palace.
Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi (pictured) met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week to discuss the firm’s future in the capital
Uber came under fire after one of its drivers used his vehicle in a terror attack on Buckingham Palace in August (pictured)
TfL is also concerned about how criminal record checks are carried out, and its use of technology which allegedly helps it to evade law enforcement officials.
The app enables users to book cars using their smartphones and is available in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK.
Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the service in London, according to Uber.
Mr Khosrowshahi took over the firm in August after predecessor Travis Kalanick resigned following a series of scandals.
The new boss has apologised for ‘the mistakes we’ve made’ and accepted that the company had ‘got things wrong’.
Uber will challenge the licence decision ‘with the knowledge that we must also change’, he added.
More than 850,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Uber, urging TfL to reverse its ruling.
A TfL spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We note that Uber has submitted an appeal. No further comment will be made pending the appeal hearing.’
More than 850,000 people have signed an online petition launched by Uber, urging TfL to reverse its ruling