Uber's CEO flies down to London for emergency meeting for latest troubles

Uber's CEO flies down to London for emergency meeting for latest troubles

Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over Uber's top job last month, flew to London for an urgent, high-level meeting to address the capital's concerns regarding its ride-hailing service.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Uber said its CEO had "a constructive meeting" with London's transport commissioner and that it hoped to have further discussions over the coming weeks.

Uber, which is under pressure to clean up its act in the city, could have to wait some time before it is granted a new licence, the last of which expired at the end of September.

TfL cited concerns about Uber's conduct and approach in areas including checks on drivers and reporting criminal offences.

Transport for London has said it will take Uber several weeks to win back its trust after a "constructive" meeting between the company's new chief executive and senior officials.

Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the service in London, according to Uber. The pair are understood to have discussed measures Uber could take to resolve the dispute, during head-to-head talks that ended without the USA company making any commitments.

Mr Khosrowshahi took over at Uber in August after predecessor Travis Kalanick resigned following a series of scandals.

Khan, a centre-left politician from Britain's opposition Labour Party, approved Tuesday's meeting between Khosrowshahi and Brown, who is in charge of TfL's day-to-day operations.

Uber is facing many challenges in the United Kingdom market.

The meeting comes as Mr Khosrowshahi faces pressure in the U.S. over former Uber boss Travis Kalanick's influence over the company's board.

The meeting comes a day after the resignation of Uber's United Kingdom boss, Jo Bertram, who quit just 10 days after the licence decision was announced, though she said the departure was unrelated to that decision.

Uber's regional manager for northern Europe has quit - barely a fortnight after the ride-hailing app was stripped of its licence in London. Its drivers can keep operating until then and potentially after that date if the appeal process is extended.

More than 680,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Uber's licence to be extended.


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