Birmingham needs additional particulars from Uber earlier than licence resolution

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s second metropolis Birmingham is looking for readability from Uber on its business mannequin because it decides whether or not to resume the taxi app’s licence after granting a short lived extension.

The Uber emblem is seen on cellular phone in London, Britain, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Uber, which is preventing to maintain its vehicles on London’s streets after the regulator deemed it unfit to run a taxi service, noticed its one-year licence in Birmingham expire final month.

“Officers in our Licensing team have temporarily extended Uber’s private hire operator licence in Birmingham, whilst they seek clarity from Uber around its operating model,” mentioned the council’s Acting Director of Regulation and Enforcement Chris Neville.

Uber has made a collection of modifications to its business mannequin in current months, responding to requests from regulators, together with the introduction of 24/7 phone help and the proactive reporting of significant incidents to London’s police.

The Silicon Valley agency mentioned its software in Birmingham was nonetheless being processed and “in recent months we have been granted licences by a number of councils across the UK including Sheffield, Cambridge, Nottingham and Leicester.”

Last yr, it lost its licence in York resulting from council considerations together with over a knowledge breach. The agency, whose buyers embrace Goldman Sachs (GS.N), intends to reapply.

In the Scottish capital metropolis Edinburgh, its licence can also be resulting from expire subsequent week with a renewal resolution pending, in accordance with the council’s web site.

A spokeswoman on the council didn’t present a direct touch upon the standing of the applying when contacted by Reuters on Thursday.

Reporting by Costas Pitas; modifying by Kate Holton

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