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Uber Defeats London Bid to Impose Five-Minute Ride Delay

London mayor says it’s not possible to “turn back the clock.”

Car service Uber won a long-running tussle with London's transport regulators, as Mayor Boris Johnson shelved plans to impose a five-minute delay on all rides booked through the company's mobile app.

The delay was proposed as part of a consultation on private hire transport in London. Answering questions at the London Assembly, Johnson said it was not possible or practical, and that proposals to limit ride-hailing services were "trying to turn back the clock on technological progress."

"We can’t turn back the clock, we can’t uninvent the internet," Johnson said.

Uber, which is understood to have over 20,000 drivers working in London, has faced a series of legal and regulatory challenges from the capital's taxi organizations, which say they face an unfair challenge.

In a tweet, Uber said the decision was "good news for Londoners and a victory for common sense."


(Added detail about the number of Uber drivers working in London)
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