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Uber Says Moves Appease London Regulator Over License Ban

  • Car service’s long-awaited appeal of license ban begins
  • TfL has adopted a neutral approach to appeal, Uber lawyer says
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Uber Technologies Inc. said its moves to protect passengers and drivers have appeased the capital’s transport regulator, reducing one of the hurdles threatening to continue a ban on the car service in its biggest market outside the U.S.

Transport for London’s position has “moved to one of effective neutrality,” Uber lawyer Thomas de la Mare said Monday at the start of the highly anticipated hearing in the U.K. capital. Judge Emma Arbuthnot said she may make a ruling Tuesday in the case, which stems from TfL’s decision in September that Uber wasn’t "fit and proper" to operate and refused to extend its permit.