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LONDON – Uber has received a 30-month license to continue working in London, ending a long struggle with city regulators over whether the app for the trip was “suitable and correct”.

“Uber has been licensed to operate a private vehicle in London for two and a half years,” a spokesman for Transport for London said in a statement on Saturday.

The move concludes a long-running dispute with the agency, which has twice revoked London’s Uber licenses – once in 2017 and the second time in 2019. Authorities were concerned about the company’s ability to ensure passenger safety. Uber subsequently received an 18-month permit in London in court.

For years, Uber has sought to incorporate this charm by adding new security features to its platform and concluding a deal with GMB UK on the official recognition of the Private Drivers Union.

The company reclassified all its drivers in the UK as workers last year after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that a group of drivers should be treated as workers rather than independent contractors, entitling them to employment protection such as minimum wages, holidays and pensions .

“TfL is fairly keeping our industry up to the highest regulatory and safety standards, and we are delighted to have reached their high bar,” said Jamie Haywood, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.

The decision removes a key source of uncertainty for Uber in the UK – London is its largest European market – and comes when the company is dealing with rising inflation amid double problems of labor shortages and rising energy prices. Uber increased tariffs in London by 10% in November.

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