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Sadiq Khan says TfL will defend Uber decision in court

Transport for London will defend in court the decision to strip Uber of its licence to operate in the capital, Sadiq Khan told the London Assembly this morning.

Andrew Boff, a Conservative assembly member, had asked the London mayor if the meeting between Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and TfL chief Mike Brown had prompted TfL to reconsider its position.

Khan said the legal appeal will still “take its course”: “The courts will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL will defend the decision they made on 22 September.”

Uber has until the end of the week to appeal the decision. It can continue to operate in the capital until the appeals process has been exhausted.

Boff also asked Khan if he was surprised that 850,000 Londoners had signed a petition calling for London to be saved in London.

“Uber’s a very popular product in London,” said Khan. “Uber’s PR department tell me 3.5 million Londoners use it so of course I’m not surprised that Londoners are unhappy with Uber not playing by the rules.”