>> Ride-hailing company, Uber, goes to court on Monday in a bid by the $70 billion business to continue operating in its most important European market. The Silicon Valley firm is seeking to overturn a decision stripping it of its license in London. Regulator transport for London shocked the company with that decision in September.
Citing failings in its approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and to background checks on drivers. The company has since made several changes including the introduction of a 24-7 telephone support line and the proactive reporting of serious incidents to the UK capital's police. After it's application for a five year licence was rejected last year, the company is now seeking an 18 month one to prove it's changed.
At stake is one of Uber's most crucial markets of it's 50,000 drivers in Britain, 80% are in London. The appeal will be heard over three days and a decision could take weeks and is then likely to be subject to further appeal by the loosing sides meaning the whole legal process could take years.
In the meantime, Uber can continue operating in the city.