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Dara Khosrowshahi, the new CEO of Uber, is debating whether to come to London to lobby regulators after his company's app was banned in the city, according to The Financial Times.

It highlighted Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences, obtaining medical certificates and background checks on drivers, and its explanation of the use of "greyball" software that it said could be used to thwart regulators.

He referred to a case where an Uber driver was allowed to continue working despite an allegation of sexual assault, leading to another more serious attack on a woman in his auto.

Khan said in response to Uber's apology: "Obviously I am pleased that [Khosrowshahi] has acknowledged the issues that Uber faces in London". Uber's general manager for London, Tom Elvidge, said "3.5 million Londoners who use our app, and more than 40,000 licensed drivers who rely on Uber to make a living, will be astounded by this decision". During this process, the American company can continue with its operation until the appeals are exhausted.

"We regularly talk to companies around the world about innovation that could improve transport in London", Hurwitz, said in a statement.

"On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I'd like to apologise for the mistakes we've made".

On Sept. 22, TfL chose to let Uber's contract expire, giving the company 21 days-until October 13-to appeal the decision.

The license will expire at the end of the month but Uber has already said it will appeal the decision. A petition launched Friday by Uber to ask TfL to renew his license had collected 750,000 signatures Monday around 1 pm.

Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan was quick to endorse the decision of an agency he supervises.

He also joined other critics in arguing that it is TfL's job to carry out criminal record checks on drivers - not operators like Uber.

Transport for London, the regulatory body, said last week it wouldn't renew Uber's license when it expires September 30.

TfL says it will make no further comment pending any appeal of the decision.

He reiterated the point as he responded to tens of thousands of people signing a petition calling for the decision to be reversed. "They have let down their drivers and customers by failing, in the view of TfL, to act as a fit and proper operator".

Today, Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, looked to begin that process.

However, his register of interests show he remains a member of the GMB - the union that represents many taxi drivers. Khan reiterated that companies which played by the rules were welcome in London. Critics have pointed out that this responsibility lies with TfL as the regulator, not with the taxi companies themselves - something Uber is bound to take advantage of in court.



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