Uber has "next to no chance" of getting long-term London licence

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by Josh Hall

Ride-sharing company Uber is likely to have its application for a long-term licence in London rejected.

Sky News reports that the company expects TfL to grant it another short-term licence only, despite its years-long battle for a stable legal footing in the city.

Uber is nearing the end of its probationary period, which began after its last battle with TfL just over a year ago.

Despite its huge popularity in the city, the Sky reports that it is privately expecting that the regulator will refuse to give it the lasting legal right to operate.

Instead, it is understood that it will be granted another interim extension of up to around 18 months.

One source told Sky: "There is next to no chance that Uber will get a five-year licence in September."

Uber has been on shaky ground in London since TfL's refusal to grant it a full licence two years ago.

The regulator had said that the company did not pass the "fit and proper" test to operate in the market.

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