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Judge restores Uber’s London license for 15 months

LONDON: Uber won a legal bid on Tuesday to restore its operating license in London after a judge overturned an earlier decision and granted the ride-hailing app a 15-month permit. The capital's transport authority stripped the American firm of its license last September amid safety concerns, but Uber appealed the decision and was allowed to continue operating while the case was heard. At a hearing, its lawyers convinced England's chief magistrate that it had mended its ways with a raft of reforms. "It has…

Uber introduces new safety features as it fights to retain London license

LONDON: Taxi service Uber, battling to retain its license to operate in the British capital, said on Friday it would introduce new safety features, including 24-hour telephone support for riders and drivers. The app said it would review all previous serious complaints and, from next month, give riders across Britain the license number of the driver on their booking confirmation and electronic receipt. It will also report any serious incidents to police itself rather than leave it to the individuals involved. Uber is…

British city refuses licence for Uber

LONDON: The city of York in northern England has refused to grant US ride-hailing app Uber a licence to operate, creating more headaches for the company in Britain after a similar move by regulators in London. The city's council explained its decision on Tuesday by citing recent complaints it had received about the service and a global data protection breach that has hit Uber's reputation. Uber has previously twice been granted licence to operate in York and its current licence there is due to expire on December 24.…

Indonesian man named Polisi given job at police station

JAKARTA: An Indonesian can thank his parents after his unusual name not only spared him a traffic ticket but also landed him a job with the police who stopped him. Courtesy, his odd name. Cops were shocked when they pulled over the 22-year-old for driving without a licence and discovered his name was Polisi, which means police in Indonesian. The man, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told authorities in the city of Pasuruan on the main island of Java that he was a poor construction worker who was his family's…

London regulator will defend decision not to renew Uber’s license in court: mayor

LONDON: London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday that the city’s transport regulator will defend its decision in court not to renew the license of Uber to operate in the British capital. Uber has until Friday to submit its appeal and can continue to operate until the appeal process has been exhausted, which could take several months. “The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL (Transport for London) will defend the decision they made,” Khan said during a monthly question time session. Read More:…

Uber’s UK boss quits as firm battles to keep London license: email

LONDON: Top boss of Uber in Britain will quit the taxi-hailing app just as the firm battles to overturn a decision to strip it of its license in London, according to an email seen by Reuters. The British capital’s transport regulator deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service last month and decided not to renew its license to operate, citing the firm’s approach to reporting serious criminal offenses and background checks on drivers. But in an email seen by Reuters on Monday, Uber’s Northern European Manager Jo Bertram,…

Britain’s minister for London slams ‘blanket ban’ on Uber

LONDON: A British government minister has criticized the London authorities for deciding to strip Uber of its taxi licence, a major setback to the U.S. technology firm that has become a big player in the city’s transport system. The British capital’s transport regulator deemed Uber unfit to run a tax service and said its licence would not be renewed when it expires on Sept. 30. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a member of the opposition Labour Party, backed the move. “At the flick of a pen Sadiq Khan is threatening to put…

OGRA issued licenses to 21 OMCs in six months

ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has issued fresh licenses to twenty-one oil marketing companies (OMCs) in the first six months of the current fiscal year. According to a OGRA report, the new companies issued licences between July-December 2016 are expected to invest about Rs. 10.5 billion over the next three years to set up storage and filling stations in various parts of the country. In addition, four licences were granted for development of new oil storage and terminals at different locations…

Qualcomm signs new patent license agreement with China’s Meizu

Qualcomm announced on Saturday to have resolved all patent license disputes and made a new agreement with Chinese consumer electronics company Meizu Technology. The agreement grants Meizu worldwide royalty-bearing patent license to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000, WCDMA and 4G LTE (including “3-mode” GSM, TD-SCDMA and LTE-TDD) complete devices. The royalties payable by Meizu in China are consistent with the terms of the rectification plan submitted by Qualcomm to China’s National Development and Reform…

Pakistan’s new airline to take off next month

ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a license to another private airline, named Serene Air, to operate in the country. The airliner will begin its operations next month. “The 737-800 is the latest aircraft of Boeing company.” Currently, there are three airlines that are already flying on domestic routes, of which one is state-owned – Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). The remaining two – Airblue and Shaheen Air – are owned by a private sector. According to the rules, the company is required to…