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We’ve changed, Uber says, in court battle to keep license

LONDON: Uber accepted it had made mistakes but said it had changed as it went to court on Monday to overturn a decision stripping it of its license in London after it was ruled unfit to run a taxi service in its most important European market. Regulator Transport for London (TfL) shocked the Silicon Valley firm last September by refusing to renew its license, citing failings in its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and to background checks on drivers. Its chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took charge…

Saudi embrace of ride-hailing apps drives economic, social change

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia hopes its plan to bring a further 1.3 million women into the workforce by 2030 will be given a lift from ride-hailing apps Uber and Dubai-based rival Careem. The cars, which the government says should only be driven by Saudi men, offer women, who are banned from driving, an alternative to being driven to work by chauffeurs, male relatives or the shabby taxi system. Ride-hailing apps have come under intense scrutiny from governments and regulators across the globe as they disrupt traditional taxi…