Sheffield Council has lifted the suspension on Uber’s licence to operate in the city. The authority had suspended the taxi firm’s licence after the company ‘failed to respond to requests from the local authority’s licensing team about their management’.
However, the measure has now been lifted after “productive discussions” with management. In a statement, the council said: “The suspension of Uber’s operating licence, which was announced by Sheffield Council on Friday, November 29, has been lifted.
“This decision follows productive discussions between Uber and Sheffield Council. Uber provided satisfactory replies to the questions asked by Sheffield Council about the management of Uber.” An Uber spokesperson told the Sheffield Star: “We look forward to continuing to serve tens of thousands of riders and drivers in Sheffield.”
There appeared to be some confusion as to why the suspension was initially introduced. While the council said Uber had not replied to their requests for information, the company claimed there had been an administrative error. Uber said they wanted to change the name on their licence as the named individual would soon be leaving the company but were told by the council they would instead have to apply for a completely new licence.
It took the action last month after the company failed to respond to its requests. Uber said the correspondence had been sent to the wrong address.
The controversial loss-making tech giant had applied to change the name on its Sheffield licence on 5 October, and the next month the council licensing team sent a letter asking about its management practices. Uber said it never received the correspondence.
The council has lifted the suspension following “satisfactory replies”. The taxi-hailing firm had had until 18 December to respond or face being unable to operate in the city. In a statement, the council said Uber had since replied to the questions it had been asked.
Uber has now submitted an amended application for a new licence and the authority said a decision will be made on this early in 2018.