Uber will be able to continue to operate in London, following a successful appeal against the stripping of its licence in the capital.

In November last year Transport for London announced that it would not be granting the ride-sharing company a new licence, stating that the firm was “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”, and citing a “pattern of failures” including “unauthorised drivers exploiting vulnerabilities in the app to carry thousands of passengers”.

But in a ruling by Westminster Magistrates’ Court today, Judge Tan Ikram said that:

“Despite their historical failings, I find them, now, to be a fit and proper person to hold a London PHV (private hire vehicle) operator’s licence.”

Uber is now set to be granted a new licence to operate in the capital, although the length of licence, and any conditions attached to it, are yet to be confirmed.

Earlier this month the firm unveiled a target for 50 per cent of its rides in Europe to be in emissions-free vehicles by 2025.

Uber aims for 50 per cent of rides in Europe to be in emissions-free vehicles by 2025