Global hailing giant, Uber is fighting for its life in London.

The tech company will defend its right to operate in the European city in a court hearing on Monday after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its license in its most important European market.

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The agency that regulates taxi operations in London known as Transport for London, TfL shocked the Silicon Valley firm by rejecting its license renewal bid in September.

TfL cited Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers as reason for revoking the licence.

However, Uber is still in business and its over 40,000 drivers can continue to take passengers until the appeals process is exhausted.

The appeal could take years and Uber would continue to operate despite the licence revocation.

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Uber’s lawyers will begin their appeal at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, in what is expected to be a largely administrative hearing designed to set a date for a fuller hearing next year.

Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi has apologised to Londoners and met TfL Commissioner, Mike Brown in October for what both sides described as constructive talks.

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