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Uber rival Lyft met London transport officials, documents show


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An illuminated sign appears in a Lyft ride-hailing car in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 21, 2017. Picture taken September 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

An illuminated signal seems in a Lyft ride-hailing automotive in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 21, 2017. Image taken September 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Lyft, Uber’s closest US rival within the taxi-hailing enterprise, met repeatedly with officers from London’s transport regulator over the previous 12 months, an indication it might be concentrating on the town for worldwide enlargement.

Transport for London (TfL), which oversees taxi and personal rent automotive operators, revealed particulars of the conferences with Lyft executives in response to a UK authorities freedom of knowledge request in July.

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If Lyft enters the London market Uber would face its first well-funded competitor in Europe when it’s attempting to overturn a call by TfL to not renew its license. Lyft has raised round $2.6 billion in financing, together with an funding spherical of $600 million in April, in keeping with funding tracker Crunchbase.

Lyft’s traders embrace automaker Normal Motors.

London’s transport regulator on Friday mentioned it might not renew Uber’s license to function, citing the agency’s method to reporting critical prison offences and background checks on drivers.

Lyft has already signaled it’s taking a look at enlargement outdoors the USA. Chief Government Logan Inexperienced advised the Related Press in August that Lyft deliberate to go worldwide “within the not too distant future”.

A Lyft spokeswoman declined to touch upon the timing of any enlargement strikes or the character of Lyft conferences with London officers. It now operates trip companies in additional than 600 cities, protecting as a lot as 95 per cent of the US inhabitants.

4 TfL officers met with Lyft’s Chief Technique Officer Raj Kapoor and Michael Masserman, its director of worldwide authorities relations, in December 2016. Three unnamed members of the Higher London Authority have been additionally current, in keeping with TfL paperwork. Lyft introduced particulars of its enterprise mannequin in that assembly.

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Subsequent follow-up-conversations came about between TfL’s Director of Transport Innovation Michael Hurwitz and Lyft executives Kapoor and Masserman over the cellphone in December and in January, TfL paperwork confirmed.

This was adopted by one other assembly between the three in New York in March.

“We repeatedly discuss to firms all over the world about innovation that might enhance transport in London,” Hurwitz, mentioned in an announcement.

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