(Reuters) - The British university city of Cambridge extended Uber’s operating license for five years on Monday in a boost to the taxi app which is battling to keep its cars on the road in London, its most important European market.
The decision comes a week after the northern English city of York refused to renew the Silicon Valley’s license, citing a data breach and a number of complaints, in a ruling the app has until 5 January to appeal.
On Monday, local officials in Cambridge, eastern England, said the US firm, valued at around $70bn, will be able to keep operating for a further five years.
“We consider Uber to be a fit and proper operator,” said Councillor Gerri Bird, the chairwoman of Cambridge city council’s licensing committee.
In a statement, Uber’s head of cities for the UK Fred Jones welcomed the move: