UPDATE 2-Uber wins back London license despite 'historical failings'

* Uber fit and proper, says British judge

* London one of the app's most important markets

* Long-running battle with regulator

* Shares jump 6% in pre-market U.S. trade (Adds background)

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Uber has won a legal bid to restore its London operating license which was taken away by the city's transport regulator over safety concerns, after a judge decided on Monday that it was a fit and proper operator.

Transport for London (TfL) refused to grant the Silicon Valley-based company a new license in 2019 due to what it called a "pattern of failures." Uber argued it has since assuaged concerns over insurance verification and driver identification.

The U.S. company was also denied a license by TfL in 2017, a major blow in one of its most important markets, before a different judge restored it on a probationary basis.

"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 license," Judge Tan Ikram said in his written verdict.

"I do, however, wish to hear from the advocates on conditions and on my determination as to the length of a license," he said.

Uber, which has apologized for mistakes it has made, has run into regulatory barriers and a backlash in other countries, forcing it to withdraw from some markets.

Shares in Uber rose 6% in pre-market U.S. trading after the decision. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Michael Holden and Louise Heavens)

09/28/2020 9:39

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