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Uber wins the bitter battle against London's black taxi trade

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 09:35 UTC
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Uber have emerged victorious in their bitterly fought battle against London's black taxi trade. London mayor Boris Johnson threw out a series of proposals which would have heavily restricted the minicab booking app. The London mayor said he had rejected what he described as “neanderthal” and “ludicrous” calls from London taxi drivers to crack down on the company. Read full article


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  • ChrisR

    To an extent you can sympathise with the black cabs: they have to submit to very strict mechanical inspections which the private hire cars do not, simply an MoT test every six months (in most regions).

    The condition of many private hire cars is quite unacceptable and may run without a local council licence as well which in effect means they are uninsured.

    Drunken louts just want the cheapest fare and even argue that.

    If Uber do manage to grow you can expect to see more of these fare dodgers trying it on.

    Jan 23rd, 2016 - 12:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Uber/Lyft is great. I have not taken a taxis since they started in my city.

    In my city the cars are new, nice, clean, the drivers are super and its all done through your phone without even having to talk to the driver.

    If the cars or driver look dodgy you don't have to get in, you report it to Uber and they aren't driving after that.

    The next wave will be driverless cars doing the same function.
    It will happen sooner than anyone can imagine.

    Jan 23rd, 2016 - 01:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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