Regulation of black taxi cabs

taxi protest Whitehall

taxi protest Whitehall

taxi protest Charing Cross Road

taxi protest Charing Cross Road

We have nothing against competition but we feel that Transport for London has failed Londoners by allowing Uber to operate outside the law. — Steve McNamara, Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association

Supporting hard-working taxi drivers against Uber. — Paulo Coelho

Why did black taxi cabs mount a protest in London today?

Black taxi cabs are heavily regulated for very good reasons, those who use them, can do so with a high degree of confidence of a safe journey.

This was illustrated recently with a rape case in Aldershot, where a woman was raped, thinking she had gotten into a licensed taxi.

When you are in the licensed taxi, you will usually be taken the shortest quickest route, using the expertise of the driver.

In the taxi a meter, clocking up on time and distance.

Regulation of the taxi, also includes regulation of the fare, to ensure the passenger does not get ripped off.

It is the licensing authority that sets the fare. Usually the local council, in London Transport for London.

And less we forget, TfL (backed by Mayor Boris) are pushing the closure of all ticket offices on the London Underground, a nightmare for travellers.

If it looks and feels like a taxi, then it must play by the same rules and be tightly regulated.

Uber, charges on the basis of distance and time, the only difference the meter is not fixed in the cab. Uber must therefore be subjected to the same rules and regulation as taxi drivers.

The level of ignorance is illustrated by this post on twitter by a well known troll:

Black cabs complaints against Uber smacks of restrictive trading. They work differently, get over it.

Ignorant troll even displays his ignorance by admitting did not know what Uber was!

That from Richard Branson likewise (but then maybe he is an investor):

There are similar, unlicensed schemes on the net, you say where you are, where you wish to go, and private drivers will pick you up for a fee. Private drivers who are not insured, not regulated, not licensed.

The only people who make money out of these schemes are those who develop the websites, the drivers do not, and passengers are put at risk.

No surprise then the backers of Uber are well known tax dodgers Google and Goldman Sachs. Or that Uber themselves are tax dodgers. The fee for the journey is paid to Uber, not the taxi driver.

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14 Responses to “Regulation of black taxi cabs”

  1. Caleb Says:

    Services like Uber will have a negative affect on the taxi cab industry.

  2. keithpp Says:

    Uber is a centralised mechanism, established by venture capitalists to enable unlicensed, unregulated drivers to undercut legitimate taxi drivers. And the Uber workforce is now complaining they are paid a pittance. But did they not realise the consequence of Uber, was to not only drive down fares, but to drive down their earnings, the only beneficiary being Uber?

    A sharing site, would be a local car pool. Driver X is going from A to B, he offers room, passengers Y and Z are looking to get a ride from A to B, the site links them up.

  3. keithpp Says:

    Uber is taking a crippling 20% off drivers for basically doing very little.

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  7. keithpp Says:

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  9. keithpp Says:

    Yet another example of racketeering by criminal organisation Uber.

    With a real taxi this would not happen, as taxi fares are regulated.

    When are people going to wake up, Uber does not offer technological innovation, it never has, what it offers is straight forward, old fashioned exploitation.,

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  10. keithpp Says:

    It is illegal to leave engine running, illegal to urinate and defecate in the street.

    Why are the police and local council not acting to remove this cowboy outfit from the streets?

    If it offers a taxi service, it is a taxi service, and must be regulated as a taxi service. It is time TfL acted.

  11. keithpp Says:

    Well done taxi drivers in Paris taking action against Uber.

    Uber is not offering competition, they are offering unfair competition, unregulated, unlicensed cowboys, competing with legit licensed, regulated taxi drivers.

    Residential streets around Heathrow Airport have Uber drivers using their gardens as toilets, dumping grounds for their rubbish, residents disturbed by the noise and pollution from their cars, violence and abuse from the Uber drivers.

    Fixed rate fare to and from Heathrow and Gatwick Airports have now been abolished. In addition passengers will be expected to pay any parking fees.

    The latest from Uber is to insult women by offering advice on how not to get raped by your Uber driver. My advice, do not use Uber.

    A little before Christmas I had someone tell me how marvellous Uber was, he could check the driver on his phone, his journey would be tracked. What garbage. Legit taxi driver,and I do not have to do any of these things.

    The simplest way to get rid of Uber is to ban. If you are not lichened, then you cannot offer a taxi service.

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