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Transport of London’s consultation could spell potential end for Uber

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 30 September 2015

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After tensions between Uber, the taxi-hailing app, and standard cab drivers have risen over recent months, Transport for London (TfL) have had to take action.

Black cab drivers of London have been putting pressure on city legislators to tighten regulations to prevent drivers working for the app undercutting their business and inevitably killing the trade. They conducted a protest outside City Hall to highlight their concerns with the taxi app which connects customers to drivers and charges a lower price for a journey which uses technology for navigation.

The TfL has announced that they are conducting a consultation in relation to plans to demand a new English language test, a map-reading assessment, a fixed landline and a chance to book seven days in advance. They state that these changes will raise the standards of the service given across the industry.

Uber have spoken against this, stating that they feel it is a direct target at the business, which could not run as it does at present if the changes were to be implemented.

Gareth Mead, from Uber did explain that these recommendations will affect the service dramatically which would prompt changes meaning ‘ultimately it ends up being more clunky which is not what people want’.

TfL have stressed that no final decisions have been made at present but this could be the end of the taxi app which seemed to be growing in popularity in many locations.


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