Boris Johnson, as Mayor of London, does not only have black cab drivers to consider. He also has to consider the millions of Londoners for whom black cabs are not an option. They simply cannot afford themWhatever their failings, Uber cabs fill that gap. They are cheap, easily available, and customers love the app. It is pointless for black cab drivers and certain London Asssembly members to try to bully Boris into banning Uber. Assembly members know that is not an option. Uber would be back on the roads in a few days, and the company would tie up Boris in hugely expensive legal challenges, that he would lose.
Under the circumstances, Boris is not prepared to throw the London budget down the drain. He is doing the only thing he can do. He is taking Uber to High Court (verdict in 6 or 7 weeks) and he is telling TfL to enforce the regs. more strictly.
A hard core group of black cab drivers, mostly the ones from United Cabbies, refuse to see anyone’s point of view but their own. They are the ones who are aggressively foul mouthed on twitter and on the road. I can understand Boris Johnson finally putting them in their place. People on low wages need and deserve a cheaper option to one that they cannot afford. Black cab drivers must accept that.