However much sympathy we have for black cab drivers, the way some of them do nothing but complain is destroying that sympathy. There is no attempt to form a strategy to deal with the challenge of Uber. Much easier to bang on abusing others, moaning and blaming Boris Johnson.Attempts at fighting back are limited to “blocking all the bridges”, “pushing Uber off the road!” (United Cabbies’ bright suggestions) and badmouthing Boris and his supporters in the most offensive way possible. Behaving in this way, for some of them, never grows old.
The most repeated cry of black cabbies is “We don’t mind competition!” (a total lie!) “All we want is a level playing field!”
In business, there is never a level playing field. The winner is always the smartest, who analyses the market, exploits the system best and offers the best product. If challenged, they don’t fight by complaining the competition should be removed and Boo ruddy Hoo, it’s just not fair!
Arguing that black cabs are iconic, therefore you don’t have to change, but everyone else does, is self defeating. No business can avoid modernisation or the threat of competition forever.
You have to rise to meet that challenge and make damn sure your PR is great (abuse and verbal filth just hand the market to the competition), you are up to date with modern technology, and your product is so great, everybody wants it.
Anyone who encourages you to think that you are right, you are icons, and it is all somebody elses fault, (like certain London Assembly members,) is your problem! Not your solution.
Carry on in the way you are if you want to, it is only yourselves you are hurting. Instead of “Cabbies Against Boris”, you should be identifying and tackling the real problems, not the excuse.