The regulations suggested by the LTDA that were submitted to TfL were accepted in their entirety and now Uber is facing regulation that will radically alter some of its key features. A consultation will now take place at TfL. Stand firm Boris, was the cry from the LTDA to our Mayor. The PH proposals
TfL is consulting on 25 proposals for private hire companies – several of which could seriously affect Uber:
Naturally Uber are steaming.
“These bureaucratic new rules will not improve your ride,” said Jo Bertram, Uber’s general manager for the UK, Ireland and Nordics.
“They’re designed to address the concerns of black cab drivers, who feel under pressure from increased competition.”
No Jo, black cab drivers feel under pressure from unfair competition. A highly combustible situation has developed. because quite rightly, black cab drivers, the gold standard of cabbing, felt under a massive disadvantage. 99% of black cab drivers bore all the worry like angels. They were heroically polite and reasonable, coping with grace and dignity, although deeply worried at the way their trade was being affected.
Now many of those wrongs will be righted if these changes go through. There is not one person in London who is not rooting for the changes, because they represent balance and fairness for a trade that throughout centuries has served London well. London is the number one city in the world, with standards. The Mayor is determined to maintain those standards.
A history of the black cab trade is here.