At last the cat is out of the bag! Fedup with months of government silence in public as they exerted monumental pressure in private, Boris Johnson has made plain exactly how much damage Osbo and the PM have caused in the Uber situation.As reported in Opptrends*: “Mr Johnson expressed his exasperation over the government’s failure to curb cab running company Uber’s way of operation in London. He says the government does not do anything about it because it is besotted by US tech firms.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has hit out at the government for not taking suitable action to curb cab providing company Uber’s actions in the city of London. Earlier this year, Mr Johnson had proposed a cap to be put on the number of cabs that Uber can hire so as to ensure that the city of London is not overcrowded with vehicles and to do justice to the traditional Black Cabs of the city. However, the proposal was dismissed”.
Opptrend makes the explosive revelation that as has long been suspected in the UK, the Government refuses to limit PHVs due to its close relations with Uber PR chief Rachel Whetstone, who incidentally, once worked for the Conservative Party. Sources have even said that on the evening when Boris Johnson submitted the proposal for consideration, he received a text message from the Chancellor to drop it.
The Mayor said:
“The Government is still so absolutely besotted with this idea they’ve got to support Californian tech titans, even though they don’t pay a dime of tax in this country, that [ministers] are … not yet doing enough about this.”
Boris is not against Uber as such, but he is furious at the government refusal to limit their licences, and even angrier at their refusal to comply with regulations. Boris always strives for balance.
He only wishes them to address issues such as congestion, illegal hailing, illegal parking by the drivers and the increasing pollution due to the large numbers of private cars popping up on the streets. As of now, nearly new 1,000 private cars hit the streets of London every month.
David Cameron and Osborne have interfered in this issue from the word go, and owe it to BC drivers to explain why they are interfering. The high professionalism and knowledge of black cab drivers is maintaining their position as number one in the city. Uber drivers are being shown up by the matchless expertise of the best taxi drivers in the world, and Uber chiefs must realise they could be on to a loser if they try to take over London.
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