If Travis Kalanick thinks black cab drivers are as gullible as poor, exploited Uber drivers, he has had to think again. His “olive branch” that black cab drivers can sign up to use the app. service for zero commision for 12 months was swiftly given the finger by Steven McNamara, of the LTDA and every black cab driver on the road.Black cab drivers have heard all about Travis Kalanick’s “initial offers” from his own drivers, who have another name for what they actually are.
UK boss Jo Bertram, still looking like butter wouldn’t melt, while blithely ignoring the ever increasing flood of rapes, assault, and instances of dangerous driving by Uber drivers in the UK said blandly ““Of course competition has affected the taxi trade. But it can also lead to service improvements and a better experience for passengers over time.”
Jo, who hails from Stepford, knows that because, in a moment of madness, Osbo told TfL to let Uber off all regulations, the safety of passengers and service improvements are absolutely the last thing on Uber’s list of priorities. Many Uber drivers are uninsured and aren’t the most accomplished of drivers.There is no chance that black cab drivers, renowned for their street smarts, would ever enter into any sort of agreement with Travis Kalanick or Uber. Does Travis honestly think they can’t see where his “free olive branch” is leading? It’s just the first stop on the Highway to Hell, and the offer shows the mindset that made him the type of exploitative businessman he is.
Travis Kalanick’s plan, like Napoleon’s plan to conquer Russia, doesn’t seem to be working out. He’s confused that black cab drivers haven’t jumped at the lazy way out and dumped the Knowledge, like the people he usually deals with. Who are these English upstarts?
What we have here is a culture clash and if Travis is Napoleon, he could be about to meet his Waterloo. History shows that if there is one thing the English are good at when right is on their side, is digging in. The 1815 battle was won by sturdy English defence, as Wellington took everything the French could throw at him and nailed his men to that ridge! Black cab drivers, the best in the world, have vowed to never surrender. The only thing that will save Travis is an orderly retreat, get out now! You don’t belong here! Sauve qui peut! Save yourself while you still can……….