UPDATED: The Uber Protest


In our last post we covered the conflict between Uber and black cab drivers (and, to a certain extent, Hailo and those same drivers). Yesterday, Rory Cellan-Jones took a look at the same issue:

The London taxi drivers may not like the way the world is changing, and they may have a point about an imbalance in the way their new rival is regulated. But do they really think they can prosper in competition with a $17bn US company like Uber, while refusing to embrace a home-grown innovation?

All this, of course, because many black cab drivers are planning a protest against Uber on Wednesday.

Roads around Trafalgar Square will be brought to a standstill at around 2pm. Tourists, delighted by the sudden influx of black cabs, will no doubt be flummoxed. Figures suggest that the protest could cost the London economy as much as £125m. For their part, the Met Police say that as they haven't been notified in advance, the strike itself could be illegal.

Needless to say that unless the protest is called off, there will be severe disruption on London's roads in and around Trafalgar Square, with knock-on effects on buses and other forms of transport across central London.

TfL, for their part, have referred the issue to the High Court, seeking final judgement on whether Uber should be allowed to continue as the currently do.

If you're trying to plan a journey around central London at the time, why not try a non-controversial app to help you do so? Walking may be your best option...

UPDATED: TfL have taken a hard look at Uber's business and decided that the app is legal as is currently operates - a significant blow to the  LTDA.  We still await the High Court decision next month which will provide their, hopefully definitive, view.