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UK: Black cab taxi protest brings London to a standstill

United Kingdom, London
September 30, 2015 at 15:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Over 1,000 of London's famous black taxi cabs brought central London to a standstill in protest against mobile apps such as Uber and Transport for London's decision to license hundreds of new minicabs.

According to Chairman of United Cabbies Group Len Martin, TFL does "not regulate private hire" and does not regulate the taxi trade "properly." "Whenever you complain they just dismiss you, they have no respect and it basically just manifests itself in contempt and pretty much the cab trade, their relations with the cab trade are at rock bottom, I don't think they could get any worse," he said.

Martin called London Mayor Boris Johnson a "buffoon." "I don't understand Boris Johnson at all," he noted adding that regulators are "woefully inadaquete".

Some 88, 149 minicab drivers have been licensed over the past year, a quarter more than in 2014.

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Over 1,000 of London's famous black taxi cabs brought central London to a standstill in protest against mobile apps such as Uber and Transport for London's decision to license hundreds of new minicabs.

According to Chairman of United Cabbies Group Len Martin, TFL does "not regulate private hire" and does not regulate the taxi trade "properly." "Whenever you complain they just dismiss you, they have no respect and it basically just manifests itself in contempt and pretty much the cab trade, their relations with the cab trade are at rock bottom, I don't think they could get any worse," he said.

Martin called London Mayor Boris Johnson a "buffoon." "I don't understand Boris Johnson at all," he noted adding that regulators are "woefully inadaquete".

Some 88, 149 minicab drivers have been licensed over the past year, a quarter more than in 2014.

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