Our quintessentially british black cabbies have been avidly campaigning for Uber’s demise ever since they came to London. Their wish to have the private taxi’s removed may have finally come true. Are we all just going to forget uber and start jumping in black cabs again?
Think again, Uber have inadvertently made most londoners rely on an app to get around the city and into the home counties.
As the news broke today that Uber may be no more in just under a week, most conversations had on the subject in capital today have gone along the lines of ‘... don’t worry, there’s always Addison Lee, Hailo or Gettaxi’; all of Uber’s competitors that have been clawing after their market share since 2012.
Announcing its ruling, TfL said: "Uber's approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications". Uber has already expressed their intention to challenge the decision and has 21 days to lodge an appeal. You can expect to be able to use the app until the appeal process is completed, otherwise its licence will expire on Saturday September 30.
Will TfL think about reducing the costs of the Hackney Carriages or will most of us just replace one app with another…