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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber 417

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes in with news about a planned protest by London black-cab drivers against Uber. "London black-cab drivers are planning to cause gridlock in the city to protest against car service Uber. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association complains that Uber's drivers are using a smartphone app to calculate fares despite it being illegal for private vehicles to be fitted with taximeters. Transport for London has declined to intervene, because it disagrees that there has been a breach of the law. LTDA now plans to force the issue by holding the action in early June. 'Transport for London not enforcing the Private Hire Vehicles Act is dangerous for Londoners,' Steve McNamara, LTDA's general secretary, told the BBC. 'I anticipate that the demonstration against TfL's handling of Uber will attract many many thousands of cabs and cause severe chaos, congestion and confusion across the metropolis.'"
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

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  • Awesome!!! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 09, 2014 @12:28AM (#46956335)

    Does that mean the entire LBC can be defined as a terror organization and placed in whatever Britain's equivalent of Guantanamo Bay is?

    This could be a doubly pointed demonstration: Uber becomes the defacto 'taxi' service of London, and the government shows exactly what will happen if anybody things to provoke demonstrations which might infringe upon the steady operation of infrastructure :)

  • by 50000BTU_barbecue ( 588132 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @12:33AM (#46956357) Journal

    This is England. They'll be sentenced to funny walks and an ASBO.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 09, 2014 @01:01AM (#46956449)


    Never mind our obstructive protest; using Uber is dangerous. The service must be violently stopped.

  • by mjwx ( 966435 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @04:09AM (#46957119)

    If kids have to learn "Baa, Baa, Rainbow Sheep" in school now

    They don't. The whole story was completely misrepresented by a hysterical media. The lesson was simply to teach adjectives and illustrate that you can have a black sheep, a happy sheep a pink sheep or even a rainbow sheep.

    And thats their problem.

    The conservatives dont want an educated workforce, they want unthinking proles who aren't smart enough to rise up against their masters.

    If we start teaching them adjectives, then they'll learn adverbs. interjections, prepositions and before you know it, those slovenly Midlanders and lazy Yorkies know enough to say they have rights and cant be exploited in 16 hour days for minimal pay. Some of them will actually understand Industrial Relations laws, this cannot be allowed to pass.

    It's a good think Murdoch and the Daily Mail are here to save us from this horror.

  • Re: This (Score:3, Funny)

    by LarhoIm ( 217789 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @06:22AM (#46957445)

    Huh? Getting raped by a taxi is a serious issue.

    Not saying it is not, I was referring to the cheating aspect of the argument.

    (raped by a taxi .. must be what happened to the Goatse guy ..)

  • Re:This (Score:5, Funny)

    by Immerman ( 2627577 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @08:51AM (#46958149)

    >it taught me there are a lot of snobby, rude, cunts in this city dressed as respectable people.

    Isn't that the whole point of dressing as a "respectable person"?

  • by GlennC ( 96879 ) on Friday May 09, 2014 @09:56AM (#46958783)

    The company has the name and address that the driver gave.

    I could easily give 1060 W. Addison, Chicago, Illinois as my address (assuming I lived in the Chicago area).

    Is Uber going to stop me?

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