The Anonymous Widower

London Taxi Protest Against Safety Rules Brings Gridlock to City

The title of this post is the same as this article on Bloomberg.

I had heard there was a protest about something last night and this explains what it was.

I should declare an interest, in that I use black cabs about five or six times a month, when I am in a hurry or am coming home late at night from say a station.

I have used Uber once, when my son paid for a cab from Walthamstow. The driver had come all the way from Ealing and got lost twice getting to my house.

Never again!

London Needs Clean Air

I am affected by London’s dirty air and feel strongly that as many vehicles in Central London should be zero emission.

So I very much agree with the Mayor’s strategy of making all London’s new black cabs electric.

But surely, this policy should also apply to Uber, mini-cabs and local delivery vehicles inside the Central area.

It will in the future and it can’t happen soon enough.

Black Cab Drivers Think Sadiq Khan Doesn’t Like Them!

Black cab drivers never have a good word for Sadiq Khan, but then they didn’t Boris either. I didn’t live in London, when Ken was Mayor, so I can’t comment on that!

But then I always say, that because we have a South London Mayor, we are getting a higher proportion of bus cuts.

I don’t think, I’ve ever been driven by a South Asian black can driver, although, I’ve been driven by many Africans and Caribbeans. Go to Birmingham, and you’ll find lots of South Asian black cab drivers.

On the other hand, I’ve been driven by several South Asian mini-cab drivers, from the firm round the corner.

So is the Mayor playing to his constituency and ignoring the views of black cab drivers?

Hence the protests!

 

December 5, 2018 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I use black cabs occasionally, but they are ruinously expensive, especially at night or if you have passengers and / or luggage. They are not immune to fraud either (but not ubiquitous like NY yellow cabs) – I once had a black cab from Borough to Euston to catch the last train back to Manchester, who deviated to Marylebone unaware that I knew London well enough to know I was being taken for a ride. Quite an exchange ensued, although I just made the train.

    I am not on Uber and usually use a local minicab firm, who know my number and whose drivers know I tip, so they rush to take my jobs.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | December 5, 2018 | Reply


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