Uber promises to keep London moving during taxi driver protests

Uber says it will keep the capital moving tomorrow (June 10) during a protest by taxi drivers.

According to standard.co.uk, the taxi drivers are protesting against Uber, an app which helps riders find a driver and estimates how much they’ll have to pay for the journey, based on distance and time. Transport for London (TfL) has granted Uber a private hire licence, which has angered black cab drivers as they argue the app is too similar to a taximeter. Only black cabs can legally use taximeters in London.

The drivers will protest in Trafalgar Square from 2pm tomorrow. As many as 12,000 cabbies will take part and it’s estimated the strike will cost the economy up to £125 million.

TfL has taken the case to the High Court, which will decide if services such as Uber can indeed be licensed to operate in London. However, it will take several months for the High Court to reach a final decision.

Jo Bertram, Uber’s UK general manager, says the service will be running as normal tomorrow.

“Our technology allows us to identify areas where demand is high; and we’ll be helping Londoners to get around town quickly and efficiently, at an affordable price,” she explains, reports telegraph.co.uk. “While the cabbies’ protests may seek to bring London to a standstill, we’ll be on hand to get Londoners from A to B.”