Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Boris Backs Taxi Trade, Over Uber Meter

Boris Johnson appears to be backing London's cabbies in a row with his transport chiefs over controversial 'taxi apps'.


The mayor believes the smartphones used minicab firm Uber are 'effectively a meter'. If the mayor is right, Uber drivers could be breaking the law.
But Johnson's verdict contradicts the view held by bosses at Transport for London who granted Uber a Private Hire licence.

The decision infuriated the black cab trade and led to a series of protests where cabbies blockaded parts of central London
TfL wants the High Court to give a ruling but the case has been delayed by a decision by the cabbies' union, the LTDA, to launch a private prosecution against four Uber drivers.

"We've got to sort this out because what you've got is the Uber people using what I think is effectively a meter because you're reading from it the fare and distance.If it's a meter then that company is in breach of the act. 
But the trouble is the initial advice that TfL got was that it wasn't a meter. and so we had to. 
It doesn't matter if the calculation is done in outer space as far as I'm concerned, if it's there in the dial, if the actual meter is there in the cab, then that's a meter. 
Anything that a human being reads is a matter. But this is for the courts determine."
– BORIS JOHNSON, THE MAYOR OF LONDON


"Since launching in London over two years ago, hundreds of thousands of Londoners have already embraced Uber connecting them to the safest, most reliable private hire and taxi drivers in this great city. 
TfL has already looked at the Uber app and found it to be compliant with regulation, and we welcome its decision to confirm their interpretation - that Uber’s app, installed on a driver’s smartphone, is not a taximeter - in the High Court."
– JO BERTRAM, UBER REGIONAL GENERAL MANAGER



3 comments:

Binky -Boo said...

Boris may well do a Judas
Watching the ITV London News and out steps Boris changing tack now and siding with the Taxi drivers over Uber .. ..
You see Boris is not silly he probably remembers when Ken fell foul of the Cabbies it lost him his election.

If anyone is standing for an Election do not fall out with London's Taxi
drivers they and their families represent a lot of voters
I bet Peter Hendy's kimono is flapping tonight...

Anonymous said...

Not to disagree with Binky boos point, but perhaps one of his advisors did something extraordinary and READ THE NEWS!!!!

Before it was 'a protest of greedy taxi drivers unwilling to face healthy competition'.

Now, since every decent city in every decent country is in the process of banning them, Boris seems to have realised that perhaps it was really a protest against at the very least unethical practice, ranging through dodgy and probably not exactly legal, to some of the most serious offences in existence!!!

Only Tfl seem to think that facilitating everything from theft to rape is not such a bad Buisness practice, as long as the money keeps rolling in!!

Even Boris has (or may have) worked out that it's not for our survival we fight, but for the safety of the public!!!.......(you know Boris.......VOTERS!!!)


This still matters to Boris!!

Unlike Tfl who seem to have developed the unofficial slogan of
'The public?...Fukum!!'

Anonymous said...

Remember Hendy is on record as saying 'I am nobody' moral compass',

As for relying on Boris!