Tuesday, November 15, 2016

York Businessman Speaks Out In Support Local Taxis, As He Implores People Not To Use Uber.


Standing outside his Micklegate nightclub, Andrew Whitney saw several Uber drivers picking up fares – but none of the cars was registered in York.

It prompted Andrew to livestream an impassioned plea for residents to boycott US-based Uber and use the city’s long-established taxi firms.


Andrew, who owns the Mansion club on Micklegate, as well as the Whippet Inn restaurant on North Street, told YorkMix: “The taxi system in York has never failed us. It didn’t fail us during Royal Ascot at York. It didn’t fail us during the Tour de France.

“The Uber drivers are only appearing en masse on a Friday or Saturday night. All they’re doing is coming over and taking the cream from the people that support us seven nights a week".

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Andrew said "if people use Uber it’ll lead to taxi firms laying off call takers as well as drivers. Half the people who view the video will probably know a taxi driver who lives on their street".

Meanwhile the Uber drivers from out of town don’t have the local knowledge: in the comments under Andrew’s video people reported seeing drivers going the wrong way down one-way streets.

Andrew claimed that £3 of every £10 Uber fare goes to the global company which doesn't pay proper taxi or VAT in this country and the rest is going out of York to the drivers from other cities.

His video sparked a debate, with some residents saying they found Uber convenient and cost-effective. But others agreed with him.

Steve Sholder posted on FaceBook: 

“Answer this, would you rather your daughter got a local York taxi home or get a uber car where the driver lives 60 miles away and hasn’t got a clue where he is in York