All hail Uber! But what about the black cabs?
One can be elusive and expensive, the other turns a human moment to a rateable transaction. It’s not easy steering between black cabs and the taxi service app
I had mixed feelings about Uber, the global “app-based transportation network” (translation: cabs you get with your phone). Then I got an Uber account and now my feelings are more mixed still. Black cabs hate them. “Don’t make this about us against Uber,” said Kevin, 52, a black-cab driver. “It’s us against TfL. They have the strictest regulations in the world, but we’re the only ones who have to abide by them.”
Black cabs, anecdotally speaking so far, are really suffering. Kevin said this had been his quietest start to the year in a quarter of a century. At the end of last month, a black cab even offered to take me home from a bus stop for free, because he was bored.
Source: Guardian Transport