It’s not about the black cabs: what’s been missing from the TfL v Uber debate
Uber thought it was in a popularity contest – but TfL doesn’t care about that, or about protecting black cabs, or about the gig economy
In the immediate aftermath of Transport for London’s decision not to renew its licence to operate in London, it must have seemed to Uber that events were going its way. Not for the first time, a regulator had attempted to stand in its way, and the company had turned to its tried-and-tested playbook.
Uber deployed representatives in the media to say London was “closed to innovative companies”. It briefed newspapers that Khan had rejected multiple requests to meet. It submitted a public petition with more than 500,000 signatures to the mayor; another 20,000 emails from Uber drivers were sent to him directly.
TfL isn’t asking Uber not to be a bully – it just wants it to acknowledge that TfL is a bigger one
Source: Guardian Transport