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Will An Uber Protest Shut-Down Downtown In London?

Taxi driver in London are mad as hell, and not going to take it anymore, according reports in Business Insider. Taxi drivers are planning to move ahead with a protest aimed at shutting down large sections of central London with traffic, congestion, noise and chaos over their total dissatisfaction with ride-sharing service Uber disrupting the market.  

Disrupting it illegally, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA), by violating regulations that drivers may not have taximeters in their cars. They claim that Uber’s app is the same as having a taximeter.

Transport for London — the taxi regulator in the city — has so far ruled that Uber is not violating laws, since the app does not require a physical connection to the car, though many drivers to mount their phones to their dashboards. TfL has asked the High Court for an official ruling on the legality of Uber.

The LTDA is planning the demonstration for June 11 in central London, despite the TfL request for a ruling. 

“The taxi trade have no confidence in TfL and its legal team whatsoever and we will be issuing proceedings of our own,” LTDA General Secretary Steve McNamara told the BBC.

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