11 Jun 2014

Europe’s anti-Uber cab protest in tweets

Taxi drivers across Europe are on a go-slow protest in city centres show their opposition to Uber, a new app that allows customers to book and track vehicles.

Unions and groups representing taxi drivers have warned that the move is leading to unlicensed drivers being contacted, with no checks on whether they are legitimate.

Protesters in Trafalgar Square chanted “Boris, Boris, Boris, out, out, out”, while taxi drivers beeped their horns as demonstrators held placards. A police helicopter was hovering above the scene while uniformed officers patrolled the area.

Scotland Yard had earlier moved to avoid travel chaos in London by imposing conditions on the demonstration, including limiting it to an hour.

Similar protests were also held in Milan, Madrid and Paris.