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.
— Anna Doble (@annadoble) June 11, 2014
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.
One cop us trying bravely to get things moving pic.twitter.com/BGKc58PTQU
— Harry Smith (@stvharry) June 11, 2014
— Simon Shaw (@shawsailing) June 11, 2014
— Pearl (@pearlescent48) June 11, 2014
Well done london taxi drivers. Telling TFL to think again about uber licence. pic.twitter.com/J2TbE7F6SY
— niamh o brady (@niamh1517) June 11, 2014
Taxi drivers outside BIS. They shd ask their undergrad sons/daughters to spin up an app for them to compete with uber pic.twitter.com/50TSoJldbm
— Mary Curnock Cook (@MaryCurnockCook) June 11, 2014
— Richard Jones (@R_Jones80) June 11, 2014
— Eleonora Lilli (@eleonoralilli82) June 11, 2014
— ecomotor (@ecomotor) June 11, 2014
— Le Devoir (@LeDevoir) June 11, 2014
— BILD (@BILD) June 11, 2014