Uber facing Heat from London taxi drivers
Uber the car-sharing smartphone app had a bit of relief as unlike in Pittsburgh, America where the company has been ordered to stop its operations, the London's transit agency gave a decision in favor of Uber. This decision was made against the accusations of violation of transportation regulations made against the company by the London taxi drivers.
The London taxi drivers had blockading roads around the Trafalgar Square last month to protest against the use of "taximeter" technology and using non-licensed black-car drivers. Though Uber has been officially pardoned by the London's transit agency but the taximeter question won't be officially settled until the fall.
As there are serious concerns about Uber turning into a monopoly everything and anything against Uber is being looked into so the London's Licensed Taxi Drivers Association has even got cases registered against six Uber drivers for violating city regulations.
Back in America, Five area cab and sedan companies include Barwood Taxi and Sun Cab filed suit against Uber for creating an anti-competitive environment that they believe is hampering their ability to do business in Maryland.
Lee Barnes, president of Barwood Taxi said in a press release announcing the action said, "Barwood welcomes competition in the taxicab industry but it is impossible for our drivers to compete on a level playing field when Uber blatantly refuses to comply with the same rules as the rest of us, even when required to do so by the state".
Taylor Bennett, an Uber spokesperson defended by stating that Uber is providing rights to riders to enjoy competition and choice and also to drivers so as to build their own small business. Uber is fighting efforts to regulate its operations in Maryland.
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