June 11th, 2014
Responding to today’s Uber protest, Val Shawcross, Transport spokeswoman for the Labour Group on the London Assembly, said:
“We support Transport for London’s decision to refer the validity of Uber’s fare calculating system to the High Court. As well as needing a ruling on how Uber is regulated, there is a serious public safety concern over how customers’ personal details are stored that needs resolving.
“But the Mayor is behind the curve in tackling this problem. Uber has been operating in London since July 2012, and despite Boris trumpeting the creation of his ‘Cabbies Cabinet’, relations have broken down and he has allowed the situation to potentially bring central London to a standstill.
“Like with rising fares and dangerous cycling routes, regulation of London’s array of taxi services is another area of transport policy in which Boris has dropped the ball. With estimates that today’s action could cost the capital’s economy £125million, as usual with this Mayor it is Londoners that lose out under his watch.”
Black cab drivers’ Uber protest ‘will cost London’s economy £125m’ (Evening Standard, 09 June).