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    Posted May 8, 2014 by
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    Black cab drivers in London are planning on causing gridlock in the city as a protest against the car service Uber. This action has the potential to cause chaos for pay congestion charge. LTDA (Licence Taxi Drivers Association) are complaining that drivers who operate under Uber are using a smartphone app that calculates fares, this is despite it being illegal for private hire cars to be fitted with taximeters. Tfl have declines to comment or intervene because they do not see it as a breach of the law. LTDA are planning on holding this disturbance in early June.  LTDA’s general secretary has told the BBC.  “Transport for London not enforcing the Private Hire Vehicles Act is dangerous for Londoners”  “I anticipate that the demonstration against Tfl’s handling of the Uber will attract many thousands of cabs and cause severe chaos, pay congestion charge and confusion across the metropolis”  Tfl have told the association that they did not believe Uber’s drivers were using taximeters as there is no connection between the device and the vehicle. Instead they believe that the app is only making use of the data about the distance travelled and time taken, which is not illegal in itself.  LTDA have rejected this distinction and is now threatening to seek a judicial review.  "We have seen no evidence to suggest that Uber London Ltd are not fit and proper to hold a London private hire vehicle operator's licence, but no final decisions have been made whilst Uber's operating model is still under investigation," TfL told the BBC.  This dispute is not the first time that Uber and the established taxi trade have clashed heads. Uber are also facing a number of restrictions on its operations in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Sydney and a number of US cities.     If you are travelling into the London congestion zone, don't forget to pay congestion charge.

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