TIL In 2014, black taxi cab drivers brought parts of London to a standstill, protesting against Uber. This led to an 850% increase in downloads of Uber.

TIL In 2014, black taxi cab drivers brought parts of London to a standstill, protesting against Uber. This led to an 850% increase in downloads of Uber.

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  • chrisdcco
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is around the time when cab drivers in France were throwing bricks off of bridges at Uber drivers I'm pretty sure.

    Edit: I found the link to the brick throwing.


  • BaronBifford
    1 Week(s) Ago

    It's like taxi drivers in New York. They're furious that they had to jump through hoops and incur debts to get into their trade only for Uber to come along. In New York, many former cab drivers have become Uber drivers themselves, but that's not an option for all of them because they have big debts to pay off.

  • dlee420
    1 Week(s) Ago

    In my city cab drivers went down to city hall with their shirts off as uber was "stealing the clothes right off their backs". Everyone uses uber now

  • markybug
    1 Week(s) Ago

    First visit to the US in 2017 , and even after reading about regular cabs possibly conning tourists, we still got taken the long way to our hotel.

    So for the rest of our 12 days in Vegas we used Uber. Amazing service and cheaper too. Drivers were pleasant and cars were clean and well maintained.

    Would always use Uber in big cities.

  • RollinDeepWithData
    1 Week(s) Ago

    If every cab I ever took wasn’t so goddamn awful then I would be more sympathetic. Maybe at a bare minimum stop fucking your customers and people will like you? I would pay a premium to NOT take a cab at this point.

  • luxurycrab
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Youd think taxi firms would try and up their game but nope. Always late, in rundown shitty cabs and they always try to scam you. My last encounter getting a normal taxi was the final straw. Booked one 2 days in advance for a specific time. Guy doesnt show, call the office to be told "he'll be 5 minutes"

    20 minutes later we've arranged alternate transport and left. 40 minutes after we were supposed to be picked up the driver rang and was actually pissy because we'd found alternative transport. Ended up arguing and being blocked from their services.. big loss there lmao

    (Edit - I Know 2k isn't a lot of votes but I can't stop laughing at the fact an offhand comment bitching about taxis is my most voted act on reddit)

  • wdr1
    1 Week(s) Ago

    When the city announced they were going to allow Uber/Lyft to pick up at SJC (Silicon Valley's main airport), the taxi union conducted a strike and refused to pick anyone up.

    When I arrived into the morning, I was told my only option was to get in a shared ride van & spent the next 2.5 hours as they drove all over, in rush hour traffic, dropping each of us.

    That pretty firmly committed me to never taking a taxi from SJC again.

  • PainMagnetGaming
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Southpark actually made an episode similar to this making fun of cab drivers for being unable/unwilling to change to compete with ride share services. It's pretty great too.

  • fluffspeed
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I misunderstood "black taxi cab drivers" and had no idea why Uber was racist.

  • princeapalia
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I would feel sorry for cab drivers, but the majority of rides I have are pretty bad. Lots of drivers try to rinse you for more money by taking odd routes or being dishonest before the ride, and the fees are way higher to begin with. I’ve had lots of problems in the past with drivers that barely speak English and trying to sort out ride details is really hard work.

    Uber is just so much better. Cheaper, sort the price beforehand, regular offers/discounts, more comfortable cars, haven’t got to flag/call a taxi and deal with the driver in person etc...


    I recently went on holiday to Australia, and there’s an even better service out there called Ola which competes with Uber. They’re even cheaper with 30%+ offers all the time. Can’t see why anyone would take a taxi.

  • stevethered2
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I remember back in the 90s UK farmers blockaded roads around London to protest high fuel prices.

    Many people sympathised as over half the price they paid at the pump was taxes.

    Until it was revealed that farmers paid a subsidised price for their farm diesel.

  • Bighorn21
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Its easier, cheaper and faster to use an Uber then it is to take a cab in almost every instance. In what universe would I continue to use a service and pay more to do so just to get a worse experience.

  • rowrin
    1 Week(s) Ago

    part of the demonstration was about highlighting the length of training - between four and seven years - that taxi drivers undergo before being licensed.

    Holy shit. I know the UK love their pointless quagmire of regulation, but I didn't know you needed a master's degree to drive a taxi lol.

  • grayskull88
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I bring this up in every Uber thread... Uber didn't come out with some spectacular technical revolution for transit. They basically created a taxi company with an app, then downloaded all of the asset cost and liability to the drivers, while avoiding all of the laws created specifically for taxi companies. This new taxi company was cheaper so consumers we're obviously stoked.

  • IWasSayingBoourner
    1 Week(s) Ago

    The last time I took a taxi was a couple of hours after I had taken an Uber. I took the Uber from a parking garage to a bar, then took a taxi from the bar to a concert venue. The Uber was a nice, new, clean SUV with a friendly, safe driver who took a direct route to my destination and I knew the cost ahead of time. The cab had literal black trash bags covering its destroyed back seats, an angry driver who seemed pissed that he had to drive us a few blocks, which he did by a ridiculous route that was twice as far as it should have been to run up fare, and he drove like an absolute madman in a way that made me genuinely fear for my life. And the whole cab smelled like cigarettes and piss. I've never chosen a cab since. Want to compete with Uber and Lyft? Get your shit together.

  • zivlynsbane
    1 Week(s) Ago

    The best protest I’ve heard of in the transportation was the bus drivers, either in japan or China that had fare free rides for a while. But yeah if taxis can’t find a way to rival vs Uber, they’ll disappear soon enough.

  • Kevan-with-an-i
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Keep Calm and hasten your demise.

  • Lux_Sola
    1 Week(s) Ago

    A lot of people misunderstand the goal of the black cab drivers, and assume they made a huge mistake.

    They weren't trying to get the people to turn against ridesharing. They were trying to get the government to outlaw it.

    They knew they couldn't compete in a fair market, so they were trying to force the government to outlaw their competition.

    It may not have worked in that particular case, but it has in others, and it was a good tactic from their point of view.