Uber Lives: Ride-Sharing Service Sidesteps London Restrictions
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Uber will continue to be one of myriad options in and around London, as a number of proposed restrictions have been dropped according to various reports.
The Guardian offers, “Uber is claiming a major victory after Transport for London (TfL) ditched a number of proposals that would have imposed restrictions on the car hire app’s business.”
As you can see from the BBC report, those restrictions would have choked Uber service to near flat line, as they would have dramatically hindered how effective Uber drivers could be throughout an already congested city.
The rejected proposals include, according to BBC News: “a ban on apps being able to show where their nearby available vehicles were;" an imposed five-minute delay between ride request and pick-up; a seven-day advance requirement for mini-cab service; and “a limitation that drivers be registered to only a single operator at a time.”
Now this isn’t a sweeping victory, just one that maintains presumed Uber service for the interim.
As BBC News notes, mayor Boris Johnson is keen to include a charge that doesn’t affect minicab and black cab purveyors.
The report states the following: “The Mayor, Boris Johnson, has asked Transport for London (TfL) to investigate whether all private-hire drivers should lose their exemption from the city's congestion-charge scheme.”
Now Uber is quickly becoming a crucial tool for travelers in many cities worldwide. However, it may be a work in progress in London as the following video illustrates:
Granted, the above video is from over a year ago, but it does signal what could be inconvenient with a service like Uber in a town like London.
For one, it is a mess as far as congestion, which is exacerbated if you aren’t used to driving its routes on a daily basis. Essentially, it’s not the place for amateurs.
Most importantly is the value black cab drivers offer with their education and experience on the ins and outs of London.
With that being said, Londoners will continue to have a few conveyance options, including a brilliant and intuitive public transport system.
For the moment, Uber is alive and well in the capital.
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