Incumbent cabbies fight for closed market

In [Uber UK manager] Bertram’s eyes, the protest is “a little bit ironic”. “The taxi industry is talking about bringing London to a stand still while Uber is trying to take people from A to B as quickly as possible.”

This isn’t the first time that Uber has faced challenges from incumbent taxi services. It’s been banned in Brussels and has been targeted by protests in the US and Paris. Bertram puts this down to fear of competition. “We are bringing competition to a market that hasn’t been shaken up for years in most countries and markets, providing a choice for both customers and drivers.”

Via Cabbies protest Uber’s “unregulated” invasion @ Ars Technica.

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