Uber app offers olive branch to protesting London cabbies with UberTAXI option

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Uber, the smartphone-based ride-hailing and ride-sharing service that’s London cabby in uproar, has attempted to reach a serene compromise by permitting users to book a black taxi with its app.

The new UberTAXI choice, which sits together with the company’s uberX, EXEC and LUX services, will certainly permit users to organize and spend for the renowned London cabs via their Uber account.

The brand-new service tier will certainly charge the same rates as Transport for London determines for metred black taxis, while the company will certainly charge a 5 per cent commission, a charge that will be eaten by drivers not consumers.

Uber will hope the viewed ‘olive branch’ will certainly help to relax the stress in between it and the Licensed Taxi Driver’s Association.


Protesting cabbies brought hours of disruption to the capital on Wednesday with a strike to protest against Uber muscling in on their grass.

The motorists’ beef stems from the lack of regulation for Uber, who’s drivers don’t require a license or to pass ‘The Understanding’ examinations in to run in the capital

Uber’s Jo Bertram composed on the business’s blog on Wednesday: ‘We recognize the distinct heritage and value of standard black taxis when it pertains to getting around. UberTAXI is another means of making use of technology to provide even more selection, making life simpler and keeping London moving.’

Either way, the objections do not appear to have done Uber any harm, with CNBC reporting register have lifted 850 per cent compared to last week.