Black cab drivers in London are to strike over the introduction of a Smart Phone app which allows users to calculate taxi fares. The High Court is being asked to settle a bitter row after cabbies claimed private hire firms who use the app are breaking the law on taximeters.
They have reacted furiously to Transport for London's decision to licence an international minicab operator called Uber. The company uses the advertising slogan "Taxi without the hassle" and offers customers: "No whistling, no waving, no cash needed."
Current laws make it illegal for a passenger to make a booking with a minicab driver. TfL believes smart phones which use GPS tracking to measure the distance and duration of a journey should not be classed as taximeters.
Boris Johnson has also given the controversial minicab firm Uber seven days to reveal whether it is based in London or Amsterdam.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has urged black cab drivers to abandon tomorrow's protest - as the Metropolitan Police imposes new restrictions