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850% increase in sign-ups for the Uber taxi app

Londoners are voting with their fingers, tapping the app in support of new and innovative services as we see our biggest day of sign-ups in London today since launch two years ago.

In fact, today we’re seeing an 850% increase in sign-ups compared to last Wednesday. The results are clear: London wants Uber in a big way. Unsurprisingly, the LTDA, which is stuck in the dark ages, is intent on holding London to ransom and causing significant economic impact to Londoners today, estimated to be £125m.

– Jo Bertram UK & Ireland General Manager, Uber
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Boris: Trying to discover the way 'the Uber thing' works

What we can't do is fight all kinds of technological progress and disinvent the internet.

What we're trying to do now is discover whether the way the Uber thing works is compatible with the law.

We have some serious reservations. Although the lawyers say that it is, there are a couple of problems not least to do with nthe incorporation of the company.

It's not quite clear whether they're based in Holland or in the UK and if they're not based in the UK they can't have a licence to operate.

– Boris Johnson, speaking on LBC Radio

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Taxi drivers strike over mobile phone fares app

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."

Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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.

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