A black cab driver is being investigated for driving around the capital with a licence plate that threatened to ‘Kill Uber‘.
The unknown driver, who was pictured outside the Savoy Hotel in central London, left onlookers shocked with their private plate ‘KII UBR’ which has been interpreted as a threat to the American taxi company.
Following the sighting, Uber drivers reacted with outrage at the provocative plate and one stated the driver needed to ‘step back and reflect on what’s important in their life’.
Transport for London – which licences the capital’s taxis – has said it is urgently investigating.
A black cab driver, who was pictured outside the Savoy Hotel in central London with a licence plate that threatened to ‘Kill Uber’ is being investigated
Farhan Khalid, 44, from Birmingham, who has been a minicab driver for 25 years, said: ‘I find it a bit sad someone would go out of their way like this.
‘If someone has it in them to go out of their way to go buy a number plate like this, I think they really need to step back and reflect on what’s important in their life.
‘This hate for Uber is clearly completely overpowering and consuming their life.’
He added: ‘The unfortunate thing is this driver has made himself a target now.’
Kara Attila, another Uber driver from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, said he had only recently spotted a black cab driver with the private plate ‘H8 UBR’.
The 38-year-old said: ‘They blame us for stealing their jobs.
‘But is not our choice, customers have decided that it is much more convenient to use 21st century technology.
‘They like ordering cabs straight to their door, pub or office.
‘Now it’s time to either adapt, evolve or you are not going to survive.’
Graham Robinson, TfL’s taxi boss, commented: ‘Having been made aware of this number plate we are now conducting an urgent investigation.’
Black cabs and the private hire application Uber have been embroiled in a long-running feud with one another after the California tech company lost them earnings.
The American company Uber and black cabs have been embroiled in a long-running feud with one another. (Stock image)
In 2019, the United Cabbies Group (UCG) lost a legal battle against Uber’s 15-month operating permit in London despite the licence initially being turned down.
Uber has currently lost its licence for the capital, but can still accept passengers while it appeals the decision.
MailOnline has contacted TFL for comment.
The ongoing battle between Uber and Black cabs
-In 2012 the American firm Uber was launched in London just before the capital hosted the Olympic Games. The move was welcomed as the country began to recover from the recession
-In 2013 the taxi company launched UberX and caused Black cabs to lose business
-In 2014 thousands of Black cab drivers brought London to a standstill in protest at what they regard as Uber’s lack of regulation and the London Assembly stated that policing of the private company was ‘not fit for purpose’
-In 2016 a group of drivers took the tech giants to an employment tribunal, claiming they should be officially recognised as workers at the company, and that they were not self-employed
-In October 2016, the UK employment tribunal court ruled that workers were not self-employed and should be paid the minimum wage. Uber appealed
-In 2017 the Silicon Valley company’s licence application was rejected and TfL described it as not a ‘fit and proper firm,’ citing issues with patient safety
-In 2019: The United Cabbies Group (UCG) lost a legal battle against Uber’s 15-month operating permit in London despite the licence initially being turned down
-Uber was granted a 15-month licence by a judge after it appealed against a TfL decision not to renew its licence over safety concerns
-The company has currently lost its licence for the capital, but can still accept passengers while it appeals the decision
-In December 2019 Uber launched an appeal against Tfl’s decision to remove its operating licence over safety concerns
Source: Daily Mail – Articles