THE taxi drivers of London are famous for their black cabs, pricey fares and outspoken political commentary provided to passengers at no extra charge. On September 22nd they were given a new subject on which to hold forth when Transport for London (TfL), the capital’s transit authority, said it would not renew the operating licence of Uber, a ride-hailing app that cabbies loathe for poaching their fares.

“Uber is the school bully finally going to the headmaster,” cheers Steve McNamara of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association. But whether Uber will be banished from London remains to be seen.

TfL cites several reasons for its decision. First is Uber’s way of reporting serious crimes. London’s police force has accused the firm of not reporting six sexual assaults promptly last year, including one case in which the driver continued to work.

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Published by Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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Uber runs into a wall in London

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