mickybar wrote:Mickybar, in what what way do you think TFL's direction is at odds with the level playing field that you approve of?... I agree on the fact that the rules should be the same for all the competitors, but it seems to me that the direction TFL is trying to take is the wrong one: less competition and more constraints for everyone...
Jules62 wrote:theedy wrote:"this organization exploits its drivers"
Not sure about that, they seem happy enough to do what they do.
I am referring to these instances:
I could go on, and on, and on.
But you too could do the same if you took a few minutes out of your busy schedule and undertake some research.
electro.gal wrote:The very idea that any self-respecting Londoner would dream of using anything other than a black cab astounds me. Those guys are part of our community (5 on my street alone) and train long and hard to serve us all and for that they reserve respect and support. I will gladly pay them the money they deserve because I know they will get me to my destination the safest and most efficient way.
dharle wrote:Tom Pepper - I find it confusing that you are criticising the efficacy of SatNavs/Uber when you've admitted that you don't know how they work (as evidenced by Graham's anecdote above).
The point is that the user types in the destination on their smartphone and that gets sent to the driver. Therefore there is no need for the driver to ask you how to spell "Nobu" etc, as it's all pre-loaded by the time he or she picks you up. In addition, free smartphone apps like Google Maps have live traffic updates (let alone paid-for apps like TomTom).
The other difference is that Uber drivers come to YOU wherever you are. You don't have to walk to a main street and pray that a black cab will pass by (especially late at night). I'd rather know that cab was on its way for certain (and being able to see it visually on your phone is fantastic).
In addition, you don't need to pay by cash or ask for a receipt - it's all automated. You can even use your account abroad!
If people want to pay extra and use a black cab then that is their choice. But let's not pretend that they are affordable for most Londoners. I sometimes use them for work (where I don't have to pay) but my heart still goes into shock when I see the meter rack up!
If it wasn't for the likes of Uber, then black cabs wouldn't be forced to innovate and do things like offer £10 flat-rate fees (like the app Gett). Isn't that what competition is about?
Lastly, almost ALL the black cabs I see lined up alongside Victoria station (near where I work) have sat navs so let's not see them as bastions of virtue. The Knowledge is all very well but I guess it's not bad to have a safety net as back up, right?
Sandgrown Dave wrote:mickybar wrote:Mickybar, in what what way do you think TFL's direction is at odds with the level playing field that you approve of?... I agree on the fact that the rules should be the same for all the competitors, but it seems to me that the direction TFL is trying to take is the wrong one: less competition and more constraints for everyone...
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