London Taxi Driver Strike Brings Central London To A Standstill

11 June 2014, 19:29

A strike by London Taxi Drivers brought roads around Trafalgar Square to a standstill on Wednesday 11 June.

Up to four thousand cabbies clogged the streets around Trafalgar Square protesting against the Uber booking app, tooting horns and shouting.

Taxi drivers and unions say the app, which has been approved by TfL is making the industry less safe, as it's leading to unlicensed drivers being contacted. They also say it's used like a meter, which is breaking the rules.

But uber say the app is safe, and is fully licensed by TfL.

Police said the protest passed off peacefully, with no arrests, after it imposed restrictions on the time and size of the event.

Other drivers were advised to avoid central London during the demonstration.

London cabbies joined taxi drivers across European cities like Paris and Madrid, who also took part in demonstrations against mobile apps.