Following its action against competitors Uber, the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association has launched a legal challenge against Transport for London, accusing it of providing a public transport service which, by providing an alternative, significantly eats into taxi drivers’ profits.
‘You think we’re expensive now,’ said one London cabbie, ‘but just imagine what we could charge if there was no competition at all. We’d be minted. We just need to get rid of all these bleedin’ buses and trains. As for people driving their own cars into London, we’d be looking to TfL to combat this by increasing the congestion charge to at least £100 a day. Though just for them, obviously – we still wouldn’t pay it.’
The LTDA is also looking into taking action against people walking to their destination, an activity it describes as ‘scabbing’, and those who enable them such as the manufacturers of shoes – which it describes as ‘accessories’.