Black cab drivers protesting against Uber and Transport for London (TfL) took to the capital’s streets last month.
London taxi drivers demonstrated in various locations in response to TfL’s reasons for revoking Uber’s licence and the minicab firm’s continued operation in London.
The demos took place every week- day in the capital starting on Monday January 15 where the busy Elephant and Castle roundabout was brought to a standstill by black cabs, causing traffic chaos in the surrounding area.
TfL tweeted that all approaches to Elephant and Castle were affected.
Further protests took place on Tuesday at 3.30pm in Marble Arch, and on Wednesday drivers from the Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA) and the Dads Defending Daughters group drove their cabs to Parliament Square, West-
minster, at around 1pm.
At the start of the protest there were severe delays and congestion in the roads surrounding Parliament Square.
The protesters moved onto Hyde Park Corner and caused congestion in Bayswater Road to Marble Arch, in Knightsbridge to Scotch Corner, in Constitution Hill to Victoria Memorial and near to Victoria Station.
Demonstrators returned to Parliament Square at around 1.45pm.
A Dads Defending Daughters spokes-man told getwestlondon: “We demand TfL stop accommodating an unlicensed operator - we demand recompense from TfL for failing to regulate.”
He added: “TfL pushed us under a bus. We survived - but we have not emerged unscathed. We intend to make TfL pay.”
A TfL spokesman said: “The law stipulates that operators can continue until any appeals process is exhausted. We urge the organisers to call the protests off.”
However, on Thursday London Bridge was completely blocked off by black cab drivers continuing their protest.
The massive demonstration saw cabbies flock to the bridge causing significant disruption to commuters in the capital.
City of London police warned that the demonstration would see the bridge sealed off until at least 8pm. It was eventually reopened shortly before 7pm.
Finally on Friday afternoon black cabs descended on Aldwych and The Strand areas of central London for the fifth and final protest of the week. The demos have sparked debate among Londoners on social media.