Taxi Protest Causes Traffic Chaos In London
Wednesday 10th February 2016
A go-slow protest by black taxi drivers caused huge disruption in central London this afternoon.
An estimated 8,000 cabbies took part in the demonstration outside Parliament from 2.30pm.
The action is being taken due to their concerns over mini-cab app Uber.
The RMT union representative says parliament needs to restore the trade through a parliamentary debate on plying for hire.
Chairman Mick Bailey has told LBC: "I hope that drivers that weren't intending to come will get behind it and come down and show their support for their job.
"Because if they don't, we're on the rocky road to nowhere. It's your livelihood. It's your job.
"Plying for hire is the rhing that's got to be dealt with. We've got to get it in the House of Commons and we've got to prevent this government from dismantling the Licensed Taxi Trade in London."
Uber offered the industry use of its app without paying commission, an olive branch that has been rejected.
A recent protest caused the whole of central London to be snarled up and the noise was immense: