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1 March 2016, 14:16
Sadiq Khan Announces Crackdown On Uber
Sadiq Khan says he would crack down on Uber drivers to "level the playing field".
This is the moment that Sadiq Khan told LBC he would clamp down on the growth of private hire vehicles as Mayor.
Speaking in March, the Labour man told LBC that he wanted to restrict the number of minicabs - including Uber cars - to help protect Black taxis in London.
He told LBC: "The black taxis are now as low as 23,000, for the first time in a generation, there are fewer people doing The Knowledge.
"And I’m afraid the mistake was made a couple of years ago when TfL allowed the Uber taxis to come on stream.
"These private hire vehicles are charging far, far less than black taxis can.
"And the regulations on you - the cost of your vehicle, the amount of years you spend doing the knowledge, the checks you have to undertake, and because the same rules don't apply for private hire vehicles - you have the legs knocked out from underneath you.
"I will be the mayor who begins the renaissance of the black taxi. I don't want them to go the same way as the red telephone box."