Taxi Protest To Bring London To A Standstill
Wednesday 11th June 2014
A planned protest by taxi drivers is expected to cause travel chaos in central London this afternoon.
Thousands of black cab drivers will block the capital's roads for hours from 2pm, driving slowly from Parliament Square, up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square.
Police are advising the public to avoid driving in much of central London.
The row over the deregulation of the taxi industry has been ignited by the introduction of new phone app Uber, which allows users to book and pick up minicabs on the street.
Steve McNamara, head of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, has insisted on LBC they are co-operating with police ahead of a planned demonstration.
He said: "We informed them in a compliance meeting we had with them about two and a half weeks ago that we were doing it. How we can tell them details of the route of the procession when there isn't one is a mystery to me.
"It's very simple. A number of taxi drivers will be in Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and Whitehall tomorrow afternoon. That's it."
Police are warning taxi drivers they could face arrest if they cause major disruption to Londoners.
Chief Superintendent Pippa Mills has told LBC they still need organisers to sit down with them to agree routes and timings.
She said: "Steve McNamara earlier was quoting up to 10,000 taxis coming into London in such a small area as Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Square - I think anyone who visits London regularly will recognise the congestion that will cause."