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Old 01-10-2015, 10:39 AM
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I never really get taxi's of any kind there is usually a public transport or walking option which is just as easy and they charge a fortune.

I don't think uber should be allowed to work as they do to be honest. It just seems unfair to have the difficult knowledge and high cab costs if you are going to let some upstarts effectively compete because they are technically not just picking people up off the street without a booking. If you are saying technology makes these things redundant then by all means do away with it. You cannot keep it and allow another load of people to effectively pick up off the street.
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I never really get taxi's of any kind there is usually a public transport or walking option which is just as easy and they charge a fortune.

I don't think uber should be allowed to work as they do to be honest. It just seems unfair to have the difficult knowledge and high cab costs if you are going to let some upstarts effectively compete because they are technically not just picking people up off the street without a booking. If you are saying technology makes these things redundant then by all means do away with it. You cannot keep it and allow another load of people to effectively pick up off the street.
How is me picking up the phone to Addison Lee or any other minicab operator particularly different from me booking a cab on an app?

Again because it seems that no one gets this, black cab numbers are not decreasing since Uber rocked up. Minicab firms are though.
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How is me picking up the phone to Addison Lee or any other minicab operator particularly different from me booking a cab on an app?

Again because it seems that no one gets this, black cab numbers are not decreasing since Uber rocked up. Minicab firms are though.
Black cabs have a Great app!
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You mean Hailo or something like that? I've used it from time to time.
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How many years ago?
Oh, a good few.

As I recall, Beeline were getting all the business because of the structure they were using - all drivers were self-employed, whereas Victor's were all employees.
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Oh, a good few.

As I recall, Beeline were getting all the business because of the structure they were using - all drivers were self-employed, whereas Victor's were all employees.
So before it was taken over by 3 drivers four years back its all new and the best in the area by far!
How does driver status change anything???
What clients did you have in Sevenoaks?
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So before it was taken over by 3 drivers four years back
Almost certainly - I'll give 'em another go next time.

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How does driver status change anything???
I'm just saying how they'd got so many cars so quickly. They swamped Sevenoaks what, six, seven years ago?
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Old 01-10-2015, 10:51 AM
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You mean Hailo or something like that? I've used it from time to time.
That's the one I always use, very good service.
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Almost certainly - I'll give 'em another go next time.



I'm just saying how they'd got so many cars so quickly. They swamped Sevenoaks what, six, seven years ago?
Fours years... Good slow growth due to the only 24 hour office a 100k taxi dispatch system only taking good drivers and cars! You should try MY firm again!
You might need Adlerhorst if jock cannon my old boss wants to sue for slagging the old Beeline!

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Ha ha - I was starting to wonder.

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Black cabbies have had years and years of ripping people off left right and centre. Now there is a modern, faster, cheaper alternative. F**k em.

When it cost 25 to get from Camden to Norwood at 2am compared to 11 to get from East Croydon to Norwood at 2pm, you know that the system is nothing short of corrupt.
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How is me picking up the phone to Addison Lee or any other minicab operator particularly different from me booking a cab on an app?

Again because it seems that no one gets this, black cab numbers are not decreasing since Uber rocked up. Minicab firms are though.
Well i suppose it's different because you can see that there is an uber in the area doing the rounds awaiting a pick up. Rather than having to wait for one to be dispatched. You are effectively hailing it rather than ordering a mini cab. Would you be so keen if you weren't sure the taxi was around the corner?

I am not sure whether it is effecting the black cabs business is the only factor in whether it is fair for them to operate in this way without passing the knowledge and getting registered in the same way.

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The real test will be at a zebra crossing. As everyone knows a black cab will only stop and let a pedestrian cross if he has a fare in the back. If the light is on they'll run you down rather than stop.
I'd be interested in Uber feedback on this situation.

And I'd assume both don't bother with indicators and/or the occasional racist filth from the misguided driver.
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The real test will be at a zebra crossing. As everyone knows a black cab will only stop and let a pedestrian cross if he has a fare in the back. If the light is on they'll run you down rather than stop.
I'd be interested in Uber feedback on this situation.

And I'd assume both don't bother with indicators and/or the occasional racist filth from the misguided driver.
I am no fan of the average black cab driver but i do think the playing field should be level for the racist tax dodging twerps.

(Although i do see the irony in a bunch of people that actively avoid contributing to society are now appealing to it's better nature).

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If you're male, Uber is the one for you. If you're female, you'd be silly to use it. Do Uber still not do background checks at all?
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How is me picking up the phone to Addison Lee or any other minicab operator particularly different from me booking a cab on an app?

Again because it seems that no one gets this, black cab numbers are not decreasing since Uber rocked up. Minicab firms are though.
Also addison lee are residents parking bay stealing scum of the earth..

I would never use that company personally. Try asking one how long they intend to sit in a space allocated to residents and you'd soon go off them. I've had to circle round on numerous occasions because they sit there for 15/20 minutes in the only available space.

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If Uber isn't an official taxi (black cab) then it must be operating under the same regulations as mini-cabs. As such, it is the same competition for black cabs as normal mini-cabs. They would be just another mini-cab company and good luck to them.

If Uber operate according to neither set of regulations then what they're doing is illegal and they should be shut down until either the law is changed or they comply with current laws.
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If Uber isn't an official taxi (black cab) then it must be operating under the same regulations as mini-cabs. As such, it is the same competition for black cabs as normal mini-cabs. They would be just another mini-cab company and good luck to them.

If Uber operate according to neither set of regulations then what they're doing is illegal and they should be shut down until either the law is changed or they comply with current laws.
They operate under the mini-cab rules AFIAK.
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