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March 2019

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Black Cab Drivers blocade

Parliament Square, London. Fri 1 Mar 2019



 A pedicab driver stops to talk to one of the taxi drivers. All except the cycle lane is blocked by parked taxis

 Drivers stand around in small groups talking. Transport for London have announced some small measures to

 try and cut the terrible congestion in London, which taxis make a large contribution to, and the drivers object

 Many Londoners think much more drastic action is needed to cut congestion and pollution

 and black cabs spend much of their time cruising around empty, 'plying for hire'. There are better ways to organise

 taxi systems now than in the age of the hansom cab. Drivers say they provide an important service for wheelchair

 users, but a proper smartphone-based system would do that better.

 Pedicabs were enjoying the empty roads - though their rates for journeys are eye-watering

 

 Only a few roads are affected by the TfL changes and the driver's response seems extreme.

 They pose for a photograph with a campaigner in a wheelchair calling for an end to Universal Credit

 

 

 

A ride to Trafalgar Square, half a mile away, costs £10 per person.

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