Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Taxi for Jackie Doyle-Price? Thurrock’s cabbies unhappy with MP over Uber

THURROCK’S Black Taxi drivers feel that their livelihoods are under threat due to the increasing presence of Uber drivers in London.

Uber is a company that runs a smartphone app that allows users to hail a minicab at the touch of a button.

Cabbies believe the loss-making firm is deliberately charging low fares in order to drive rivals out of business and establish a monopoly,

Cabbies also believe Uber drivers are picking up and hiring in Thurrock, with reports that they will take passengers anywhere in Thurrock to Lakeside for £1.25.

If anyone has followed the Uber debate on Twitter then they may have noticed that there has been a number of angry exchanges between the taxi drivers and Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price.

We interviewed Grays-based Taxi driver Gary White, who gave us an overview of the problem but also detailed what appeared to be a deteriorating relationship between the drivers and the “plain-speaking” MP.

There are believed to be around 75 London taxi drivers living in Thurrock.

Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle_Price is unavailable for comment.

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