End of the road? Redbridge black cab drivers voice concerns about ‘unfair’ regulations
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Black cab drivers in Redbridge say they are being driven off the road by unfair conditions set by Transport for London (TfL) and unlicensed drivers.
Traditional black cab drivers have been campaigning for change since TfL allowed American company Uber to operate in the capital.
Cabbies from Redbridge joined hundreds in a central London protest on Tuesday and have been backed by Ilford North MP Wes Streeting.
“Uninsured drivers, unfair competition and poor quality are driving black cab drivers off the road,” he said.
“Ilford North is home to one of the largest numbers of black cab drivers in London and we need to make sure that there are fair conditions and everyone is on a equal footing.”
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Black cab driver Danny Fresco, 41, from Katherine Gardens, Hainault, said the trade is a London tradition and part of the city’s culture.
He said: “I look at London as my office, I work in it every day.
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“There is a massive misconception that it is all about Uber, but we have had competition before.
“I pay for my licence and meter but they can do what they like, it is unfair.”
Read the full story in this week’s Recorder, out today.