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Uber tries to get along with Black Cab drivers in London by letting them use the app for free

Uber has published a new blog post on the company website detailing how both Uber and black cab drivers in London can coexist and get along just fine. Said drivers will now be able to fire up the Uber app and utilize the Taxi option to connect to paying customers, without paying out a service fee for the first year of use.

It's billed as a means for black cab drivers to reach new customers and get more business, as opposed to relying strictly on hailing passengers on the street. This should help drivers at those periods when there aren't many customers looking to hail a black cab in and around London. It also means that those who need a cab will have more choice with the ability to use black cabs when planning a journey in the Uber app.

Source: Uber

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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27 Comments
  • That's uber nice of them
  • The future is black. /s really nice of Uber
  • I need a uber partner app....
  • Oh I get it now. I though Uber was just being racist towards Black.... Cab Drivers.
    Got to be a bit more specific with those titles for the rest of the world WC. :D
  • Lol, same here. As a non-Taxi commuter it took me a while to figure that out.
  • There's a big difference in meaning between "black cab drivers" and "Black Cab drivers". Capital letters aren't just for looking pretty!
  • If you haven't been to London, you may not get it. The Black Cab drivers are a cut above regular cab drivers in other cities. They simply hold themselves to a higher standard.
  • @ InfoSage
    So, I guess you could say once you go Black Cab there's no going back?
    (gosh, that's so lame )
  • Lol
  • Agree but I don't assume everyone gets capitalization right, especially online. In this case, it helps lol. Still had to read to make sure I understood though Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your Uncle jack off a horse.
  • I thought the same thing until I read some of the comments lol.
  • It wil help the black cab drivers get more custom in the rain. Theres no way i would hail a cab in the rain if i could stand inside and call an uber. Although black cabs are so uncomfortable i would always rather stand at the taxi rank and wait 5 minutes for an uber instead of getting in one of the black cabs.
  • Yeah, it'd be real nice if the Black Cab could transcend just being the horribly uncomfortable thing it is and embraced other vehicles with, well, suspension.
  • @Richard Devine, but....but... they are quintessentially tied to the British identity! :P.
  • The new london bus design is very modern, yet looks much like a london bus. They could do the same with taxis.
  • Why can't uber do this with all TAXI cab companies around the world?
  • The same way google doesnt allow adduplex to use google information for free do provide advertising data to their customers.. they need to run a business
  • Ohhh Black Cab is a service. Thought it was towards black people! Lolz
  • Lol..me too
  • Doesn't change anything. Black Cabs are too expensive. Until they drop their prices, people will always choose a comfortable Uber car rather than an uncomfortable taxi
  • Or a minicab office less than half the prixe and more comfortable.
  • Don't black cabs in London have a unified phone number like the ones here in Glasgow do? Uber in Glasgow is pretty underused, perhaps for that reason.
  • I second the Uber partner app! I have to switch SIM cards from my 950 to a cheap Android phone when I'm driving. It's painful to say the least...
  • Ok so a Black Cab driver and an Uber walk into a bar..
  • A pub
  • Black cabs charge too so much more compared to going to a mini cab office. Home to work £18 in minicab £35 in black cab. Screw black cab drivers. No wonder hardly anyone uses them anymore except rich people or tourists.