Find it amazing how many people suddenly can't function in life without Uber. Its only been going for a few years, what did they do beforehand???I confess to being more than a little suspicious about these vast numbers of people supporting Uber. The appeal of the app based system is obviously convenience. Before Uber, you could either stand on the kerb and flag down a passing cab, or phone a private hire company who would invariable tell you "be there in ten minutes guv" and actually turn up sometime in the next hour, if at all.
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Pre-booked private hire is a lot more reliable; partly because the scheduler has more time to plan the journey in, and partly because they rely on that business and do not want to see bad reviews.
It takes a long time to qualify as a black cab driver; hundreds of hours driving a moped around London's streets "doing the knowledge". The problem is that, as satnavs have become more and more sophisticated, with live traffic updates etc, all that hard work is becoming less relevant.
Maybe TFL need to look for a better solution.