England’s court may suspend the concession for the transportation app Uber , the most popular in the world, to operate in the city of London . The capital of the United Kingdom is the company’s main market, where about 45,000 registered drivers work. Just over a year ago, a court ruling gave the application time to adapt to safety standards compatible with local taxi service. The final decision is to be made in the coming days, and it is being considered by experts as a milestone – be it positive or negative – for application services, whether in transportation or other niche markets.
London taxis are one of the most traditional services in the world, as only one locally made car model is allowed. The“ black cabs ” have an origin, and regulation, dating back to the era of carriages in the 17th century. Certainly since then, technologies have been incorporated, but in a rather conservative manner. The motorized version appeared in 1897; in 1948, the iconic three-door rear-hinged models were introduced. Another two updates took place in 1959 and 1997, the latter with the introduction of the TX1, a model that is now running on city streets.
The city’s 25,000 taxis are a great service, no doubt. To obtain his operating license, each driver is required to pass a street knowledge test and memorize at least 350 routes. However, all this regulation also makes it one of the most expensive in the world.
With the arrival of transportation and location apps, local users and tourists have gained a more economical alternative, and many have opted to give up the charm of black cabs. Certainly, maintaining some aspects of everyday life with its traditional setting is one of the most striking features of English culture. However, the incorporation of new technologies brings practicality and economy, virtues that cannot be missed in the lifestyle of a big city. London, one of the world’s most modern and plural cities, will find a way, as it has always done throughout its history, to reconcile 21st century advances with the preservation of its rich memory.