Cabbies Clog Europe Streets to Protest Ride-Sharing Uber
Silicon Valley startup is expanding to more countries
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2014 1:58 PM CDT
A demonstrator carries a mock coffin with a message reading 'They want to kill us - Uber' during a taxi protest in Madrid Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Paul White)

(Newser) – Today was a lousy one to be a tourist in Europe. Taxi cab drivers in Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, Milan, and elsewhere clogged the streets in front of major attractions to protest what they see as unfair competition from the US ride-sharing service Uber, reports Bloomberg. Uber users can summon a taxi with their smartphones, and cabbies think drivers who participate should be subject to the same regulations they are—including pricey licenses.

"This about an all-out assault on our profession, our livelihoods," a driver of one of London's "black taxis" tells Reuters. "These big companies are coming in, not playing by the rules." Uber has run into similar friction in various US cities, though nothing on the scale of today's coordinated protest in Europe. Executives for Uber, which last week announced $1.2 billion in new funding and a valuation of $18.2 billion, didn't seem fazed. "If anything, it's going to make Uber even more visible, and make a lot of people realize that they now have choices that they didn't have before," one tells the Wall Street Journal. (Of course, not all publicity is good publicity.)

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Jun 12, 2014 3:08 AM CDT
Right On, you go people, but when things go wrong you come back to a, or any government agency to help you.
Jun 11, 2014 10:27 PM CDT
These cab drivers aren't as angry as the hotels in NYC are about AirBnb. Now you can stay in someone's comfy apartment in Manhattan for way less than the $550 room at the Marriott Marquis.
Jun 11, 2014 8:04 PM CDT
Whhhhaaaaaatttt !!! Did somebody say COMPETITION ??!!!!!! You son of a !!....... How dare YYOOOOOUUUUUU !!! Another mafia style setup broken by Silicon Valley. Thanks Uber.. Remember the old system of garbage collecting by mafia in big cities? Very similar to today's cab services, filthy cars, clueless drivers, high prices. No more.... And the dumb cab drivers who slave all day for 50 bucks for big cab companies: Get a car or use your car and join Uber. You'll make more and not get yelled at by some schmuck for returning the cab 3 minutes too late.