London's Black Cab drivers are angry. They're angry because Uber, a new(ish) taxi app, has been given the go-ahead by Transport for London. Even though Uber's drivers are technically minicabs, the app uses passengers' smartphones to determine the fare. Which, say cabbies, is kind of like a meter. And minicabs aren't supposed to use meters.
On Wednesday, cabbies decided to protest by blocking the centre of London. It was surprisingly serene. Here's Piccadilly Circus:
And here's Trafalgar Square:
We spoke to some cabbies. Most of them were worried about how Transport for London will protect their rights.
And some were just angry.
David Connor has been a licensed taxi driver in London for 27 years. He said he's striking to protect his livelihood.
Meanwhile, across the street on Trafalgar Square, things continued as normal.
We met a tourist who was surprisingly well informed.
And then we walked back to the office, along an eerily quiet Charing Cross Road:
Afterwards, Uber reported that new sign-ups had rocketed by 850% during the protest. Well, if people couldn't get a cab, who else were they going to turn to...?