Uber: ‘Third world immigrant drivers’ are dangerous, claims Black cabbies’ leader » National Taxi Association

Uber: ‘Third world immigrant drivers’ are dangerous, claims Black cabbies’ leader » National Taxi Association

Taxi-booking app Uber is dangerous because it includes immigrant drivers from “third world countries,” a union official for black cabs has claimed. The London Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) said a lack of background checks by Uber on drivers on its books made it difficult to uncover individuals who posed a risk to passengers. Cabbies on Uber are classed as self-employed and so are not subject to the same screening as black taxi drivers, said Steve McNamara, LTDA general secretary. Foreign drivers from “corrupt countries” could bypass all checks designed to protect customers. he said. As a result, using Uber was like “getting in a sea full of sharks – one day you are going to get bitten,” McNamara told IBTimes UK’s sister publication Newsweek. However, the regulator for taxis in London responded by revealing more complaints were made by customers about black cabs than priv...

Full article: http://www.national-taxi-association.co.uk/?p=8519

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