European cities have been brought to a standstill after taxi drivers launched a protest against private taxi service, Uber.
Hundreds of taxi drivers in cities like London, Paris and Rome stopped work to protest against the company which they claim is breaking local taxi rules.
According to The Guardian, up to 12,000 black cabs clogged the streets of London, bringing Trafalgar Square to a standstill.
Taxi drivers in Paris blocked the city’s major airports and reduced their services during the peak-hour rush.
Private taxi services have shaken up the taxi industry, with a massive increase in people choosing to use apps like Uber instead of traditional cabs.
A spokesperson for Uber denied that the company did not comply with local regulations.
“What you are seeing today is an industry that has not faced competition for decades,”said Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber Regional General Manager for Europe.
“Now finally we are seeing competition from companies such as Uber which is bringing choice to customers,” Gore-Toty told Al Jazeera.
A statement from the company said that the London Taxi Drivers Association was “stuck in the dark ages” and “intent on holding London to ransom”.
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