In London, taxi drivers are not rioting and burning Uber cars like we’ve recently seen in Paris.
Instead, they are enlisting the likes comedian Russell Brand who sides with London’s black cabs in an 8-minute video that’s making the rounds in social media this week. If you are time pressed, the tirade begins in the video above at about 1:50.
So far, a shorter (2 min) video has clocked over 1.5 million views on Brand’s Facebook page.
In the video, Brand says thing like: “Uber is a multi-billion dollar corporation, part-owned by Goldman Sachs, part-owned by Google, that skims off all its profit and puts it into foreign bank accounts.”
He also claims that using Uber means that, “more money is being siphoned out of our country. If you get a black cab that money stays in our country, stays in our economy. That’s one clear advantage.”
Brand is riding on a wave of discontent with Uber since its surge pricing model tripled fares last week during London’s tube strike.
Nonetheless, Uber continues to make big gains in the UK– here’s a list of fares between Heathrow and London:
London black cab rates run higher- here’s what the Transport for London page says:
I most often use the fast and easy Heathrow Express between London and Heathrow (about $33 each way), but end up having to jump in a cab and suffer through London traffic on the way to my hotel or appointment.
What about you? Have you or would you use Uber in London?
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