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Parts of central London are currently gridlocked after thousands of black cab drivers took industrial action at Trafalgar Square.
Up to 12,000 black cabs have headed to the centre of the capital with the intent to cause traffic chaos.
The traditional cabbies are protesting at Transport for London's (TfL) regulation of rival cab service Uber.
The Google-backed app allows users to order a car at the touch of a button, and the fare is calculated using GPS tracking.
But traditional cabbies say this is effectively a taxi meter, which only black cabs are legally entitled to use in the capital.
originally posted by: ObservingYou
It's slightly funny as I'm going to presume many of these people aren't even English.
A presumption I feel comfortable to make, considering the stats for Ethnic London aha.
originally posted by: ScottG30
a reply to: angelchemuel
Nice to see MSM ignoring the issue , They done the same a few years ago when Fire Fighters staged a sit down on the roads of London and the media IGNORED it
The taxicab driver is required to be able to decide routes immediately in response to a passenger's request or traffic conditions, rather than stopping to look at a map, relying on satellite navigation or asking a controller by radio
The 320 main (standard) routes, or 'runs', through central London of the Knowledge are contained within the 'Blue Book' (officially known as the 'Guide to Learning the Knowledge of London' and which is actually pink), produced by the Public Carriage Office which regulates licensed taxis in London. In all some 25,000 streets within a six mile radius of Charing Cross are covered along with the major arterial routes through the rest of London.
A taxicab-driver must learn these routes, as well as the 'points of interest' along those routes including streets, squares, clubs, hospitals, hotels, theatres, embassies, government and public buildings, railway stations, police stations, courts, diplomatic buildings, important places of worship, cemeteries, crematoria, parks and open spaces, sports and leisure centres, places of learning, restaurants and historic buildings.
The Knowledge includes such details as the order of theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, or the names and order of the side streets and traffic signals passed on a route.