Taxify’s London operation was (and remains) temporarily suspended.
Taxify, an Estonian Uber rival which has received backing from China’s Didi Chuxing, has been left in an uncertain position in London following a recent suspension of operations.
We’ve been reporting regularly on Taxify’s plans for European launches over the last few weeks. Things have not been going entirely to plan.
Less than a week after launch, Taxify’s London operation was (and remains) temporarily suspended.
Taxify responded, accusing TFL of ‘bullying’ them, and immediately announced their plans to appeal the decision.
In a further shake-up of the London ride-hailing scene, Uber’s licence was also recently revoked by Transport For London, albeit for different reasons.
Since that time, Taxify (along with rival Via) claim that they’ve been left in the dark by TFL, who seem to have stopped processing licence applications whilst the Uber issue is resolved.
All of this doesn’t look good for London. At a time when the city is trying to present a welcoming image to the world despite the challenges of Brexit, it’s seen as being a bit embarrassing that innovative global firms have been barred from doing business.
At the same time, some Londoners are pleased that TFL is standing-up for traditional black cab drivers, who had been threatened by the new rivals.
We’ll keep you posted on how this saga unfolds.
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