Hailo sides with London cabbies in Uber dispute as it ditches private hire

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Hailo said black cabs were using tech before Uber even came along (Source: Getty)

The battle between black cabs and taxi apps has just ramped up another notch.

Hailo, a mobile app which lets users hail a black cab or private minicab, today announced it had resigned its private license and is returning to black cabs only in London.

This comes as Transport for London is initiating a consultation on new regulations for private hire vehicle - many of which are expected to damage controversial taxi app Uber.

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Andrew Pinnington, chief executive of Hailo, said in a blog post entitled Back to Black: "Together we need to start by exposing the two big pieces of misinformation about the taxi trade: that cabbies don’t like new technology, and that taxis are a dying trade."

"Cabbies began using tech before companies like Uber even existed."

TfL's consultation includes plans for a minimum waiting time of five minutes– even if a car is immediately available – while sharing a ride with other people would be banned, as would displaying nearby drivers’ availability on apps. The rules would apply to Uber and other ride-hailing apps.

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