Traffic chaos as black cab drivers bring central London to a standstill again

 
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Cab drivers brought central London to a standstill. (Source: Getty)

Black cab drivers brought London to a standstill this afternoon as they staged another demonstration.

Twitter users reported queues of black cabs up Whitehall and around Trafalgar Square, while Transport for London's traffic news account said Whitehall was closed in both directions and Victoria Street was closed eastbound from Strutton Ground.

Transport for London (TfL) added that the protest was affecting buses in the area.

Although City A.M. was not able to confirm what the protest was about, it is understood cabbies are angry at alleged relationships between former members of the cabinet and senior members of staff at Uber's UK arm.

A spokesperson for Uber said:

"Londoners will struggle to understand why black cab drivers have once again brought the capital's streets to a standstill.

"Just two days ago the Mayor exempted diesel cabs from his new air pollution charge which everyone else - even ambulances - will have to pay. Meanwhile Transport for London is pursuing new measures which its own estimates show will put more than 33,000 private hire drivers out of business. We'll be doing our best to help keep London moving this afternoon."

In January black cab drivers staged a similar protest at Bank junction over plans to prevent cabs from using it during the day.

Read more: Academics: Black cabs' rules need overhaul if they want to win Uber fight

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