Did-backed Taxify suspended in London


Transport for London is the body responsible for the underground, overground, buses and taxi services of London, amongst other services. Photo credit - Taxify


Taxify has halted its London service after just three days of operations


I have to be honest, and say that it's not often that my predictions come true.

My fantasy football team is so bad that it's become a running joke amongst my friends, and I even thought it'd be a good idea to back McGregor against Mayweather.

I mention this because I did actually have a notable success in my prediction-making over the last few days, and even I'm surprised by the speed of which it came to fruition.

Last week, I reported twice on the progress of Taxify, an Estonian Uber rival which has received backing from China's Didi Chuxing.

At the beginning of the week, they were preparing to launch in London, with 3,000 new drivers trained and ready and shiny new offices in King's Cross.

By Thursday, I was reporting about a potential battle between Taxify and Transport For London, the local transport regulator. That report followed concerns raised by other operators that Taxify might not hold a valid licence.

Fast-forward to the weekend and, less than a week after launch, Taxify's London operation has been temporarily suspended.

Transport For London has halted Taxify's services in the city, ruling that the company is not 'licensed to accept...bookings.'

Taxify have responded, accusing TFL of 'bullying' them, and immediately announcing their plans to appeal the decision.

Specialist transport publications have largely sided with TFL over the issue, suggesting that Taxify's plan to simply buy an existing operator to use their licence, rather than acquiring their own one, may be behind the argument.

For once, I'm going to finish with a confident prediction. Taxify will apply for their own licence and gain TFL approval. Then London will finally have a rival to Uber. And I'll have got two predictions correct in a row!

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