Thousands of taxi drivers in London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin and other major European cities protest by staging a slow-down that snarls traffic, in some cases, for much of the afternoon. In Rio de Janeiro, dozens of taxis line up and drive slowly down the Copacabana beachfront. A London cab driver says:
There’s room for everyone, but you have to obey the law. Uber isn’t properly regulated. It’s a slippery slope. Quality of life will go down if these services are allowed to operate.
The company’s regional general manager for northern Europe says:
In Paris, the number of taxis hasn’t changed since the 1950s. The strikes are an attempt to desperately fight against competition in the market.