'Burying your head in the sand is no way to get fares'
"I would like to remove it," one driver of a Hailo sponsored taxi told us. "But there's a sponsorship deal in place and I have to keep it on for 12 months. It's not exactly going to make me popular among my colleagues."
Images of the incident have been circulating on Twitter.
Customers have also been urged to write to Hailo and ask it to delete any data it holds on them.May 20, 2014
A spokesperson for Hailo played down the incident. She said:
"Four or five people came to the office for a debate. There was no pushing, shoving or violence or any kind. When the police turned up, everyone was calm."
In an open letter, Hailo said cabbies have to move with the times.
"There is no point burying our heads in the sand - people want a choice and taxis need to be in the mix. A taxi-only app will get isolated and customers will take their money to services without any cabs on offer. It is already happening. Let’s win back that work."
London cabbies will jam the streets of London during June in protest against Uber, an app which allows private hire cabs to calculate fares based on distance - which the black cabbies see as intruding on their preserve. ®