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London-registered Uber cars seen working in Bristol

Dozens of London-licensed Uber cars have been seen in Bristol picking up jobs booked on the Uber app, leaving local taxi drivers angry and out of pocket.

Bristol taxi drivers based in say it is damaging to point they have considered strike action in a bid for authorities to clamp down on the influx.

Uber said it “does not instruct partners on where they should work”. And it is not illegal for Uber drivers based elsewhere to work in Bristol, as long as they fill the right licensing criteria. But Transport for London, which licenses taxis in the capital, said a “grey area” could make it easier for cabbies based in the capital to take jobs in Bristol.

Bristol driver Bill Sawyer, who drives for V Cars, said his takings were down 10-15%. “They're quite clearly working here full time and nothing is being done about it.”

A TfL spokesman said working between cities is legal “as long as the booking goes through” where a driver is licensed. “It’s a grey area because you don't know how the booking is accepted, so if the booking is accepted in London then it's legal,” he said. “With Uber there is an operating centre in London and as long as a driver and vehicle are licensed they could go and work in Bristol.”

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