Didi-backed Taxify suspended in London

Rupert Reid Sino.uk Published: 2017-09-12 10:49:21
Share this with Close
Messenger Messenger Pinterest LinkedIn

Taxify, an Estonian Uber rival which has received backing from China's Didi Chuxing, has halted its London service after just three days of operations.

A Taxify car [File photo: 21cn.com]

A Taxify car [File photo: 21cn.com]

At the beginning of last 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, there had been a potential battle between Taxify and Transport For London, the local transport regulator, following 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.

Related stories

Share this story on

Most Popular


Irma brings floodwaters to Florida
Female national flag group performs in Chongqing
Military fans construct real-size J-20 fighter jet model
Spectacular view of Shenzhen Nan'ao fish drying area
Chinese bridal designers debut at New York Fashion Week
Car’s amazing balancing act in Wuhan


Didi-backed Taxify suspended in London
China calls for calm over Korean Peninsula crisis
Chinese companies buy British Peking duck supplier
Chinese police arrest key members of pyramid scheme
Glencore, Qatar sell 14% stake in Rosneft to Chinese energy firm
China hopes UN Security Council resolution will be fully carried out