Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Uber driver in other parts of the world? Today we have a guest post from Angelo, a London Uber driver. Is driving in London as simple as signing up for Uber and turning on the app? Not quite!
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London streets have been dominated by the iconic black cab since the late 1800s. For the last 120 years, tourists and Londoners alike have hailed black cabs to get around the busy streets of London. But in recent years there has been a young contender nibbling at their heels. In 2012, Uber launched in London and has gradually grown from a small annoyance for the black cabbies to now, a serious threat.
Becoming a black cabbie has always been notoriously difficult. Taking between 3-5 years to complete, with over 25,000 roads to memorise, ‘The Knowledge’ has been dubbed the hardest taxi test in the world. However, with the emergence of Uber in the last few years, that barrier to entry is no longer there, as almost anyone and everyone can download the app and start picking up rides.
Or so I thought. I decided to become a London Uber driver, and this is my story of what I learned while driving for Uber in London.