NEW YORK | Mohammed
NEW YORK | Mohammed
NEW YORK | Daniel
NEW YORK | Daniel
NEW YORK | Rigoberto
NEW YORK | Rigoberto
NEW YORK | Salim
NEW YORK | Salim
NEW YORK | Jit
NEW YORK | Jit
NEW YORK | Ahmed
NEW YORK | Ahmed
JOBURG | Mthunzi
JOBURG | Mthunzi
JOBURG | Thokozani
JOBURG | Thokozani
JOBURG | Dubi (and friends)
JOBURG | Dubi (and friends)
JOBURG | Wilson
JOBURG | Wilson
JOBURG | Michael
JOBURG | Michael
JOBURG | Baner
JOBURG | Baner
JOBURG | Peter (and Elias)
JOBURG | Peter (and Elias)
JOBURG | Evans
JOBURG | Evans
ROME | Aldo
ROME | Aldo
ROME | Allesandro
ROME | Allesandro
ROME | Rino
ROME | Rino
ROME | Davide
ROME | Davide
LONDON | Paul
LONDON | Paul
LONDON | Oscar
LONDON | Oscar
LONDON | Lynn
LONDON | Lynn
LONDON | Lee
LONDON | Lee
LONDON | Craig
LONDON | Craig
LONDON | Jamal
LONDON | Jamal
LONDON | Gary
LONDON | Gary
CAPE TOWN | Themba
CAPE TOWN | Themba
CAPE TOWN | Simphiwe
CAPE TOWN | Simphiwe
CAPE TOWN | Taliep
CAPE TOWN | Taliep
CAPE TOWN | Nathan
CAPE TOWN | Nathan
CAPE TOWN | Toyer
CAPE TOWN | Toyer
PARIS | Jamal
PARIS | Jamal
PARIS | Traoré
PARIS | Traoré
PARIS | Atman
PARIS | Atman
PARIS | Jean
PARIS | Jean
PARIS | Nathalie
PARIS | Nathalie
NEW YORK | Mohammed
NEW YORK | Mohammed“To me it’s not right - I was here first. I am here as a metered taxi and Uber have come in and under cut me. I have been driving taxis for 21 years, there are no other jobs for me as I don’t have other experience. I now only have two trips a day, or sometimes nothing. I have to work 24 hrs and I sleep in the back, as I need to look after my family.The Uber - I don’t think it can change - it’s too advanced. I think I will have to stop working as a taxi driver and maybe drive for Uber soon. But it’s very dangerous - taxi drivers are hitting the cars, attacking Uber drivers - it’s not working nicely between Uber and us, we fight a lot. When we get a meeting with the government, they turn up with lawyers and lots of people. The government seem to support them, no one can help us.”
NEW YORK | Daniel
NEW YORK | Daniel “I came here from Ghana to continue my degree and driving a taxi gives me flexibility around my studies. There is a lot of competition now from Uber and other apps, but I think the Yellow Cab trade will survive - it will just look a lot different. Uber has had a huge impact here - the money has been decreasing ever since I started, but I’m not angry at them because monopoly is no good, I don’t believe in monopoly.”
NEW YORK | Rigoberto
NEW YORK | Rigoberto“Driving a yellow cab is fun…talking with nice people, driving around the city, you get to know people - and this is my living! Uber has changed the business a lot, we have fewer and fewer customers but I’m pleased for them - they need to make a living too. I’m thinking about going over to Uber - loads of other drivers have left from my local cab garage. I need to pay the rent!’
NEW YORK | Salim
NEW YORK | Salim“I’m an immigrant here, I arrived from Bangladesh eight years ago in search of a better life. It’s a hard life living in Brooklyn and supporting my wife and kids - I’ve been driving a yellow cab for four years working 10-12 hours a day. I’m not angry at Uber but it is bad for yellow cabs, they’re taking away business from us and the traffic is getting worse and worse.”
NEW YORK | Jit
NEW YORK | Jit“I came to New York to make money! I arrived here from India 25 years ago and have been driving a yellow cab for five years. I enjoy it, and Uber is good too - I still make the same money since they arrived. Their charges at rush hour catch people out then people are starting to realise that the yellow cab fares can be better. God gives everybody a fair chance - I not greedy!”
NEW YORK | Ahmed
NEW YORK | Ahmed“The medallion on the cab I rent can cost between $500,000 - $1m, it costs me $140 per night to rent then another $30 on fuel so I have to make $170 per shift before I make any money. Uber coming here has impacted this city but I’m not mad at it - everybody deserves some of the pie.”
JOBURG | Mthunzi
JOBURG | Mthunzi“I’ve been driving metered taxis for 23 years - I wanted to go to university but I couldn’t afford it, so chose this instead. Business has always been good - I used to do 17 trips a day, now, since Uber arrived in 2013, it’s only 2-3. My feelings aren’t good or bad towards Uber, I’m angry at the government. The government empower Uber, they don’t empower us. We want to be trained, so that we can compete with Uber - but change is not easy - it costs money, it brings mistrust and it brings violence because people are confused. You must change with time. Technology is technology, it is good - but let us be trained!"
JOBURG | Thokozani
JOBURG | Thokozani“I have been driving minibuses for eight years. I am doing this while I look for another job, my dream is to work for a big company one day. Uber is not such a problem for us (minibus taxis). I drive the same route every day and take the same people - they are loyal. Uber is not a problem at all - it is helping the people of Johannesburg. I have a friend who just got a job today - unemployment is a huge problem and Uber offers job creation.”
JOBURG | Dubi (and friends)
JOBURG | Dubi (and friends)“Ubers are all over! They don’t have a place, they work anywhere, I don’t like them… serious! Because they are killing our business and metered taxi business that have been here for so long. I hear that Uber is run by some foreigners who don’t know this place - the owners of taxis are the people from Joburg - people who live here. We work to our routes, we have permits… Who are Uber!? Where do they come from?”
JOBURG | Wilson
JOBURG | Wilson“To me it’s not right - I was here first. I am here as a metered taxi and Uber have come in and under cut me. I have been driving taxis for 21 years, there are no other jobs for me as I don’t have other experience. I now only have two trips a day, or sometimes nothing. I have to work 24 hrs and I sleep in the back, as I need to look after my family. The Uber - I don’t think it can change - it’s too advanced. I think I will have to stop working as a taxi driver and maybe drive for Uber soon. But it’s very dangerous - taxi drivers are hitting the cars, attacking Uber drivers - it’s not working nicely between Uber and us, we fight a lot. When we get a meeting with the government, they turn up with lawyers and lots of people. The government seem to support them, no one can help us.”
JOBURG | Michael
JOBURG | Michael“People like the cheaper transport and Uber is cheap - cheap like buying bread! I used to have 11-12 trips a day, now, since Uber, it’s more like 6-7. But Uber drivers are brothers of Africa - I can’t do anything to them, the problem is the owner of Uber. The government of South Africa are very, very dumb - it is they who have caused the problem - Zuma is like Mugabe! I would like to say this to the head of Uber: ‘Uber must go back to San Fransisco. They are not welcome - they are bulldozing our business and they are like an octopus that wraps their arms around you.’ People are saying ‘we would rather die’ … what’s the point!”
JOBURG | Baner
JOBURG | Baner“We used to do very well - trips as far as Bloemfontein sometimes! But Uber has tremendously affected us - it’s killed our job. I am lucky to get one trip all day. The Uber drivers want the metered taxis to die so they can roam the streets then hike the prices. I would never work for them, not in my lifetime, I don’t want to be a slave! I think Uber failed during inception - we can’t talk to Uber at all. If the metered taxis can bring out their own app then we may have a chance but really it’s still so hard because you can’t regulate them. The government gives us our ranks but Uber are everywhere - this is out of the constitution!”
JOBURG | Peter (and Elias)
JOBURG | Peter (and Elias)“I used to be a photographer for the SA associated press - I have seen many many bad things during the forced removals under Apartheid, which is why I do this now, a simpler life. But, now we have no cars. They were impounded by the police during a protest against Uber 3 weeks ago. Nearly 300 cars were impounded and the release fee is R3500 - this goes up every day. We are stuck.”
JOBURG | Evans
JOBURG | Evans“Uber and Taxify are killing us. Our cars used to be out all the time, but not now - we are hungry now. I’ve been doing this for six years and there have been some great times for business: Mandela passing away, the World Cup, but not now. We don’t bother with tourists anymore, they all just use Uber.”
ROME | Aldo
ROME | Aldo“No one owns me - I’ve been my own boss doing this for 34 years, free and independent. Uber don’t have the right to work here - if I went to Florence with my licence as a driver from Rome, the taxi drivers in Florence are going to be really pissed at me! I would be stealing their jobs from under their noses. As a taxi driver from Rome I work here and pay my taxes here in Italy, Uber doesn’t pay its taxes here and they don’t even need a licence! We’ve fought them in court because they don’t play by the rules but it’s not progressing anywhere, it’s completely unfair way of competing. We’re not giving up though…”
ROME | Allesandro
ROME | Allesandro“I am my father’s retirement plan! He was a taxi driver and I now rent his licence from him since he has retired, as there is no retirement benefit as a taxi driver. I love doing what I do, I intend for this to be my full time career. I think Uber here is not a problem, it’s just competition. This is 2017 and it’s normal to have a rival on the job, this brings improvement to the trade - such as most cars in Rome now being able to take card payments. I think the app is fair, it’s more how it’s handled by the state that is unfair - they don’t even pay their taxes here.”
ROME | Rino
ROME | Rino“It was more a family tradition than a choice to become a taxi driver 25 years ago. My parents pushed me into it… and here I am! I need the job but I don’t love it - the best bit is that I get to practice my real passion: languages. The main problem with Uber is the traffic - the amount of taxis now in Rome is 8000. So the competition has increased and now you go to Piazza Venezia and see a long line of taxis just waiting there doing nothing. They are undermining the value of our work through unfair competition. They don’t pay the taxes we do and in Rome Uber is actually more expensive than us so they earn more too. Our rules are governed by the mayor, they have none to abide to. Seeing someone trying to steal what you’ve worked so hard for is outraging.”
ROME | Davide
ROME | Davide“My father was a taxi driver so when I dropped out of university he suggested I follow his footsteps. I had no passion for what I was studying so for now I am renting this taxi licence to learn on the job before I buy my own. The biggest impact of Uber here is on the tourists. They use the app in their countries and when they come here they just keep using it without giving the local guys a chance. Uber’s way of working is illegal - they don’t have a licence and they pay their taxes in Holland! I have many costs: renting the taxi, chamber of commerce subscription, radio taxi service fees… it’s unfair!”
LONDON | Paul
LONDON | Paul“Uber’s so cheap! It’s had a huge impact on us - We worked incredibly hard for the privilege (The Knowledge) to drive around and pick people up off the street and now we pull up to hotels and it’s just people stood outside staring at their phones. In the past we would be hailed on the street, now we have to sit around in taxi ranks for hours at a time. It’s disgraceful - the government always back them, they’re all friends with each other and they don’t even pay the tax they should. We have to abide to certain laws - be wheelchair friendly, have a certain turning circle etc - they have to do nothing.”
LONDON | Oscar
LONDON | Oscar“Us black cab drivers hate Uber… but we blame a lot of the issues on TfL. We have to follow all these rules and regulations then Uber come along and are given free reign, it’s just not fair. It helps of course when the head of Uber in the UK is God Parent to Cameron’s kids! Uber has a dark side - they have money heavily invested by huge corporations, a massive legal team, they’ve got clout which makes them think they can do what they want.”
LONDON | Lynn
LONDON | Lynn“The potential to earn a decent living and the flexibility drew me to this job - it’s the best market stall in the world, you can open and close whenever you want! Driving a black cab has been one of the few ways uneducated, working class people can earn a decent income - Uber comes along and takes that chance away, and people think we’re just complaining. It’s a 350 year old trade, it’s so frustrating - Uber now gets all this coverage in the media, people using them on TV, it’s becoming the norm. We try to stand up for ourselves but the media never supported us.”
LONDON | Lee
LONDON | Lee“It took me six year to pass The Knowledge. I was a plasterer but I’m looking ahead to an easier future so I took on being a cabbie instead. I’m only a year into it but I think that different people use Uber to those who use black cabs so maybe it’s not going to be too bad. People are wising up to Uber being dangerous, the lack of insurance and all the fraud that goes on behind the scenes.”
LONDON | Craig
LONDON | Craig“Look in the back of my cab - see that, that’s my window cleaning gear. I have been forced to take up a second job to make this work since Uber came along. I’m so angry at TfL - they could stop it tomorrow. I get it, they’re cheap, but I’d never let my daughter or wife use one - there are way too many horror stories about Uber drivers and the amount of accidents they cause.”
LONDON | Jamal
LONDON | Jamal“I came here from Somalia 15 years ago and have been a black cab driver for two years now. It took me four years to pass The Knowledge which I did whilst I working for Addison Lee - it’s better money here. Uber….? I don’t want to talk about Uber.”
LONDON | Gary
LONDON | Gary“My Dad was a cabbie, so was my Grandad… and his Dad. I’ve been doing this for 16 years and although trade is still good, there’s definitely been a downturn since Uber arrived. The biggest problem is the traffic and congestion it’s caused, but I think that people who get Uber were the ones who used minicabs anyway. TfL haven’t done enough, they’re pretty weak at whatever they try to do - it seems to be a bit of a free for all.”
CAPE TOWN | Themba
CAPE TOWN | Themba“I came here to study, but then I couldn’t get a job after school, so I became a taxi driver. It’s easy - no one’s telling me what to do. I don’t mind Uber too much - I have friends that drive for them - it’s only the way they drive that bothers me! People always complain about us, but they’re always looking at their phones and they often crash. I’m actually an Uber driver too! After hours only… you have to survive! My parents passed away and I have to pay for my sister to go to university - this is the only way I can do it.”
CAPE TOWN | Simphiwe
CAPE TOWN | Simphiwe“I don’t really enjoy this at all - I work long hours, almost every day. I came here four years ago looking fo a job, but I couldn’t get one … and it’s easy to drive a taxi! We often lose business to Uber because they are so cheap, but I’m not angry at them - I think I want to work for them at some point.”
CAPE TOWN | Taliep
CAPE TOWN | Taliep“Ubers are like cockroaches! In the 20 years I’ve been a taxi driver, business has always been good. I went to the other side of South Africa for seven years, came back to Cape Town and Uber was here! They drive badly, make u-turns, all you can see is white cars everywhere. I’ve had three accidents and all were with Uber drivers, none of them were my fault. Most Uber drivers are foreigners - from all over the place like Botswana, Namibia, Congo. I know a few coloured guys that driver for them though… business is business, you have to respect them.”
CAPE TOWN | Nathan
CAPE TOWN | Nathan“I enjoy meeting people and this is an easy job - much better than working in an aluminium factory. Uber’s changed things quite a bit - many passengers who used to take minibus, now take Uber. Even if we give them a good price, they’d still rather go with Uber! But I would never drive for them because they are getting attacked at robots. They’re an easy target because people know there are tourists inside - two Uber drivers have recently been killed this way.”
CAPE TOWN | Toyer
CAPE TOWN | Toyer“I enjoy my job very much - have been doing this for 23 years! I love meeting different people every day and business has always been good. Then Uber shows up and I see them picking up all the people that we used to - everyone’s standing outside on their phones, waiting for Uber to arrive. How can they charge such little money? I don’t get it. I’m very much angry towards the drivers - how they drive, how they operate - they just stop in the middle of the road! There’s no way we can work together. Taxi drivers are selling off their permits and I think it’s going to get worse. But I would never go to Uber. If they kill us off and they take my vehicle I don’t know what I’d do instead.”
PARIS | Jamal
PARIS | Jamal“I love meeting people and being my own boss. I used to be an accountant but after being unemployed for a long time I decided to become a taxi driver - that was in 1992! I think Uber has impacted taxis in a positive way, it has forced us to up our standards of service but it’s also been really bad because they don’t have the same regulations as us. For us there is a huge amount of paper work and exams to go through - for them, nothing.”
PARIS | Traoré
PARIS | Traoré“I wanted the freedom of being my own boss - my friends convinced me to become a taxi driver two and half years ago, before that I was a security guard. Uber has impacted the tourist trade as much as it has on Parisians - it’s completely unfair competition. They go to the taxi ranks and pick up clients off the record which are meant to be exclusively for official Parisian taxis.”
PARIS | Atman
PARIS | Atman“I chose to drive taxis and not an Uber because it’s a family run business and it was my family who encouraged me. I was looking for a less demanding job without being forced to work the long hours that my catering job before made me do. I’ve only ever known driving a taxi with Uber in existence so I have had to learn my trade with Uber being there as competition - it’s all I know.”
PARIS | Jean
PARIS | Jean“I had to learn over 3000 streets of Paris, all the intersections and learn 40 trips by heart to pass my exam to become a taxi driver. I have been doing this for nine years now because I wanted to make a better living and my brother and cousin encouraged me into this trade. The exams are difficult, we work hard for them but Uber have no exams, they are not qualified to do their job at all - I really don’t like Uber.”
PARIS | Nathalie
PARIS | Nathalie“I met a taxi driver on a dating website, that’s how I ended up here. I bought my medallion for €170,000 nine and half years ago - I have only a couple of months to go until I have paid it off! Uber has come along and taken away our business, it’s completely unfair competition. I’m mostly angry at the government - I tried to fight it by joining unions but quickly gave up because I realised it was an impossible fight.”
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