Plenty has been written about ridesharing and applications such as Uber that are disrupting the cosy taxi business. I take the view that, subject to insurance and roadworthiness, there shouldn't be barriers to entry - a view that the hackney licensing business (a nice earner for local councils and a fixed market for taxi companies) doesn't share.
However, I was fascinated by the response of London's Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) to the decision by Transport for London (TfL) not to intervene in the use of the Uber application to set private hire fares. The LTDA argue that this is tantamount to having a taximeter, which would be illegal.
So the LTDA intend to take direct action and 'blockade' the city to protest at TfL allowing the use of Uber:
"Transport for London not enforcing the Private Hire Vehicles Act is dangerous for Londoners," Steve McNamara, LTDA's general secretary, told the BBC.
"I anticipate that the demonstration against TfL's handling of Uber will attract many many thousands of cabs and cause severe chaos, congestion and confusion across the metropolis."
There are two possible reasons for this decision: either the LTDA believe direct action will work or else they know that taking legal action won't. Which is important because the complaint is about how TfL has interpreted the law and the place to establish whether they have acted properly should be the court not Piccadilly Circus.