Weigh­ing up which is best for you – a clas­sic cab or hitch­ing a lift via the ride-shar­ing plat­form

The pros and cons of reg­u­lated cab ser­vices ver­sus the ride- shar­ing new­com­ers

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It’s been less than a decade since Uber launched (2009), and just six years since it ex­panded to the UK, ar­riv­ing in London July 2, 2012. Since then it has ex­panded to 20 other UK lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Ed­in­burgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Glas­gow, Birm­ing­ham, Bristol, Leeds and Cam­bridge. Many cities have fast, con­ve­nient pub­lic trans­port to trans­fer you from the air­port and whisk you around town, but in some cases a taxi is still the prefer­able (or only) op­tion. Where taxi charges are on the high side (such as in the UK), ride-shar­ing com­pa­nies such as Uber have gained a foothold. In London, Uber had a set­back in Septem­ber 2017 when Trans­port for London (TfL) did not re­new Uber’s li­cence, cit­ing a num­ber of is­sues; the dis­pute is on­go­ing, and for the time be­ing, Uber con­tin­ues to op­er­ate in the cap­i­tal. Brighton and York li­cens­ing au­thor­i­ties are also re­view­ing Uber’s li­cences.

In some coun­tries and cities Uber faces stiff com­pe­ti­tion not just from ex­ist­ing taxi firms, but also from other ride-shar­ing schemes. In March 2018, Grab – a com­peti­tor to Uber – took over Uber's op­er­a­tions in South East Asia. How­ever in other coun­tries such as Japan, Uber is prov­ing a dis­rup­tive force by be­ing eas­ier to hail, and more con­ve­nient, rather than sim­ply cheaper.

There are many eth­i­cal and safety con­cerns about looser reg­u­la­tions re­lated to ride-share apps that have been flagged by read­ers on busi­nesstrav­eller.com/fo­rum. But if sav­ing money is your main concern, the fol­low­ing ta­ble shows some rel­a­tive costs:

Source: Go Rentals

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