London’s black-cab drivers are set to hold a protest against a rival mobile app they claim breaks the law by acting as a meter, which only black cabs are legally entitled to use in the capital.
The Google-backed app allows users to order a car at the touch of a button, and the fare is calculated using GPS tracking.
Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s chief operating officer for surface transport, said: “A number of taxi drivers are set to cause pointless disruption for Londoners over a legal issue that is down to the courts to decide upon.
There are some 25,000 black cabs in London which can be flagged down in the street and use a metre to calculate fares.
There are a further 44,000 private-hire minicabs which must be pre-booked with a set fare and destination.
Uber has been the focus of anger from taxi drivers across European countries, including Spain and France.
On Wednesday Uber announced that a black cab service was being added to its app platform, meaning drivers of the classic London cab can now be booked through the app if they sign up.