A few weeks ago, a friend of mine and I visited a friend’s house in Luton.
We were heading to work and it was about 6.30am.
The taxi driver was making me wait in a dark car, waiting for my turn.
He said it was the usual fare.
A taxi in Lutts surroundings costs about £7, and the average taxi trip takes around 15 minutes.
It took me around two minutes to make my way to my office.
I had no idea I was being charged for parking.
My car was parked on the ground floor of the house, behind the front door.
I was only driving my car for a few minutes, but when I got to the office I realised I was not going to be able to get out.
I thought: ‘This is my fault.
This is my problem’.
When I saw the other drivers, they were also in the same predicament.
I felt very guilty, so I tried to convince myself I had an emergency and I should be able get out and see the other passengers.
I was going to make an emergency call to a taxi driver, who would take me to my car.
But I couldn’t afford to take the risk.
The taxi driver took my order and said I could park at the car park for free.
It felt like I was wasting my time.
The fact that I was only charging for parking was very discouraging, I thought.
But it was really not that bad.
As I was driving to the carpark, I was thinking: ‘I could have saved so much money on this.
I could have paid more.
This could have been worth it’.
I was a bit confused, I wasn’t sure what to think.
I think I was just confused because I didn’t want to pay more.
I didn`t want to be late for work.
I did not want to see the people sitting in their cars.
I wasn`t prepared to pay the extra £7.50 for parking and I didn�t want my commute to take more than an hour.
My mind was racing.
I wanted to be more efficient, and I was desperate to avoid paying a penny more for parking that I could actually use.
I took the time to research the rules around taxis in London.
The rules in London are quite clear.
They say:The car is required to be parked in a well-lit, clearly marked area.
If a car is parked too close to the road, it is not allowed to use the street.
The driver has to walk over to the other car.
The drivers responsibility is to ensure the car is properly parked before it is driven off.
It seems a bit complicated, but in practice it was pretty straightforward.
We decided to pay a little more because I had to be in the car, so we could avoid waiting in a car park.
I paid £7 and we went to the taxi stand.
The car was a brand new, black Audi A8.
The cab driver was waiting patiently outside.
He gave us the money, thanked us for our business and walked away.
It looked as if we had not spent a penny.
I got home, sat down at my computer and started to think about the rest of the day.
I wondered: ‘Why am I doing this?
What am I thinking about?’
I was trying to make a decision that was not in my best interests, and was making the wrong decision.
The next day, I wrote a letter to Uber and asked them to make it easier for me to get around London by paying for parking by taking the time and the effort to research their rules.
I have since changed my mind, but I was quite angry about the taxi drivers situation and was quite upset that I had been charged for driving in Lothian when I should have been just making an emergency phone call to the driver.
I thought I was making a huge mistake.
After all, I had already saved a lot of money on parking, and in my opinion Uber should have done better than I did.
I felt that the Uber drivers situation was a perfect example of the problem that they were facing.
The situation in London is a little different.
Uber is regulated by the Government and has to comply with regulations, but the rules are more relaxed.
If Uber wants to use its cars for their services, they must comply with the rules.
They are regulated by a different regulator, Transport for London, which is a separate body to Transport for England.
It has a much stronger legal framework than Transport for Luton or London’s Roads and Maritime Services.
Uber drivers are also subject to a fine of £10,000.
I am an independent contractor who works in the City of London, and so I had no clue that Uber was being regulated.
I only knew about the London taxi laws and the way they were being enforced.
The London taxi rules are very simple.
If you are in a