Mytaxi, a rival to Uber in London, is aiming to capitalise on Uber’s misfortune by cutting its own fares by 50%.
Uber lost its licence in London on Friday after transport regulator Transport for London said it was was not “fit and proper.” Uber said it will challenge the decision in court.
Londoners are outraged by the decision and many of them are wondering how they will now get from A to B in the same cheap and easy fashion that Uber allowed them to.
Within minutes of the news being announced, mytaxi tweeted: “50% off fares now, we are undercutting UberX on the news that they are not fit and proper to operate. Discount applied automatically.”
50% off fares now, we are undercutting UberX on the news that they are not fit and proper to operate. Discount applied automatically.
— mytaxi uk (@mytaxiuk) September 22, 2017
Founded in Germany in 2009 by Niclaus Mewes and Sven Külper, mytaxi now operates in more than a dozen cities worldwide including Barcelona, Zurich, Washington D.C., and Madrid.
Not everyone was impressed with mytaxi’s eagerness to kick Uber while it’s down.
After receiving a mytaxi push notification on his phone, Tom Blomfield, the founder of fintech startup Monzo, tweeted: “Real classy @mytaxi. You’re not fit and proper to be installed on my phone if you spam me with crap like this.”
Real classy @mytaxi
You're not fit and proper to be installed on my phone if you spam me with crap like this. pic.twitter.com/LEepPL7QbX
— Tom Blomfield (@t_blom) September 22, 2017
A mytaxi spokesperson told Business Insider that the offer will run until the end of September.