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Uber Challenged as Boris Johnson Plans London Minicab Curbs

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London Mayor Boris Johnson wants to cap the number of private-hire minicabs in the city, after his office said their ranks are increasing by 10,000 a year as the Uber Technologies Inc. taxi app gains popularity.

The San Francisco-based company started up in London three years ago and now has 15,000 cars operating there, according to the company. The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association -- the body representing traditional black-cabbies -- says 1,200 new Uber drivers are starting up in London every month, although that figure is disputed by the company.