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LOCAL GOVERNMENT officials say a strike by cabbies in Milan, protesting over the introduction of the Uber app taxi booking service, was illegal.

The hackney carriage drivers refused to pick up passengers because they claim the California-based software company was, “Violating the laws setting out the roles and characteristics of taxi drivers and chauffeur car rentals”.

The withdrawal of labour went ahead even though the region’s governor Roberto Maroni tried to placate the cabbies and had declared the Uber booking app to be illegal.

Some Milanese cabbies refused to join the strike however and local commissioner Roberto Alesse said: “This action by the taxi drivers was illegal.

“Even if the drivers have a legitimate concern, they should act in accordance with the law and the regulations.

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