It is the rush hour in central London, the busiest time for taxis, but Uber driver Mohammed has logged off the app. He is not planning to head home yet, though. Instead, the 32-year-old has switched screens to Taxify, a new car-hailing platform that has just been launched in the city, promising a better deal for drivers. The arrival of Taxify, an Estonian start-up backed by China's car-hailing giant Didi Chuxing, signals the start of a potentially bitter battle among global rivals in Uber's largest European market. Others are also poised to challenge the US group's five-year dominance in the UK: Via, the US van-sharing app, this week announced a tie-up with German car maker Daimler to start operations in London. "Lots of things will change, because when Taxify gives good [commissions] to drivers, drivers will go to Taxify," says Mohammed, who did not give his last name. So far, only 3,000 drivers have signed up with the platform, compared with Uber's 40,000 in the UK. But Taxify has...

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