We always figured that cabbies had hidden depths. They have such a deep understanding of any subject that they are never shy at coming forward with an opinion on the world's ills. Plus a few years back an Ig Nobel prize was awarded to research that showed taxi drivers to have a larger hippocampus compared to the rest of us (that's the part of the brain associated with navigation in birds and animals).
So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that just like Starfleet, London's black cabs have a dedicated scientific section labouring in laboratories night and day in an attempt to prove that they don't need to fit £2,000 worth of exhaust filters to their carriages:
The London Cab Drivers Club said their own tests showed the filters made the air dirtier instead of cleaner. Transport for London (TfL) said the tests were unrepresentative and has invited the group to submit their vehicles to additional trials.
We expect a firm line from TfL over this as it comes only days after rumours surfaced that cabbies are withholding transporter technology due to worries people would rather risk cellular disarray than pay a tenner to get from Oxford Street to Regent Street.