Hang on you say, they already do this, operating 18 satellite offices in major London night venues and have been operating openly for nearly a year.
And you would be correct.
RD2 have been operating satellite offices at top London clubs and venues since 08/07/12.
They were issued with 18 new five year licenses by LTPH, even though they did not meet the requirement of being in business as a stand alone Private Hire operator/provider for the minimum period of one year. In fact they were issued with licenses just 2 days after they registered as a company.
Who knew about this?
Well, for a start Taxi leaks knew after we were told by a concerned member of staff at Palestra and now, after our articles on the subject, so do most of the Taxi trade.
Have we complained?
We first complained nearly a year ago, when the whistle blowing member of staff at Palestra became suspicious that something wasn't right and contacted the blog. We spent a good few days investigating the claim and have since posted most of the evidence we gathered from Company's House and various online related websites.
Did you get any response from LTPH?
First we were told this was not a new company but just a name change.
We investigated and found that this was not the case. RD2 was a new company.
We complained again.
This time we were told it was the same director and he had been in the PH business for many years.
We investigated and found that, although the surname was the same, the date of birth and first names were completely different. The new company's CEO was a much older person. We also check his list of company directorships and found he had never been a director of a minicab firm before.
We made a further complaint.
We received an email stating that LTPH's licensing team were investigating the issue.
That was well before Christmas 2012 and since then we have not received any update, even though we sent further emails, it would seem LTPH are not answering questions about this particular company and are just ignoring the situation.
We published some of our findings on Taxi Leaks, in an article entitled:
We received word from John Mason Director of LTPH that this post was misleading and slanderous. We were ordered by TfLs legal team to take down the the article or TfL would complain to Google and have them remove the whole blog.
We complied with the request but have since backed up the statements made with evidence which is part of a dossier in our possession. Follow up articles laying out most of our evidence have been posted on Taxi Leaks without one word from Mr Mason or his legal team.
There is always the possibility that we could be wrong!
There could be a perfectly plausible reason why the licenses have been issued, but so far LTPH have offered no evidence and continue to say nothing. TfL/LTPH are not a private company and as a public authority, have an absolute responsibility to conduct themselves in a clear and transparent way.
So it would be fair to assume by their silence, they agree that the serious allegations aimed at LTPH are correct.
We therefore feel its time TfL publicly apologised to the editorial staff of Taxi Leaks who have been harrised and threatened by John Mason and TfL's legal Team.
We are also demanding that the alleged unlawful licenses issue with RD2.com be investigate by an independent complaints committee. If there is evidence of malfeasance or corruption involved in the issue of these licenses, we would ask that the staff members involved be sacked, as was the Brazilian national Marcos Gurgel, who was convicted of fraudulently obtaining cash for license renewals.