The present directorate under the leadership of MD Leon Daniels, not satisfied with issuing satellite office licenses to operators who do not meet with TfL policy requirements, are now issuing to venues where licensed Taxi ranks have been refused.
On the front page of Septembers Badge we read that LTPH licensing have seen fit to issue RD2.com Ltd with a satellite office licence for no1 New Change, even though a request for a Taxi rank was earlier refused. As you may recall RD2 also have a satellite office licence for old Billingsgate where their cars can often be found illegally plying for hire, forming a rolling rank. I believe a request for a night rank outside Old Billingsgate was also refused.
What is it with RD2.com Ltd.
In the wake of the the RD2.com scandal, where licenses were issued to this new operator who had only been registered with TfLTPH for a matter of days (instead of the required one year) TfL have activated a cover up by withdrawning the ability to check the number of licence variations issued to each operator from their website.
Below is a screen shot from earlier this year:
When applications for licence variations were first made, as you can see from this TfL website screen shot (now removed) RD2.com and Rides 2 were separate companies.
RD2.com were issued 18 new licences just days after registering as a new operator, with new Director and registered premises, contra to TfL policy which states new operators have to be licensed for a full year before they can apply for variations.
LTPH covered this up for over a year by continually misleading our requests for information, before stating that their policy in this case was only a guildline
RD2.com Ltd have now been allowed to change their original registered name to incorporate the name of a company that went into liquidation in 2012. They are now known as "RD2.com Ltd Rides2 .
Present website screen shot below, shows just main licence.
TfL's PH License Checker no longer shows statelitte office licences issued, just main operator lincence.
Actions are taking place, that are a restriction of trade and should also be investigated fully, by the GLA.
Managing Director of "Surface Transport" Leon Daniels, has recently stated he would like both trades removed from under the responsibility of TfL at Palestra.
His decision, gives out confusing signals, considering the multi-million pound instillation of the new computerisatised licensing system known as TOLA.
Surely if he feels his remit is beyond his capabilities, he should do the honourable thing and step aside.
But as we've recently seen, TfL top brass are a little short in the honourable department.
Find out just how easy it is to apply for and renew a Private Hire Licence and Variation.
As long as you've got the cash, there's no problem with red tape.