Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Real Dangers Of Cross Boarder Hirings.

Liverpool taxi drivers blast council over out-of-town firms

Cabbies say out-of-town firms are stealing trade from Liverpool drivers and are planning a no confidence vote in licensing bosses.


 Liverpool cabbies are to take a vote of no confidence in council taxi licensing bosses over the amount of trade they’re losing to out-of-town firms.

Hackney and private hire drivers said they were losing up to 70% of their business to firms licensed outside the city boundary, but that the council was not doing enough to crack down on out-of-town cab companies which they said should not be operating in Liverpool.

But the council claimed it was doing its best to enforce against drivers and firms breaking the rules, and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said he wanted customers to use city firms instead of out-of-town firms like Delta.

The council said the law made it difficult to stop firms like Sefton-based Delta from doing business in the city.

On a petition being distributed among the city’s 6,000 hackney and private drivers, the Liverpool Taxi Alliance states: “Our trade morale has now arrived at its lowest, taxi and private hire drivers have lost all quality of family life, some are depressed and suffer stress related illnesses, sometimes up to 80 hours a week to make ends meet.

“It is about time that Liverpool City Council viewed all those taxi and private hire drivers who pay fees ... as honourable custodians of the trade, who deserve help in safeguarding the trade and our jobs.”

Spokesman for the Liverpool Taxi Alliance Jimmy Bradley told the ECHO: “Most taxi drivers are now relying on working tax credits, drivers who are going out of their way to work 50 to 80 hours a week need the government to help them pay the bills.”

He added there were times drivers themselves were having to point out to  enforcement officers what the rules were, and that “the rules seem to be being made up as they  go along.”

A council spokesman said the authority was putting more resources into enforcement in order to protect the trade of legitimate, licensed drivers.

He added: “We are working closely with taxi driver representatives and UNITE to tackle the issues they are concerned about. We have doubled the size of our enforcement team over the  last year and they now work overnight to deal with issues when pubs and clubs close.

"Over the  past two months alone we have issued a total of 78 summons, written cautions and fixed  penalties tickets to drivers found to be flouting the law and carried out enforcement operations in  partnership with Merseyside Police every single weekend in the city centre and at football  matches. 

“The number of hackney ranks in the city centre has been increased, including a double lane  super-rank on Victoria Street which is marshalled at weekends, and we have also improved signage.”

Mayor Joe Anderson added: “We are restricted and constrained by the law in what we can do  but, as far as I’m concerned I want everyone in Liverpool to use Liverpool registered taxis and  private hire companies.”

Paul McLoughlin, boss of Sefton-registered Delta Taxis, said the rules meant that as long as  the driver, vehicle and operator were all licensed in the same borough, they could operate anywhere in the UK.

The firm this year is on target to have taken 10m bookings, double the nearest competitor in the UK and second only to a firm in Singapore.

He added: “As far as we are concerned, the council’s doing a fantastic job, everything the law requires, but it’s the city taxi drivers who want to take the law back 100 years.

“If other firms invested the same in technology and training as we do then they might have the same success.”

Source: the Liverpool Echo.

9 comments:

Ebenezer Scouse said...

What this bloke does not seem to understand is that his motors are not licensed for Liverpool.

We all wonder. Why that is.

Too Dear?

Higher standards?

Any answers?

Anonymous said...

50-80 hours a week seems to be the very norm regardless of the city you work in, London included. Except most cities unlike London you dont have to spend 4 years studying for the privilege! The reality of driving a cab in this day and age is low/average pay and long hours..Merry Christmas!!!

Anonymous said...

THE LIVERPOOL HACKNEY AND PRIVATE HIRE TRADE ARE BEGINING THE FIGHT BACK WITH THIER UNPRECEDENTED VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE, AND THE RESPONSE FROM THE COUNCIL HAS SO FAR BEEN PROMISSING

taxi alliance liverpool said...

The Liverpool cab and private hire trade have begun operation clearout, which will see the perpetrators of underinsured operators pushed back beyond the city boundaries, those scabs who steal our work don't like the truth to be told

Anonymous said...

as a hackney cab driver in Liverpool myself for 17 years,i have watched the decline in trade with some intrest,partly down to the current ecomonic climate,but mainly the expansion of the private hire trade in and around Liverpool.could anybody please tell me is it legal for a private hire car to sit outside the campfield,blackbull,and other pubs within Liverpool,as ive sit in my hackney cab and am sure there not pre booked.also can any private hire driver tell me,when I pull up behind a private hire car on leece street,liverpool city center,why does the car pull away,did you get a booking or where you plying for hire.

Anonymous said...

mr paul delta,does,nt seem to think his cars are underinsured or theres a possibility he does,nt give one iota about his drivers.

Socrates said...

Ebenezer Scouse... does a private hire driver need to be licensed BY Liverpool in order to service requests from customers IN Liverpool? If so, why?

Taxi Alliance Liverpool... what does UNDERINSURED mean? I'm familiar with insured vs uninsured but what does UNDERinsured mean exactly?

Anonymous said...

I have driven sefton ph and sefton hackney vehicles.I live in sefton and prefer to work sefton.If I get a fare to Liverpool city centre,i come out light. Who wants to put up with navigating round the city,to get some student going back to brownlow hill ? Most Delta drivers working the city are drivers who live in Liverpool.A lot seem to be migrant workers. How they pass the sefton Knowledge test god only knows,although I have heard tales.

Anonymous said...

Delta probably gave the drivers the answers to the test. Half there drivers don't know how to get from anfield to goodison park there that clueless. If you come from Liverpool and you phone Delta then you are a bad wool. Support your local Liverpool licence paying drivers.