This very afternoon representatives from the Taxi trade, in the form of the LTDA, LCDC and Unite (no RMT them), met with Boris Johnson and TfL to discuss the way in which Uber are currently operating in London.
First signs were good as the LCDC posted on Twitter:
"Today at our meeting TFL declared Uber are operating legally in London. Line has been drawn. Battle starts now! GD"
After the meeting the a LTDA made this announcement via social media:
"TfL say they will not act against Uber.
This is a political not legal decision, who made it and why, Boris or Cameron?
LTDA instructs lawyers."
"We will be calling a demo and organising other actions to highlight the political interference influencing this wrong decision"
The LCDC have also put out these tweets:
"TFL are now a Licencing Authority with NO AUTHORITY!!"
"TFL do not see that UBER are operating a meter for calculating their fares."
"As we got to Palestra the PH were leaving. They are fuming at TFL. They will loose drivers. Uber will create a 1 tier system in London. GD"
They talk a good fight, but will they really take up the gauntlet?
Everyone is now screaming for action, drivers talking about stopping subscriptions to orgs they feel are not pulling their weight.
HAVE THE LTDA FINALLY WOKEN FROM HIBERNATION?
Or is this just another publicity stunt?
Should Bob Oddy grow some and in protest, resign from the board of TfL who are ignoring the pleas of drivers calling for justice and obedience to the laws and legislation?
As Bob Oddy is part of a licensing authority which is refusing to take action against an out of control PH operator, should he be removed from the executive of the LTDA?