Thursday, April 03, 2014

Just As Trade Looks Like Uniting Over The Rank At The Shard, LTDA Seemingly Pull The Plug On The Ad Van...by Jim Thomas

Full unity doesn't appear to be on the cards just yet, but spurred on by the success achieved by the RMT ranks team in obtaining a GLA Transport Committee review into the running of TfL, some of our other representative orgs have become more active towards the major problems of illegal plying for hire and touting. Problems which have now reached epic proportion.

The LTDA AdVan has, over a number of days, been seen parked outside certain venues where touting has been most rampant. 
One of the places the AdVan has been seen, is the loading bay outside the Shard in St Thomas Street, where heavy touting can be openly observed, nightly.


The only enforcement that has taken place at this site has been in the form of compliance officers who have bullied and intimidated licence Taxi drivers, picking up from the loading bay area, in front of the Shard entrance.

Taxi drivers have been working the Shard for sometime, where a busy stream of customers can by found leaving the buildings restaurants and bars, till the early hours. 

As St Thomas Street in part of TfL's red route network, a request for a rank was made and accepted. But to everyone's amazement, the rank was placed a considerable distance down St Thomas Street. In fact, it appears to be closer to Borough Market than the Shard.

Complaints were made on serval occasions, but to everyone's surprise, a senior manager from TfL (Leon Daniels) became personally involved, insisting the rank should stay exactly where it's been placed.



Many in the trade feel TfLs involvement is another attempt to facilitate a PH company, something that appears to be happening far to frequently. 

The satellite office's drivers, are alleged to be touting outside and inside the Shard on nightly basis. It's alleged the licence holders are London Executive, who have just been taken over by Addison Lee.


Yesterday a meeting was convened with the Taxi trades joint ranks committee (LTDA, LCDC and Unite), TfL and the Shard management. 

Talks broke down when the property management team back by TfL insisted the Taxi rank should remain where it is. The Joint ranks committee left the meeting with a promises of a mass drive in on the 6th of May. (Date set for the buildings Hotel public opening)


Unfortunately as we were putting this article together, reports have come in from our twitter feed, allegedly, the LTDA are likely to distance themselves from any protest to take place and consequently the AdVan driver has now been relieved from duty.


Is this a price LTDA members are willing to pay?

The LTDA's vice gen sec Bob Oddy, is on the board of TfL, but has always stated, he does not represent the LTDA or the trade on the board. He says he is just a paid advisor on transport to the Mayor. 
I once received a letter from his personal solicitor explaining his position.

If this really is Oddy's position....then why are the LTDA seemingly bottling it at the Shard?

Seems to be an amnesty for this company's cars, frequently parked with two wheels on the pavement.
Any one else could expect a PCN from the red-route network.


STOP PRESS, BREAKING NEWS: 

AND THE STORY GOES ON!!!


But one day after meeting with TfL and Shard, Oddy puts the Advan behind bars


Again, is this what LTDA members pay their subs for?




13 comments:

Anonymous said...

LTDA GIVE IT LARGE ,THEN BOTTLE I REMEMBER WHEN STEVE MC HAD US ALL JOINING HIM IN HIS LI (let's fight back campaign) Well MR lLTDA,HELP US FIGHT BACK NOW OR HAVE YOU LOST YOUR BOTTLE,IF YOU DON T DO ANYTHING TO HELP YOUR MEMBERS,THEN WHAT ARE YOU HERE FOR,JUST TO GET DRIVERS OFF PENALTY POINTS,

Anonymous said...

This demo won't solve the trades problems. The Lcdc committe are a disgrace to the trade. I for one won't be attending anything organised by Davis and Co - the damage the Lcdc have done to the trade with smug complacency and the fact that Davis has put himself before his members is deplorable. Davis only became active again when it became patently clear he would never replace Oddy at City Hall. The shard demo is small potatoes... but then again the people that think this will bring trade unity are too.

I no longer subscribe to trade organisations - this article has reminded me why... because you ain't a brain cell betw een you all !

Go ahead help Grant Davis dig himself out of th hole he has dug for himself - then you can all be Vichy together.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:33 I'll be there and will support the club as the bigger picture is not you hatred of Davis & co. It's about our survival of us as a trade in London. Tfl are systematically breaking us down and making way for PH to take over all the lucrative venues in town. Let's hope theirs not to many of you out there or we will be in right trouble. Oh and by the way I'm not a club member, I'm in the UCG and was also not a Davis fan but will support him and his committee on the 6th may. As they are standing up for us.

Anonymous said...

Grant Davies, the trades no 1 collaborator holding a demo so near to Traitors Gate ! As Steve Mc would say "you couldn't make it up"

Anonymous said...

UCG, you are living in a dream world, there is no trade left because of individuals like Grant Davis... this is a desperados demo - mark my words, he will NEVER take on the bigger issues, nor will the LTDA ever accept the UCG/RMT... Unless you can persuade the LTDA to challenge Boris Johnson's policies and doomed strategies, the trade as call it, is dead in the water.

A demo at the shard may placate a few drivers anger, but it ain't gonna save the trade. You are confusing hatred for moral principle.

IF YOU CANT BEAT EM, JOIN EM eh !

Not me sir, support "The Vicvhyh". No way, never !


Anonymous said...

Glad to see everyone rallying round to support our trade in our hour of need....fecking disgusting...but not surprised....unfortunately

Norman no mates said...

Amazing what a bit of bad PR can do

Oddy gets hump and demands keys of Advan back.
Steve Mac on Holiday but sees the flack on Twitter, so puts out statement "we will support any action taken".

Oddy not happy, as he's pro TfL and don't like doing a thing that will put his TfL 24k salary at risk .

They Talk the Talk
But Oddy won't let them Walk the walk.

Anonymous said...

I'll be there. Placating my anger is a start...
The sooner Oddy retires the better...

Anonymous said...

The Tower Bridge demo was a big success, the demo was syndicated world wide, mainly because a driver dived off the bridge. Could someone please contact Grant Davis and convince him to dive from the top of the shard to show his commitment to the cause. Tell him his face will be shown all around the world !

Anonymous said...

Do us all a favour Grant, take your good mate Mason up the Shard with you, and get him to hold your hand on the way down!

Tony Casey said...

The first demo we need to have is
at Woodfield Road,
Bob Oddy F..ck of..Demo
This waste of space is killing the Trade.What he does at the GLA
behind our backs we have to worry
about.I hope that his members will decide to turn up on Mass.
Tony Casey an LCDC founder member.

LCDC ORIGINAL... said...

Tony, I think you should concern yourself with issues closer to home - a good start would be to clean your own back yard at the Lcdc and put "the rubbish" out !

It's a bit ripe you calling for Bob Oddy's removal from the Ltda; when your own waste of space Davis has equally damaged the trade.

Tony, you are NEW LCDC, you can no longer live off the reputation of the OLD LCDC... the reason:

YOU HELPED KILL IT OFF BY 100% SUPPORTING GRANT DAVIS FOR THE LAST HOW MANY YEARS !

Anonymous said...

Oddy has to go, that's a fact.
The only way to get rid of him is to cancel your standing orders
Starve them of cash till they wake up get rid of him.

Even drivers on the council of management can't name all members of Oddy's executive committee

The whole organisation is a farce.