I have been asked to make comment about the ongoing investigation, currently being undertaken by the GLA.
Looking at what's available on the GLA website, it seems there is a danger we may be being led down a cul-de-sac. Looking at the key questions put forward, the GLA seem to have swerved on the original remit of the investigation.
We were initially promised the Transport Committee would pay particular attention to how the Mayor's Transport Strategy is being implemented and the competence of TfL, past and present.
The key questions forming the basis of the investigation, appear to show they are no longer actively investigating TfL's handling of the Taxi and Private Hire trades, but instead are looking more at the services offered by Taxi and Private Hire.
Questions for the investigation:
(From the GLA website)
During the investigation the Transport Committee will seek to answer the following key questions:
1• What are passengers’ views about taxi and private hire services in London including about the availability at different times and locations, safety and cost of these services?
This question adds credence to the allegation that a certain outside agency wants The a Mayor and TfL to make Taxi ownership such a financial burden, that the only way to survive would be to have more than one driver per vehicle, thus providing more availability at all hours of the day and night.
2• How well are the Mayor, TfL and the taxi and private hire industries responding to passenger issues?
For question 2, we would have preferred is how well is The Mayor and TfL responding to Taxi drivers issues???
3• What more could the Mayor, TfL and the Taxi and private hire industries be doing to improve Taxi and private hire services in London?
Again should have been worded, what more can be improved in the performance of TfL and the service they provide to the Taxi and Private Hire trades.
There is not one question about the ability or past performance of TfL or wether they are fit and proper to carry on as a licensing authority.
However, it's not too late to have your say. You can still submit your views as the Committee will accept written submissions provided until the end of September 2014.
Lets not forget the the previous two transport committee reports along with the Stan report, resulted in the unenforceable expansion of licence variations in the form of satellite offices (Ex chief superintendent of Cab Enforcement Joe Royals words) complete with lines of ranking minicabs, controlled by clipboard men touting for custom outside venues.
Send written submissions to the Transport Committee London Assembly, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe the RMT have submitted a mountain of evidence to the committee. Taxi Leaks has also been contacted by Darren Johnson, to submit the result of research appertaining to the licensing of certain PH operators in Central London and the City.
Let's hope this is not just another example of smoke and mirrors, eventually turning over the "Best Taxi Service In The World". TtT.