I would just like to let your readers know about an incident that took place, outside a Central London hotel.
I stopped for a passenger who hailed me outside the Covent Garden Hotel in Monmouth Street. The customer asked if I would be willing to take him and his wife to airport and if I could give them a fixed price.
I told him that I would be happy to do it for a set price of £60. I told him that the meter would be set and If the fare went below my quotation, then that's what he would pay. However, if the fare went above my set price, the most I would demand from him would be £60. The customer was more than happy with this arrangement and put his luggage in my Cab.
The concierge, realising that his kick back was about to go out the window, rushed out shouting that he had ordered a taxi from Addison lee and tried to remove the luggage from my Taxi.
I refused to let the concierge take the luggage as the passenger seemed content with my offered fixed price. But to myself and the passengers surprise, the concierge launched in to a volley of extremely aggressive abuse and said he would get his Taxi friends to sort me out. He also said he was reporting me to TfL for Touting and that he would "have my Job"
I dropped my passengers off at terminal 5. As there was concerned over the incident outside the hotel, the male passenger gave me an email address and said he would be more than happy to make a statement on my behalf, to confirm that no touting had taken place and that he had flagged me down of his own free will in good faith.
I kept the details but thought that would be the end of it.
But to my surprise a couple of days later, I received this letter from TfL.
I have since replied to the TfL letter and answered the complaint giving a full and comprehensive description of the events outside the hotel, including a statement from the customer Mr Pistorius.
I also went to the trouble to get collaborative evidence from Addison Lee that no booking or cancellation had been received by them from the hotel for that particular time or in fact for the whole day in question.
I have contacted the Hotel group, Firmdale Hotels who currently have six hotels in Central London, Ham Yard Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel, Soho Hotel, Dorset Square Hotel, Haymarket hotel and of course the Covent Garden hotel.
I explained that the concierge at the covent Garden Hotel, made malicious and false allegations about my conduct, which could possibly result in my licence being revoked.
I have specifically ask the groups head office to deal with my complaint as I feel the Covent Garden Hotel management will do everything in their power to support their employee and may not handle my complaint fairly.
I will let you know how I get on.
From the Wall Street Journal: August 12.
Eco City Vehicles: London Taxi Production on Hold
London taxi group Eco City Vehicles PLC (ECV.LN) Tuesday said production of the Mercedes Vito London licensed taxi it supplies the technology for, has been put on hold due to high stock levels.
"The Board expect production to resume in October subject to September sales performance," Eco City said.
-Shares down another 10%, valuing the company at GBP1.8 million ($3 million).
Westminster City Council and The Metropolitan Police (Westminster), you have a duty of care to protect the public and make sure they are safe at all times.
This picture shows, the trust the people of London have in you is misplaced.
How can you possibly allow this to happen.