On the 17th of September 2014 the London Assembly Transport Committee invited 8 Groups from the Taxi & Private Hire to City Hall to speak at the hearing re investigating the way forward for both the Taxi & Private Hire industries.
First up was Jo Bertram and the Über Team who said public safety is their number one priority. They are based in London, are a registered company in the UK & pay required tax.
Second up was Ron Zeghibe Chairman of Hailo and Russell Hall. They explained they are a British technology success story. Now in North America, all of Europe and most of Asia, with 60,000 drivers.
Third up was Simon Rush and Steve Garelick from the GMB union who said a 'minimum living fare' needs to be introduced for drivers in London. They recommend a code of conduct for the trades.
Forth up was Steve Wright Chairman LPHCA.
He said that Taxi and Private Hire enforcement has failed. He then explained that in his opinion signage doesn't work and showed his solution to safety issues, a registration plate prefixed by a red P (originally disregarded from the Taxi and Private Hire consultation)
Fifth up was Grant Davis
He said the LCDC consider there are too many satellite offices and not enough Taxi ranks. They want a review of TfL's status as a licensor/regulator.
Sixth up was Charlie Miller and Nick Gilbert from the LSTDC who want a review of sector boundaries in locations where they believe there is unmet demand plus more island ranks for suburban drivers.
Seventh up was Paul White and John Leach of the RMT.
The RMT London Taxis Branch says the Mayor sends out mixed messages on Pedicabs.
Should they be licensed, or are they illegal? They want greater clarity.
Eighth in was Geoffrey Riesel Chairman RTG
Mr Riesel said that in his opinion the Knowledge takes too long and is to complete. He said it is a barrier to trade growth and wants to see the KOL revised & modernised.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON TAXI TARRIF.
TfL’s 2013/14 Taxi and Minicab Customer Satisfaction Survey, showed that over two thirds (68 per cent) of passengers thought that taxi fares were either a little too expensive or much too expensiveⁱ.
Are your fares to high or is the Flag-Fall to low?
You have till the end of the month to put your written submissions in.
Please send written submissions to the
The Queen’s Walk,
London SE1 2AA, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org