Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Licenses To Be Issued To All Drivers, To Combat Counterfeits... By Jim Thomas


Just received information, that over the next 6 weeks, every licensed Taxi driver will be receiving, new issue bills and identifiers.

This measure was planned for September and was due to be completed by now, but the issue had to be put on hold while the backlog of licence renewals was cleared.

We've been told that the new identifiers will be similar to the current ones but this time double sided with the details (colour code, sector, badge number barcode and hologram) will be visible on both sides.

The licence will be A4 again but with added security features. Let's hope it looks a bit better than the present photo copy look a like (probably the reason why there are so many counterfeit licenses floating around). 

Drivers should display their replacement identifiers and carry the copy of their replacement licence as soon as they receive them.

Drivers renting taxis should give the original licence to the owner of the taxi and ask for the return of the existing licence.

Accompanying the new documents will be instructions advising how to return existing documents to TfL.


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

And you will be able to buy them on e bay by Christmas

Anonymous said...

Never mind about back to black, the only way to stop suburban drivers working in town is to make them driver yellow taxis and green taxis for in town

But then they would still work each other's sectors
Plenty of Richmond drivers on the Whalf and O2

Anonymous said...

Well done Jimmy, first with the news again.

Anonymous said...

Any yb to work any yb area exept lca sounds like a good idea.!!

Anonymous said...

Re YB = good idea - No - certain sectors have thier books closed and for good reason - massively oversubscribed - you go for that idea and some clever dick will work out the easiest sector and bang a load more yellow badges creeping about everywhere because they can't make a living - and that would include LCA

Anonymous said...

Yea i agree prob would not work even at lca there are cabs there whith no id.s at all.Very strange

Anonymous said...

I don't no why all you yb's are shiting yourselves because it wont be long before we all find out that all sectors are pony and over crowded. they should have shut the books when the id's started with the number 40000.

Anonymous said...

I don't see how re issuing ids can make any difference to anyone!!

There's two types of yellow badge drivers; those who can earn enough legally and those that can't!

Those that can, quietly go about their buisness happy that they can earn what they need without fear of prosecution.
Those who can't bitch and gripe and chance there arm which in turn irritates all other drivers gb + yb alike.

If you can earn enough great!!

If you can't, GET ANOTHER JOB!!!

Insufficient earnings isn't an excuse to break the law or bore your colleagues into an early grave, so please, if your worried about displaying ids that will inhibit your earning capacity, shut up and clear off to find yourself a legal wage!!

Anonymous said...

the ones that earn money legally are the ones on three different pensions and just sit on the ranks to get out of the house and kill time so don't care if there clearing 30 quid a day then there's us who need to survive and nick a couple of jobs here and there to support our family's so if you don't like it tough

Anonymous said...

I don't know what's wrong with some ,yb,. I'm a yb and I work lcy I earn a decent living, you just have to do your hours, I can't wait to get my shiney new double sided I'd,s I will display them proudly. so stop moaning and get on with it ,or find a job somewhere else,be lucky both yb,and green badges .

Anonymous said...

Well I work ealing loads of drivers not displaying IDS also some drives letting people use there IDS TFL. Have been told but as we all know there going to do sod all well maybe in novermber loads of C/O gearing up useing there new handheld scanners let's wait and see

Anonymous said...

As a former yellow , I didn't mind other drivers on a certain north london rank using fake ids and no ids in the back window , as when they were touting in london it was less cabs on the rank , now I see the same drivers with fake or no ids , working camden hampstead and town , it annoys me . As they are making a trusting trade dishonest . I will soon start reporting these drivers, and when T F L ,smell a RAT they do chase it .....

Anonymous said...

If you think that TfL will do anything....dream on

They are committed to replace taxis with minicabs. In the mayors eyes, getting diesels off the road and in the governments eyes, putting immigrants to work and off benefits.

Why do you think we have the deregulation bill going through parliament?
And followed up with the Law Com bill after election.

Anonymous said...

Wrong about that mate . T F lL tout squad are doing well , my mate just got 700 pound fine and 1 months ban , at victoria station for stopping with light off and giving a fixed price ..... They are nicking taxis still , I don't no about private hire and peddle cabs ....

Anonymous said...

How does that work then?

Plying for hire requires a cab to be 'found standing in a street' or at a rank. It has been deemed by the courts and is repeated by Helen Chapman in the email printed above that the illumination of the hire light does not actually impact on the status of plying for hire, and the law states that a passenger is entitled to request a fixed price or if they are dissatisfied then the meter must be used.

So unless these laws have since been overturned it sounds like they've stitched your mate up good n proper!!

If the law commission proceed with abolishing plying for hire then it would follow that the illumination of the hire light would indicate that you were available for 'There and Then' hiring and an unlit sign would indicate that you were not available; but until then, if you are found standing in a street, because you have stopped for a hail, you are on a rank, or even if you are having a sandwich with your light off, you are legally plying for hire and are compelled to accept a hiring.

The only thing he could have been done for was refusing to use the meter. I doubt in this current climate any driver would do that!!

Would they?