Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Are TfL Putting Private Hire Drivers Personal Safety At Risk With Notice 13/14.



Far be it for me to come to the aid of the private hire industry, but I believe TfL may just of over stepped the mark with their latest notice.

With regards to Helen Chapman's TfL notice 13/14, I would beg to differ that TfL would be able to force a Private hire driver, driving a saloon car, to accept unrestrained pets. 

Helen, you haven't thought this through, this is just a quick knee jerk reaction after the recent bad publicity from the TV exposé.

On a purely health and safety issue, I would point out;

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Risk assessment
3.—(1) Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of—
(a)the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work; and
(b)the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking, for the purpose of identifying the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions and by Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.

(2) Every self-employed person shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of—
(a)the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work; and
(b)the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking, for the purpose of identifying the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions and by Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.

Private Hire Saloon cars are not suitable to carry unrestrained pets who would pose a danger. 
Why are TfL not promoting the use of London's licensed Taxi fleet?
London's licensed Taxis are 100% wheelchair accessable and cater for every need of the disabled.

Unrestrained Pets: 
Unrestrained pets result in more than 30,000 auto accidents per year, as reported on the website of Paws to Click, a movement that promotes safe pet travel. 
That statistic translates to a loose pet causing an accident every 18 minutes.

Holding unrestrained animals in their laps.

"An unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at 50 miles per hour will exert roughly 500 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert 2,400 pounds of pressure,” Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, Traffic Safety Programs manager, said in a news release.

"Another little-known risk is that front airbags deployed during a crash can kill pets sitting up front. 26 percent of drivers have their dogs on the front seat".

"After a crash, unrestrained pets can attack or otherwise impede emergency medical personnel from reaching critically injured persons trapped inside an automobile. Dogs thrown out of vehicles after a collision are shocked and disoriented. Some attack passersby, while others stumble in a daze on the road, causing other accidents".

We had a seat belt law which told us how many children unsecured in a rear of a car had been catapulted forward killing their own parent in a smash.

Alarming, but was used by the government to bring in rear seat belt legislation.

A male retriever weighs average 29 kilos, a female 27 kilos.

Using a force calculator 28 kilos travelling at 30 mph. will hit the driver at 560 lbs 

enough to kill.

Even accidents at a relatively low speed can be fatal for your pet if it gets flung around the car. And you or any passengers could also be seriously injured if you were to be hit by an unsecured animal in an accident. Unrestrained pets can also distract a driver and be the actual cause of an accident.


So there you have it. There is not a chance in hell of any prosecution standing up in court, on purely Health and Safety issues alone. Any attempt at prosecution would be a waste of public money. 

TfL and disabled groups should direct people with guild dogs, helper/hearing dogs, towards licensed Taxis which are 100% able to cater for the disabled and visually impaired. All Taxis are equipped with wheelchair ramps, swivel seats, hearing loops and brightly coloured grab handles.

TfL have an incredibly bad record when it comes to prosecuting private hire drivers. So good luck with any future prosecutions Helen.

    With thanks to Les.

4 comments:

Veritas said...

TfL won't like this! Hendy's aim is to get the public used to seeing us and PH as exactly the same and therefore enabling Boris's corporate big boys a free run.

Remember when we protest lawfully and peacefully we have the police (no doubt under orders from City hall) handing out notices under anti terrorism laws.

Disgraceful!

Anonymous said...

Just received a letter from TFL stating they want to put my ten year old taxi in the bin. What are we doing about this?? Are we rolling over again?? Even with 30 pieces of silver I can't afford a new cab.

Anonymous said...

you can't afford a new cab spare a thought for us yb's who are potless

Anonymous said...

why not go for a grant to turn your cab into a compressed natural gas cab ???? no emissions at all just water .