Saturday, January 03, 2015

Cabbies Against Boris –Press Release.


Just before Christmas, Cabbies Against Boris filed a formal complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority about the continued improper and unlawful London Taxi Age Limit which the Mayor now plans to reduce to 10 years. 

The complaint includes the improper decisions of the Mayor and TFL in relation to the London Taxi Age Limit  which forces drivers to buy new more polluting taxis from a single manufacturer which have been scientifically proven to create more pollution than the older taxis. 

Vehicles are being needlessly scrapped which clearly breaches competition laws, creating a monopoly for that manufacturer. The continued restrictive requirement in the conditions of fitness for a turning circle which effectively restricts the London Taxi market, also creates a monopoly situation.

The complaint also includes the improper support  by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association of the London Taxi Age Limit and its continuation and their objection to the removal of the turning circle requirement as detailed in the recent  GLA  Environment Committee meeting in comments from Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the LTDA
 
We will are also calling for a Taxi protest to take place in Uxbridge town centre in January, to highlight to the media, public and potential voters the improper conduct of Boris Johnson and to highlight the complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority.

It is hoped  that London Taxi Trade organisations will support this.

Dave Davies. (CAB)



About the Competition and Markets Authority

What we do

We work to promote competition for the benefit of consumers, both within and outside the UK. Our aim is to make markets work well for consumers, businesses and the economy.

We acquired our powers on 1 April 2014 when we took over many of the functions of the Competition Commission (CC) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

Who we are

We are an independent non-ministerial department with over 500 members of staff mainly based at Victoria House, Southampton Row, London WC1with representatives in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

·         investigating mergers which could restrict competition

·         conducting market studies and investigations in markets where there may be competition and consumer problems

·         investigating where there may be breaches of UK or EU prohibitions against anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominant positions

·         bringing criminal proceedings against individuals who commit the cartel offence

·         enforcing consumer protection legislation to tackle practices and market conditions that make it difficult for consumers to exercise choice

·         co-operating with sector regulators and encouraging them to use their competition powers

·         considering regulatory references and appeals

Our responsibilities are supported by a range of powers which are based on legislation and explained in Towards the CMA, annexe B

Our goals

Our 5 strategic goals are:

·         delivering effective enforcement – to deter wrongdoing, protect consumers and educate businesses

·         extending competition frontiers – by using the markets regime to improve the way competition works, in particular within the regulated sectors

·         refocusing consumer protection – working with its partners to promote compliance and understanding of the law, and empowering consumers to make informed choices

·         achieving professional excellence – by managing every case efficiently, transparently and fairly, and ensuring all legal, economic and financial analysis is conducted to the highest international standards

·         developing integrated performance – through ensuring that all staff are brought together from different professional backgrounds to form effective multi-disciplinary teams and provide a trusted competition adviser across government


https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/competition-and-markets-authority/about


Editorial Comment:
The actual Letter sent to the CMA will be posted in the next instalment (Part 2).



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