Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TPH Licensing Compliance and Enforcement Meeting, Monday 21st September

News released yesterday on BBC London news, indicates that the current number of Private Hire driver licenses now stand at an all time high of 87,734. It was also stated that by Friday, this number will have risen by 650, with another 2000 in the pipeline, waiting to be processed.

At yesterday's compliance meeting, trade representatives were told that TfL were unaware of an increase in road traffic accidents relating to Private Hire drivers. The LTDA put out a statement last night regarding this issue, saying that drivers who have evidence of PHVs involved in RTAs should use the social media app Twitter and send details to @TfLTPH.

TfL informed trade reps that they are waiting for a decision on Addison Lee's unauthorised Rugby World Cup raps. 
"Waiting for a decision".... from whom? (you may well ask). 
Is it not TfL who are supposed to enforce PHV regulation. 
Is this more bias from TPH in favour of PH or just delaying tactics till after the Rugby World Cup finishes?

TfL's compliance said they were unsure about arrangements for the 500 pre-booked private hire cars that would be picking up from outside Old Billingsgate, at the Shine charity walk this weekend. The LTDA's Richard Masset has requested details be sent to Taxi House as soon as possible. It should be asked, why haven't TPH already checked the pre-bookings that should be on record?

There was some good news however, concerning the Forge rank on Cornhill. 
It's been confirmed that in the wake of the recent "hits" made by members of the Mayfair Mob, the Corporation of the City of London, has agreed to sign off an extension to the existing rank, increasing capacity from two spaces to four.

When Helen Chapman and Peter Blake were asked if (in their opinion) Uber were instant hail or pre-booked, both answered pre-booked. When informed that Uber state quite clearly they can't be pre-booked, Helen Chapman said "it doesn't matter what Uber say's"

Biggest downer of the meeting came when TfL were asked if they were going to comply with the Mayor's request for the immediate issue of temporary licenses to help the 37,000 drivers caught up in the DBS backlog. TfL replied that temporary licensing was not going to happen and that they intend to work on solving the problem. 
So no change is expected there.


Anonymous said...

So, there we have it. If there were any doubts at all that TFL were not corruptly favouring Uber there can't be anymore. For Helen Chapman to blatantly ignore what we all know to be true shows a complete lack of respect for the Taxi trade and the Law of the land. It's outrageous that an unelected body can not only allow but positively encourage this kind of situation and makes me think that the upcoming Court case will be nothing but a waste of time and money. It's quite clear now that regardless of the outcome Uber will be allowed to continue in their current guise and we'll just have to like it or lump it.

Anonymous said...

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick.............

Damian said...

There was a report on BBC London last night about the amount of PH drivers hanging around Heathrow and defecating/urinating in peoples gardens. The Councillor they had on said it was the app based firms that were causing the problem as there was no way of contacting them. I looked for the sory online this morning but have found nothing!

Anonymous said...

Loads of accidents by phv, a toyota prius hit me last week, but tfl don't get paid to keep them records so they don't bother

Sean Day said...

It is apparent that what we are dealing with here is an extremely serious organisational issue. To reject the one of the fundamental (and dare I say logical) demands of last weeks protest- effectively denying an individual of their democratic right and living- really strikes me that something needs to be done that shakes the living hell out of City Hall. Whilst I agree with the UCG resuming direct action on a weekly basis, to do so without a specific target- I believe it should always be Boris Johnson or TFL- doesn't really hit the message squarely between the Mayor's eyes. We could do a lot worse than follow his official schedule pertaining to his whereabouts on any particular day and target specifically him where ever he may be.

We need to tighten our focus and strengthen our resolve against him. Targeting him vicariously seems to gives him a 'get out of jail free' pass completely unscathed. I must admit, I write this somewhat disheartened that we have become impotent when thinking more diversely about ways in which we could inflict serious political injury. This is the most serious issue we have ever faced- more serious than most drivers realise- and I urge everyone, not just trade associations, to put their heads together and and work out how we can hammer the message home to Boris Johnson directly. With a sledge hammer no less.

Anonymous said...

That figure of 87,734 is last weeks figure. The figure for this week will be another 650 licenses so is 88,384

In 2 weeks after that there will be over 90,000.

People need to realize how urgent the situation is.
Direct action is needed EVERY DAY until the media expose and report the corruption so that there is an immediate suspension of applications

Anonymous said...

Sean Day ; I agree and applaud most of what you say.

However the message of any direct action is not defined by the location where it takes place, it is defined by the message the media are given.
Unfortunately previously they have not been given a clear message in a clear way, which results in the media reporting whatever they want
I have suggested a proper formal Press Conference held at a proper location so that all of the media can be given the clear message as to the exact reasons why taxi drivers are protesting.
The Corruption of Boris Johnson and TFL

If the message is given that protests are going to take place every day at various locations across London until the media fully reports the true facts, then it is likely that the true facts will get reported fairly quickly

Anonymous said...

UTG officials attended this meeting and left tweeting out that: "they got their message across!" In other words the revolving door hit them up the arse when leaving the building!

Anonymous said...

Years of stand own pay to the joint ranks committee and those who attend these meetings and what do we get TWO POXY RANK SPACES,

Maybe a judicial review into wasting subs?

Sean Day said...

I am not entirely certain that a conference on its own entirely would do the trick. But you are right that, in and of itself, direct action is easily manipulated by the media. In many ways that is what I meant by having some kind of strategy. Possibly targeting Boris Johnson directly coupled with an official press conference as to the reason why are doing that would make for a perfect symbiotic relationship. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

There is absolutely no excuse for the abnormal attitude of TPH management. There are in my opinion some serious mentally flawed individuals employed by TfL who are confrontational, anti social and down right obstructionist. These individuals activities and bad attitude would fail the minimum standard of customer relations outside of government employment.
In fact I would go as far as saying they would be toxic to any potential employer!

Marc Turner said...

We know where Boris resides.Why not organise a 24/7 presense,10 or 20 cabs on 4 hour shifts.It would have to be policed and media would have to take notice.He would face us when he starts and finishes every day, and it will eventually dawn on him that this crisis that his incompetent underlings have heaped on us and him will be the coffin of his career.

Anonymous said...

How would it be if all drivers reported real time sightings of Boris, so drivers near by could say Helo.#wereisboris?