Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Horse Has Bolted.... Someone Now Wants To Close The Door...by I'm Spartacus.


It seems one trade org is betting the farm on limiting PH number as the answer to all our issues!!!

So let's have a real look at the possibilities or more likely the impossibilities of a cap on PH numbers:

1. Once someone is licensed, unless they are revoked, you can't take it away. 
There are already three times the number of PH needed for a sustainable Private Hire service.
It would take years to have an effect, just like the over licensed YB sectors.

2. TfL are licensing hundreds a week, any limit will only affect new applicants. No wonder there's a stampede.

3. The draft bill from the Law Commission is looking to bring in National Standards for PH (we can only imagine how stringent they will be!) that will likely mean, any PH operator can take a booking from anywhere as all licensing authorities will have to have the same criteria. 

4. No matter what the law says, certain operators just ignore it and the regulator caves in.

It is also rumoured that there's a backstairs understanding that the strategy is to reduce the Taxi fleet to 10,000 in any event, we have investigators on the case, so keep in touch.

Let's not put all our hopes on this as the cure all, we need to campaign for both Plying For Hire and Pre Booking to be defined.

We also need to lobby the TfL board to reject the PH Regulations consultation outcome as they are flawed.

So plenty of ammo still to fire, punters coming back every day as they realise just how good we are compared with the rest as the million spent on PR can't conceal the truth.

'Service not servitude' someone else wisely said.

I'm Spartacus.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is also rumoured that there's a backstairs understanding that the strategy is to reduce the Taxi fleet to 10,000 in any event, we have investigators on the case, so keep in touch.

You have to laugh at the sheer chutzpa of them. Do they really believe we're all going to stay employed as taxi drivers and allow them to reduce the fleet? Who are they to decide such startegies? They're supposed to be a licensing authority, one who refused to control numbers of that US outfit. Now they indicate they're able to dictate amount of licenses for taxis, whislt unable to do so for the scabs. What a compllete urine take TFL are and a useless bunch at same time.

They have no idea, not a clue. why would anyone want to stay as Taxi driver, to earn such a pittance. Why would anyone do the knowledge, knowing they could be stuffed at any time, at the decision of some jumped up upstart, like Johnson, Emmerson, Daniels. we have seen their perfomances over last few years, hardly inspires confidence or credibility does it. In fact, it simply encourages us to look for employment else where, which is what i believe many will or are doing.

These people in charge appear to be so far up themselves in their ivory towers, they wouldn't get out of bed for less than a certain wage (Pick the telephone no amount here) yet, expect others to survive on a pittance. They're expecting no fall out from this so called startegy. usually called unintended consequences by odious MPs