Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MP Wes Streeting's Ten Minute Bill Runs Out Of Time.

Many drivers pinned there hopes on the Taxi trades lobby of parliament, which resulted in a 10 minute bill from Wes Streeting, being read in the house.

We've now been informed that it's not going to get the preposed second reading. Apparently the time has run out in this parliamentary session.

The Bill asked for certain changes mainly targeted at Uber which, had it gone all the way, would have improved their image, improved their credibility and greatly expanded their public acceptance. 

But to be honest, I couldn't see the rationale behind the bill in the first place.
Making sure they can all speak English, making them pass advanced driving tests, making sure they all have adequate insurance, plus adequate background checks, is not going to put them off the road and it certainly won't get the public flooding back to Taxis.

It will just make them more credible, more accountable and even more acceptable to the general public.

Personally, I prefer them to remain as they are now, an inferior, unreliable and dangerous service.


Editorial Comment :
We should be lobbing parliament for primary legislation to be able to cap the number of PH licenses and reduce the over supply, which is currently killing off the licensed Taxi trade and regular Private hire services alike.

We should be lobbying for TfL to be made accountable for woefully failing to uphold current legislation, which its not enforcing.

This multi-billion dollar company is over saturating the market, forcing competition out, aided by a regulatory body which allows them to circumnavigate case law and legislation. 

It would also be nice to see them having to pay their fair share of tax. 


Anonymous said...

You say you want them to remain an inferior service I told you all back last year that there will be a mini Knolwedge starting very soon a guide of the runs has already been put in place so when new ph have to start being tested at 230 blackfries rd we will be finished its all about price with the public Most of the points on the Knolwedge are dated 75% of them you will never even go to as a cab driver these points are there to delay you so they can keep the numbers at a constant level and this is the only way to control ph numbers

Anonymous said...

He uses Ubend anyway.This was just soundbite to give him his 5 minutes of fame.

Anonymous said...

All that lobbying made a big difference (NOT).LTDA have lost my membership.

Paul said...

There was plenty of us who were sceptical and have again been proved correct, another headline in TAXI turns out to be just that a headline without a story, UNITE's enthusiasm for a single tier system on the back burner for a while and another politician filed under 'mouth and trousers'.

Apparently the sainted Wes was unhappy about some criticism he received from trade activists and complained to their HQ, why didn't you mention defining plying for hire Wes?

So we are where we are and it's amazing that rightly people are jetting around the world and campaigning to save fourteen thousand jobs in the steel industry (until after the referendum anyway eh Mr Javid?) another section of twenty thousand plus of 'hard working people' are being thrown to the wolves as our patriotic politicians fail to confront an offshore based, tax avoiding, non accountable predator.

We wonder why!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Graduate of the Tom Watson school of politics.

Anonymous said...

Well it's soon going take 2 years to become a PH driver in 5 years there is your 1 tear system no need for a black cab Knolwedge then things only get shelved at TFL

Anonymous said...

Doomed I say doomed! I say that's what we are DOOMED!!