Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Press Release: Day 3 RMT/Dads Defending Daughters : Appeal & Direct Action :


Security Compromise: TFL and Camden Council are failing in their duty of care to the travelling public for not enforcing the ‘set down’ points at St Pancras Station

The World famous London licensed Taxi Trade actively opposes the violent action taken by other taxi services around the globe against those working from off-shore based app platforms. However, there is growing unrest, evidenced by drivers here on a daily basis.


A consequence of corporate influence on central government, combined with a complicit regulator has resulted in public safety being dramatically compromised. My colleagues and I, have on several occasions contacted Camden Council and TFL outlining the severity of the issue

Licensed taxi drivers are seeking assistance from the Metropolitan Police to erase traffic problems caused by Private Hire drivers using the ‘set down’ points as parking bays outside St Pancras International station.




The problem arises due to the obstructiveness caused by an increasing number of mini-cabs parked in the drop off bays situated on Pancras Road. Vehicles are often left unattended for prolonged periods of time. Most are working from app based platforms such as Uber. Parking in the bay's not only causing everyone else to double park, it exacerbates the traffic congestion along Euston Road. The accumulative impact on vehicles legitimately dropping off passengers but having to double park can be incredibly arduous for passengers needing assistance.

More seriously- and this cannot be emphasised enough- the terrorist attacks in Paris leading up to Christmas, highlighted a monumental lapse in security at London’s premier link through to Europe; to dismiss the area as a potential terrorist target would be foolish and potentially catastrophic.


Transport for London compound this risk by demonstrating that they are unable or unwilling to regulate the Private Hire Industry to even minimal standards. LBC’s recent expose highlighting just how easy it was to register a vehicle as a minicab without even the most basic checks, yet TFL continue to sell 700+ private hire licenses every week. Couple that with Uber’s policy of not being liable for the behaviour of the driver leaves passengers using this service (often unknowingly) at great risk. Consequently, we are just beginning to see the repercussions of deregulation, So far this year, there has been four Uber drivers convicted of sexual assault. All were in London

If the purpose of the U.K. government is for corporations to play the market as aggressively as possible, to the extent that not only our own health but the health of the travelling public is put in danger,then taxi drivers must protest against these economic entities (who consider rape victims as merely ‘collateral damage’) from being the eulogist of the rules by which we all live. If Camden Council and TFL continue to absolve themselves of a duty of care , then our appeal is for the Met to issue a Traffic Regulation Order restricting waiting to the usual two minutes?


Amendments made to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004), permitting drivers a grace period of up to ten minutes only applies to pay and display parking where the time printed on the ticket has expired. Further, Section 22C of part II of the Road Traffic Act specifies how the risk of terrorism can be used under various parts of sections 1 and 6 of the act to control parking. The Act should be enacted upon as the risk of terrorism in the area overrides the need for a grace period for drivers.

If the licensing authority and the borough councils are facilitating central Government’s political ‘redirection’ regarding how the private hire industry operates, then both the public and taxi drivers have a right to know. Here-on-in, if drivers believe that certain policies or inactivity present a legitimate threat to security or if a persons safety is blatantly compromised, as it is at Kings Cross, then direct action will, unequivocally, commence.


Public Notice: Critically, and without any imposition from the trade associations, drivers will target effected areas or specific policy makers. Direct action will continue until the authorities decide to address the situation directly or enter in to negotiation. Disingenuous consultations that refuse to address the issues at hand are unacceptable.

Specific to Kings Cross / St. Pancras Station, there has numerous complaints/ reports submitted to Camden Council but no one is willing to take responsibility for the area. Considering, St Pancras Station is the main transport hub into Europe, I am not alone in being appalled by TFL and the local authority's inactivity.

Additional: Although these protests are driver led,and are not affiliated to any one organisation, negotiation is welcome via the RMT taxi division.

Regards
Sean Paul Day 

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can we assume the families of the decade and those affected for life by 7/7 expect a more responsible attitude to security than this?

Think on Camden and the Met.

Chrissie1943 said...

This is a disaster waiting to happen and it's hard to believe that this breach of travellers' and taxis' safety is ignored by government, local authorities, TFL and our police. As a member of the public it is puzzling and disturbing that the only response so far has been to harass the very people who are concerned with our safety. Shame on all those failing to protect us.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, but you have overlooked TFL are a supply agent for Uber in London.
Are you really surprised TFL are protecting the interests of their business partner?

There is a vast difference between a policy and a agenda.

The licencing authority are corrupt, the Mayor is a liar and the people that interface with this shower couldn't lead a dog around a park. There is nothing out there worth belnging to. Why ?

Because the situation the trade is in cannot be negotiated with a corrupt government and licensing authority. Time and time again these trade bodies attend meetings and walk away accepting what the dictators offer them, and what they offer is always detrimental to the trade. You can keep your trade org's and the video stars who like to bask in their own glory.

Lenny Etherage said...

We had Mayfair Mob, Flash Demo, Shoreditch, RMT, LCDC, DDD, loads of groups and individual men and women giving us tremendous support.
None of which wanted anything but to help the trade.
Oh yeah, the LTDA Ad-van tried to photobomb our party 😂
The RMT will be negotiating on our behalf. It's looking as though we're getting through on the Goodsway queue, the Harrow Road queue, and the illegal plotting up of Uber on the Set-Down area.