This tweet appeared on Twitter yesterday afternoon.
It followed this alleged TfL document which was posted earlier in the day.
We have been told repeatedly by TfL that Private Hire drivers go through the exact same process as Licensed Taxi Drivers when applying for or renewing their licenses.
Last April we were warned in the media
'Criminal record checks BANNED on foreign murderers and rapists who want to be minicab drivers if they have applied for asylum or refugees status'
TfL brushed these claims under the carpet and repeatedly stated on Twitter, Private Hire Licenses are not issued, unless the driver has first completed an enhanced DBS check.
At other times, we were told 'people that have lived in a foreign country and haven't lived here long enough, could be licensed subject to a letter of good conduct from the last country they lived in'.
Well it seems they lied.....again!
Lies such as;
• They have switch on, switch off insurance.
• They complied with all the regulations when they first applied for their licence.
• They definitely have a land line for bookings
And now this;
Many Licensed Taxi drivers have been put out of work, some for many months, after Peter Hendy decided to scrap the temporary licence system that had been in use, with absolutely no trouble for decades. He said he could trust Taxi drivers to receive renewals just incase they had committed serious offences while waiting for their new licence to be processed.
Now we find out that TfL have allegedly been issuing new and renewals to Private Hire drivers, without first receiving back DBS criminal record checks....One rule for us, and yet a completely deferent rule for PH.
A driver asked the question on Twitter, why are the orgs not all over this
He was told by a certain political lobbyist, that they had been silenced by TfL's gagging policy.
At this, the same tired trolls rolled out to defend the engagement policy, but were told 'call it what you like, but the engagement policy clearly prohibits criticism of TfL'.
We have been informed the Mayor will be looking into this issue.
This situation is unacceptable. TfL can no longer be trusted.
TO ENSURE THE SURVIVAL OF THE TAXI TRADE, THE ENGAGEMENT POLICY MUST BE THROWN OUT.