Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Whatever you do, do not get into the back of the cab with a passenger' I'm Spartacus.

Those words ring in our ears as loud today as they did when the head of the PCO gave out badge over many years.

So fast forward to the current passenger compartment Credit Card fiasco orchestrated by TfL which means that's exactly what will be  required if a card won't swipe, or been rejected etc. etc.

Sure it's a great idea that very cab should accept credit cards, most drivers do now with mobile terminals, as in use in millions of shops, restaurants and cabs worldwide, but somehow the world's no 1 Taxi trade can't be trusted.

What's not a good idea is that the driver will have to enter the passenger compartment to resolve a problem or retain a stolen card.

So here are some questions needing answering by TfL:

1. Where is the Health & Safety risk assessment for this proposal and what are the control measures for the increase of the risk?

2. Where are the results of any consultations carried out with working cab drivers, passenger groups etc insisting on a fixed terminal in the passenger compartment?

3. Why did you retreat from your original policy of capping charges to the driver yet insisting we had to absorb whatever any company wished to charge us?

Here's another couple for the under fire General Secretary of the LTDA Mr S McNamara:

1. You have stated  'it's a done deal', quite with who and who did you 'do a deal with?

2. What consultation did you have with your membership apart from those who are retained at Woodfield Road or on stand down at LAP etc?

3. How much advertising revenue is expected from fixed terminal companies in TAXI magazine?

If any of the other UTG (LCDC, UNITE) want to answer the same questions don't hold back, we are all interested.

So before someone is assaulted or a malicious allegation made, We demand the Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross intervenes TODAY, so that full and meaningful consultations and assessments can be carried out before any implementation date.

Happy to comply with the requirement to take CC on mobile units that the trade have used hundreds of thousands of times without query or complaint.

In short 'what was broke that needing fixing'?

I'm Spartacus