Wes, if this tweet is accurate (needs to be confirmed) then this represents a 341.5% increase on the previous years published figures regarding sexual assaults in PHVs. This accounts to TEN RAPES OR SEXUAL ASSAULTS PER WEEK.
In any other industry, if figures like THAT were becoming apparent then that industry would be ripped apart until it had its house in order.
In fact, I cannot think of one single industry nationwide that has a sexual assault figure this high.....and this is just confined to London.
If this alleged figure is 100% accurate and if TFL are aware of it and do nothing and then hide behind an alleged manipulation of figures in relation to not recording assaults as assaults by PHV drivers if the victim has been touted......regardless of whether the PHV driver has a roundal or not, then TFL are actively complicit in perpetuating this epidemic.
The PHV industry needs cleaning up NOW. not tomorrow, not next week or next month but NOW. These victims are daughters, mothers and wives......and this may not be just confined to women, as men are being attacked as well.
Its about time TFL were made to take responsibility because in this instance they are the root of this problem.
If you issue 115000 PHV licenses then statistically you WILL get 10 or 20 bad apples......if you dont do proper background checks, full documentation checks, making sure that those documents aren't fake or fraudulently obtained (medical certificates and letters of good conduct) and issue licenses to those who have serious mental health issues or have multiple criminal convictions (the Leytonstone attacker to name but one) then you WILL have a massive problem.
Wes, hopefully you will be able to help eradicate this problem or at least bring it to the fore.
EDITORIAL COMMENT :
Well said Steve
We knew there had to be a problem like this with these statistics, otherwise (say they showed a drop) they would have been published much earlier.
There have also been other allegations which have surfaced over the last 24 hours.
It's been alleged that TfL are in a flap after receiving legal advice, they don't have a leg to stand on in regards to enforcing drivers having to accept credit payments. They can only insist that a vehicle has the ability to accept such payment, under conditions of fitness.
It's also being pointed out that the front windscreen sticker is against DfT guild lines, which state it's illegal to put any advertising stickers on a windscreen which could obscure vision. As these stickers advertise Visa and MasterCard they fit into the illegal category.
Taxi Leaks has asked TfLTPH to comment on these issues, but so far there has been no reply.