Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Another Bad Decision Sees TfL Shot In The Foot At Windsor House Demo ...By Jim Thomas

Going by the odds against, yesterday's static demo should have been a complete disaster, but TfL tried to be too clever and ended up shooting themselves in the foot.

Many were put off by the weather, plus the demo was initially wrong footed by a certain 'Union committee member' lying, instead of telling the truth, when asked a serious question !

But even so, enough drivers turned up to make our presence felt.

Drivers and friends from Dads Defending Daughters and the Mayfair Mob, made up the bulk of the protest, which looked impressive outside Windsor House. 

We then received word, TfL had changed the venue for the meeting at the last minute, to Palestra.
Protesters jumped into a procession of taxis and were at Blackfriars road within minutes.

TfL's tactical decision, actually done us a right favour as the weather had taken a turn for the worse and Windsor House has no protection from the rain. 
Palestra on the other hand, has a portico entrance, offering shelter.

Drivers seemed in fine voice, calling for Leon Daniels to be sacked and for Mike Brown to come out and speak to us. 

Thing got a bit heated when security guards menacingly came forward, asking to whom they had to speak, to get the crowd to step back onto the pavement and out into the heavy rain. 

They were informed, "You will need to speak to each and every driver in turn, as this is not an organised demo but a spontaneous protest".

It was also pointed out, that moving backwards onto the pavement, would cause a major obstruction to the public walkway, obviously the objective. 
But the security decided to back down.

The meeting overran by an hour and first to come out was LTDA General Secretary, Steve McNamara.

He was handed a microphone to address the crowd, but what little he had to say didn't go down well and drivers, who made their feeling known by awkward heckling.

As soon as Grant Davis emerged, the microphone was taken away from Steve in mid-sentence and given to the LCDC chairman.

Grant immediately ran through the agenda to an almost silent crowd, explaining in detail what he, on behalf of the LCDC members had put to the TfL commissioner.

We've been asked not to report in too great a detail as much of the agenda is subject to an embargo, which Taxi Leaks will of course respect.

However, we can confirm that the issue of driver safety, in regards to the rear fitting of CC readers, was talked about in detail. As predicted, incidents have now started to appear and two separate cases have already been reported to Police where drivers have been assaulted, after being asked to get in the back to sort out problems with the CC reader unit. 

We were told Mike Brown has given his word that the full 32 borough (including the City of London) minicab related sexual assault statistic break-down, will be publish by next week.

Grant put it to Mike Brown that Uber had been licensed under collusion and corruption. The commissioner wanted it to go on record that he knew nothing about this, as the licence wasn't granted under has watch. By making this extraordinary statement, Brown is admitting that someone somewhere has done something wrong and he's trying to distance himself from it.
Finally Grant went through the catalogue of lies and deceit we've had to suffer from Leon Daniels, asking the question, 
"Why has this man still got a job with TfL".

Jim Kelly of Unite, slipped away unnoticed by the drivers.

A big thank you to all who willingly gave up their afternoon to attend and support the protest.

As they say, actions speak louder than words