The Licensed Taxi trade has a very good relationship with both the City of London & the City Police and stay committed to providing the square mile with the safest transport option in London. I'm sure also, that the Corporation will see fit to allow Taxis access to Bank Junction. With regards to Mr. Leon Daniels recommendation that taxis should be excluded from the area, I hope that he can clarify the reasons why?
For contextual purposes, due to an 80% increase in road traffic accidents involving private hire vehicles, most of which are operating on the instant hire market, it was proposed that Private Hire drivers were given five minutes- after they had undertaken a booking- to pre-plan the upcoming route. TfL rejected the proposal on safety grounds, even though they did not provide any data for this assertion.
It now appears the juxtaposed idea that it's safe to engineer road closures that would impede a persons ability to access a taxi even if that person happened to be caught up in a dangerous situation. The two assertions simultaneously are not transitive and thus not rational.
Given that every Taxi is purpose built (designed for public hirings, with safety and liberty in mind) and is compulsory requirement by TfL, perhaps Mr Daniels would balk the fallacy of composition and explain what provisions have been made for those less able-bodied to access a Taxi on demand?
No doubt, Mr Daniels and Mr Emmerson’s opinion would be very different if the vested interests they have in several bus companies extended to the licensed taxi trade.
The bus *franchises that Mr. Daniels and Mr.Emmerson serve as Directors have an atrocious accident and public incident record and whose routes, quantity, and regularity are woefully mismanaged by Surface Transport.
It would be more appropriate, perhaps, to exclude the dangerous, inefficient fuel consuming fleet from Bank Junction and oblige taxi drivers the democratic right to earn living by servicing the public. Which just so happens to be what they are licensed to do.
Mr. Daniels and Mr. Emmerson’s continued interference with the working practices of a taxi driver is solely intended to further injure the economic viability of a valid and relevant service industry.
Mayor Khan cannot merely consider Mr Daniels & Mr. Emerson’s interference to be a dereliction of regulatory duty, but gross abuse of their appointed positions.
I for one will no longer allow a covert, maleficent, agenda driven liar- advising inconsistent policies- prevent me from working (and subsequently supplying public demand),
I hope my fellow drivers will join me.
Sean Paul Day
*Transport Trading LTD has many subsidiaries, including Transport Trading Finance LTD based in Guernsey. One of the 4 directors is Mr. Leon Alistair Daniels. Both Daniels and Garrett Emerson serve as directors of the following LTD companies
Transport trading Limited
Victoria Coach Services LTD
London bus services LTD
London river services LTD
London bus limited
London bus services LTD
River boat services
Victoria coach services
*correct at the point of entry SPD