When confronted by irate licensed Hackney Carriage Taxi drivers he says:
"This is a very busy area and I'm telling people to download the app, they can then book me".
He went on to say:
"why should I drive round wasting my petrol when there's lots of people here ? ".
The driver believes that as he is not on a Taxi rank he can openly tout....now who's told him this?
This is not just happening in Southampton, it's happening all over the UK and licensing authorities are quite happy to sell these drivers licenses, then turn a blind eye when they go off and work in different areas.
Top of the of 'Worst Licensing Authority List' is none other than our very own TfL.
Taxi Leaks has been contacted by taxi and private hire associations from all over the UK complaining that TfL are over licensing Uber drivers who then go off and work in other areas across the country.
Leeds and Manchester seem to have the biggest problem and yet TfL are adamant they can do nothing about this.
What ever happened to the requirement of being a fit and proper operator ?
Mike Brown, you are in a position to do something about this and as yet, you've done nothing.
You recently protested to Chairman of the LCDC Grant Davis, that you wanted it to go on record that the corrupt and illegal licensing of Uber had nothing to do with you.
The lies told by a certain TfL Managing Director to the GLA were not under your watch.....but still you've done nothing.
Oh but wait, you are in the process of suspending a Taxi drivers licence who you accuse of UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR
Touting, working out of area, working without insurance, fake medical, fake driver licenses, fake topographical test's, sexual assaults including rapes ... are all OK in your eyes but taking video footage is a capital offence!
It would seem that TfL believes there's nothing wrong with Uber encouraging their drivers to work outside the area they are licensed in, and openly tout..l and yet If a Taxi driver films a video on his/her phone in a public place (which is perfectly legal), this is unacceptable behaviour and the driver should have his/her licence revoked.
It's a pity the Uber driver with 34 criminal convictions and mental health issues, didn't try to take a video rather than attacking the public with a machete....you would have had his licence revoked it minutes.
We have 1000's of Uber cars, openly touting every night of the week and yet you have instructed your army of new, poorly trained COs, to harass working Taxi drivers in a bid to promote the financial interest of third party companies that a certain member of the board of TfL has a financial conflict of interest with.
Editorial Comment :
Currently, TfL commissioner Mike Brown is being paid £534,000 a year for Totally Failing London.
Looking at what he's achieve since taking office !
Would you say this is value for money ?
(Remember, he gets £392,000 more than Teresa May earns as Prime Minister)