I had a thought about the number of Private Hire Licenses being processed by TFL, apparently it's around 600 a week.
Based on a 5 day working week that equates to 120 a day.
Based on an 8 hour day it equates to 15 applications every hour or one application every 4 minutes.
How many TFL staff are working on Private Hire applications?
How thoroughly are they being checked if there is an application being approved every 4 minutes?
This means that all the paperwork including a background check, medical and insurance details and the drivers license information and application itself are all checked in a matter of minutes?
It may be positive, if a FOI was made to request this information?
As a follow up to the previous information >Moritorium on PH licenses < I should also add that I was in touch with Sadiq Khans office more than a year ago, during the run up to the Mayoral elections.
I had conversations with Nick Bowes who was Sadiq Khans Mayoral election campaign Director of Policy and is now his Director of Policy as Mayor.
The information has been sent to the Mayor, his Director of Policy and Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross and all have ignored it !
I had raised the point about the huge numbers of Private Hire Licenses being issued by TFL without proper checks , medicals or insurance and was assured that this is something that would be addressed if Sadiq Khan was elected as Mayor.
Bu, when Khan was elected as Mayor he decided to ignore the situation, knowing full well he had the legal ability to immediately suspend license applications pending a review and that concurrently with that he could initiate legislation to cap Private Hire numbers.
The mayor of London has chosen not to do this and then lied telling the media he has no power to suspend or cap the number of Licenses.
He has now issued more than 19.000 NEW PRIVATE HIRE LCIERNSES SINCE BECOMING MAYOR IN MAY (8 MONTHS AT APPROX 2500 A MONTH)
ANY TAXI DRIVER WHO THINKS SADIQ KHAN IS GENINUINE OR HONEST IS EITHER NAIVE OR INSANE.
Editorial Comment :
How can it be right for taxi drivers, in some instances, having to wait upto six months to get their licence renewed, when new private hire divers licenses are being dished out at a rate of one every 4 working minutes at TfL?
We know that 75% of drivers signing up for the Uber App, only last a few months and for them to keep up the pressure on the licensed Taxi trade, they need a consistent supply of cannon fodder.
Could it be that TfL are making a conscious effort to facilitate this company with a steady stream of new blood ?