PCS boss John Murphy
Remember PCS the Tfl Registered PH Outfit who have a contract with Emirates Airport ?
A couple of years back I was asked to investigate their Lewisham Office.
There was absolutely no sign of activity at that address, which was alleged to be no more than a front for the company who work mainly in Manchester and Newcastle.
This was reported to TfL who never answered the emails.
We've been informed that TfL's Operators Licence has finally been revoked, since five Directors were convicted of Fraud at Chester Crown Court and receiving prison sentences totalling nine and a half years.
Surprisingly, Emirates have continued to use PCS Events, even though the TfL operators licence has been revoked and gone so far as to issue a statement defending the company.
“PCS has been serving our passengers since 2007 and currently handles around 85,000 trips a year, without any incident on record,”
Acting upon further Information from a licensed Taxi drivers association in Manchester, Photo's have been taken showing TfL registered PCD cars still working, still picking up at Manchester Airport in the VIP pick up area.
TfL Licensed Vehicles photographed on Friday 21-4-17, picking up passengers in the VIP area Manchester Airport.
Other vehicles seen licensed by TfL and working from the VIP pick up area are:
MV65ZBJ, MJ15OGR, MJ15OJL, MJ15OHF
If these vehicles are no longer registered with an Operator, they are in fact not Licensed to Pick up anywhere.
This matter has now been reported to TfL.
Plus, our contacts in Manchester have reported the matter there and at Newcastle Airport, where I believe vehicles from PCS are also Operating.
If these cars are operating illegally, then their TfL licence must be revoked, which means they will also be uninsurable to use for hire and reward anywhere in the country.
We have to ask ourselves why a company based up north, would go to the trouble of registering an operating centre in London, then drive it's vehicles all the way down to NSL passing stations in the capital, when they can get vehicles licensed in the cities where they operate.
Why are they coming to London to get the vehicles licensed?
What incentives are there to be licensed at NSL?
Are these vehicles being given an easy time at NSL centres?
We've seen in the past a case -when TfL was under the directorship of John Mason- where a West London private hire company, produced an envelope full of roundels, when police officers turned up at the operators address. It later transpired that none of their vehicles had attended TfL passing stations and the roundels had been sent out by post......no one was ever prosecuted for this either.
Could it be that this practise is still wide spread and vehicles from around the country are being licensed by post?
After the recent private hire medical and topographical tests scandal, anything is possible as time and time again, TfL have shown they are not fit for purpose in respect of being a licensing authority.
For a more in-depth report published by Licensed Transport Undercover, click on this link below