On Monday, a group of Taxi drivers from Dads Defending Daughters and also trade reps from the LCDC, met at a prearranged location just off the M25. Their mission was to drive into Brighton and make themselves available for job offers from online Taxi apps.
The main Brighton Taxi association had been informed and agreed to join with the action. This wasn't to be a predatory take on regular Brighton licensed Taxi work, the aim was to show Uber -who have been using London licensed vehicles and London licensed drivers- are working illegally in disregard of the Hackney Carriage acts and the Private Hire act of 1998.
The procession of Taxis, paraded outside Brighton and Hove's Town Hall were drivers on London Taxi apps, switched on and made themselves available for hire.
To most drivers amazement, job offers came through... and some were accepted.
Screen shots were then sent to TfL to seek conformation on whether any laws/regulations was being contravened.
First 4 Registration Numbers We Checked, All Registered With TfL, Licensed For PH Work In London!!!
Extra Comment from Dads Defending Daughters' Lenny Etheridge:
I believe the UCG's proposed demo is a direct response to Brighton.
All this Human Rights tosh about magazines on show, is deflecting from the most significant move against TfL (and Uber) in five years!
I am of the opinion, most drivers don't understand the significance of Monday's action.
On Monday, the Dads Defending Daughters along with the LCDC, lit the blue touch paper... but the fireworks are only just about to start.