Dear Mr Mason.
I know you don't like going to court or spending money on lawyers and I'm not surprised given your record in court against Private Hire Companies.
When I complained (on more than one occasion) to deputy Director Helen Chapman about the amount of illegally plying for hire on central London streets, I was told to be patient. As LTPH have never had a successful prosecution for illegally plying for hire, they were waiting for a water tight case, which could then be used as case law.
After patiently waiting for nearly two years and having seen the mess your legal department made of the water tight test cases against Diamond Chauffeurs Ltd, perhaps now would be a good time to try the approach I suggested back then.
I did warn at the time, that going after the PH company was in fact a mistake, as they obviously don't mind spending money on lawyers and tend to have better legal teams than TfL.
The only way to deal with this problem is by making mass hits on the ever increasing lines of illegally plying for hire minicabs, using the full resources available to you with the STC cab enforcement unit.
Once convicted, licenses could then be revoked and this would act as a deterrent.
Wayward drivers would be more apprehensive if they were being charged and convicted more frequently. At present they know they have more chance winning the lottery than being nicked for illegally plying for hire.
Also, another good piece of advice would be cutting back on the number of satellite office licenses, currently given out like confetti to anyone who can scrape together the licenses fee.
If you need any information on how to deal with illegally plying for hire, please feel free to contact the Richmond branch of the metropolitan police who have experience and success in this field.
Below a tweet from Metropolitan Police Services Richmond 18/04/2013