This week I attended the taxi trade forum held at Palestra under the auspices of TfL’s LTPH Directorate. I again raised the following proposal (that I have sent to them before) without any response.
Every Private Hire Operator must have an IT booking System (there are many at low cost) approved by TfL that receives bookings with details of the driver, passenger, destination etc.
TfL can bring this about very swiftly by making it a condition of licensing without any legislation; it will bring the following immediate benefits:
- Ends fictional scribbled ‘instant’ pre bookings outside venues that flout the law and in effect ensure the passengers are uninsured, vulnerable travellers that put other road users at risk.
- Breaks the links between corrupt door security staff, predatory drivers, organised crime, drug dealing, money laundering and much else.
- Ensure PH business is carried out within the law and enforcement authorities have a clear ‘audit trail’ of all bookings made in advance available in real time. This protects legitimate operators and preserves the Taxi trades hard won right to ‘Ply for Hire’.
- Ensures all licensed PH drivers are working for an operator and those not so, liable for the congestion charge etc., as all work must come through an operator, they can’t be working legitimately.
A simple solution to end the scourge of illegal activity and it can happen NOW without waiting for the maybe never to be enacted Law Commission Draft bill.
Will those who have the power to make the above happen do so?
Will they kick it into the long grass?
Will it be killed by vested interests?
There is everything to gain for the law abiding citizens and visitors to this great city.
The only losers are those with criminal intent.
I could have written this from my position on a union committee but thought that would be used as an excuse to ignore the message by some and again let an important measure be held back by petty infighting or political bias.
It’s the message that matters here not the messenger
Let’s all step up to the plate and get behind it and ask some searching questions as to why, if it does not happen!
Please pass this letter on to any organisation or individual you think will support the proposal and ask them why if they don’t?
For further information my contact email is: PBCab@rmtmail.org