After the news was tweeted by the LTDA that TfL enforcement cameras were to be erected outside the entrance to the shard, plus details of new parking restrictions were also put out by Unite, disgruntled drivers decided to staged an impromptu demonstration last night. Using a selection of social media platforms such as Twitter, Texting, FaceBook and What'sApp, Licensed Taxis from all trade Orgs turned up "En Masse" and completely flooded St Thomas Street, forming a massive rolling rank.
Amazingly, (and to a lot of drivers surprise) every cab that came along, went away with a job.
But even more amazing was the way the demonstration was heavily supported. As cabs hailed by customers leaving from the Shard left, they were immediately replaced by more taxis. As soon as space became available, Taxis turned into St Thomas Street to take up the slack.
Based on tactics used during the Olympic dispute by the UCG and seen at the St Paul's Grange hotel followed by St Johns Wood circus, flash mob demos can prove very effective.
The most exciting aspect, is that a flash mob can be arranged secretly in just a few hours. The word can then be spread throughout the trade in minutes.
One thing last nights action proved, was the amount of work that comes out from the Shard requiring real Licensed London Taxis, the best Taxi service in the world.
This work is presently being syphoned off by the in-house operator with the complete assistance and blessing of TfL top brass such as Daniels and Hendy.
In the upcoming GLA review of TfL, we need answers to these questions:
Why is Leon Daniels deeply involved with the placement of the Taxi rank at the Shard?
Why is Leon Daniels adamant there will not be a suitable rank outside the entrance to the Shard?
What connections are there between TfL management and PH satellite operators?
Well done to all the drivers who supported this action. Together, we can do this. United we are unbeatable.
THE SHANGRI-LA's RIP OFF PRICES, SUPPORTED BY TfL.
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