Monday, May 12, 2014

An Open Letter To Sir Peter Hendy KBE, Re Rank At The Shard And Licence Renewals.

Dear Sir Peter.
I have great concern for the future of our industry.
At present it seems to us as licensed Taxi drivers, that yourself and your immediate subordinates have completely given up administering legislation appertaining to Taxis and Private hire.

After watching your performance on London Live's "PowerLunch" it would seem you have no idea about what you can and can't do to facilitate the everyday running of the licensed Taxi trade.

Specifically, problems our trade are presently facing regarding a suitable rank/standing in close proximity to the Shangri La Shard Building in St Thomas Street SE1. 
You stated that: 
'There is a limit to what I can do, it's not my street actually. Apart from anything else the hotel is private property and the street is the London borough of Southwark'.

Well Sir Peter, that not quite true. 

I would like to bring to your attention the notice that recently appeared in the London Gazette. 

It state:

Transport for London hereby gives notice!
The notice also refers to the A200, St Thomas Street, as a GLA Road.  

Notice category: TransportNotice type: Road Traffic ActsPublication date: 17 April 2014 
Edition: The London Gazette 
Notice ID:2111082
Notice code:1501
Issue number:60846
Page number:8028 
Share Transport for London


See full announcement here:

Sir Peter, unless I'm much mistaken, this order gives TfL the right to appoint a Taxi rank/standing anywhere they choose in St Thomas Street.

So could you please explain your statement made on the TV interview?

But Sir Peter there is an even bigger issue and that is with the hold ups concerning the renewals of drivers licences. An issue that is causing many hundreds of drivers and their families hardship, in as much as you are telling them they can't work until they are in receipt of a new licence.

Licence Renewals:
Under current legislation, a Taxi or private hire driver has the right to carry on working while waiting for a renewal for as long as it takes, unless he is informed that his licence application has been unsuccessful. 

I would like to bring your attention to the transport act 1985 section 17 subsection 7 which clearly states:

(7) Where a person holds a licence which is in force when he applies for a new licence in substitution for it, the existing licence shall continue in force until the application for the new licence, or any appeal under this section in relation to that application, is disposed of, but without prejudice to the exercise in the meantime of any power of the licensing authority to revoke the existing licence.


Therefore, in our legal teams opinion there is no need for TfL to issue temporary licences and the driver should carry on working as his old licence will remain in force until he either receives a newly issued licence or receives word his application is turned down.

As hundreds of drivers have lost many days-weeks-months income, after being of the opinion they can't work, could you please make an immediate statement informing these drivers that under the act of 1985, they can in fact carry on regardless.  

One word from you Sir Peter would mean they could carry on earning a living and would put an end to the massive amount of stress TfL have inflicted on these drivers and their families.

Space will be mad available for your answer on the Taxi Leaks blog.


Jim Thomas 

Editor Taxi Leaks Blog.

With thanks to Dave Little.


The Court of Public Opinion said...

So this blog has called your bluff Pete.

Let's be having you explain yourself, if not your silence will deliver its own verdict!

Bobby O said...

Hendy said he got a text at 1/2 past 7 Saturday morning about the licence renewal!
He tries to give the impression it's the first he knows about it.
I said to Leon this isn't good enough we must do something about it

Funny he hasn't spoken to Leon about the thousands of emails and complaints received by TfL over the last year since he personally stopped issuing temporary licences.

Anyone remeber what he said 9 months ago on the Eddie nester show about nit wantd to let people work on who may commit an offence while on a temporary licence which could get TfL sued...

This man is a complete liar and should be shacked by the mayor over this interview

It discust me to watch him sit there lying through his teeth.

Perhaps the interviewer should have bought up the Rachael Grundy £140 an hour for sex episode and asked him who was the other TfL top boss who co signed her lease. Did he get cardinal favours as well?

Anonymous said...

To date hasn't the issue of tempory licences hasn't had the trades muscle put behind it. I only hope with the latest exposures of the corrupt and immoral activities of Peter Hendy somthing will be done about this sociopath.