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.
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
Share Transport for London
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984
THE GLA ROADS AND GLA SIDE ROADS (SOUTHWARK) RED ROUTE CONSOLIDATION TRAFFIC ORDER 2007 A200 GLA ROAD (ST. THOMAS STREET) EXPERIMENTAL VARIATION ORDER 2014
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.
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.
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With thanks to Dave Little.