Monday, August 18, 2014

Reasons Why Every Taxi Driver Should Attend Next Months Mass Jim Thomas.

Over the last ten years, fundamental flaws have appeared in the licensing process governing Taxis and private hire in London. TfL's bias against the Taxi trade, has never been so pronounced as it is at present. 

PH company's have been licensed on a nod and a wink, disregarding all TFL policy. Rules and regulations appertaining to private hire are now treated as flexible guidelines.  License variations (Satellite Office) have been and still are issued without requirements or conditions of fitness being met.

In The Past:
Addison Lee's vehicles were reported for contravening the conditions of fitness.

Were Griffins minicabs put on stop?
No they were given 9 months to get it sorted.

RD2 were issued multiple variations without first being registered as a PH operator for the required 12 month term. 

When this was reported, did TfL revoke their license?
No, the Director of TPH, John Mason and his deputy Helen Chapman both lied about the issue (covered comprehensively in previous posts). 
When the lies were exposed, TfL issued a statement that they can do what ever they like as TfL policy is flexible and not completely covered by legislation.

Diamond carriages (Diamond cars) clipboard men have been allowed by TfL to operate outside the perimeters of venues.

And now Über!

Über first registered in 2012. The operating centre address on their original license was an accountant's office in the More London building, conveniently situated next to City Hall. No one in their right mind, even with the wildest imagination, could envisage an accountant's office, in the midst of large office complex as a minicab operating centre. Taxi leaks pointed out to TfL that in the last few months, Über were operating from premises in Islington without a licence variation. This was formally reported to TfL.

Did they immediately revoke Über's licence as you would expect?
No they gave them time to sort it out by not investigating or answering the complaint until a licence variation had been issued. 

Another issue that needs addressing ASAP is the appointment of new ranks.

How is it that a PH operator can set up a satellite office in just a few days and yet to get a licensed Taxi rank outside a new Hotel, Bar/Restaurant or other venue, takes many months and in some cases, years?

We know it can be done!
After direct action at Nobu, within weeks, a major new rank was appointed. Same with the Shard.

Is this what it's going to take, conflict and direct action from flash mob type demos?
Should the people of London have to put up with major disruption every time we need a new rank?

It has recently come to our attention that the management of many venues would welcome a licensed Taxi rank outside their premises. But antiquated bureaucracy stops this happening.

1. We need a system in place to fast track rank appointment, much in the way PH get licence variations approved.
2. All ranks need to be enforced efficiently by both the police and local parking services.

Why should drivers have to put themselves on offer to protect work being stolen by bent door staff and organised gangs of touts.

Where is the protection that TfL and the police have a duty of care to provide?

Boris Johnson, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Sir Peter Hendy, if you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem!

Constantly turning a blind eye to what's happening outside these venues, has resulted in serious sexual assaults (including rape) statistics going through the roof. 

The people charged with the responsibility of providing safe transport in London are complicit in the shattering of many young lives and also the lives of their families and it's time these people were held responsible.


I'm Spartacus said...

What's needed is an ALL trade group press conference BEFORE the event.

Otherwise the spin machine at TfL will pervert the reasons, it has to be ALL trade groups without ALL it's meaningless.

As I have said before along with your good self Über is a symptom (along with Rides2? Diamond cars etc.etc) it's TFL's incompetence that's the disease.

Anonymous said...

McNamara is on record claiming the trade has a raft of issues with TfL. McNamara won't publish these issues:

a. Because he doesn't want to go on record and admit that serious issues exist that he and the UTG don't want to deal with.

b. McNamara and the UTG only want to do the bare minimum for their members.

At the present time this demo has all the hallmarks of another mismanaged cock up!

Gerald Coba said...

Well let's take it off their hands!

Let's have a press conference of trade reps who are willing to turn up and let's include representatives from Flash Demo and TaG Hit Squad

Let's leave the Vichy mod behind.
Wouldn't want to affect their income from adverts in their papers.

Anonymous said...

The club are worried that the stand down bill will get out of hand.

Anonymous said...

As a yb driver I can clearly say that we will be giving you as much support from us(3500 driver's)as you give us. FA

Anonymous said...

Can't we have a demo without mentioning uber cos it only helps them. The word should be banned from anything to do with demos.x

Aqua said...

Agree with Spartacus,all trade groups on tge platform Ltda,Rmt,Ucg,Lcda & pre agreed statment,from one spokesman

Terry Davis said...

I think every driver in London would like to see this.

The only ones who don't want this to happen would be TfL, Grant Davis and Bob Oddy.

Anonymous said...

Anon 4:56 WTF?

I as a yellow badge will be showing my unreserved support for OUR trade.

I am baffled by your comment that GBs show us no support!! Granted a fair few ignore us as irrelevant, but there is clearly ignorance on both sides of this coin!!

If your whimpering that your expectations from the consultation weren't met, that has nothing to do with other drivers, and everything to do with mismanagement from Tfl and unrealistic expectations from certain drivers who are unable to cut it in the real world.

Everything Tfl does is clouded by a bluster of lies and bluff to prevent their often illegal, money grabbing agenda from being exposed.

Fails every time, and it's about time we came together and struck a proper blow, not sat on our haunches whinging about Green Badges and clip board Jonnies and Uber and illegal touts!!

There's only one place to lay all this blame, and the whole taxi trade, and even the legal PH trade who are tarnished and stolen from through this activity should be organising demonstrations to bring the truth to the public conscience, and banish the misrepresentation that it's merely Greedy Cabbies wanting more Cream.