C.A.B-Cabbies Against Boris -Press Release
London Taxi Drivers today supported a protest to expose the Mayors failed London Taxi Age Limit.
LBC reported congestion at several locations as drivers staged a ‘Go –Slow’
The protest itself was organised by several different groups of drivers using social media which resulted in drivers going to different locations.
Steve McNamara of the LTDA desperately tried to undermine the protest and proactively acted against it.
In an interview on LBC by Julia Hartley Brewer (which also featured Cabbies Against Boris) Steve made some factually incorrect statements about the reason for the protest; the Taxi Age Limit.
He said that it did not matter about the age limit as it is ‘history’. This is factually incorrect because there are still dozens of cabs being scrapped weekly.
He also said that he did not believe that Boris Johnson had acted in bad faith, despite the clear and unarguable evidence that Boris Johnson knew in 2011 that the new taxis created 5 TIMES AS MUCH NO2 as a 15 year old taxi. (As confirmed by the Mayors written report submitted to the Environmental Audit Committee in 2011)
There are several issues of serious concern here.
Firstly why is Steve McNamara making what are blatantly false statements to cover up for the Mayors improper and unlawful taxi age limit?
Secondly why does he dismiss Taxi Age limit as history when taxis are being scrapped on a daily basis?
Finally, why is the LTDA taking no action whatsoever to challenge TFL on what is blatant improper conduct?
There is feedback from many drivers who are LTDA members and who are extremely dissatisfied that the they are paying monthly subscriptions to the LTDA who are doing nothing to protect their members interests.
Unite seem to have adopted the same strategy and have proactively tried to discredit the Cabbies Against Boris protest, instead of acting in their members interest.
It raises the question as to how long members will continue paying a subscription to organisations who do not seem to be acting their best interests.
In complete contrast the London Taxi Branch of the RMT and the United Cabbies Group are making every effort to take action in their members best interests.
Len Martin of the UCG and Lewis Norton of the RMT gave interviews today outside City Hall to LBC and to London Live and were able to make valid points about their concerns.
Jenny Jones also gave an interview at City Hall about the Mayor’s failed Air Quality strategies.
Again thanks to all those who have supported the protest today; it was covered extremely well by the media and has exposed the serious concerns
Boris Johnson is due to appear before the Environmental Audit Committee at 2pm tomorrow at Portcullis House, and it is hoped that following today’s media coverage he will be held to account about the improper Taxi Age Limit.
It seems that there may be another flash demo tomorrow and that this time it will be in one location to maximize the effect.