Another complete waste of time.
Thousands of drivers answered the call, but unfortunately the organisers failed again to get the message out before and after the event.
Nothing learned from previous demos.
This morning, the drivers efforts are forgotten, it might just as well not happened.
Even Palestinians carrying black flags banned by the government were allowed to protest along Whitehall and yet, TfL put an army of compliance officers on the street, taking the numbers of drivers displaying stickers in their windows advertising the demo.The usual bullying and intimidation tactics we've seen on previous demos repeated and expanded.
Compliance doing spot checks on drivers nor working are unlawful. Marshals from organisers should have put a stop to this, or at least advised drivers of their rights not to comply, but didn't.
Afterwards the media were confused. The fact that there was no clear message left them free to use their imagination which they did to out detriment.
Even drivers who were interviewed by journalists from the worlds media were unsure why they were there giving a multitude of differing reasons which again led to confusion and the wrong messages getting out.
When will the LTDA realise that they can't do this alone, they just don't have the skill. After 45 years of inaction and collaboration they still can't put a simple demo with a clear agenda across.
We've had 3 demos on Whitehall in the last year which have proved to be 3 waisted opportunities.
The fact that the demo was again sited on Whithall gave TfL the opportunity to organise arrangements which took buses out of the traffic and minimised disruption. People who had paid once on the bus, were then asked to pay again to complete their journey on the tube. A win win situation for TfL.
The LTDA played into the hands of TFL by not uniting and utilising the whole trade to employing the best PR tactics.
Waste of time, lost message,
TfL 3 - Taxi trade 0