Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wizann Post Explains Hailo's Intentions Towards Private Hire.

As hysteria sweeps the taxi trade over tweets on the LCDC twitter page, alleging that Russel Hall has applied for a Private Hire Licence, the post below has appeared on the Wizann Forum, explaining Russel's action.

But has Hailo done anything worse than Com Cab, RTG or Dial a Cab?


I must say, I'm amazed at the drivers on twitter who are castigating Hailo and yet remain on a radio circuit that did the same thing years ago, when the only reaction from drivers then were the odd raised eyebrow. 

In one case, the whole circuit was sold to a private hire operator and most of their subscribers just carried on regardless.

I think if a mistake has been made here, it's in the fact that Hailo have not consulted with the drivers over this issue. After all, without the initial help from the drivers, Hailo would never have got off the ground.
TtT.


Posted by AGALPIN on May 17, 2014, 9:31 am

    188.29.164.50

    At the talk at Wizann the other week, Russell was very open about the private hire aspect. 

    They are launching hailo for business. 

    One account they are chasing is worth $16million. 

    80 percent of that is non executive work, i.e. Bread and butter that could be with black cabs but is currently with mini cabs. Now my maths makes that over 12 million dollars of trade that they are trying to bring back to the black cab trade. 

    He was very open about the fact that they would need to hire some private hire for the executive work, i.e. Mercedes or audi limos, but without doing that they cannot tender for the work at all. This one client likes to have a one stop shop for their transport requirements. 

    So ask yourselves this, 

    Would you rather they try to bring in some of the work already lost to the mini cab trade or would you rather they just ignore it?

    To balance, this post from John on the LTDF forum

    Sorry for capitals but that's how it was posted.

    WE HAVE THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE LONDON TAXI TRADE COMING UP

    WE ARE ABOUT TO SAY TFL YOU ARE NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE IN THE WAY THEY HAVE ALLOWED UBER TO OPERATE 

    IF ANYONE USES HAILO IN ITS NEW FORM WITH PH IN TOW MEANS WE ARE SUPPORTING THEM IN WHAT WE ARE DEMONSTRATING AGAINST 

    INSTANT HAILING OF PH 

    SO INSTANT FAIL AS THIS WOULD BE RAMMED DOWN OUR THROATS AT THE FIRST CHANCE THE MEDIA GET 

    THIS IS FATAL AND I HOPE THAT IF THE 3 AMIGOS ARE INDEED EMBARKING DOWN THIS ROAD THEN I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW CAN THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT 

    I THOUGHT THEY WOULD GO THIS WAY BUT NO WAY DID I THINK THEY WOULD DO IT, UNTILL THERE WAS SOME KIND OF CLOSURE ON THE SUBJECT FROM EITHER THE COURTS OR BY TFL GROWING A PAIR (HIGHLY UNLIKELY)

    LETS ALL HOPE AND PREY THAT THE WHOLE RUMOUR MILL IS WRONG BUT I HONESTLY DONT THINK IT IS.

    I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO BANG ON ABOUT DAC AND RTG AND COMCAB BUT A MAJORITY OF DRIVERS KNEW THIS WHEN THEY JOINED BUT UNFORTUNATELY IN THIS CASE 
    100% OF DRIVERS ON HAILO DID NOT AND THATS THE DIFFERENCE IN LAYMANS TERMS WEVE BEEN SOLD A PUP NO EXCUSES 

    I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD USE SOMEONES PHRASE BUT PEOPLE ARE COMING TO KILL US
    AND THEY HAVE INFILTRATED US LIKE SOME AL QUAEDA TERRORISTS AND ARE ABOUT TO PULL THE PIN
    ON THE GRENADES 

    SO IF ANYONE SUPPORTS THE USE OF PH TO GET HAILO BUSINESS THEN YOU NEED TO TAKE A GOOD LONG LOOK IN THE MIRROR 

Uber v Taxis: Protest Could See Taxis And Private Hire Join Forces. But Have Hailo Panicked?

Hailo applying for a PH Licence?
It's been alleged by LCDC on their twitter page, that Russel Hall of Hailo, has applied for a PH operators licence.


Are Hailo thinking of switching over to PH work for a better return on their investment?
So far Hailo have neither confirmed or denied the allegation. 

We will have to wait for an official announcement on their blog or web page.

It seems Grant Davis Chaiman of LCDC,has already made his mind up.


His statement on twitter has now encouraged a flurry of drivers to delete the Hailo app from their phones.

Could Hailo's move be the result of panic by the investors, after TfL refuse to enforce the statutory legislation as the global multi-billion dollar company Uber starts sweeping across the UK.

MASS UNITED TRADE PROTEST.
There is to be a mass protest on June 11th after years of mismanagement from Taxis and Private Hire licensing authority TfL. 

Recently, Steve McNamara, general vice secretary of the LTDA said:
"The taxi trade's current concern and the main reason for the planned demonstration, is not the competition that minicabs pose, we have been competing with minicabs for more than 40 years. It is a complete collapse of TfL's normally stringent licensing enforcement against a new breed of minicab at providers.

This kowtowing by TfL in the face of heavy funded operators is not acceptable."

For the first time ever in the history of Taxis and Private hire, both tiers of the industry have started singing from the same hymn book.

This statement from Steve Wright MBE, chairman,  The Licensed Private Hire Car Association:

"The licensing of minicabs has given Londoners a two-tiered system with a fabulous choice of 25,000 taxes or some 60,000 licensed private hire vehicles.

You cannot have a third tier of "App only based" providers arrogantly disrupting the marketplace.

With another black cab strike scheduled for June 11, for the first time the private hire industry is seriously considering joining the protest."


Feeling are running high and this could be the biggest Taxi (and Private Hire) protest ever seen in the London. We have been informed that the protest may well be join by Taxi drivers from a cross Europe. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Arson attack on taxi advertising truck

Bosses at a Telford taxi firm believe they are being targeted by vandals after arsonists set fire to an advertising truck.

 
A Central Taxis banner truck was burnt out at Telford Town Centre and staff say it is the latest in a campaign of abuse.

They say previous attacks have seen their advertising vehicles, which feature a large triangular billboard, having their windows smashed and even rolled over.

Police believe the fire in the early hours of Sunday was started deliberately and are treating it as arson.

A member of the public raised the alarm when they saw flames and smoke billowing from the front of the truck parked near to the Holiday Inn.

The quick-thinking resident called the taxi's call centre to alert them to the fire and the fire brigade and police went to the scene.


Stewart Price, driver manager at Central Taxis Telford office said: "It was parked just off the Holiday Inn Island at Stirchley Avenue at Telford Town Centre where we leave it for advertising.

"A member of the public rang the call centre in the early hours saying it was on fire.

"It's completely gutted the inside it. It's not a vehicle we use for fares, it's purely for advertising but obviously it's taxed and MOT'd so we can take it to where we think it will be prominent.

"But It's not a drivable vehicle now and it would cost too much to claim on the insurance so we are going to have to tow it around to places we want to leave it, which is just going to cost us more time and money."

Mr Price said the arson attack followed previous acts of vandalism which led him to believe the company was being victimised.

"This isn't the first time our advertising vans been targeted," he said.

"We had one in Wellington which had its windows smashed and and one on Wolverhampton rolled over.

"It's annoying and frustrating. There's no need for it. We are a successful company just trying to provide a service for the community and people have to try and ruin it."

He said the truck was being made safe and would be repaired and would be back out advertising for the company soon.

Chris Ammonds spokesman for West Mercia Police said: "We had a report that between 2.50am and 3.10am on Sunday, May 11 an unknown offender has gone into the cabin area of the vehicle and somehow started a fire which caused substantial damage to the inside.

"We believe the fire was started deliberately and are treating it as arson."

Source: Shropshire star

Nissan Starts Production Of Electric NV200 In Barcelona, With Eye On Global Taxi Market.

Nissan has started the production of its second all-electric vehicle - the e-NV200 - which will be available as both a passenger vehicle and van.

The Nissan plant in Barcelona will be the global production site for ththe e-NV200, which will also become available as an electric taxi.


The e-NV200 will initially be exported to around 20 international markets, including Japan. Just as with the Nissan Leaf introduction, the number of markets will grow after the initial launch, to continue the company's electric vehicle expansion.

Nissan chief planning officer Andy Palmer hosted the VIP guests at the event, adding: "This is a great landmark day for Nissan, starting production of our second electric vehicle.



"This is at a time when EVs are now recognized as mainstream technology, many competitors are only just starting to launch their first EV and where Nissan has clear first mover advantage.

"We're proud that the Nissan Leaf is the world's best-selling electric vehicle with more than 110,000 delighted customers enjoying the quiet and smooth ride of an EV."


Barcelona will be the first city in the world to introduce the e-NV200 as a 100% electric taxi, an initiative Palmer believes is vital for the city, adding: "This e-NV200 taxi has renewed significance in the wake of record levels of air pollution in London and Paris.


"Bringing a significant number of zero emission vehicles to Barcelona's streets will ensure cleaner air for every citizen, visitor and tourist, and we're confident that forward-thinking councils everywhere will be clamoring to bring these benefits to their municipalities in the coming years."


Source: FleetNews

EDITORIAL COMMENT

Doesn't look very roomy, but then again photos can be deceptive. 

With a range of just 170km, as opposed to the metro's combined driving rang of 560Km and with a top speed of around 70 mph (even though that's the limit on our roads), can't see this as a serious contender to the London Taxi Market.

Be interesting to see how well the petrol version sells later on this year.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Confirmed: TfL To Move InTo The Olympic Park

Thousands of Transport for London staff will head east in 2018 as the agency makes its headquarters in the Olympic Park.

The grade I-listed building at 55 Broadway, over St James’s Park station, has been dubbed the capital’s first skyscraper and was designed to reflect a bold future for London transport.

Tfl, which was lauded for transportation during the Games, will be switching its main address at St James to a new 250,000 square foot office at the International Quarter, the main office development on the Olympic site sources told the Standard.

The transport body will become the second major tenant to move to the Stratford high-rise after the Financial Conduct Authority last month agreed a landmark deal to relocate staff from Canary Wharf to a new 425,000 sq ft HQ in Stratford.

TfL is based in a number of office locations across London, but the Stratford deal will see it move staff from 55 Broadway, which TfL has earmarked for a residential redevelopment and a potential sale.

TfL instructed BNP Paribas Real Estate last summer to look for between 150,000 sq ft and 200,000 sq ft close to Palestra, its Southwark HQ. However, a stronger case to move to east developed as a result of the supply of prime office space compared to a dwindling supply in the City and South Bank, as well as favourable rents and lease terms compared to core areas.

At Stratford’s International Quarter office rents are between £35 and £40 a sq ft, and it is becoming a growing threat to Canary Wharf and the Square Mile, where rents on the best space are more than £50 a sq ft.

The Stratford development consortium is also building two residential blocks, which it expects to sell well, given the rising demand for housing in the capital.

But it is unsuitable for a modern office, say bosses. Last year the Tube control room moved to Southwark. Plans to leave have accelerated as Transport for London, with a cut in its government grant, seeks a £1.1 billion rise in non-fare revenue by 2022.

Property experts said that securing TfL “so soon” after news of the FCA’s move would really “turbocharge” the development and help to cement the project as a key London district. More than 5,500 staff from TfL and FCA will pass through Stratford station each day from 2018 when the scheme is finished, providing critical mass for the project. The two deals mean that about 20 per cent of the project is pre-let.

Stratford has been transformed since the development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Westfield Stratford centre. The International Quarter, which has a north and south phase, is located between Stratford station and the Olympic Park and, when fully developed, will comprise four million sq ft of office space. There are also plans to create a hotel, 350 homes, three acres of open space and more shops and restaurants.

After the success of the London 2012 Games, several large occupiers, including Google and the Financial Ombudsman, considered moving to Stratford, tempted by the improved transport links and investment in what had been a largely overlooked corner of East London. However, none signed deals until the breakthrough was made with the FCA and TfL.

A TfL spokesperson, said: “Our Finance and Policy Committee considered proposals for a third major office hub on behalf of the TfL Board. We will announce the location once Heads of Terms have been finalised, which we expect to be within the next few weeks.”

Source Evening Standard.

Surprise! Surprise! Taxi Trade Shafted (Again). This Time It's Terminal Two ...from Taxi Leaks' Airport Correspondent.

Yesterday, a senior member from HATDU went on a tour of the soon to be open Terminal 2.


And what do you know...the Taxi trade has been shafted again.

The only way for passengers with a luggage trolley to get downstairs is via the lift.

The lift exits right next to the car park entrance, and you can put your house on it that this area will be infested with minicab touts who will nick all the work before we get a look in.

There is a Taxi rank but like T5, this is 3 lanes away where no one can see it.

It's blatantly obvious the architect who designed the knew terminal, knows nothing at all about the Taxi trade and therefore didn't even consider us when designing it.

Regular drivers are now facing the fact that they may have to demonstrate to BAA, in the same manner we demonstrated to the management at the Shard. This trade will not sit back and watch our customers touted and spirited away.

Unless we have Taxi marshals there 24/7, the minicab touts will have a field day.


11 of June should send out a stark warning that the sleeping dragon has finally woken.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Deregulation Bill To Be Pushed Through As Law Commission Report Shelved Till Next Parliament...by Chris Payne.


Stephen Hammond (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport; Wimbledon, Conservative) has admitted that a statement he made in the house regarding a prospective Bill to be presented by the law commission, was in fact false.

Yesterday he made this statement to the house, correcting his earlier announcement. 

I would like to inform the House that a statement I made on 29 April 2014, during an adjournment debate on proposed Government reforms to taxi and private hire vehicle regulations, Hansard, column 225WH, was incorrect. During the speech I stated that:

“the Government asked the Law Commission to carry out a comprehensive review of the law. As has rightly been pointed out, it will present its report—it will not be presenting a Bill; it will be presenting a report in the next few weeks—and at that stage, as with all reviews and reports, the Government will review the whole of those detailed findings and recommendations.”

This was incorrect as the Law Commission will later this month present the Government with both a comprehensive review of taxi and private hire legislation as well as a draft Bill. However, the Government have no plans to introduce a dedicated taxi Bill in the final parliamentary Session. Instead, Government will consider the detailed findings of and recommendations made, by the Law Commission before setting out our thinking on each in due course.

He then went on to say the measures the Government intend to take forward, in the shape of the controversial Deregulation Bill, will be an ideal opportunity to make a real time difference to the Taxi and private hire trades,

He said:
Given there will be no dedicated taxi Bill this Parliament, the measures which the Government intend to take forward within the Deregulation Bill represent an ideal opportunity to make a real-world difference to the business men and women who make up the taxi and private hire vehicle trades.

So in brief, Law Commision Report is shelved till next Parliament, but when presented to the next, will contain an actual Bill.
Deregulation Bill to be pushed through, this Parliament. 

Sir Peter Hendy Replies, Apologises and Allows New Rank...by Jim Thomas

Sir Peter Appologises For Mistake:



Taxi leaks has received a reply from Sir Peter Hendy to the open letter sent to him earlier this week.

Re: An Open Letter To Sir Peter Hendy KBE, Re London live interview.

In his reply Sir Peter states:
Dear Jim 
I'm sorry, I made a mistake about St Thomas' Street.
Thank you for pointing this out.

Breaking News, A Result:
Following our letter to Sir Peter over his imagined problems with appointing a rank in St Thomas Street, TfL have now agreed to implement a rank for two taxis, opposite the restaurant doors at he Shard. 

The current rank will now be used as a feeder to the new rank.

We have also been told (although unconfirmed) that a licensed Taxi App now have an account with the Shard and has started dispatching work from the building over the weekend. 

TAXI LEAKS COMMENT : by Gerald Coba

Well done to the Taxi Leaks editor Jim Thomas, who did the research on this issue and uncovered the fact that although Hendy had said he didn't have the authority to appoint this rank, actually he did. 

Winning this rank should boost moral within the trade as we go forward to the mass demo of 11th June. 

It should be fun now watching the others falling over themselves claiming the kudos.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

PUBLIC SAFETY PUT AT RISK BY PROPOSED REFORMS TO TAXI AND MINICAB LICENSING REFORMS By LindaCraig


Suzy Lamplugh Trust is concerned that new clauses which the Government is currently pushing through Parliament will undermine the safety of taxi and minicab passengers.
Clauses 8, 9 and 10 of the Deregulation Bill, which first appeared at the Bill Committee Stage, will allow anyone to drive a licensed vehicle when it is not being used for work purposes, licensing authorities to renew licences less frequently than at present and taxi and minicab firms to subcontract to other firms.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust is disappointed that, rather than wait for the planned report on taxi and private hire vehicle licensing from the Law Commission, the Government has used the Deregulation Bill Committee Stage to bring forward these clauses in a piecemeal fashion and without full and transparent consultation with all those affected including charities and women’s groups promoting personal safety.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust believes that by pre-empting the outcome of the detailed Law Commission review of all related legislation which would allow some of the new clauses to be considered the context of the legislation as a whole, the Government is putting the safety of the general public at risk.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust calls for the removal of all three clauses from the Deregulation Bill.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust has campaigned for safer taxis and minicabs since the early 1990s and was instrumental in campaigning for the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act in 1998.

Since then the Trust has continued to raise awareness of the danger of illegal minicabs and the importance of planning in advance to get home safely. In 2011, it worked with TFL, Travelwatch and other groups to raise the issue of the necessity of enhanced CRB checks being made available to all taxi licensing authorities as part of the licensing process.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on taxi and PHV (private hire vehicle) regulations but were not made aware of these proposed clauses until they were brought before the Deregulation Bill Committee, nor included in the Department for Transport’s ‘targeted informal consultation’ which was sent to a small number of stakeholders in early 2014. Inclusion in this consultation or notification of the Government’s plans to bring the proposed clauses into the Deregulation Bill would have given the Trust and others the opportunity to provide considered feedback on the proposals before now.

The Trust hopes that their concerns and the concerns of other stakeholders will be taken into account at this late stage.

Ends


Deregulation Bill (HC Bill 191)
The Trust’s position on the three new clauses introduced to the Deregulation Bill by the Government are as follows:

CLAUSE 8 – PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES: CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH DRIVER’S LICENCE REQUIRED

This clause permits anyone to drive a licensed vehicle when it is not being used for work purposes. Should anyone be able to drive a PHV, it would therefore be impossible to be assured that the person driving a vehicle is in fact the person who has been through the proper vetting process for licensed drivers. We believe that passengers and potential passengers of these vehicles need to be assured that drivers are thoroughly checked and that by allowing unchecked, unlicensed drivers to drive a licensed vehicle, the potential for a member of the public to be picked up by an unscrupulous individual purporting to be a legitimate driver in a licensed vehicle would increase.

We believe that the reverse burden of proof in the Clause does not provide the necessary protection and assurances for passengers, as it relies on the vehicle being stopped once the passengers are in it. We believe that it is right that licensing officers should not have the power to stop moving vehicles, as this is a role best carried out either with or by the police, but because of this, the opportunity for intervention is limited only to when the passenger is embarking or disembarking. We therefore think that, in practice, there will be relatively little that licensing authorities will be able to do to maintain safety clause is introduced as drafted.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust therefore believes that this clause should be withdrawn.

CLAUSE 9 – DURATION OF LICENCES

Both the IoL (Institute of Licensing) and Unite the union, GMB and RMT report that, while, most local authorities impose conditions on Private Hire drivers’ licences and Private Hire operators licences requiring them to report criminal convictions within a specified period of time, these conditions are often ignored, and that, as a consequence, it is only the annual renewal process which enables the local authority to ensure that licensees have remained fit and proper for the duration of their licence. Furthermore, the IoL reports that the provision of information about drivers’ convictions by the police is “haphazard”, especially where information is requested from a constabulary not covering the local authority area.

We therefore share the concern of these bodies that it if the duration of licences was extended to 3 years (or 5 years in the case of operators) a great many unsuitable and potentially dangerous persons would remain licensed for longer, putting the public at greater risk.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust therefore believes that this clause should be withdrawn.

CLAUSE 10 – SUB-CONTRACTING

In principle, Suzy Lamplugh Trust is open to sub-contracting between operators, on the grounds that it is often a lack of supply of taxis or PHVs which encourages individuals to take less safe means of transport, including unlicensed minicabs. However, in practice, sub-contracting should only be permitted if all personal safety risks to passengers are addressed.

For example, if sub-contracting led to increased cross-border working, Suzy Lamplugh Trust would wish to see a commitment to empowering enforcement officers to take action against drivers licensed by another authority.

We would also wish to see steps taken to ensure that passengers could identify and complain to the correct licensing authority, which could be on the other side of the country. This is a serious concern, as the legislation currently limits enforcement to a designated officer of the licensing authority, leaving enforcement officers from other councils powerless to intervene even where a journey takes place in a different local area.

We would hope that the implications of sub-contracting could be better considered and mitigated by the fuller proposals for reform from the Law Commission, which may enable this clause to be brought forward again as part of any wider necessary reform.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust therefore believes that work on cross-border sub-contracting should wait until the Law Commission has reported and that this clause should be withdrawn.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust therefore believes that this clause should be withdrawn

While We Are Watching What Uber Are Doing, Are We Taking Our Eye Off The Ball?

Uber have taken over the headlines. Have we taken our eyes off the ball, as the other big player (as predicted) starts making its move.

Apparently, the Carlyle group is now he biggest private equity firm after raising an $30 billion (£18 billion) war chest over the past five years, according to figures from Private Equity International, who rank the top 300 buyout firms. 



Carlisle group are owners of a host of companies including RAC, minicab company Addison Lee and pushchair maker Britax.
Last year they overtook rivals TPG, after raising a stunning $22 billion.





Least we forget: 
This below from Daily Mirror, April 2012: Around the same time Uber got its PH operators licence: around the same time RD2 aquired an operators licence plus 18 satellite office licences on the same day. Around the same time a west london minicab firm received an envolope stuffed with PH roundels without having to oresent their cars to SGS (someone doing a favour for a friend) 

Taxi for tycoon's unfare cabs deal: 

David Cameron has been slammed over contract for £250k Tory donor

At least six Whitehall departments hold accounts with John Griffin’s Addison Lee firm, which has given £250,000 to the Tories

The Prime Minister faces demands to suspend the lucrative Government contracts with the minicab tycoon at the centre of the latest cash-for-access donor row.

At least six Whitehall departments hold accounts with John Griffin’s Addison Lee firm, which has given £250,000 to the Tories.

Labour says Mr Griffin will benefit hugely from ex-Transport Secretary Philip Hammond’s decision to slash spending on the official Government car service.

Mr Griffin also faces accusations he broke the law by ordering his drivers to use bus lanes.


The minicab tycoon held talks with Tory Mr Hammond on winning new business. The meeting came weeks after Addison Lee gave the Tories two £50,000 donations on one day.

Mr Griffin discussed getting private firms like his to take on work from the official Government car service.

The meeting came a year after the then Transport Secretary cracked down on the use of ministerial limos.

Ministers boast they have cut the cost of the car service from £6million to £3.5million but claim they do not have details of spending on private hire vehicles.

However, figures unearthed by Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle put it at £468,539 since the general election.

Ms Eagle has called for Addison Lee to stop doing Government work while the Cabinet Secretary investigates the decision to cut the official car service.

She said: “David Cameron made a big deal of claiming he’d massively cut the costs of running the Government car service.

“Yet ministers are hopping into expensive private hire cars instead, with the majority of contracts won by a firm founded by a donor to the Tory Party.”

Labour peer Lord Prescott suggested that Mr Griffin had broken the law by telling drivers to break the bus lane ban.

Ex-Deputy PM Lord Prescott said Addison Lee should not benefit from Government contracts when it tells drivers to “flout the law” and “encourage staff to become getaway drivers”.

He added: “The Addison Lee chairman boasted that businessmen ran this country and that politicians were given money ‘like housewives’. Cameron should now have the guts to condemn his premier league donor, cancel the contract immediately and hand back the £250,000 donation.”

Parliamentary answers show that Mr Griffin’s company is doing a roaring trade in Whitehall.

Mr Griffin shrugged off suggestions he could be prosecuted.

He said: “The law they are trying to impose on me is flawed because it discriminates. Therefore I’m in bus lanes. Therefore I’m not breaking the law.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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
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.

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.

See

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.

Regards 

Jim Thomas 

Editor Taxi Leaks Blog.


With thanks to Dave Little.