How seriously do you think, TfL are taking the damning GLA report that branded them as Woefully inadequate?
Yesterday at City Hall, the Mayor admitted he hadn't even read it.
Later in the afternoon, Garrett Emmerson, TfL's Surface Transport Chief Operating Officer, appeared on the Eddie Nestor BBC London show and said, they are seriously looking at two of the nineteen recommendations.
Yes, it's not a misprint, just two!
1. The signage on Minicabs.
2. Making the acceptance of credit cards by Taxi drivers mandatory.
He then repeated his amazing claim that TfL were the Gold Standard of Licensing Authorities which others aspire to. It's an old PR trick that if you tell a big enough lie often enough, people start to believe its the truth. Garrett's belligerent attitude seems to suggest TfL are going to put their heads down and hope this all just goes away.
He also made some amazing contradictory comments about enforcement:
In his London Live TV interview with Caroline Pidgeon,
Emmerson claimed TfL had 400 officers in total dealing with touting. This suddenly dropped to 170 when explaining to Eddie Nestor.
Yet LCDC chairman Grant Davis was told, on a Saturday night before Christmas, only 4 enforcement officers were out working.
He also claimed that touting was down from 66% of PH journeys to just 16% and that in "the last few years" there had been 8000 arrests for touting.
Funny then that TfL should publish figures that show that last year, they managed just 34 convictions
Is their legal team really that bad?
Below are two of the question put to Garrett Emmerson.