Thursday, October 08, 2015

Update From The LTDA To Its Members.

Members Update

Dear Member

As you will have seen the PH Reg's consultation announcement by Transport for London (TfL) has prompted a massive reaction from Uber and their lobbyists. Some of the media coverage can be seen at

Uber are trying to brand TfL and the Mayor as being anti technology and bowing to pressure from the 'Black Cab Mafia' as they refer to the LTDA. The truth is that these proposals have come about following the recent consultation which you, and many members of the public responded to and are good sensible clear proposals to ensure the publics safety when using minicabs in London.

Uber have already secured over 150,000 signatures on their website after telling their customers that these proposals would mean the end of Uber. The scare tactic email makes no mention of TfL's efforts to ensure the car is insured or that it would be a requirement that Uber give a fixed price to customers and that it would almost certainly mean an end to surge pricing!

It is vital that all of our members, every cabbie and as many friends and family members as possible respond to and support the changes proposed in this consultation and to assist you in doing this I will be sending out a detailed email next week.

On a different note the High Court declaration on the taxi meter case was heard on Monday. TfL and Uber's lawyers argued very strongly that Ubers use of a smartphone to calculate fares does not make it a meter and the LTDA's team along with those from the minicab industry trade group, the LPHCA, argued that it was. We anticipate a judgement shortly, but irrespective of the verdict the case will almost certainly be appealed to the Supreme Court.

Best Regards

Steve McNamara

General Secretary


Anonymous said...

I think it is imperative to realise that despite a claim that "the Mayor as being anti technology and bowing to pressure from the 'Black Cab Mafia' " London's Mayor Boris Johnson is absolutely no friend to us !
And I tell you why I think he has recently come up with apparent articles to the media of support to the cab trade, shall I?

I think he wants it on record that he supports our cause because he already knows the High Court's verdict ! Uber will win the case and Johnson will want it said that he was in our corner. The fact is, Boris Johnson despises our London Cab Trade and will be glad to see the back of us !

You can bet your life that whoever sits on the High Court's panel of Judges, Johnson will at least know them personally, if not gone to college with them, been a member of the Bullingdon Club with them, or fathered one of their children !

The whole "exercise" of this continued fraud is already in place folks ! Its a done deal and we are the prey ! Brown envelopes, dubious deals and an untrustworthy authority.
Please don't even tell me about Consultations either ! Consultations on Consultations on Consultations on Consultations !

Meanwhile, Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock...............

The Men Who Came To Kill Us are just putting the last pieces into the jigsaw now, and to be honest......they have done a mighty fine job !

We took our eye off the ball for too long, argued between ourselves and let TFL off the hook. And we will pay the price. You watch !


Brian said...

A bleak picture Mr Semtex...I agree with nearly every word.
However, I believe it's not so much brown envelopes as political guidance from higher up the food chain.
In recent years this country has enjoyed an explosion in numbers from all parts of the globe.
London has become like the rest of the world, entry level job for new driver.
This is why we're met with smug arrogance by individuals on staggering salaries at TFL.
Ballooning numbers of phv drivers, no checks, even war criminals, all are welcome.
Is it a defence for TFL to say 'we were only following orders.'....?

Andy said...

Well said Semtex and Brian, however the Black cab trade is far from dead, as long as the KOL continues to produce outstanding drivers we will survive. The taxi and PH trades need much more regulation for the long term...

Anonymous said...

Yes Semi, Johnson is manipulating and spinning out of control. His tactics are amateurish and quite pathetic. Johnson is in politics because regardless of his scholastic achievements he simply doesn't possess the attributes that would make a good employee, employer and would be a nightmare in a managerial position. Which is why his resume is littered with disciplinary actions, warnings and dismissals. In my opinion - If ever there was ever a Tory that should be put in a zoo cage with a section 12 warning attached stating he is a clear danger to the daily wellbeing of the general public it is...


Every taxi driver in London! said...

Cheap words from the Rat.

If they hadn't been such useless moneygrabbing shysters all these years we wouldn't be in this mess now.

Anyone who continues to pay them deserves what they get!