From Paul Sweeney:
This was all over social media yesterday.
A London cabbie innocently tooted the uber minicab at a junction.
The minicab driver then proceeded to shower the cabby with abuse. He then used his car as a tool, to try and force the cabbie off the road.
After dangerously overtaking the Taxi, he pulled up sharp and got out, with the intent to attack the taxi and driver.
This type of scenario happens daily, all over London.
So what are our orgs/unions doing to ensure we get the protection we deserve?
We as a trade have to watch our Orgs/Unions arguing amongst themselves point scoring, whilst our drivers are being attacked or threatened.
For God sake, I'm fed up having to witness trade faces point scoring or anything to do with egos.
How about you all start acting like Adults!
I know for a fact drivers are totally fed up watching you all tear strips of each other. How about you organise together and start dealing with these uber scum bags.
TFL and Met Police are not protecting our people. Will someone do something. The poor cabbie who had to face this attack, was just doing his job.
Things are changing fast. The iconic image of the London Taxi driver is losing its gloss. Attitudes towards us have changed dramatically in the last few years. People no longer want a safe, well executed journey home. They are willing to compromise safety, just to save a few quid!
Minicab drivers are becoming increasingly aggressive when we try moving them off our ranks. Doorman refuse to help keep ranks clear and in certain places, use our ranks as waiting areas for the cars that bung them for work.
Call the police!!! forget it they don't want to know.
And as for compliance officers, they are only interested in harassing Taxi drivers for over ranking at stations while minicabs park wherever they like, openly touting.
This scene below would never have occurred 10 years ago. Doorman aggressively, protecting illegally parked/ranking minicabs.
People buy clothes made by children in primark etc so using the likes of Uber only mirrors that. Most people today I'm afraid have no social conscience or big picture mentality. They don't understand the dangers they are complicit in fuelling, until of course it boots down their door.
Just look at the Uber drivers as example, they sign up to be slaves, then start crying about how they are treated. They allow the government to use them as a tool to pull apart a 360 year old institution because of their laziness and dishonour.
They like to be labelled victims when it suits them, thinking they have some legitimacy in their gripe. They dont just want jam on both sides but they want jam with everything.
The problem is they have created a rod for their own back, based on GREED from every angle.
We had to complete the knowledge to have the privilege to work the streets of London, its a contract and they have turned us over in a pernicious and devious way and we cant be having that.