Thursday, July 28, 2016

MANDATE ON CREDIT CARDS, Deadline Approaches And Its All Gone A Bit Jim Thomas.

Back in February this year, the chair of the London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC) Grant Davis made a very bold statement, which was published in their newspaper, "The Badge".

Mr Davis said:
Whilst the trade is united in accepting the need for us to take credit cards, there is some disunity as to how this strategy will be implemented.

The majority of taxi drivers who already take credit cards and the app companies, who already process cards, are very concerned with TfL proposals for fixed units tied to the metre.

Unfortunately, at the meetings the LTDA is the only Org in favour of this proposal (it's a done deal isn't it Steve-JT). 
Let me make it clear, the LCDC will in no way be dictated to by TfL, yet again, as to what we can and cannot do in this issue.

To implement more costs which include brackets, electrical work connecting the metre, etc. at a time when the trade is fighting for its life is utter madness.

If need be, the LCDC are prepared, with others, to instigate legal action if they try to go ahead and impose this on us.

Grant Davis 

On the London Taxi Drivers Forum:
Many drivers are giving their unqualified verdict that TfL can't do this, can't do that.
Well TfL will be doing this, and they will be doing that.
And it appears no one is doing a thing to stop them.

We've been informed on Twitter (by TfL @TfLTPH) that the mandate is perfectly legal because Leon Daniels has signed off the following London Cab Order regarding the acceptance of Credit/debit cards.


As the deadline approaches, not a word on the LCDC's United trade's legal action. 
To be fair, the LTDA's Steve McNamara went on record saying 
"nothing can be done, it is a done deal".
Yes, looks like we've all been done......again.

Who can forget the wonderful offer of a 15 year age limit, made to Mayor Boris Johnson on our behalf by this mob.

How many full time working cab drivers can you see?
Apparently Grant Davis was there, but didn't want to be in the same room as Brian Rice 

Unfortunately, our representative org's lack of action, is not confined to one issue:
• No landline for Uber bookings !
• No Uber bookings !
• Licence renewals fiasco !
• Leon's lies to the GLA, on off insurance and Jo Bertram's personal phone number given by Leon, as Ubers public booking line !
• We then had Leon's Ubergate Email's !
• Operation no one !
• Then Uber in court saying on oath, "the company doesn't take bookings, bookings are taken by drivers in car" !

To top this, the sexual assaults and rape statistics, gained by Freedom of Information Request, were dumbed down on the LTDA AdVan, to appease TfL.

And now silence from our org leaders who all know what's happened to Leon, but no ones willing to say anything.

And now, this below, picked up by #SaveTaxi Facebook group.


                  Breaking news: 
'Rear Fitted CC Machines Required, But Unnecessary'.
It's just been confirmed by the LTDA that although you will have to have CC machines fitted in the rear, you won't be forced to use them. Hand held devices can still be used.

How long will equipment suppliers stand the cost of fitting machines in vehicles, where drivers are not using them. 
It will just encourage the companies to charge a high monthly rental....more expense, when we can least afford to pay it. 
And you won't be able to claim the expense back from the customer.

It just doesn't add up
This whole issue has been handled diabolically from the start, I'll thought out by our representative orgs, with TfL taking no notice of its own consultation results. 


Rob said...

An interesting article. Paints a dim picture of the 'great self publicist ' Grant Davies. I recognise four of the grinning gimps in the photograph round the table. Forgive my naivety who are the others? Certainly look a motley bunch of obsequious characters. I wonder if there is truth in what I'm told from very good sources,that both chairman of the 'radio circuits 'earn in excess of one hundred thousand pounds per annum. That one of them drives a top of the range Mecedes(Not a Vito!). Are there any estimates on the wages/perks of the Ltda band of brigands. Could these really be company cars for such 'illustrious ' characters as Bob Oddy and the like!! It couldn't be surely. Someone of such mediocrity and frailty driving a carriage of such horsepower. Off such decrepitude and impairment that the video of him sitting at his masters feet when the credit card mandating bullshit went through just lifted a buttock and appeared to break wind. How Oddy,sometime ago, survived that video of himself being wound up by a young articulate Taxi driver and frankly loosing any semblance of composure and swearing worse than any navvy I'll never understand.
It really is interesting looking at that 'round table photograph'. It makes me sit and cogitate for quite some time. It's the thoughts that pass through my mind that makes me simultaneously smile wryly,(Brian Rice selling shmutter from the back of his cab at Heathrow centuries ago) then angst and disaffection(ridiculous isn't it paying KPM a grand nearly thirty years ago to get a complete Old 'shit cart' like an FX4s plus through an overhaul)to suppressing giggles(the time Geoffrey Wiesel had to hold onto his toupe on Putney common the wind was blowing so hard) to a resigned shrug of shoulders and realising that Macnamara heads an organisation that has thoroughly lost its compass. Then turning a full 26 feet circle and find myself smiling wryly again when Brian Rice who used to own a Metrocab always stipulates when he takes a cab to Waterloo from Fortress DAC "No Metro". Ultimately sadness. We are on a road to nowhere. Most of those 'big guns' round the table are old men. The nest has been truly feathered. Be lucky? We'll need more than that.

Anonymous said...

When Davis originally went to see Johnson it was concerning a totally different issue... then he mentioned all London cab drivers should accept credit cards. Johnson wasted no time in enforcing a mandate.

Grant Davis, scores another home goal for the trade... That's what a £15 subscription buys you for 50p a day. Brainless representation!

Anonymous said...

Seem to remember giving save our taxis £20 on this issue. What are they doing?

Jim Thomas said...

Try asking them, but I wouldn't do it anonymously, as they wont know who to send the answer to.

Ian Stewart said...

i joined the lcdc when they first started,they were great till i needed a bit of help over a bodged repair in a garage then it was "take them to court mate and let us know how you got on "

Anonymous said...

Because someone looks like an idiot and talks like an idiot, don't let that fool you, they really are an idiot.

The issue is that when the PH regs went through parliament the UTG total ineffectiveness in ensuring that it had any teeth, they followed up that ferocity with the surrender over the Olympics.

Recently we have seen what measures are prepared to go to to keep the gravy train on the rails, Davis won't do anything except appear in a photo, forget any legal challenge from the LCDC.

Don't waste you hard earned keeping these people in a living!

Anonymous said...

Make no mistake 10% charges are just around the corner. When I questioned these charges some months ago I was told not to worry that the big banks had promised to keep the charges at 3%. Yeah right. You only have to look at banks seeking to charge YOU interest to keep your money in their bank to see where this is heading. Once again we are beeing shafted. The mayor has promised help to Black Cabs - WHEN? Having been a member of the LTDA for 14 years I now ask myself what is the point.

Anonymous said...

Leave the LTDA,I did.Join the UTG.The only way our biggest trade org will start representing it's members properly is if enough members leave.I wouldn't worry about legal cover as we won't have a job soon anyway.It didn't have to be like this but the vested interests are reaching into your trouser pocket again.We need proper representation for hard pressed working drivers & the implementation of the cc mandate should not cost drivers more than the initial outlay on a card reader.