Thursday, August 11, 2016

Letter to Taxi Leaks From Tom Scullion

Even with the latest version of the PHV rules, TfL are allowing drivers to break the law.

Private hire cars or mini cabs must display the correct Hire and Reward insurance in their cars by law, passengers should always ask to see this policy before setting off in a mini cab.

Never get into a mini cab that has not been pre booked that's illegal. That rules out 75% of all their fares

Back in March "Motherboard" revealed that fully functioning Uber accounts were for sale on the dark web, thousands of customers personal details have been shared and sold onto hackers who steal from the customers personal accounts.

Surge pricing Uber can increase your fare by up to 10 times the normal rates.

Many mini cab drivers have never driven in the UK and can use their EU drivers License. 

Drivers are encouraged to work more than 80 hours per week here is the results of dangerous drivers.

Don't take a chance with your life always use the Worlds best Taxi service 

Free market sounds good to me, we could all sign up to "let's have it Cabs" work where you like anywhere in the UK drive what you like and charge what you like.

It is incredible that Tfl would even consider that a PHV driver could work for more than one company in London... But it goes further, they can work Gatwick, Stansted, Heathrow, Bristol on a Tfl license.

Now Uber are complaining that Uber drivers have the appropriate insurance...

Well they don't, there's not one single company in the UK which allows Hire and reward insurance for PHV drivers to ply for hire, further, work anywhere the want throughout the the UK. 

It's time to take Tfl to task over their total lack of regulation and enforcement of their rules which they don't understand.

Questions to the new Mayor:

Why should PHV drivers be afforded more rights than a London Taxi ?

What's the definition on plying for hire? 

Where are Tfl in terms of insurance with immediate hiring for private hire bookings ? 

Tfl have said in the past jump in a car then make a booking through the App really?  

Who will  be appointed to oversee this total mismanagement of laws and processes in regard to the law ? 

Thus far Tfl have totally failed London.

Be lucky 

Tom Scullion.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nowhere within the Acts below does it state or imply that anything other than a vehicle licensed as a Hackney Carriage is deemed to be plying for hire.

London Hackney Carriage Act 1831

Section IV Definition of a Hackney Carriage.

And be it enacted, That every Carriage with Two or more Wheels which shall be used for the Purpose of standing or plying for Hire in any public Street or Road at any Place within the Distance of Five Miles from the General Post Office in the City of London, whatever may be the Form or Construction of such Carriage, or the Number of Persons which the same shall be calculated to convey, or the Number of Horses by which the same shall be drawn, shall be deemed and taken to be a Hackney Carriage within the Meaning of this Act; and in all Proceedings at Law or otherwise, and upon all Occasions whatsoever, it shall be sufficient to describe any such Carriage as aforesaid by the Term " Hackney Carriage," without further or otherwise describing the same : Provided always, that nothing in this Act contained shall extend to any Stage Coach used for the Purpose of standing or plying for Passengers to be carried for Hire at separate Fares, and being duly licensed by the Commissioners of Stamps for that Purpose, and having thereon the proper numbered Plates required by Law to be placed on such Stage Coaches.

Metropolitan Public Carriage Act 1869

Section 6

Grant of hackney carriage licences.
(1) Transport for London shall have the function of licensing to ply for hire within the limits of this Act hackney carriages, to be distinguished in such manner as may be prescribed.

(2) A licence under this section may—
(a) be granted on such conditions,
(b) be in such form,
(c) be subject to revocation or suspension in such event, and
(d) generally be dealt with in such manner,
as may be prescribed.