Wednesday, August 17, 2016

No, No, No....We Can't Stand For This.....Where Is The Representation We Pay For

When the promised dream turns into a nightmare...part 3

This is completely unacceptable. No other business in London has to cease trading, because of a CC Machines malfunction.  

There are over 3225 cash machines in the London, the passenger can use the nearest one on there journey rout. 

This new revelation from the TfLTPH account, confirming what we all thought, is a step too far. This has to be challenged immediately by ALL our trade orgs.

It's a dot on the card that the new benign, compliance foot soldiers, who are powerless to deal with private hire, will be out in force on ranks checking to see if your machine is in working order. 

When CC equipment suppliers applied for TfL authorisation, why wasn't 24hr service centres part of the criteria? 

This is a complete madness and poorly thought through. What happends over bank holidays and Xmas etc? Are we expected to just stop working?

The statement that there is nothing they can do as in Steve McNamara's words "It's a done deal" is not a good enough answer.


TfLTPH have now stated on Twitter that only one TfL approved device is permitted in our vehicles. This is so ridicules, it's like TfL stating we can only give £5 notes as change. Is this the straw that will finally spark the a United Taxi trade representative groups into action? 

From passed performance, I wouldn't hold your breath, but just keep paying into their retirement funds.

Is it just's seems uncanny that while TfLTPH were rushing out PHV licenses in the past without the correct insurance being in place, bending over backwards to licence and keep licensed a company that clearly has been compromised on many aspects of conditions of fitness of a PH operator (let's not forget the on off insurance and land line statements from Leon Daniels), our licensing authority appears to have been doing it's best to prevent licensed Taxi drivers from working.

We've had the licence renewal scandal, unprecedented badge, bill and identifier checks and now this Credit Card equipment mess. It appears TfL are doing their best to give their "special partners" a greater opotunity to capture a bigger slice of our work.


Anonymous said...

Why were private hire not forced to accept cards? Why just us?

Has amount ever asked this question?

We have well and truly been had again.

We are so weak that it is ridiculous.

Alan Wicker said...

don't know how true this is, but I've been told that, tfl are going to have 100 MYSTERY SHOPPERS, out, checking up on us

Anonymous said...

Stop working LOL

Anonymous said...

How come data cars the south london private hire company can charge there customers 5% for paying by card ,

Andrzej Rodziewicz said...

In July there was a judicial review about the credit card mandate. All we know from Croudfunder's email to pledgers (like me), is that the review was not granted. Why can we not find out any information on this website or any other website about how the judge came to his or her decision.

Editorial said...

Really Andrzej ?
Nothing on this Website?

Yo didn't look too hard

Andrzej Rodziewicz said...

That's an unfair comment. It took me five clicks on "older posts" before I found it.... But thank you for directing me to the information I wanted.

Anonymous said...

2 days ago Gatwick Express were only taking cash. Nobody suggested they should stop trading until it was rectified.

Anonymous said...

Calm down fellow drivers, It is so simple... get registered for a personal card reader that is as cheap as £30, let the big knobs install whatever card reader equipment they like... and simply use your own personal reader (you have up front)
I guarantee this whole stupid overpowering system will fall and fail as the processing companies need your full support to earn sufficient amounts to be viable, and they clearly will not if you channel your card payments to a cheaper personal device, and the best thing of all is the customer cannot complain as you are only charging the metered amount, and all the so called tfl foot patrols will see the fitted systems gathering cob webs... but still active!

The only way you will get exactly what you wish for is through choking off the money supply to the suppliers who have been forced upon you.

Ps, make sure you get your reader as a sole trader tradesman and not a taxi driver to keep the card processor sweet & un principled.

Be luck (and watch TFL fail in this truly intrusive & overpowering mandate)