Monday, October 17, 2016

A Giant Vote Of No Confidence In TfL's Current Administration.

A stark difference surrounded yesterday's demo. The protest manifested purely from driver momentum. 
The words on everyone's lips:
"Should TfL choose to ignore this action, it will be at their own peril".

The message....was a giant vote of no confidence in the current TfL administration.

Police estimated well over 5,000 taxis assembled at two separate pre-planed objectives, causing gridlock outside Palestra, plus a second front at Tenison Way, Waterloo. 

The signal given the protest began, with reports most of the city had been paralysed as traffic heading south over Blackfriars and Waterloo bridges became gridlocked.

The disruption saw TfL desperately trying to diverted the buses, but there was nowhere for them to go, as SE1 ground to a halt. With segregated cycle lanes and the multitude of road works, lockdown is now simply achievable.  

Most of the time, the demo had a lighthearted atmosphere with police officers to a man, saying they supported our stance. Leaflets were given out to passers-by, many of whom were actively deleting the Uber App.

Just before 6pm, on a given signal from the organisers, attention suddenly switched to Parliament square, completely catching the traffic police off guard.  By 7pm all approach roads into the square were solid, buses caught in the chaos emptied, as passengers made an exodus towards the tubes. 

TfL's director of surface operations Peter Blake told the Evening Standard, " there is no need for this protest, we urged the organisers to call it off. The mayor has recently launched a comprehensive Taxi and Private Hire action plan that is aimed at driving up standards and improving services".

Is this man for real?
If TfL are worried about safety, why are they refusing to publish the minicab related sexual assault/rape statistics recorded across the 32 London boroughs for the year Feb 2015-Feb2016 ? 

So far, we've only been given the stats recorded over 6 selected boroughs.

Why are TfL slowly dismantling the Private Hire Act 1998 in favour of a company that has circumvented regulation and legislation to suit it's self at every opportunity. 

Instead of enforcing existing regulation, TfL are now openly revising regulation to protect this company. 

Over the last few months, there has been a mounting of evidence showing collusion from TfL's top level of management. It's time the government got involved and held a public inquiry into the alleged corruption and open bias from TfL.


Yesterday protests saw a new era in style of demonstrations, no egos, no recruitment drive, just driver lead momentum. 

The Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA) organisers have today made it clear that should TfL continue to ignore the Licensed Taxi Trades grievances, then this type of action will be escalated and could eventually become a daily event. 


Anonymous said...

Every piece of law we need already exists, TfL just ignore
The mayors new regs don't suit the taxi trade
They don't suit the PH trade
But they suit Uber
This stinks of corruption

Anonymous said...

Whatever function that the Mayor is attending, that is where the next demo should be.

Anonymous said...

You say "It's time the government got involved". Very naive statement. Do you honestly think they are not well aware of what is happening? Do you think it would be happening if they didn't support it? Nobody is going to come to your rescue except yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Despite all our protesting, I still feel all London taxi drivers are being ignored by an aloof bunch of self serving overpaid TFL employees who try to dictate carriage laws and officialdom to us whilst ignoring a well established principle of legal statutes which has served our city well for decades but the smokescreen of technology is apparently strong enough to erase all the Laws of our land in favour of a never ending cheap labour and profits from a foreign & corporate dictat in a race to the bottom economic model irrespective of human safety or quality.

TFL has trashed our re-licencing process to one where amongst other things we can no longer expect return of a four month in advance renewal process... TFL simply blame the Metropolitan Police Service for the delays... whilst at the same time TFL inundate a large Newly financially and speedilly incentivised Private hire Licensing process for profitable reasons only at £250 a pop excluding CRB checks... and Taxi drivers are significantly delayed as a consequence of this greed.

Chris Philip a tory MP has reacted today to Sadiq Kahn's £102,000 golden handshakes pay offs to TFL staff stating " the fact people are being paid over £100,000 to leave this organisation is ludicrous, This is profligate"... but where are the overseers of any legal body of scrutiny whereby TFL has become a loony council or body to match anything we ever saw in the 70's & 80's?

The prolific alienation of the Taxi trade and other Londoner's quality of life through crazy cycle highway schemes and others demonstrate a genderism likened to a leftie dictator state which has expertly spun a constructed counterbalance via a media set up and holds socialistic views likened to the old soviet polit bureau of which is clearly a corrupted self perpetuating process for its own self interests regardless of any so called consultation it says it holds and simple domination are the powers that rule this organisation.

All London Taxi Drivers are qualified & professionally trained drivers who are as a consequence self employed and all other unskilled people carriers are lost without a manual book of instruction (sat navs) are following a middleman instructions ...aka an employer's designated instructions...its as simple as that.

Keep up the fight as the gain is huge but the losses are too unimaginable to contemplate.

Be Lucky

greenbadgejohn (on twitter)

Emma said...

You might (or might not) be surprised that I spent almost 3 hours talking today at the demo along with the save taxi admin ladies LOL! (and handing out flyers etc).

Anyhow the outcome was that a fair few were horrified after learning about the dangers of U and deleted apps and were going to pass the information on to their friends etc BUT what was surprising once they were told how regulated you guys have to be and what you have to go through they actually had a fair bit of fact I think I traumatised one poor woman who was shocked at the goings on with TfL and U (she was lovely and ended up staying with us for a bit lol).
Most of the public I spoke to understood our plight once they were armed with information and facts.

But of course there's always one.....a very angry man who apparently uses nothing but black taxis but was livid at what we had done today and swore he was never going to use us again and turn to using the dark side LOL! Told him go for it the're not insured or anything to which he replied I know but you have all ruined my day....yea well TfL & U are ruining our livelihoods so whatever.

All in all a pretty good turnout and lots of the public educated too!

Anyway until next time ;-) stronger together X