Saturday, September 10, 2016
Friday, September 09, 2016
Letter To Taxi Leaks : Taxi Drivers need to file complaints with London Travel Watch, who may in turn influence the Mayor
This organisation receives more than £1 million a year in taxpayers money and their job is to hold TFL to account for their decisions and policies, which includes buses, taxis, PH and cycling.
It seems that they are not doing their job; yet more wasted public money!
London TravelWatch is the independent, statutorywatchdog for transport users . Funded by the , we speak for all London transport users on all modes of transport. We look into from their . We want to see the best journey experience possible for everyone travelling in and around London
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Taxi drivers in Scarborough will have to adhere to a new dress code under proposed new rules put forward by the borough council.
MOTs must also be carried out at the council’s depot under the plans, which will go out to consultation later this month.
The authority has admitted that it knows its proposals will not be popular but it is determined to ensure the service is consistent and professional.
A report, which will go before the council’s Licensing Committee, states: “As a minimum standard, males should wear long legged trousers or tailored shorts and a collared shirt which has a full body with either short or long sleeves.
“As a minimum standard, females should wear long legged trousers, knee length skirt or dress and a collared shirt or blouse which has a full body and short or long sleeves.
“Footwear for all drivers shall fit around the heel of the foot and allow for safe operation of the vehicle.”
T-shirts with offensive slogans, hoodies, sandals, football tops, tracksuit bottoms and clothes with holes or visible damage would all be banned.
The authority admits that forcing drivers to have their car’s MOT carried out in Scarborough will be unpopular.
The report adds: “The Council is aware that the requirement for all vehicle MOT tests and compliance checks to be undertaken at the council depot in Scarborough is of concern to the trade.
“Presently an MOT may be undertaken at any MOT certified garage, anywhere in the country, with the additional compliance checks being undertaken by Licensing Officers over a two week period, twice a year.
“The consistency of existing MOT tests is of concern, particularly considering the results from two licensed vehicle operations conducted since October 2015, where faults were found with vehicles which had only recently undergone and passed an MOT test.”
We sent you an email earlier today concerning the fact that we have had confirmation, from both the Department for Transport and the DVSA, that taxi assessments will not be conducted after 31 December. Any bookings made and a slot allocated before that date will go ahead.
There seems to be some confusion on this point: the DVSA test is for taxi driving; nothing to do with vehicle testing. Those of you whose councils already mandate the DVSA taxi driving test will know exactly what we’re referring to.
As far as vehicle testing is concerned, that is still very much a local issue regulated by local conditions on the vehicle licence.
No doubt licensing authorities will be considering how to account for this development in their policies over the coming weeks. If your licensing authority currently mandates the DVSA taxi driving test as a pre-condition of being granted a taxi or PHV licence – or indeed requires this for existing licence holders as well – you may wish to approach the council and make enquiries as to their future plans and requirements.
As always, we welcome your reaction and input on this matter; we have endeavoured to advise you as soon as we got confirmation.
Thank you for keeping in touch.
Donna D Short (Mrs)
National Private Hire Association
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Taxi drivers are threatening strike action and launched a petition to save Cambridge station rank fearing “chaotic" scenes and clashes with other road users if it is moved.
Cambridge Hackney Carriage Association, which represents more than 200 taxi drivers, fears changes at the rail station will mean they are being sidelined as transport bosses “pander to cyclists and buses".
The association is being backed by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner.
Paul Bradley, General Secretary of the association, said: “We are concerned that the public Station Road rank where it always has been near the station is being taken by stealth. It is in everybody's interest for it to remain there and for taxis to have access through the bus gate so they can safely exit away from the Station Road rank instead of the congestion at the new drop off/pick up point which they have allocated to taxis, deliveries and the public all in a little area. I think this will be chaotic and a lot worse than is currently there now.
“There are other options to consider which can work better without pandering to just buses and cycles. We are doing our best to avoid demos and strikes but if we are not listened to and our views at the least considered, I fear this may happen."
He added: “We have started an online petition to 'Save the Station Rd Rank' and hope the public to get behind this too as its their rank and the will be affected greatly too."
The petition says: “They plan to relocate the Station Road public taxi rank to an obscure location. Cambridge Hackney Carriage Association (CHCA), a voluntary organisation, are campaigning to keep the public taxi rank, that has been serving the public for decades.
“The operational taxi rank is currently close to the bus stop, flats, shops and most importantly, it's seconds away from the station doors. That makes it part of the hub. Why is this important? New plans will mean the public will have to walk for several minutes, possibly pulling luggage in adverse weather conditions (rain, cold, snow, etc) to the far end of Station Road where they have to cross a busy junction to get a taxi. Public safety cannot be compromised.
“This will affect everyone including people with disabilities (wheelchair users), the elderly, lone travellers, visitors, tourists, families with young children. Consequently this will affect customer experience and will inconvenience rail users."
Part of CB1's highly anticipated Station Square will open this month, station operator Abellio revealed.
The area right outside the existing station building will provide space for a taxi rank, disabled parking, short stay parking bays and drop-off points.
Rising bollards will be fitted in Station Road, meaning only walkers, cyclists, buses and some delivery vehicles will be able to access the interchange directly. Taxis and cars will use the northern access road to get in and out of this part of the development.