More breaking news just in as we hear that a young lady has been assaulted in the back of a minicab -sporting blacked out windows- in the drop off bay at St Pancras Station on Pancras Road.
This attack can be clearly attributed to the lack of enforcement from our woefully inadequate regulator, TfLTPH. The monster they've created needs enforcement morning, noon and especially at night. Not just for a few minutes every so often.
But then TfL have always turned their back and denighed the escalation of sexual assaults, they have even massaged statistics to cover up their failure. What the public should understand most of all -according to Susie Lamplugh trust- only 10% of sexual attacks are reported to police.
Marshals, More Harm Than Good ?
Many drivers feel that powerless marshals supplied for a few hours every week, do more harm than good.
It's alleged this gives TfL an excuse to avoid the worst affected areas.
I have personaly experience jobs being held back for other Taxis.
Many times we've seen marshals taking up much needed space on the ranks they are marshalling, with a Taxis having then to over rank.
Since the Mayfair ranks have been marshalled over the weekends, operation neon officers have all but disappeared and touting has increased.
We all knew that yesterday's highly visual display at St Pancras by 8 compliance officers, was no more than a knee jerk reaction to Wednesday's blockade, organised by the Independent Taxi Alliance and Dads Defending Daughters.
We all know from past experience that this sudden show of force won't be comprehensive and certainly wouldn't be permanent. Public safety deserves preventative measures not reactive after thoughts.
Taxi Leaks has campaigned for years to get blacked out windows banned in private hire vehicles, as it's felt by many rape support groups that th restricted view actually facilitates in-vehicle sexual assaults.
Other news from this week:
Hostilities have suddenly escalated between Ajit Chambers and LTDA general secretary Steve McNamara.
In statement on Twitter yesterday, Ajit alleged that while in a telephone conversation, Steve McNamara said "if Black cab drivers don't like the situation with Uber, they can get another job".
An hour later, the LTDA twitter feed anonymously posted a single word reply.