Sunday, May 06, 2018

Sunday Report :"Only license Taxis can rank up", Said EdThompson. They Lied Back Then...They're Still Lying Now.

1976 and 1998 legislation, the Thomas The Taxi. Posted on the Anderson Shelter Blog 14/05/2009.

     They lied back then, they're still lying today...

It has been bought to our attention that a reply to driver’s complaints from then spokesperson Luke Howard included a number of incorrect statements.

Mr Howard says;
“It is perhaps worthwhile letting you know something about the current legislation covering 'immediate hirings'. There were a number of court case rulings before 1976 that stated that minicabs should not be available 'for immediate hire'. This changed however, when legislation was passed in that year (for areas outside London) and in 1998 when legislation introduced private hire licensing in London for the first time.

The act of 1976 as Mr Howard quite rightly points out does not apply to London and therefore is irrelevant full stop.
The 1976 and 1998 legislation does not have this 'not for immediate hire' restriction.

Even though the 1998 act makes no reference to ranking or parking of mini-cabs, doesn't make it legal for them to do so. 

Just going back to the year 2002, a judge made a decision on the definition of “plying for hire” and found two mini-cabs cabs guilty of such an offence based upon case law...

The PCO/TfL have never sort to overturn the judgement laid down by the court and we believe, in this instance, they may be acting outside their remit and role by interpreting what they believe the “right to ply for hire” actually is, even though they and their lawyers know of recent court decisions like the judgement in Eastbourne......!

The requirement now is that the booking must be recorded before the journey commences, so it is legitimate for the vehicles to be waiting as describe.

In the complaints made to TfL/PCO the private hire vehicles in question were describe as being parked on red routs, double yellow lines, zig zag lines and 24 hour bus lanes. Legitimate?

This was a very misleading statement from Mr Howard and we asked why it was made?
At that time, TfLTPH did not reply!

Just because the legislation of 1998 did not include the phrase "minicabs should not be available for immediate hire" does not mean that it is now legal for them to do so. 
This part of the original act has never been repealed, replace or challenged and still stands in common law.

This is again more proof of the lenient attitude shown towards private hire’s illegal activities and proof also of TfL/PCO reluctance to enforce current legislation.



Chris Hill said...

Details he forgot to cross the Ts.
What a load of rubbish piled on top of more rubbish.

Plying for hire is simple don't need a lot of jumped up office boys
And money grabbing lawyers sticking there ore in.
It's time to stop messing about and take the war to these people.
Should of been done years ago instead people are making a living

They know absolutely nothing at all about the taxi game.
We need the cash cow closed.
After all the thousands or even millions spent on these issue, where are we today.
Bent police, bent politicians, and a bent governing body.
What more do you need to wake up

Anonymous said...

Im afraid we do seem to be an uber corrupt country, but lets look on the bright side can we? we have the chance, for just £65000 , to drive people around london with a glass roof so they can look at the stars, thats just £65000 remember, unless you haven"t got that in the back pocket, then maybe £80000 with interest, and if you like you might get a home charger, at another £2/3000, bargain!

We might not earn any money, but safe to say, we are the greatest taxi service in the world! These con servatives have truly ruined us, no excuses, it was cameron, osborne and bojo
lest we forget

Anonymous said...

Anon at 10.36
Not the government these so called wanker reps i.e. McNamara etc.
Still he's on 100 k plus per year so fuck you,

Anonymous said...

We pay the current government tax via our income tax, only for them to carry out actions to protect and support a company that avoids UK tax and employs drivers on such low earnings that they claim benefits from the pot that we pay into. Therefore we are paying the piper that is leading us into the water to drown. I hate the Tories, will never vote for them ever again.

Anonymous said...

Have they taken this site down? my last page is sunday may 6 ? What about the guys insured with protector, no news on that? just asking, these con servatives are so corrupt it wouldn"t suprise me if they shut the site down !

Anonymous said...

No Jim is away breakdancing he will be on the X factor in a few weeks time peace im out of here word to your mumma

Anonymous said...

It might come in handy if we have to go busking when the corrupt conservatives come up with another charge against us, maybe make us get two insurance a year, one insurance for the cab, and one for when that insurance goes bust ! Im learning to tap dance, just in case!

Anonymous said...

They all it bankruptcy I call it out right thief.
They stole your money under false pretencies.
At worst fraud
Still they might get a slap on wrist.
What mug was it that said crime don't pay
Where's all the money gone?????