With the news that a new £1.5m state of the art system is to be introduced to run the feeder park (Taxi Expert), the Trade also found out at the bi monthly Heathrow liaison meeting, that drivers with the new electric Taxi can’t charge their vehicles while going through the system.
Drivers with the new LEVC will have to charge their vehicles before they enter the system in the same way drivers with diesel Taxis have to fill up before going through the FP.
This will mean an extra wait of 45 minutes before they join the queue to go through the feeder.
This is the statement published in this months copy of the Badge Taxi paper, authored by LCDC airport rep Jamie Hawes
1. Electric Cabs: Protocol for Electric Taxis entering the Taxi Feeder Park:
HAL have informed the trade that before long there will be no waiting whilst charging at Heathrow. Drivers of electric taxis will have to charge up their cabs before entering the system in the same way that any other driver must operate when filling up with Diesel or LPG-that is charge/fuel before putting on.
This may come as a little bit of a shock to those drivers who have signed up to a hefty financial agreement to own the LEVC taxi with the encouragement of TfL and HAL by way of free charge points, only to now find that they must waste 45 min before entering the feeder park rather than be able to charge up whilst waiting.
It was pointed out that this being the case the positioning of the chargers in the North Park was a complete waste of time in that it only leaves less space for drivers entering or leaving.
No Matter, what HAL wants, HAL gets.
See whole article in this months Badge, download here:
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
News coming through today that Uber want to give their customers the option to pay by cash in cities which include London. It's alleged the reasoning behind this is so they can offer an on demand service from ranks in Airports, festivals and mainline rail stations.
Information staff at Heathrow caught bang to rights touting on behalf of Uber. Staff are actively directing passengers away from the Taxi rank to an Uber booking facility.
See this video from our man at Heathrow.
Where is the Union that seems to have the most power at Heathrow, Unite.
Why haven't their reps stopped this blatant touting???