A message to all the drivers who will be supporting the call for daily industrial action, starting tomorrow at 4pm on London Bridge :
We are taking this action for one reason and one reason only!
They are taking away our right of access to ply for hire and take passengers where they want to go.
Recent exclusions are just the thin end of the wedge.
As part of London's public hire system along with buses, we must be given a right of access to every street that buses have access to.
Every bus lane that buses use, we must be able to use.
The strap line to this action is simple :
WHERE BUSES GO...WE GO
THE INDEPENDANT TAXI ALLIANCE (ITA) IS CALLING FOR LONDON'S MAYOR SADIQ KHAN AND TFL, TO LIFT THIS RESTRAINT ON OUR TRADE.
If you see a uniformed police officer coming towards your vehicle, close the window...refuse to accept any form of documentation. Also, if asked, do not sign anything.
If you see any TfL staff taking notes/photos of vehicles/drivers on the action...this could in the form of public carriage officers (PCOs), bus inspectors and the like, try to take photo or video them and what they are doing*...ask to see their **RIPA order. If they can't show you, let them know you will be reporting them*** to the police and TfL.
*Remember not to use your phone while the engine is running and keys are in the ignition.
**The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (c.23) (RIP or RIPA) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, regulating the powers of public bodies to carry out surveillance and investigation.
***Anyone (including employees) acting on behalf of a public body i.e. TfL, needs an RIPA order to carry out any covert surveillance.
Do not perform any illegal manoeuvres and don forget, you only have to comply with uniformed police officer directions. TfL staff have no authority to direct traffic.