Whitehall...Taxis all the way to Trafalgar Square and beyond.
Yesterday saw the start of the forth week of protests over TFL's and the Mayor's agenda against the Taxi Trades access to certain Streets and bus lanes, with Tottenham Court Road and being the thin end of the wedge. As the protests are gathering momentum, it may become necessary to split the venues so that all those who want to protests, can do so....rather than be tucked away round a side street.
Yesterday also saw a scathing attack, not only on the protesters, but also on the Chairman of a Taxi Trade representative org who supports the protests....from the general secretary of the LTDA, Steve McNamara. The email sent to most of the LTDA members has since found its way onto social media and has prompted this response from the Indeoendant Taxi Alliance (ITA) below.
STATEMENT FROM THE ITA IN REGARDS TO STEVE MCNAMA'S EMAIL TO MEMBERS.
The LTDA email to members. Where do I start?
Steve McNamara stated that working drivers were pelted by coins?
Of course he is lying, because he has not attended any protests (not demos).
Who wrote that for McNamara, TfL?
Why has Steve McNamara constantly tried to undermine anything or anyone who questions TfL?
The "end game"?
That’s Simple, “Where Buses Go, Taxis Go”.
The "exit strategy"?
Much the same as Tooley Street (covert and face saving for TfL).
How does the LTDA expect any Org or Union to get Tottenham Court Road back onto the table?
Let's not forget TCR is currently lost.
And as far as anyone is concerned, is on track to exclude Taxis in 12 months time.
Ask Dan Howard and Westminster Council if the LTDA had any impact in their CS11 victory. Macca talks as if the LTDA has had an impact on the 'Unblock the Embankment' campaign. Both CS11 and 'UTE' are bandwagons the LTDA hitched itself to, after other people did all the ground work first.
Ask Macca what he is actually instigating and doing for Taxi drivers against roads closed to Taxis, in favour of buses, except "wait and see."
One of Steve McNamara's greatest tall tales is his last minute leaflet campaign on Tooley Street because "taxi demonstrations highlighted the issue to" cyclists.
Who does Macca think hits every single TfL and Council consultation?
It's the CYCLISTS!!!
Taxi drivers (protestors) handed out 15k leaflets on London Bridge and Bank Junction informing the public.
The LTDA "leaflet campaign" comprised of a couple of marshals handing out consultation leaflets to Taxi drivers on nearby ranks.
"Last minute", because they failed to think of it.
Steve McNamara admits he is happy to allow Taxis to be excluded from TCR for one year, while Camden assess the impact in 2021.
Where the heck is Jeremy Beadle?
Is this the same " wait and see" policy that has worked so well in Bank Junction?
Do us all a favour Steve, go now!
As for lobbying. Carry on Steve.
It can't do any harm.
But up until now, after years of feeding our greedy, yet misfortunate and barren Taxi APPG, we have nothing to show for it.
Maybe, just maybe...those decent, honest, mixture of race, creed and gender of Taxi drivers outside in the cold, fighting for their livelihoods, deserve better from you than scorn and wilful slander, while you sit in the warm, sipping tea and exchanging unminuted pleasantries with impotent, ineffectual officials.
Steve McNamara, in our opinion, you are not fit to stand with us, outside in the real world.
I call upon all those who are still LTDA members to join another Org or Union.
While the LTDA still have 7k members the press take this quisling seriously.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
To all you drivers that work while we fight for ours and your livelihood, who believe in the LTDA policy of do nothing and wait and see....Chris Grayling has said he won't be capping Private Hire numbers because he doesn't want to damage Ubers working model and he wants to encourage more entrepreneurs to creat more PH apps to creat jobs....never mind the 25,000 Taxi Driver jobs he is destroying.
Also this is what the LTDA's policy of do nothing and wait and see has done in the City of London