Michael Stack, Interim Head of Licensing TfLTPH, has threatened new kid on the block ‘Cribble’ in a letter to Parent company ‘Pro Transfers Limited’.
Stack told Cribble "It is appropriate to warn you that should you look to introduce this solution, we will consider whether licensing action is required to be taken against you as the operator and also against any driver who was available to you and has accepted a booking made via this proposed channel".
What this in fact means is TFL have made it known that they intend to take legal action if Cribble goes live on March 11.
However, Cribble believe that this threat is idle, since according to Stack "We recognise that this is a complex area of the law and any decision will need to be carefully considered taking into consideration the circumstances of each case".
But this doesn’t mean TFL can't find any laws that are broken. If they thought that, they wouldn’t have contacted the newly proposed App in the first place.
Stack went on to say "a number of statutory requirements may not be met".
He then explained three concerns which were caveated against current legislation.
In a Social media post to its proposed drivers, Cribble made this statement:
It's difficult to imagine why TFL would try to obstruct a new model that offers customers choice and tries to bring private hire drivers a little more pay but the politics of black cab drivers and investors with deep pockets cant be ruled out.
The bottom line is that TFL need to put up or shut up. Ends
Let’s all hope that -for the sake sake of public safety- TfL do put up....otherwise it will herald a free-for-all, which could be highly detrimental to the whole taxi and private hire market and flood London’s already congested streets with a new wave of untrained drivers.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Good news for the Taxi trade as driver owned, driver run, black cab only TaxiApp UK became a fully fledged Co-operative. The company was registered by GHF Cooperative Association on 26th February 2019.
This company is the only one that's completely run and owned by Licensed Taxi drivers, with no outside pressure from third party investors to take private hire onto the platform.