In all the years I’ve been driving a Taxi in London, I've personally never known anything like this.
But don’t think for one moment that because you have a brand new taxi, or you only rent, this crisis won’t affect you. Every licensing booking has to be made by this booking line, new cabs don’t have a different phone number either.
Decommissioning will mean all garages will have less spare taxis sitting about. At the rate this is presently happening it’s going to get extremely hard to find a Taxi to rent on a permanent bases.
And as a result, we could actually find ourselves unable to service ranks at stations and airports. Although there are those who believe that this will be a good thing, heralding an abundance of work...within a very short time, -because of their abundance currently our numbering us 6 to1- Private Hire will be allowed to work stations and Airports ranks....this is something TfLTPH have been planning since 2010... they’ve already turned a blind eye to virtual street hails.
The empty ranks will be handed over wholesale to PH because of insufficient taxis available, something I spoke about at RMT branch meetings back when I first uncovered Project Horizon in 2010. But no one would listen...
Plus there will be no rush for PH to go 100% electric because at present, TfL’s cash cow will be earning £24 a day from most of the 110,000 PH fleet.
Think about it, with an ever decreasing fleet of vehicles and drivers, it has over the last few years become increasingly harder to renew Bills, book inspections, when in fact, it should have become easier.
TfL Licensing has actually made it more complicated and difficult to renew and the orgs are not asking why!!!
The only reason I can see is that it keeps members paying subs as you can get help from your org to file your application. But is this right.... shouldn’t it be easy for every driver to apply for a renewal?
It’s no longer a secret that TfLs Project Horizon’s aim is to embed the Taxi trade into a one-tier service with Private Hire.
With both services doing the same job, working the same way, there will be no requirement to do the knowledge and the knowledge of London will die and become no more than a memory.
Is it not time to beak away from TfL Taxis "and" Private Hire?
Given the reason that our regulator is no longer regulating!!!
We need our own department set up, before it’s too late?