Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Brentwood Taxi Drivers Forced To Listen To Ban Uber Meeting Through Open Windows


Brentwood taxi drivers have been forced to listen to a council meeting discussing whether to ban Uber from the area through open windows after a packed room saw some drivers banned from entering.

Uber could be forced to leave the town after taxi drivers claimed that they were threat to the taxi trade.

The Planning and Licensing Committee for Brentwood Borough Council and Brentwood taxi drivers have met to discuss the possibility of banning Uber from the area.

However, due to the lack of space at Ursuline Convent School in Queens Road and seats quickly being taken up, some drivers were reportedly blocked from entering the meeting.

The problem was solved by taxi drivers who were fortunate enough to grab a seat, as they opened windows in the room to allow those outside to hear what was being said.

Uber drivers are not currently licensed by Brentwood Borough Council, but are licensed by Transport for London (TFL).

The Brentwood Borough Taxi Drivers Association (BBTDA) has written to Brentwood Borough Council detailing the issues that say they are facing due to the rising number of drivers in the town who are licensed elsewhere, like Uber.
The BBTDA say Brentwood Council "has no control" over the vehicles registered to TFL and are therefore unable to deal with any complaints and issues that may arise.

They also claimed that the changes were causing "the erosion of localism and a local trade based upon drivers who live and work in the borough and develop strong and positive relationships with their customers".

The licensing officer’s report recommends that the council consider the representations from the BBTDA, and to agree for a letter to be sent to Uber asking them to withdraw from Brentwood or to apply for an operations licence with them.

However, legal advice provided to the council concludes that by a legal definition Uber are not ‘operating’ in the town and are not doing anything unlawful.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:
Just another council that have found out too late that the law doesn’t appear to protect the licensed Taxi Trade in their area. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are Brentwood Council and its Planning and Licensing Committee saying that if I turned up in my private car and started operating in their controlled licensing district that they can’t do anything about it, or are they saying that they could take me to court because I am not licensed by them, but if I accepted hiring’s from Uber they could not do anything about that.

What is the point of having and paying for a licence issued by Brentwood Council and its Planning and Licensing Committee if they are not prepared to protect those licensees?

Those that belong to the Brentwood Borough Taxi Drivers Association (BBTDA) should stop paying the licence fee because those that don’t get the same rights as those that do.
If Uber are not licensed by Brentwood Council and its Planning and Licensing Committee then they should not be accepting hiring’s in Brentwood Council’s controlled licensing district nor should the vehicles or those driving them.

If they are licensed by TfL. then it is down to Brentwood Council and its Planning and Licensing Committee to inform TfL and have their licenses suspended or revoked as Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 section 6(6)(b) clearly states - if the vehicle is in use for the purposes of a hiring the booking for which was accepted outside London in a controlled district, a licence under section 48 of the 1976 Act issued by the council for that district is required.

Once a vehicle has been licensed as a private hire vehicle, it is always a private hire vehicle no matter where it geographically is and the licensing department that licensed them is responsible in ensuring that the vehicle and its driver are acting within the rules and regulations as laid down by Parliament.

Brentwood Council and its Planning and Licensing Committee should take on the responsibilities that they are paid to do and not shirk them off because it’s an inconvenience to do so.

Anonymous said...

FROM THR ARTICLE:

The licensing officer’s report recommends that the council consider the representations from the BBTDA, and to agree for a letter to be sent to Uber asking them to withdraw from Brentwood or to apply for an operations licence with them.
BE AFRAID, VERY AFRAID as who would bet against them just applying & being issued a licence. That would then get it all sorted from their perspective🤔!