The abolition of Rate 2, Rate 3 after midnight only and low fixed fares to LAP.
So instead of campaigning to rid the streets of pirates whose cost base we could never compete with and whose business models are propped up by Tax Credits and Housing Benefit and non domiciled operators.
It has been decided without consulting any of the subscription paying membership that the race to the bottom is the way to go.
TfL will soon be expecting us to find somewhere North of 50K for a ULEZ compliant cab that will no doubt be advertised in their trade rag!
Well in the sprit of the headline, transparency and yes good old fair play, these people need to declare their interests as follows:
1. How much they are paid either in salary or stand down pay from their involvement in cab trade matters?
2. If they enjoy free or favourable rates for cab rental, insurance or service work?
3. Any other benefits such as health care, income protection etc?
Anyone who decides on my behalf to volunteer to reduce me and my families pay rate had better be squeaky clean on each and every item and be prepared to publicly publish audited figures.
After all that's what my Taximeter does, not a penny more or less, no doubt these 'Chuck away Charlie's' will be reducing their organisations subs, stand down pay and of course getting us reduced insurance, road tax, cab rental to soften the blow they are advocating.
After all Fares Fair!
Don't hold your breath.
Reducing our rate will not bring back the work.
It will just mean drivers will be working the same hours, doing the same jobs, for less money.
Our trades return to a more stable working environment can only be achieved through TfL carrying out their statutory enforcement obligations as laid down by parliamentary.
At present TfL have been found by a GLA inquiry to be woefully inadequate and have reduced the Taxi and Private Hire industries to a free for all, by operating a blind eye policy towards the licensing and enforcement of new incumbents.
Mayor Boris Johnson said we need to up our game....really?
We are the gold standard world renowned Taxi service, voted the best Taxi Service in the world fir the past seven years.
Drivers have to go through the most gruelling entrance process ever devised for a day to day job.
We drive purpose built fully disabled compatible vehicles—wheelchair ramps, integrated hearing loops, brightly coloured handles etc—which prove to be the safest passenger vehicles on London's roads.
Every driver is accountable in person to the licensing authority and identifiable through vehicle registration, TfL vehicle licence plate, driver identification badges, clearly displayed in both front and rear windows and the driver wears a uniquely numbered metal badge.
Our prices are approved and controlled by parliament and every drivers carries full hire and reward lability insurance. Also, every driver speaks English, has been cleared by DBS criminal records check, plus every driver has satisfied the licensing authority that he/she are a fit and proper person to hold a Hackney Carriage Licence.
Our technology includes radio vehicle identifiable dispatch, and we have a number of smart phone apps. One particular smart phone app is currently years ahead of any competitor.
The Mayor rides a bike!