THE SIMPLE WAY TO PROTEST-THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT
At a set time EVERY day (perhaps 3pm?) taxi drivers who want to protest could drive to their nearest preselected roundabout. It may be at Waterloo, Vauxhall, Aldwych, Parliament Sq, Old St, Hogarth ,Uxbridge or anywhere else in London.
Protesters would then stay on the roundabout driving slowly for 15-20 minutes.
No Police Notice is required as this is not a formal protest on foot.
No Trade org has to put their name to it as its just a viral protest organised by word of mouth/twitter etc.
The protest is controlled by the individuals who protest and not by any Trade Orgs who may have been influenced to stop it.
The protests will continue every day until the media clearly reports the message and the objective is achieved.
There is no requirement for anyone to engage in negotiation; the protests stop when the message of corruption is properly reported by the media and the objectives met.
THE SIMPLE MESSAGE-CORRUPTION.
The message to the media is that the protest is about the corruption of Boris Johnson and TFL and their failure to comply with Public Law on ALL issues.
THE SIMPLE OBJECTIVE
1/ That the Government intervenes and stops all improper practices IMMEDIATELY.
That includes an immediate suspension of uncontrolled issuance of new Private Hire Licenses, and immediate suspension of Ubers Operators License (until its proven that they meet the existing legal and regulatory requirements) and an immediate suspension of the Taxi Age Limit (until its proven that it meets with the requirements of Public Law)
2/ An urgent and fully Independent Inquiry is set up to investigate the improper and unlawful conduct of TFL and Boris Johnson with the objective of setting up a proper and fair system of management for London Taxis which complies fully with Public Law.
The protest is controlled by the individuals who protest and is not by any Trade Org who may have been influenced to stop it !
There is no requirement for anyone to engage in negotiation !
The protests stop when the message is properly reported by the media and the objectives met !
In the next few weeks many taxi drivers will be sitting around for most of their day anyway, so it would be a good use of their time to spend 15-20 minutes protesting every day.
See the Video below:
It shows how much chaos was created in a 30 minute hit on the St Johns Wood roundabout in 2011. Traffic congestion was reported as far back as Hyde Park Corner, within 20 minutes. By 30 minutes the congestion was so bad, police were order to back up the protest.
These carefully organised hits will not use up much fuel or time by protesting close. Just go to the nearest one, wherever they happen to be at that time.
It shouldn't take much for the Taxi Protests to get noticed, given the current mess that Johnson and TFL have made of London’s roads. The media could be fully briefed.
EDITORIAL NEWS FLASH:
Just as we posted this article, we received a report from Twitter that the UCG have requested an all org meeting to discuss an action plan, after TfL admitted to processing nearly 2,000 New PH licenses in just 3 weeks.