Just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier, TfL come out with even more ludicrous regulations. If you're in need of a good laugh, have a read of this below, posted on the TfL website. 🔽
Oxford Circus station and Warwick Avenue station toilet access for taxi drivers
As part of the Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, the Mayor made a commitment to give taxi (black cab) drivers better access to Transport for London (TfL) facilities, such as toilets.
A trial is underway at Oxford Circus and Warwick Avenue Underground stations to give All London and Suburban taxi drivers access to the staff toilets at the two Tube stations.
In order to use the facilities, taxi drivers will need to leave their paper taxi driver's licence with the control room while they are in the station. This is to ensure the safety of drivers in case of a station evacuation.
These arrangements will be kept under review, and are only open to London licensed taxi drivers. Further information about the access to other TfL sites will be released in due course.
Oxford Circus station
Taxi drivers may park at the (new) rest rank in Conduit Street and leave their taxi for up to 60 minutes.
To access the toilets enter the station via entrance 2 (outside Tezenis) or 3 (outside United Colors of Benetton) and contact the station control room using the intercom.
During Night Tube hours, as well leaving your licence with the control room, you will be asked to wear a sticker to show that you have access to the staff area, as it will be closed to the public.
Access to the staff toilets will be available to taxi drivers at the following times and days:
Monday to Friday: 05:30 - 07:30, 10:30 - 17:00 and 20:00 - 23:59
Saturdays: 00:00 - 23:59
Sundays: 00:00 - 23:59
It is not possible to grant access between 07:30 - 10:30 and 17:00 -20.00 on weekdays as these are peak operational times.
Warwick Avenue station
Parking is available at the nearby refreshment rank. Taxi drivers may leave their taxi on the rank for up to 45 minutes but are reminded to use the refreshment shelter when it is open.
The station toilets will be available from:
Monday to Friday: 10:30 - 15:30
These times avoid the morning and evening commuter peak and match the opening hours of both the station and refreshment shelter. Ends...
I can just imagine it... Sorry mate we've run out of stickers, you'll have to wet yourself !
Two underground toilets which are not available 24 hours , is not sufficient.
Taxi drivers, as part of London's transport service, should be given full access to all facilities (parking, restrooms, toilets, washing, canteens) in every bus garage.
Our badge should be our pass card, not some sticker.
Wonder if any board members or Directors have connections to a company that prints stickers ?
Plus how secure are the details on your licence left with a third party TfL employee.
Our orgs need to let TfL know that this is not acceptable !