Last Saturday night, we saw licensed Taxis without the Gett app being turned away from Battersea Park venue Evolution.
I had a booking to pick up a young lady at 01:00.
I got there a little early but my approach to the venue was blocked by a parks police officer, who told me that only Taxis with the Gett app on their phone....(notice he didn't say booking, just needed the app on their phone)...were being allowed to approach the entrance and form a rank outside the venue.
I had to park in the riverside car park some distance away.
While I waited there, I was approached by a number of people leaving the venue asking if I was for hire.
I decided to walk up and have a word with the Gett Marshal. He agreed that I could come in and pick up my booked job and spoke to the police on my behalf to let me through there picket.
This behaviour has upset many Taxi drivers who feel that Gett are stealing our work and then selling it back to drivers and have made their feelings clear, widely reporting on social media platforms.
In replies to complaints from drivers about the exclusion, it seems everyone has passed the buck.
The parks police said no cabs were turned away, the event management company said the exclusion was nothing to do with them and Gett said all the jobs were pre booked. This definitely was not the situation that I witnessed.
Well 'I was there' and I saw Taxis turned away, plus there appeared to be no advice about a Taxi rank in the other car park.
Gett also released this statement :
Déjà vu again last night:
A friend of mine popped into Evo last night and spoke to the parks police who again tried to get him to turn away by saying all the work was booked. Apparently people leaving the event were being given a token which they could take outside where they could take anyone of the vehicles ranking there, clearly plying for hire and not booked jobs.
The constable said he could drive up and see, but he would be there a long time before he got a job.
This was not the case. He pulled up outside with his light on and within minutes got a £50 job to North Finchley.
So if you are passing Battersea Park tonight and fancy taking you chances at Evolution, don't let the park police turn you away as we've been told that the Taxi trade are not excluded from waiting outside for work.
Addison Lee, made a statement in the week that all jobs at Evolution this weekend will be pre-booked.