Dear Deputy Mayor Shawcross
It has been bought to Taxi Leak's attention, that in reply to a letter sent to you by Jackie Doyle-Price MP in late 2016, an untrue statement was made which damaged and stopped the advancement of a campaign for the safety of the public using private hire cars.
In a response to a constituent's letter, the statement was made:
It should be noted that there are complaints of sexual assaults against Black Cab drivers as much as Private Hire.
TfL have now published statistics which confirmed that in the year in question (2016) there were no such sexual assaults from Black Cab drivers and that Uber drivers were responsible for more than half of the 164 reported sexual attacks.
Is the Mayor a man of his word???
When campaigning for Mayor's job, Sadiq Khan said he would suspend Uber immediately if it emerged just a single driver did not hold genuine paper work!
What will he do now it's become clear that 13,000 have worked while not holding genuine paper Wouk???
Uber are still spouting the lie that all their drivers have gone through the same enhanced DBS checks as Black Cab drivers.
In January this year as I'm sure you know, 13,000 of Uber's drivers were found to have submitted inadequate DBS certificates. Unfortunately for many victims, TfL took the strange decision to say and do nothing, that is until an expose' appeared in the media. These 13,000 drivers were given 28 days by TfL to resubmit, but we've subsequently found out that only 2,642 have in fact resubmitted. We've also been informed that TfL have sent out no suspension or revocation notices to drivers having failed to resubmit genuine DBS certificates. This is totally unacceptable.
Until this matter in dealt with comprehensively, the public are indeed playing Russian Roulette when eHailing unsafe Uber vehicles.
The Mayor made a statement at the MQT held in City Hall, 16th November 2017. In answer to a question from assembly member Kurten, he said "any driver who hasn't reapplied should not be working.
It is felt that the statement scuppered a campaign that could possibly have resulted in many sexual attack victims being protected from having to go through a life shattering experience.
I look forward to your reply.
Regards James Thomas
Editor, Taxi Leaks
Licensed Taxi Driver, 44 years service
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : PS.
Even more alarming is the information below -taken from Twitter- which alleges TFL's TPH General Manager, Helen Chapman, has broken acceptable protocol and been 'tipping off' Uber.