Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Is the Mayor's unlawfully Taxi Age Limit, responsible for rise in minicab related sexual attacks?...by Jim Thomas.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Many people living in Camden do not have their own gardens and we want as many people as possible to enjoy our parks over the summer. We will only be allowing portable, reusable charcoal barbecues, disposable or gas barbecues will not be allowed.
Full BBQ guidelines and bins for cooled charcoal will be provided in our parks and open spaces where BBQs prove most popular.
This will be trialed for one year.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Hailo partnership to provide free navigation and pricing system to their Minicab drivers. (Let's face it, they need it).
Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Good news for suburban drivers in the London Borough of Newham.
TfL and Tower Hamlets has recently conducted a review of the taxi service provision at Victoria Park during the Field Day Festival which took place earlier this year. This is in response to concerns raised that there is not an adequate enough supply of taxis to cope with the volume of passengers leaving the event via the exit to the North of the park.
Victoria Park is located within an All London area and as such only green badge drivers are usually able to serve the taxi rank at Royal Gate West. However, in 2013 TfL announced that this rank would be treated as an ‘Island rank’ for special events and that Suburban drivers with the Hackney Extension would also be able to use the rank to cover large festivals or events taking place at the park. Observations at the recent Field Day Festival showed that only one green badge driver worked this rank each day of the two day festival and only 100 taxis in total used the rank.
It has now been decided that a trial will take place to also allow taxi drivers licensed for the London Borough of Newham to use the taxi rank at Royal Gate West in Victoria Park. This trial will be for the weekend of 18 & 19 July 2014to cover the Lovebox festival.
The taxi rank, shown on the map below by the red star, can be accessed via Lauriston Road and taxis will be allowed past the road closure opposite The Royal Inn on the Park pub.
This arrangement is being made on a trial basis only and the service at the taxi rank will be monitored during the festival in order to assess whether this arrangement should be made permanent for large events or the trial extended.
The taxi rank will be operational and marshalled between 21:00 and 00:00 on Friday and Saturday. Drivers licensed for the Hackney Extension area or for Newham are not permitted to ply for hire anywhere else outside of their licence area and should only use the taxi rank at Royal Gate West.
Although taxi drivers will be allowed past the road closure to access the taxi rank the area around the taxi rank and in Lauriston Road will be extremely busy with pedestrians following the end of the festival.
TfL’s taxi and private hire enforcement officers will be conducting compliance operations in the area to help prevent touting and illegal cabs