As some of you may have seen last week the LCDC have employed security marshals to help protect the drivers who wish to rank up at Tiger Tiger and Nobu.
It seems that the Authorities are either unwilling or unable to stop the abuse, harassment, and Intimidation which is handed out to law abiding taxi drivers night after night by the Illegal touts which operate from these venues.
I have been accused by some of doing this for no more than a cheap publicity stunt, this could not be further than the truth and the people who have labelled criticism at the Club for this should maybe think again. As I have said in past issues of the Badge, It should not matter what trade association you belong to, it is the badge that you wear round your neck that should bind us together.
I know that there are other various taxi marshal schemes running in London at present, but in my opinion, they are a joke. When I am working 99% of the public open the door of my taxi themselves, we need safety and security not door openers.
By using non yellow / green badge taxi drivers at Nobu and Tiger Tiger as security we never ask the drivers to put their badge and bill on the line. If there was an altercation and the marshals were accused of assault, and suspended, I for one would not want the marshal to “do his bill” .
I am of the opinion that if the LCDC could run our security marshals at Abacus, and other hot spots in the Capital,we would eradicate the tout menace in days, I am that confident in their ability.
I thank all the drivers for their support with this Initiative.