For some time now the London Cab Drivers Club(LCDC) have been fighting for tighter regulations on planning permission for where PH operators can operate from. The LCDC have been gathering video evidence to strengthen our case. This video highlights and uncovers some of the shocking locations operators are fully licensed to operate from and how they illegally go about their business.
Mr Ghualm Nabi Zandair
Of British cars on 11 little Newport St W1
And Piccadilly cars on 24 Wardour St W1
Mr Mbas Baso Ali
Of Phoenix’s cars on 27 Greek St W1.
Licence number 6296.
Mr Abukar Ali Gedi
Of Phoenix cars 3rd floor 22 Greek St
Licence number 05382
As you can see from the evidence, when we say you can open a minicab office on the 23rd floor of a tower block we are not joking. In the video you can clearly see that the operatives are working from communal doorways with nothing more than a fold up chair and a clipboard. The Operators also failed to follow the correct bookings procedures as per the existing legislation; their cars are clearly ranking illegally and are parked on double yellow lines!
We are led to believe there are a total of 24 compliance officers working at the Public Carriage Office (PCO) and none of them are working nights on a permanent basis. At present compliance officers work a nightshift on a purely voluntary basis.
If some of the PCO compliance officers were to work nights they could gather evidence and relay the information to cab enforcement for them to attend and make arrests. This extra burden of cost should be reflected in an increase to the PH licence as this problem is being caused by both PH operatives and PH drivers.
All our evidence will be sent to the following people Westminster city council (WCC), and the (PCO)
Health and Safety:
Applicants must demonstrate that they are complying with any requirements applicable to their premises, their staff or the public.
Applicants must be able to provide evidence that they are complying with any insurance requirements especially employer’s liability.