The London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC) are mounting a strong campaign to stop the further licensing of all Mercedes Vianio and Vitos from being used by the private hire sector. We believe that with the current legislation in place ( see below ) Our main concerns regarding their licensing, is the safety to the unsuspecting travelling public, bearing in mind a large amount of taxi users in London come here as tourists, and may not be able to differentiate between the two types of vehicles and may fall into the hands of a unlicensed tout.
Chapter 34 of the 1998 Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act) clearly states:
(A) that the vehicle
(3) IS NOT OF SUCH A DESIGN AND APPEARANCE AS WOULD LEAD ANY PERSON TO BELIEVE THAT THE VEHICLE IS A LONDON CAB
We at the LCDC have now acquired the figures from L.T.&P.H and we believe that they fully endorse the Clubs view. The figures now show that the Mercedes Vito Taxi is now seen more by the public as a taxi than a Private Hire Vehicle and within a year or so, we feel it would have out licensed the P.H Vinao.
But the most curious thing about these figures are that they show there are no Fiat Sucdos licensed as a Private Hire Vehicle?. Well either they misunderstood the Freedom of information (FOI) request, or is someone within the licensing authority trying to mislead us? If it is the latter, then they (TFL) are making a big mistake because we have all seen them driving about in town as a (PHV), maybe we will have to submit a new (FOI) request to see what they come back with.
The number of Scudos, Vianos and Vitos licensed over the last three years is:
|2008/09||2009/10||2010 – 23 August 2010|
|PHVs Mercedes Vianos||749||912||475|
|PHVs Mercedes Vitos||218||314||112|
|PHVs Fiat Scudos – 6 seater||0||0||0|
|Taxis Mercedes Vitos||231||671||338|
The Fiat Scudo TW200 used by Airport Direct.