This is an article that the club printed in the Badge Newspaper back in, 2008
Subject: Private Hire Marshalled Ranks.
Ranks for sale all across London, also private hire satellite link marshalled phone booths coming to a street near you.
These are some of the mad suggestions made in the Taxi Touting
Report,Compiled by Geoffrey Riesel and Peter Hulme Cross.
Mr Riesel and Mr Hulme Cross would like to see these in and around
London in touting hotspots, because there are not enough Black Taxis
working the night shift ,past midnight, this they say is because
the night tariff, and the new pay rise, are allowing us night drivers to
earn our money much quicker, so we can finish early and go home.
These are their words not mine.
So little do these people know about the cab game, during a recent
telephone conversation with Mr Peter Hulme Cross he had no idea that
there was no cab enforcement team within the City of London.
Private hire touting in the City of London is out of control due to satellite links, and they what to encourage more, as far as I can see the night private hire vehicles already have the pick of the best jobs already outside the restaurants and bars where they use a clipboard for booking and touting jobs.
A legal loophole for touting ,Hope this could be sorted soon by the cab enforcement legal team.
WE at the LCDC and The Cab Enforcement Team feel this will put us back years and turn London into a free for all.
If we let this report see the light of day you have to be on your
guard,be afraid,be very afraid ,ring your union rep, ring the pco, ring
your MP ,because I can see Private Hire Vehicles running the
night-shift, so the 25,000 of us black taxis working earlier’s don’t affect them think again.
WE DONT CARE WHAT UNION YOU ARE IN,RING THEM NOW MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.
- We was informed then that we was talking rubbish and it would never happen,then some time later a Private Hire Rank appeared on Whitcomb st,we was informed by Luke Howard that it’s not a rank that it is a pick up and drop off point.
What followed then was one of the biggest demo’s London has ever seen in Feb 2009 we think this may have stopped the plan for the time being.
- We have heard Private Hire pick up and drop off bays called many things since.
- Gold, silver and bronze waiting bay.
- Private Hire Marshalled Ranks.
- A new Document that has been found by CAB TRADE NEWS where it clearly states there hidden agenda.
- On the presentation pages 91,93,94,95.
- In the document under the heading (clubs),more work needed to introduce more direct lines to legitimate operators or satellite PH operating centres within clubs.
- We have always been told that the word satellite offices did not exist.
- The Document is dated 2006.
- click here to read document
We have now seen in the forthcoming / Taxi & Private Hire Consultation paper 2010 were it states that.
The Mayor, through TfL, and working with the London boroughs and other stakeholders will support improvements to private hire services (especially minicabs) through the following:
- Initiatives that deliver further the success of the Safer Travel at Night scheme
- Provision of facilities to pick up as well as drop off passengers where appropriate
The Mayors proposed ten-year age limit will have a massive detrimental impact on the Licensed Taxi Trade. By 2012 some 7,500 taxis will be forced of the road and if the trade lays down and dies, and let this happen without a fight, it will set in motion a chain of event’s which we have predicted.
Now is this part of TFL`s bigger picture?
With the Licensed Taxi Trade depleted by Boris proposed`s cull who will be there to pick up all the visitors wanting a taxi?
Due to the proposed Mayoral Cab cull the future looks very bleak indeed for us all.
If we fight long and we fight hard from the word go we can stop the chain of event’s from happening. (NO TO TEN YEARS).
Gentleman, the future does not need to be all doom and gloom. We have shown over the past years with the (UTG) that we can fight them, Whitcomb St mini cab rank , PH ranks at Heathrow, and the Killer on the Knowledge demonstrations, that we can come together and unite as one for the common good of the Trade.
If the Mayor decides that he wishes to destroy us in one fall swoop the 300 years of history, and the worlds greatest Taxi Trade, then so be it.
It will be the Mayor that has to face the consequences of his action, and his actions alone.
So could a driver who as committed a crime in London say in 2006, then on release, moved up north and lived there for 3 years without committing a crime,then applied for a job in a local MINI-CAB firm,when carrying out he’s CRB Check they would only check he’s address he as lived at for the last three year’s up north?
I’m no legal brain but if my under standing of this document Is right this could open the door to more Rape’s in MINI-CABS, and more Nonces in Schools.
I hope I’m wrong, so could someone please leave a comment and tell me I’ve made a mistake.
Mini cab driver on harassment charge.
A MINI- CAB driver was accused of making sexual advances towards a female passenger and was granted bailed ahead of his trail in january.
Tower Bridge Magistrates’ court heard that Christopher Allen, 59 was a driver of one of London biggest MINI-CAB firm, Addison Lee.
Allen is charged with intending to cause harassment, alarm or distress by using threatening , abusive words or behaviour on september 13, at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court on January 21.
This is one of the main reason’s the LT&PH have included this proposal in the fourth coming consultation paper.
Late last night at a meeting with John Mason Director of London Taxi And Private Hire, he Informed The London Cab Drivers Club That two of London’s high-ranking officers in Safer Transport Command have been removed from there post’s, the officers concerned are, chief inspector Joanne Chinn and inspector David Brown.
We do not have all the fact’s yet about why they were removed from their post, but we don’t think it take’s a lot to work out why.
We are of the understanding, that two new replacement’s have been found, and will be taking up their new post’s in due course.
We will keep you informed of any new developments.
A NEW BEGINNING, A NEW WAY OF WORKING AND A NEW NAME
WELCOME TO THE LONDON TAXI COMPANY
LTI Vehicles and Mann & Overton are pleased to announce that as of Thursday 4 November, the company will trade under the new name of The London Taxi Company.
The new name has been chosen specifically to reflect the company’s core business, its purpose and, by encapsulating the former M&O dealerships, brings these two iconic British institutions under the same name for the first time in their joint histories.
It is also confirmation of a new way of working. Following the dealer network rationalisation, customers are now be able to deal direct with The London Taxi Company, buying their purpose-built taxis straight from the company’s now extended dealer network – the company has added to its established M&O network in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, opening a further three retail outlets in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Coventry.
John Russell, Chief Executive Officer, said: “This really is an exciting new day for us all. Like the rest of the world, and certainly the automotive manufacturing trade, we’ve seen some tough times. This new name signifies more than simply a re-brand. It is the culmination of months of discipline, tough decision and determination and a testament to everyone who has worked hard to get us here.”
The new company also has a new logo, designed specifically to reflect a clear, sustained message and reinforce the company’s new focus. It incorporates three main colours: red, white and blue, plus two additional auxiliary colours, gold and silver. These colours represent the core colours of the British and Chinese flags – a clear confirmation of the importance of the company’s joint venture with Geely.
Images were chosen to reflect the heritage and history of the two companies. Britannia – an indisputable and recognised symbol of Great Britain, and the Geely
six principles or “flags” of leadership – all signifying aspiration and the global future of the company, intrinsically link the partners’ and illustrates the shared vision
Peter Shillcock, Managing Director of the newly formed London Taxi Company, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to reinforce our expertise, iconic product and increasing global presence. The name and logo were created to reflect our new structure and focus. The removal of third party dealerships is a great example of this new approach, which will directly affect customer service and pricing positively. This is definitely more than just a change of name for us as a company.”
And the changes keep coming. The London Taxi Company is also unveiling an updated TX4 range, rationalising from three to two models – the TX4 Style and the TX4 Elegance. These new vehicles allow The London Taxi Company the opportunity to have a clear entry level and premium offering, with the Elegance offering including a chrome pack, metallic paint and full air conditioning as standard.
The new range is priced competitively and starts from £28,403.00 on the road. Drivers buying a Style or Elegance before the end of 2010 will also benefit from the lower rate of VAT as the prices for the two models will increase in line with the Governments announced increase to 20% VAT.
Rob Laidler, Sales Director, said:”Our new streamlined operation translates into a much improved pricing proposition for our customers. We have been able to reduce the entry level costs considerably on both the TX4 Style and the TX4 Elegance, offering a competitively priced vehicle that is still the best purpose-built hackney carriage in the world.”
For detailed information on the new TX4 Style and TX4 Elegance range, please refer to The London Taxi sales brochure, contact any of our UK dealerships or visit www.london-taxis.co.uk
Question: If (TFL) main objective is to have Private Hire pick up points all over London.
How will TFL achieve this objective.
- First to deplete the Taxi trade of taxi numbers in London.
- How do TFL achieve this.
- Introduce a ten-year age limit on all taxis.
- By 2012 the taxi trade will have lost 7,500.
- They knew how to achieve this because the Blackburn and Darwen drivers had all ready voiced their concerns what the Ten-year age limit would on their trade.
- 2012 the Olympics comes to London over 3 million people will visit london.
- Due to the loss of taxis we can’t meet the public demand on the street.
- How do TFL meet the public demand.
- They will try introduce Private Hire pick up and drop off points in London help meet the public demand.
- In January 2012 the motor cycle trial in London bus lane’s comes to an end.
- This will pavé the way for the Private hire industry to gain access to all london bus lanes to help with the Olympics in 2012.
- Then if and only if Boris Johnson loses to Ken Livingstone in the mayor elections it will be end game.
Before you dismiss this has a conspiracy theory please take some time to read the facts that I will supply in part two on this blog site.