It now seems that the Mayor of London Boris Johnson`s proposed ten-year age limit on all Hackney Carriage vehicles in London Is nothing new. Drivers in Blackburn and Darwen have been fighting the same madness back in February 2009.
So the Mayors plan’s to introduce a ten-year age limit on all London Taxis is nothing new , are we being mislead by the Mayor that he is considering imposing a 10-year age limit on all Hackney Carriages in trying to hit EU air pollution standards in London? or just having new cabs for the Olympics?
Blackburn and Darwen taxi drivers’ protest over 10-year age limit for their vehicles and the RAMIFICATIONS are there for all to see ! even our old foe’s lets call them “Ken’s cronies ” at ( TFL) could see the damage that this proposal would have on the Licensed Taxi Trade here in London.
So, when all the time the trade rep’s were attending meetings and stating to (TFL) that this would happen and that would happen to us if ( TFL) introduced this or that proposal they ( TFL ) already knew what the RAMIFICATIONS would be on the trade in London.
Over the coming day’s the club will set out what we think ( TFL) main objectives are, and how they will try to introduce them by stealth to bring about THE END GAME for all of us in the Licensed Trade in the Capital.
Friday 6th February 2009
TAXI drivers have protested at controversial proposals that would mean two-thirds of their fleet have to be replaced.
Blackburn with Darwen Council is considering imposing a 10-year age limit on Hackney carriages in an attempt to hit EU air pollution standards.
But drivers have slammed the plans, with 44 out of the 68 licensed black cabs in the borough already over 10 years old.
About 50 drivers came to the town hall on Thursday night where the licensing committee sent the proposals back to the ruling executive board with a recommendation to raise the age limit to 15.
The committee also wants to see drivers given help buying replacement taxis where necessary, either through subsidies or loans.
The decision was welcomed by Makbul Patel, vice chairman of the borough’s Hackney Carriage Association.
He said: “It’s not bad, 15 years is better than 10. I am not 100 per cent happy, but it’s better.
“It would be good it the council helped us to buy the new vehicles. They subsidise buses “If we had to replace vehicles it would cost us £20,000 then they would be worthless after 10 years. We would have to scrap them.
“It’s absolutely unfair. Average earning for taxi drivers are only about £6,000 at the moment, so we won’t get finance.”
When the original plans were announced, 64 objections and a petition were submitted to the licensing committee in protest.
Labour Coun Jim Smith, who sits on the committee, said: “The council wants them to have these new taxis, but they can’t afford them in the current climate, so we need to find a way to help out.
“It’s about giving them a fighting chance”.
The executive board will take a final decision on the matter in the coming weeks.
Friday 6th February 2009
- By Tom Moseley » Reporter