|The City of London Corporation has held the Licensed Cab Trade with utter contempt for many year’s , but the situation within the square mile has deteriorated so bad that the London Cab Drivers Club have been left no option, but to take Action.
We know the situation within Westminster is bad, but the square mile has become out of control and a free for all.
Operators that run a Minicab services from inside all late night venues within the City Of London, are acting with impunity with no threat from legal action from the City Of London Police or the corporation and London Taxi And Private Hire (LTPH) because the City of London corporation have no parking enforcement after 11 o’clock at night, so that Minicab touts and Sexual Predators can work without the threat of arrest.
The City of London’s New Cab Enforcement Teams are not making any in road’s in stopping the TOUTS and SEXUAL PREDATORS operating in the City Of London, we now have learned that it was the City Of London Police who had the great idea to ask Diamond cars ( that operate the satellite office at Abacus on Cornhill ) to wear the light blue high viz jackets. So wait for it, they, the City of London police can now tell who is a “LEGAL TOUT”…and who is a “ILLEGAL TOUT”……
So now we have the proof that what we at the LCDC, and the trade, have been saying for years that satellite Offices create a breeding ground for SEXUAL PREDATORS and TOUTS to run and disguise themselves as the minicab drivers that are employed by minicab satellite operators at all late night venues in the Capital.
The LCDC have attended many meetings with (LT&PH) and stated that the cars and drivers of all operators should be based at their main minicab office and they should only be allowed to leave the office and pick up a pre booked passenger after a booking has been made by a member of the public on their phone.
Operators that have their Minicabs parked outside all late night venues in the Square mile, parked on double yellow lines and red routes, with all their cars Ranking up and Plying for Hire, their drivers and senior booking clerks (clipboard Johnnie) are all wearing high visible jackets standing outside on the pavement. this is Ilegal and is confusing the traveling public, and creating a Breeding ground for SEXUAL PREDATORS no wonder rapes are up 54%.
With all this going on, The City Of London Police found time to arrest licensed Taxi Drivers for over ranking at Liverpool Street Station and Fenchurch Street Station ( Operation Pashmina ) and took them to court under Old Hackney Carriage laws .They are eager to give a PCN to all hard working Taxis Drivers who stop for a toilet or a cup of tea , or just dropping off at St Paul’s Cathedral and when the Licensed Taxi trade have the audacity to ask for a Rank outside Abacus a bar in the City the City of London, they give us a rank which even the head of LTPH called ” not fit for purpose”. And just when we thought the City was coming on side and working with the trade, they then give us a two cab rank so far away from the door that the touts can operate their 5 car rolling rank in front of us without no threat of any action being taken.
To top it off one of our members watched in disbelief last week as two City Of London Police Offices walked past a line of Minicab’s ranked up outside Abacus in the City Of London, and when he asked them why they did not give the Minicab touts a ticket or move them on,the response he got was shocking, the PC replied that they are not a priority, someone getting their head kick in was because it was turning out time, when the driver pointed out that it was only ten o’clock and that Abacus did not shut until the early hours of the next morning, the PC said that someone getting their head kick in was more important, when the licensed Taxi Driver then informed the PC that Sexual Assaults was up by 54% and that one of the mini cab drivers parked outside Abacus COULD be a Sexual Predator the City Of London Police Officer replied that a black cab driver was a rapist and maybe he should pull him over and check him out! what a disgrace.Then to insinuate that he was a rapist just because he had asked the PC to do his job , this was a total insult not only me, but to all London’s Licensed Taxicab drivers.
Sexual Assaults are up by 54% all over London, The London Cab Drivers Club are now asking for all licensed Taxi Drivers to join the DEMO that we have called at Bank Junction on WED 30th of March at 2pm. Whatever organisation you belong to, the badge that you wear around your neck should be enough to bind us together. This is ALL OUR PROBLEM.