Does TFL’S STaN put Olympic Tourists In Danger ?


Safer Travel at Night: TfL warn of dangers of unbooked minicabs as new students arrive in London.

07 October 2011

Londoners, especially students new to the capital, are being warned about the dangers of using unbooked minicabs as TfL’s Safer Travel at Night campaign launches this week.

At this time of year thousands of new students head for London, many of whom are new to the city, living in unfamiliar areas and unaware of the dangers of illegal minicabs. With many making use of London’s thriving night life at the start of the academic year, picking up a minicab on the street to get home quickly can be tempting.

The Safer Travel at Night (STaN) initiative is a partnership between the Mayor, Transport for London (TfL), Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the City of London Police (CoLP), who are working together to make travelling in London safer at night. STaN aims to reduce the number of cab-related sexual offences by raising awareness of the dangers of using unbooked ‘minicabs’, also known as touts and illegal cabs, and by using targeted police and enforcement activity to identify, disrupt and deter illegal cab activity.

“Plan your journey home in advance, one simple mistake could ruin your night.”

Officers from the MPS Safer Transport Command including all 32 Borough-based Safer Transport Teams, CoLP and TfL enforcement officers carry out regular activity across London including high-visibility patrols, stop/checks on vehicles, intelligence-led operations and engaging with the public. Operations take place throughout the year and during Operation STaN officers will increase efforts to detect and deter illegal and unbooked minicabs with enforcement and crime prevention activity taking place across London.

Over the weekend of Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September, Westminster’s Safer Transport Team undertook plain clothes patrols around the West End as part of this initiative. They made 7 arrests for offences including touting for hire, rail ticket touting and assault on police.

All minicabs must be licensed by Transport for London and booked through a licensed minicab operator by phone, email or in a minicab office. All unbooked minicabs (even those licensed by Transport for London and displaying the licence disc) are illegal, dangerous and could put you at risk. These ‘cabs’ are unregulated and uninsured to carry passengers and in some cases the drivers are linked to more serious crimes including rape and sexual assault, robbery and drugs.

While the number of cab-related sexual offences fell by 20 per cent to 111 last year, tackling the problem of unbooked ‘minicabs’ remain a high priority for the Mayor, TfL and the police especially since they operate around the capital’s night life.

Key tips on using minicabs:

  • Never approach a minicab on the street or accept a fare, they are acting illegally, even if they are licensed by TfL
  • Only black cabs can pick passengers up on the street without a booking
  • When travelling by minicab always book it with a licensed operator, when it is arrives check it’s for you by getting the driver to confirm your booking details and check the driver’s photo identification and always sit in the back

To get three local cab numbers text ‘CAB’ to 60835**

Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor for Policing, said: “Please don’t get into a car with a potential criminal. Using illegal ‘minicabs’ is simply not worth the risk. We’re doing everything we can to stop the illegal minicab market but you can help us win this war by not using them and booking licensed minicabs or using taxis (black cabs). Plan your journey home in advance before one simple mistake could ruin your night and be a decision you live to regret.”

Siwan Hayward, Deputy Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing at TfL, said: “We want students, as well as all Londoners, to make sure that they use a safe mode of transport to travel around the Capital at night. Through our partnership with the Mayor of London and the police will continue our efforts to further reduce these crimes and ensure that the public can travel safely at night.”

Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, Safer Transport Command, said: “Our dedicated Cabs Enforcement Unit, supported by the 32 borough Safer Transport teams and TfL enforcement officers will be engaging students and the wider public, distributing information telling them of the safer ways to travel home. In addition, plain clothes officers will be detecting and apprehending illegal cab drivers across the capital to ensure that Londoners travel home safe after a good night out in London during the Freshers period.”

There was not one mention of how dangerous a line of illegally ranked up and Plying for Hire minicabs outside of most bars and restaurants in the capital

Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor for Policing,“We’re doing everything we can to stop the illegal minicab market but you can help us win this war by not using them”.

(LCDC) says: your not doing everything to win the war, if you was you would start enforcing the law and help reduce sexual assaults in the capital, first by scraping satellite offices and arrest Private Hire operators and drivers for ranking up and plying for hire in the Capital.
Then and only then you could make such a statement.

Siwan Hayward, Deputy Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing at TfL.”We want students, as well as all Londoners, to make sure that they use a safe mode of transport to travel around the Capital at night”.

(LCDC) says: if this is true why have you educated the public to get into vehicles that are illegally Ranking up and Plying for Hire. Private hire drivers are making themselves publicly available for hire, parking by the kerbside outside the same clubs that these student will be going to.
Ranking up and Plying for hire by minicabs is against the law but I think you know that. So if you want to help all students and Londoners to get home safely, enforce the law and protect the public, start by doing your job what your paid to do.

Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, Safer Transport Command.”In addition, plain clothes officers will be detecting and apprehending illegal cab drivers across the capital to ensure that Londoners travel home safe after a good night out in London during the Freshers period.”

(LCDC) says: when it comes to Mr Taylor we believe he has to install a zero Tolerance policy towards the Private Hire industry and not to turn a blind eye to serious law breaking in the capital.
You being a long-standing officer that rose to the rank of Chief superintendent should know better.

At the moment your Tout squad are running around the capital like indian’s without bow’s and arrow’s to fire.
They have not made one single arrest of any Private Hire Operator or Private Hire Driver for Ply for Hire or Ranking up.
Your their Chief so start acting like one and get your officers to enforce the law. If they are not aware of the current laws, train them as this is what they are paid to do!
It’s not there fault but yours because the buck stops with you.

While the number of cab-related sexual offences fell by 20 per cent to 111 last year, tackling the problem of unbooked ‘minicabs’ remain a high priority for the Mayor, TfL and the police especially since they operate around the capital’s night life.

(LCDC) says:TFL and STC have taken time out to tell all new students and Londoners about the dangers of minicab sexual assaults in the Capital, so when are TFL going to do a world-wide press release to inform all tourist coming to the capital for the Olympic games about the dangers of going out for the evening after they have enjoy a day at the games.

Should this be TFL’s World-wide press release:

This is a World-wide Public Information Notice warning to all tourist coming to the Capital for the Olympic Games, you should be fully aware of the Dangers facing you when you venture out at night in the Capital.There was still 111 sexual assaults last year by licensed and unlicensed minicab drivers in London, the Capital of England .
Our policy of allowing Satellite Offices (MINICAB BOOKING CENTRES) that turns a blind eye to Minicabs Ranking up and Plying for Hire, that operate from outside most venues in the capital. London Taxi and Private Hire (LT&PH) cannot enforce or control, and it is a breeding ground for sexual predators.

We hope you enjoy your stay in our Great Capital but PLEASE be on your guard and don’t end up a STATISTIC !!

Over the weekend of Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September, Westminster’s Safer Transport Team undertook plain clothes patrols around the West End as part of this initiative. They made 7 arrests for offences including touting for hire, rail ticket touting and assault on police.

So Safer Transport Control (STC) arrested a total 7 on a Friday and a Saturday night, how many of those was TOUTS 2 maybe 3 what a joke.
TFL and STC, LT&PH are now officially the laughing-stock of Great Britain, sad but true.
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4 thoughts on “Does TFL’S STaN put Olympic Tourists In Danger ?

  1. The met Police have failed totally at Cab enforcement even though
    their numbers are at the highest level ever.
    Should Cab enforcement now be done by a Police force from the
    Provinces,they did a lovely job after the London Yobs robbed and burnt our capital.
    Give the Cornwall police,Strathclyde Police,South Yorkshire Police,Northumbria Police
    a chance.
    Any one of the above would do a much better job.
    SACK THE AMATEURS NOW…….

  2. I agree Tony, what wallys, we need to have more of a say in who does what in our trade.
    We have been systematically let down.

  3. Perhaps if the trade as a whole stop talking about it and start doing regular demos then tfl might start taking us seriously. 1massive demo in nearly 3 years isn’t good enough.

  4. Yeah..but saying that, I said all this days, no months ago. That grant is a crap actor and I should know I`ve been acting like a c..t for ages.

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