The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Safer Transport Command (STC) funded by Transport for London (TfL) checked over 1,600 vehicles, seized 20 vehicles and made a total of 38 arrests last weekend for touting as part of Operation Condor, the second MPS operation this year which cracked down on unlicensed activity.
Operation Condor was active in all 32 London boroughs as part of a massive crack-down on licensing issues affecting all our communities. This time the activity was a co-ordinated 48 hour operation across London to combat those who flout licensing rules including shops, pubs, clubs, unlicensed mini cabs and others.
The MPS Safer Transport Command Cab Enforcement Unit and all 32 borough-based Safer Transport teams supported this operation and focused on minimising touting and other cab related offences working in partnership with compliance teams from TfL’s Taxi and Private Hire Directorate.
Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, Safer Transport Command, said: “Unbooked minicabs are uninsured for carrying passengers and not only do they undermine the legitimate cab trade, but are a danger to the capital’s night life.
“The Safer Transport Command, together with Transport for London is committed to tackling touting involving both licensed and unlicensed drivers and as part of our total policing approach are we will support Operations such as Condor, using lawful tactics to bring offenders to justice.
Steve Burton, Director of Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing at TfL, said: “The results from this operation highlight the good work undertaken by the MPS Safer Transport Command and demonstrate the efforts undertaken to disrupt illegal activity. These drivers pose a significant risk to the travelling public as unbooked minicabs are uninsured to carry passengers. We are determined to protect the legitimate taxi and private hire trade operating correctly in London and will continue to work with our policing partners to make using these services even safer.”