UNITE Cab Section; LTDA & LCDC have taken our message to the Corporation of London about the unacceptable situation in The Square Mile. The City police in particular seem to have ignored their responsibility to facilitate ranks for the travelling public. Despite the increase in new office building and rebuilding of main line stations, such as Cannon Street and Blackfriars, the City police seem to have chosen to ignore the problems thrown up by this change. There are very few working ranks in the City at present, if you disregard the transport interchanges and Broadgate. Although we are in the middle of a recession caused by the Banks, there is still work on the street.
Despite the positive impact of taxi ranks, not least for emissions reduction, the Corporation appears to be content to follow the lead of the City police. The recent situation at Abacus seems to sum up the total confusion at the heart of the City’s policy. The other side of this policy is to allow touts to illegally rank outside many City nightclubs, restaurants and pubs with no fear of action by enforcement agencies. It’s no wonder that licensed taxi drivers get angry when they are unfairly harassed at Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street. The joint trade lobby of the City Police Committee took place on Friday 21st May.
Click the link below to read the Lobby letter.
Watch the LTDA video.