Statement from the LTDA, LCDC, Unite the union and RMT
The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA), London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC),
UNITE the union & the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT)
are not supporting the demonstration
called by the United Cabbies Group (UCG) for Thursday 24th September.
The reasons given for the action include demands for a cessation of E hailing, abolition of PH Satellite offices and a requirement for PH vehicles to have Hire and Reward Insurance at the point of licensing.
All of these demands and others including a mandatory time delay between booking and hiring for PHV’s, PH fares set at time of booking (No meter), destinations and pick up points to be recorded (not GPS coordinates) at the time of booking, Operators to have Landline and Operators to be compelled to accept pre bookings are already included in the current PH Regs review.
In a meeting attended by all the trade groups including the UCG in July it was agreed that there would be no further demonstrations held pending the outcome of the PH Regs review and the result of the judicial declaration (Meter Case) which will be heard at the High Court on the 5th October.
The UCG also gave assurances that they would support a statutory definition of ‘Plying for Hire’ and sign a joint agreement which has yet to be done.
We feel that any demonstrations at this time are premature, ill judged and extremely unlikely to achieve any positive results and run the risk of generating further negative publicity following on from last weeks incidents at City Hall.