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Unite the union Cab Section Conference 2016

By Peter J Rose

This past week, Unite the union Cab Section held its annual conference at the union’s brand new Coventry building.

Those familiar with Coventry will know that the old building was looking rather the worse for wear. The new building has a new fresh look, meeting rooms with plenty of natural light which are equipped with all the modern conference facilities. Exactly what you would expect of a modern progressive union.

Unite taxi trade delegates from across the UK were in attendance, to discuss topics from vehicle age limits to the threat of the uncontrolled global private (Uber) hire business disrupting established local taxi services with proven safety records.

The conference also featured special guests, including Daniel Zeichner MP – Shadow Transport Minister, Mac Urata of the International Transport Federation plus The London Taxi Company and Calor Gas.

Talking to Daniel, delegates were able to make the case for safe locally controlled  taxi and private hire services. Daniel reminded delegates that the Conservatives were the party of deregulation and how that agenda was undermining existing services and reducing safety. Access to disability friendly taxis at transport hubs was among other topics discussed.

Mac Urata gave a briefing on the history of Uber. From how it started to where we are today. He also gave various examples of how established taxi services were successfully fighting back. Mac will be a guest speaker at Unite’s next open meeting for the taxi trade on April 19th. Full details in the current issue of Cab Trade News.

Unite’s Southampton delegates related the news that Uber has been given a licence to operate by Southampton Council despite not complying with existing requirements. The story is on the Cab Trade News app, available for iOS & Android. Or alternatively you can visit the CTN Facebook page.

Calor Gas came to demonstrate their LPG engine replacement alternative, which could extend the life of older diesel London cabs by five years.

The conference was also visited by the London Taxi Company, demonstrating its current Euro 6 purpose built taxi. LTC will be producing a zero emissions capable vehicle from the end of 2017.

The conference ended with a determination to continue the fightback against the Government’s deregulation agenda and keep local services safe and accessible for users. Unite members are encouraged to attend their next Branch meeting for fuller reports.

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