We believe our right to “ply for hire” is under threat. The current thinking of the Law Commission is to discard the concept of plying for hire and not to define it, to control Taxi numbers but not PHVs, and to provide legislation for Pedicabs to be licensed.
Here are the major issues urgently in need of redress:
- Plying for hire must be defined both in our favour and in statute.
- Pedicabs and alike must never have the right to ply for hire or operate
on the highway.
- A managed growth of BOTH taxi and private hire trades is crucial
for maintaining standards.
The RMT London Taxi Branch firmly believes that the status quo cannot continue if our future and the public’s safety are to be assured. However these current proposals could very well put us in a worse position, because by not defining plying for hire and repealing all our acts will make our current Hackney Carriage case law obsolete. The criminal offence of “illegally plying for hire” will cease to exist.
The 1998 London PHV Act along with policy derived through TfL`s interpretation of the law have failed to protect the cab trade`s hard earned right to ply for hire. Plying for hire allows a Taxi to be publicly hired. It is now time for the world class London Taxi to be fully integrated alongside the other publicly hired modes of transport within the capital. To be treated equally with buses, trains and trams and not in a second class way.
So ask yourself this question “Is this as good as it gets?”
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