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Deregulation Bill: Does it affect London?

It could be argued that  the effects of the three amendments in the governments Deregulation Bill won’t be felt here in London. This has lead to very little coverage in some quarters of the trade press and a nonchalant arrogance that London is different. But just how will the bill affect the capital? The RMT LTDB […]

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The Elephant in the Room

The Law Commission report into Taxi&Private Hire services has dealt a hammer blow to the trade in its proposal to not define plying for hire and instead work on a definition of pre-booking. It’s term of ‘There and Then’ is to replace ply for hire on the statute books and in doing so will repeal […]

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Dialogue before Demonstrating

Yesterday May 6th, saw over 3000 licensed London taxis descend upon SE1 in protest of Tfl’ reluctance to appoint an appropriate rank for the Shangri-La restaurant at the Shard. The RMT London Taxi Driver’ Branch supports all individual drivers who took part in yesterday’ drive-in-protest  and believes more action is to come if TfL do not […]

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Shard Demonstation

The RMT London taxi driver’ branch supports any individual that seeks to highlight the hostility and incompetence of Transport for London toward the London Taxi Trade. However the RMT LTDB propose that any action needs to have the input of all trade unions and other taxi groups to maximise effectiveness and has sought and will […]

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RMT GMB&UNITE pressure MPs on Deregulation Bill

MPs  attended a debate in Westminster Hall yesterday(Tuesday 29th) on Taxi/PHV reforms within the government’ Deregulation Bill. RMT along with GMB & UNITE informed house members and their relevant parliamentary groups of the proposed three clauses, that if implemented would see leisure use of PHVs, license duration extensions and operator sub-contracting. The tri-union action was […]

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Uber,TfL & Big Business

Yesterday (9/4/14) TfL issued a statement regarding smart phone technology and the role it plays in the licensed taxi&Private hire industries operating in  London. The news is concerning as TfL have seemed to ride rough shod over both industries in as much as ignoring their own legislation. The catalyst for this spectacular show of contempt […]

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Reduction: Heathrow Extras

HAL the body responsible for administrating the feeder park at Heathrow are to review the charge drivers add for journeys starting from the airport. A recommendation from TFL is to reduce the extra from £3.20 to £2.80. This has been assessed due to the reduction in the gate fee that drivers must pay to enter […]

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