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An Inconvienient Truth?

The decision taken by Transport for London (TFL) to not grant Uber’s private hire operators license is welcomed by RMT and the wider taxi industry. Since its inception in 2012, Uber has operated on the fringes of regulation. Breaching legislative practices established to govern both the taxi & private hire industries. However, these appear to not have been the reason behind TFL’s decision […]

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Meeting with Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross

Wednesday July 3rd RMT LTDB met with Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross to discuss Labour Mayor Sadiq Khans’ plan for the licensed taxi trade. Under the disastrous Mayoralty of Boris Johnson, RMT were subjected to exclusion from all industrial level meetings. The union welcomed the change in administration and seeks to build upon the open communications […]

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Trade Unionism is Trade Unity..

Branch Committee member Tony Cook writes what he believes to be the most important action any driver can take. “Can the RMT get me a lawyer if I get nicked at 2am?” Is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from taxi drivers. I’m always surprised that my fellow cabbies worry more about legal protection that […]

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Branch Secretary Lewis Norton speaks to LBC’s James O’Brian about the distinction between taxis and PHV. Highlighting the importance of plying for hire.   Branch Secretary Lewis Norton answers questions from LBC’s Ian Collins on Transport for London’s Private Hire Regulations Review BBC Radio 4 PM Show debate between Branch Secretary Lewis Norton and The […]

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Suspension of support for direct action

The RMT  have suspended support for demonstrations called by the United Cabbies Group (UCG) starting Thursday 24th September. This is suspension is supported by UNITE ,  Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) and London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC), The demands of the action call for a cessation of E hailing, abolition of PH Satellite offices and a requirement for PH […]

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We must embrace change

Comments made this week by Boris Johnson are endemic within the political class, none more than in the Conservative party. At the Mayors monthly question session by the Greater London Authority and when asked by Liberal Democrat member Caroline Pidgeon about the lack of infrastructure for ZEC Taxis, Boris gave response despite the ‘Luddites’ that […]

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Uber threatening ply for hire.

RMT warns that Uber is already smashing apart the traditional “knowledge” and the future livelihoods of London taxi drivers. RMT warned today that a marked decline of applicants for the Knowledge of London and rise of smartphone app Uber is down to one issue – ‎the licensed London taxi drivers right to ply for hire […]

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DBS chaos continues!

RMT has today written to the Government to demand an end to the chaotic mismanagement of driver licensing which the union says is putting members livelihoods at risk at a time when the trade is coming under unprecedented pressure and attacks. In the capital, Transport for London (TfL) previously had responsibility for administering all aspects […]

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Cycle SuperHighway

Submissions for Transport for London’s Citizen Space North/South &East/West cycle super cycle highway are due to close this Sunday 9th November. The scheme which proposes a continual segregated cycle lane from Kings Cross to Elephant & Castle (North/South) and Tower Hill to Lancaster Gate (East/West) is part of the Mayor’s Cycling Portfolio. A ten year […]

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