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 vehicles to have Hire and Reward Insurance at the point of licensing. All of which are stipulated in the PHV regulations review.
Further amendments including;
– Mandatory time delay between booking and hiring of PHV’s,
-Pre booked fares set at time of booking (No meter)
-Booking destinations and pick up points to be recorded (not GPS coordinates)
– Operators to have Landline and Operators to be compelled to accept pre bookings
In a meeting attended by all trade groups in July it was agreed that there would be no further demonstrations held until the outcome of both PHV Regulations review and the the judicial declaration which will be heard at the High Court on the 5thOctober.
The United Cabbies Group also assured support for a statutory definition of ‘Plying for Hire’ and sign a joint agreement, which has yet to be done.
On September 8th RMT were informed of 6 proposed demonstrations, breaking the agreement.
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.