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Hosted this week by @SuperCabby

Issues Discussed this week:

CabbiesDoKilamanjaro Go Topless At The Charity Cab Wash, Along With GoWashMyCar when a lady cabbie offered to pay double for a toples Cab Wash.

The Charity cars wash raised a massive £657.57 for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, it was such a success that there are now plans for a further 2 Charity Car Washes next year.

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Hundreds of cabbies gave up their day yesterday to transport veterans to the cenotaph from all major rail stations and various other locations.

Mike Hughs in an interview with Cab Chat said that he thought this years event was the best yet, with more taxis than ever, more help from companies within the taxi trade and more helpers as marshalls with families of cabbies, knowledge boys and girls and staff from associated companies helping out.

Plan insurance were there in force helping with the marshalling at Victoria Station.

The day had such a good feeling and atmosphere about it with many of the general public asking what the cabbies were doing and praising them.

This sort of event really does go a long way to raising the profile of the London Taxi Trade.

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TFL sat before the GLA Transport Committee today to give evidence.

David Kurten asked Helen Chapman is an app booking plying for hire or a pre booking, Helen replied a pre booking and then 3 minutes later stated the whole app booking process needs looking into!

Steve Garelick made the case for a London minimum fare but didn’t really elaborate on how this would be achieved, it’s quite simple Steve, PH operators need to raise the prices, but no they wouldn’t want to do that for fear of passengers returning to using the best taxi service in the World.

James Fararr spoke very well about workers rights and employment status and the fact that many PH drivers were being exploited, but didn’t really tackle the elephant in the room that there is far too many PH vehicles on the road. Also when asked how many members the UPHD had he would not answer, stating that the UPHD believe their member numbers are confidential.

Gareth Powell also confirmed that he believe interacting with an app while driving is unsafe.

When question about the ridiculous amount of time TFL are taking to process driver license renewals and what are TFL doing about it, Helen Chapman replied stating that they are tackling the problem by switching off the telephone lines during the daytime to divert resources. There was no response as to why it takes so long, over 4 months to process a license renewal.

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A point to ponder, if an app job is considered by Helen Chapman to be a pre booking does the same apply when a doorman hails the cab instead of the passenger? No the Taxi is still plying for hire in the same way as any vehicle offering their services for immediate hire via an app.

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TFL have promised to install 300 electric charge points across London by 2022, although they want 9000 electric cabs on the road by the end of 2020, and it must be remembered that only a small proportion of these promised charge points will be Taxi only.

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Taxi App have promised every driver £13.60 per month subs if they manage to attract 500 new drivers by the end of November.

A driver on Twitter replied by saying you need someone out there selling it to the public, you won’t keep drivers without any work.

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Not only were TFL sitting before the GLA Transport committee on Tuesday morning but it was also the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire sitting in Westminster Hall yesterday afternoon.

Ian Duncan Smith spoke about they way in which Private Hire are plying for hire and taking Taxis traditional street work by using an app and he stated that we cannot have it both ways and that the Government need to look at defining Plying for Hire.

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Wes Streeting MP “The explosion in the number of PH licences in London does not benefit anyone, licensing authorities need the ability to cap numbers’

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A claim that drivers at taxi giant Addison Lee are workers, not self-employed, has been upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal, in a “huge win” for workers’ rights.

The GMB said courts had agreed “once again” that the firm’s drivers are legally entitled to rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.

The union welcomed an EAT decision upholding a finding by an Employment Tribunal last year on behalf of Addison Lee drivers.

The decision will affect thousands of Addison Lee drivers and follows similar “ground-breaking” rulings involving taxi hailing firm Uber and delivery company Hermes, said the GMB.

This is another huge win for GMB over bogus self-employment. Once again, the courts have agreed Addison Lee drivers are legally entitled to workers’ rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay rights. Other employers should take note – GMB will not stop pursuing these exploitative companies on behalf of our members.

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TFL are proposing to ban all cars from Tooley Street including London Taxis and make the road buses and cycles only.

Grant Davis from the LCDC published a periscope video yesterday strongly opposing this stating that TFL are restricting our working practices, to listen to what Grant had to say please listen to our Weekly Cab Chat Radio Show.

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Taxi App have promised every driver £13.60 per month subs if they manage to attract 500 new drivers by the end of November.

A driver on Twitter replied by saying you need someone out there selling it to the public, you won’t keep drivers without any work.

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Contributions this week:

SuperCabby – Jamie

Dan from Plan

Saul @RequiredLevel – Unsung Heroes

Drumslayer @Drumslayer2

Steve @SixMileSteve – Point of the Week

Drop Kick Rick – Taxi Rank Titters

And Much More…….

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