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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.


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.


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.


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.


London declared the supercar capital of the world following analysis of photo-sharing app Instagram.

The study carried out by driving experience retailer Activity Superstore, analyzed images of 12 different car manufacturers including the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. It found that of the 148.1 million images of supercars shared on Instagram in the last three years, 6.1 million of those were taken in London, compared to 5.9 million in Moscow and 4 million in Los Angeles.

Quite ironic when Traffic in central London has slowed to an average speed of little more than 5 miles an hour, a report shows.


Events worth noting in London today:

Stephen Fry at the Apollo Hammersmith finishes at 22:15

Jessie J at The Royal Albert Hall finishes at 22:30

Bradley Wiggins at The Forum Kentish Town finishes 22:30

Lewis Capaldi at Shepherds Bush Empire finishes 22:30

Within Temptation at the Brixton Academy finishes 22:15


The next Cab Chat Pie & Mash Club meet is on Wednesday 14th November at Cockneys in Portobello Road at 2pm, all are welcome to come along and meet the team and enjoy some traditional London Fayre.



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Cab Chat is a podcast about London and it World Famous Taxi Drivers, taking a light-hearted and humorous look at whats going on in London