Letter to Taxi News From Tom Scullion

Even with the latest version of the PHV rules, TfL are allowing drivers to break the law.

Private hire cars or mini cabs must display the correct Hire and Reward insurance in their cars by law, passengers should always ask to see this policy before setting off in a mini cab.
Never get into a mini cab that has not been pre booked that’s illegal. That rules out 75% of all their fares
Back in March “Motherboard” revealed that fully functioning Uber accounts were for sale on the dark web, thousands of customers personal details have been shared and sold onto hackers who steal from the customers personal accounts.
Surge pricing Uber can increase your fare by up to 10 times the normal rates.
Many mini cab drivers have never driven in the UK and can use their EU drivers License.
Drivers are encouraged to work more than 80 hours per week here is the results of dangerous drivers.
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Free market sounds good to me, we could all sign up to “let’s have it Cabs” work where you like anywhere in the UK drive what you like and charge what you like.
It is incredible that Tfl would even consider that a PHV driver could work for more than one company in London… But it goes further, they can work Gatwick, Stansted, Heathrow, Bristol on a Tfl license.
Now Uber are complaining that Uber drivers have the appropriate insurance…
Well they don’t, there’s not one single company in the UK which allows Hire and reward insurance for PHV drivers to ply for hire, further, work anywhere the want throughout the the UK.
It’s time to take Tfl to task over their total lack of regulation and enforcement of their rules which they don’t understand.
Questions to the new Mayor:
Why should PHV drivers be afforded more rights than a London Taxi ?
What’s the definition on plying for hire?
Where are Tfl in terms of insurance with immediate hiring for private hire bookings ?
Tfl have said in the past jump in a car then make a booking through the App really?
Who will  be appointed to oversee this total mismanagement of laws and processes in regard to the law ?
Thus far Tfl have totally failed London.
Be lucky
Tom Scullion.
Wedding Taxis

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