So what or where next then ? I am not knowledgeable enough to have the winning formula for our trade’s survival, but neither am I naïve enough to think that sitting down or negotiating with a body who want shot of us….is futile.
Reading the article earlier this week regarding the case of the car used in a crime with a PHV Roundel on the windscreen, had my blood boiling. That needs to be referred to Scotland Yard immediately. How many times have I predicted in the past, that sooner or later this lapse in security enforcement will see people killed ?
However, I have NEVER EVER bought one with blue lights still on, Battenberg reflective police stripes and sirens still connected ! They are all stripped out by the police before re-sale, and obviously, for very good reason ! Why then is the removal and return of a mini cab roundel not a mandatory proviso when a mini cab driver licensed by TFL, parts with his vehicle then ? Its an absolute no brainer to me, and an issue that needs urgent investigation by the police, especially the Counter Terrorist Units. Again, another hugely important lapse of care or concern, by the untrustworthy, unprofessional TFL civil servants who control and govern us.
I know, and am always saddened to see, that even at this stage in our fight for survival, our trade is still divided. 100% backing of the UCG and it’s militant stance is still not happening, and although I am naturally bias, I always wonder why. I don’t wish to name or get into arguments with various trade leaders and their membership, but what are they assuming will happen to us all ? If we don’t get out on them roads and take back what we worked four years to qualify for, how will we survive ? Is there another solution ? I would love to hear of the plan ! Honestly, I would.
The underhanded and slippery dealings with the Uber licensing has obviously dealt our trade an unexpected and unfair blow. I could easily undercut most dentists on price in any UK town, if I decided to open up shop with no university academic qualifications, no dental college training and no expensive hospital machinery. If you are looking for high-quality dental services at affordable prices, you could look here. You can also check this office for dental implants, that provide the best dental results, using modern machinery, all within budget.
Yes, you’re right ! Thousands and thousands of them !! And so they should do too !! The dentists who take care of us, can thank their lucky stars that it is The British Dental Association who look out for their profession, and not TFL !
Last week’s call from the UCG achieved a record number of our colleagues attending. I don’t know why all of our trade organisations, clubs and unions didn’t officially support it, but I know that members from all of them, responded to Len Martin’s shout for action and unity.
It was good to see, and it was humbling, proud and emotional.
I certainly don’t know the answers to either our current situation or our place in London for the future.
Last week, I wasn’t quite sure if my tears were because I was witnessing the very end of our magnificent and Iconic earned place in London, or whether it was just the start of a last minute, passion fired come back, to regain the rights and privilege to operate and ply our trade, granted to us by The Protector, Oliver Cromwell, all those years ago.
God willing, it was the latter.
It should be blatantly apparent to everyone in our trade by now, that the men who were sent to kill us are doing ok.
Negotiating, talking, doing deals and constant blah, blah, blah, must surely be a stalling tactic now and refused with the contempt that it is offered in.
We as a trade are not frightened of healthy competition. We as a trade are not frightened of mobile phone apps. We as a trade are not frightened of technology or indeed the use of it.
But what we are frightened of, is a woefully inadequate governing authority, who for some reason that will eventually be revealed, have maliciously and deliberately failed to create a fair and honest platform. We as London Taxi Drivers have adhered rigorously to strict professional standards, effective and thorough CRB character checking, encyclopeadia standard topographical knowledge, specialist and hospital medical and fitness attainment, a fully wheelchair and disability functional and compliant vehicle, a sealed and tested fraud proof tariff meter approved by Government, and a closely monitored exemplary character of honesty and integrity check.
And it is for that reason, that we are financially unable but furthermore, unwilling, to lower our world famous platinum standards of iconic professionalism…………..to become like the aforementioned rogue dentist, just to offer a cut price bargain.
The traitors of Transport For London of course, have not the slightest emotion of this proud achievement. They have systematically allowed a magnificent iconic service, to have to come begging by demonstration, to bring our genuine case of woeful treatment, to the public, who we have loyally and steadfastly served so well, for over 300 years.
This is our last chance colleagues. When the UCG’s Len Martin puts the call out again for support, bear in mind what I have written above. We have been knocked about with disrespect by this bullying lot of double standard traitors for too long now. Either we fight for what we are professionally licensed for…..or we lose out to the dodgy dentist !
It s our choice. I suggest we all await the call from Len, and lace the boots up again !
Be lucky all.