A LONDON BLACK cab support association held a demonstration outside Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Windsor House in Victoria, Central London in protest at what it claims is the “lack of proper regulation” of private hire companies in the capital.
A spokesman for Save Our Black Taxis said that hundreds of men, women, children and “even dogs” attended the taxi demo and wore T-shirts and waved banners and placards to get their point across.
He added: “Taxis drivers have repeatedly complained that we are losing earnings as a result of private hire cars and apps such as Uber, which we say are not subject to the same licensing rules as black cabs, and we call on TfL to impose tougher restrictions on minicab firms.”
In response, TfL’s chief operating officer of surface transport Garrett Emmerson said: “As the regulator of London’s taxi and private hire trades, we apply legislation fairly and equally.”
‘SAVE OUR BLACK TAXIS”
The Facebook group ‘Save Our Black Taxis’ was created five months ago by taxi driver’s wife Artemis Mercer: “Over fears that London’s iconic black cabs are in danger of becoming extinct and to draw attention to the increased pressure on traditional black cabs.”
The support group now has over 12,500 Facebook members and claims that TfL is biased against the London taxi trade.
Mrs Mercer said: “TfL are simply not doing enough to enforce the rules that ensure public safety in London taxis. London’s cabbies have been left high and dry without the support that they so desperately need from their own governing body.”