RMT To Step Up Campaign For London Taxi Scrappage Scheme

We note the work done to set up our campaign for a scrappage scheme for London taxis.

We resolve to step up this campaign, and therefore instruct the General Secretary to:

  1. produce a window sticker for display in taxis promoting this campaign
  2. liaise with our London Taxi Drivers’ branch to hold a protest
  3. ask members to lobby their MPs to support our Parliamentary group’s Early Day Motion on this issue
  4. pursue appropriate organisations that campaign on environmental and/or public
    transport issues, asking for their support for this demand
  5. email and text all our members asking them to add their names to our e-petition
  6. seek a meeting with potentially-supportive GLA and TfL Board members about this

We further note that over 400 new taxis have had to be taken out of service due to a steering box fault, and that the manufacturer is in administration. With the 15-year age limit policy causing the removal of more than 700 taxis from the road during November and December, the taxi trade – and the ability of our members to earn a living – will be in crisis. We therefore demand a moratorium on the 15-year age limit policy, and instruct the General Secretary to make urgent representations to the relevant authorities in support of this demand.

This matter is to be placed back in front of us in the event of any developments.

London Transport Regional Council and branches to be advised.