London Taxi Drivers

The  branch for the increasing number of London taxi workers who are joining RMT. You can read the branch's blog here, and the RMT Heathrow Taxis blog here.

RMT taxi demo Whitehall 9/2/16 @ 1330

 

 

In the long running dispute with the Mayor, the RMT taxi branch are organising a demo/go slow around Whitehall and the Houses Of Parliament on Wednesday from 1330.

These demos have had a massive impact on London on the previous occasions they have taken place

We are asking any RMT reps/activists who are able to get down to Whitehall with flags, banners and hooters to give support to our taxi driver comrades.

Solidarity Wins

RMT On Uber Hight Court Ruling

Taxi Union RMT on High Court Ruling on Need for Statutory Definition of Plying for Hire

Taxi union RMT said today that while it  notes the decision of the High Court on whether the Uber app involves the use of a taxi meter, this was always a peripheral issue as the focus of RMT’s campaign has been and remains the need for a statutory definition of who can and what precisely is “plying for hire”.

RMT calls on TfL to implement measures to tighten controls on Uber

TAXI UNION RMT has called on Transport for London to implement measures set out in response to a consultation on Private Hire Vehicles which would tighten controls on apps like Uber and help protect the future of the licensed taxi trade in the Capital and the safety of the travelling public.

Transport for London has today outlined the measures which it could take to limit the operation of smartphone apps (such as Uber) in the immediate hire market.

The Private Hire Regulations Review, which closed on 19 June, received over 4,000 responses.

London Transport Regional Council

Th next meeting of the London Transport Regional Council will be on Thursday 24 September 1630-1830

Please try and attend and make sure your own branch is represented at this important organising meeting.

There will be reports from the Counil of Executive member John Reid and from the Regional Organiser John Leach.

Boris Johnson Admits Illegal Taxi Trade Rife

TAXI UNION RMT is calling for action to be taken after London Mayor Boris Johnson admitted that Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) were illegally plying for hire in the capital.

RMT London taxi driver branch secretary Lewis Norton rang into the Mayor’s regular 'AskBoris' phone in on LBC.

When asked if the Mayor acknowledged previous comments he had made that traffic congestion in the capital can be attributed to the high volume of Private Hire vehicles 'roaming streets looking for fares', he agreed.

Taxi Union RMT Demands End to "Chaotic" Government Mismanagement of Driver Licenses

TAXI UNION RMT has today written to the Government to demand an end to the chaotic mismanagement of driver licensing which the union says is putting members livelihoods at risk at a time when the trade is coming under unprecedented pressure and attacks.

A licence to operate a taxi is issued by the driver’s local authority. As part of being licensed, taxi drivers are required to have their good character verified via an enhanced criminal records check.

RMT taxi drivers hit back at insulting comments from London Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy

RMT London Taxi Drivers today registered their dismay at comments made by Sir Peter Hendy regarding the licensed taxi trade that it is 'not the job of TFL to protect the taxi trade, but the public'.

In an interview with London's Evening Standard the Transport Commissioners' comments have exposed his gross ignorance of the trade.

As a highly regulated service, the licensed taxi industry provides the public with a safe, secure travel option. Protecting the standards of the industry in turn protect the public.

TAXIS Lobby Of Parliament

From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow

The Law Commission is currently reviewing all legislation relating to taxi and private hire vehicles. Whilst this review, which officials claim is designed to simplify the legislation, could potentially deregulate the industry and as such is a threat to members’ livelihoods, it also presents us with a number of opportunities.

The interim statement of the Law Commission does not commit to legally defining plying for hire, however, it does acknowledge that a two-tier system must remain in place.