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.

Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Checks for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

That we note the resolution from our London taxi Branch [below] and accordingly instruct the General Secretary to provide an up-to-date report on this issue. This report to be placed on file and back in front of the General Grades Committee as appropriate.

RMT London Taxi Branch Takes Protest To TFL And Trafalgar Square On Day Of Action

London taxi driver members of specialist transport union RMT will be holding a day of protest next Wednesday (9 November) over attacks on the licensed taxi trade.

Kicking off the action, RMT London Taxi Branch will be holding a demonstration outside the headquarters of TFL Windsor house Victoria Street SW1 between 2-4pm on Wed 9 November to highlight complaints over the poor treatment, bad policies and contempt that the Taxi/private hire office have shown towards the RMT taxi branch and the trade in general.

Legal Advice Sought on Taxi Drivers' Relationship with TfL

RMT General Grades Committee decision on TfL Taxi Engagement Policy:

We note the legal opinion on this matter, in which a key issue is whether London taxi drivers can be legally considered to have a worker/employer relationship with their licensing body, TfL.

We instruct the General Secretary to arrange a meeting with our legal adviser and officers of our London Taxis branch to discuss this issue further and provide the legal adviser with the information he has requested.

Misinformation - LTDA Publication

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note the legal advice received regarding the prospects of legal action over the repeated attacks on our members and our union in the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association newspaper publication TAXI.

We instruct the General Secretary to arrange a meeting between our legal adviser and officers of our London Taxis branch to share information and discuss issues highlighted in the advice.

Updated legal advice to be obtained following this meeting and placed back in front of us.

London Taxi News

The latest edition of London Taxi News, an anti-pedicab special, is now availale to download.

In this edition:

  • Bob says NO - RMT calls for unity against London’s pedicab menace
  • STOP PRESS - Cynical attempt to sneak in pedicab licensing
  • What happens if Clause 17 becomes law?
  • McDonnell scores important victory over pedicabs
  • Shame on Taxi
  • Unity, not sniping, is needed
  • Westminster City Council supports pedicab ranks

You can download the full newsletter using the link below, or click 'read more' to view the pdf if you have a modern browser.

RMT Warns That Central London Will Be “jammed Solid” With Unlicensed And Dangerous Rickshaws As We Head Towards Olympics

TAXI UNION RMT warned today that central London will be “jammed solid” with unlicensed and uninsured rickshaws as we head towards the London Olympics with the authorities refusing to lift a finger to clampdown on the unregulated trade.

RMT London Taxi Branch has a clear position of opposition to rickshaws in London and last month RMT parliamentary group convenor John McDonnell successfully objected to the TFL London Local Authorities Bill at Second Reading - specifically on the grounds that it would lead to the continued proliferation of unlicensed, unsafe rickshaws clogging up central London.

RMT Demands Recognition in TfL Taxi Engagement Policy

RMT General Grades Committee decision:

We note the resolution from our London Taxis branch and accept the sentiments expressed in it. London taxi drivers face many important issues, and this union should have the right to represent our members’ views on these issues through the TfL Taxi Engagement Policy. We therefore demand that the Taxi Engagement Policy recognise RMT, as it does other organisations, as a bona fide representative body of taxi drivers.

We therefore instruct the General Secretary to:

RMT Taxi Branch Chalks Up Significant Victory In Fight Against Unlicensed And Unsafe Rickshaws Clogging Up Central London

Taxi union RMT confirmed today that their Parliamentary Convenor John McDonnell MP has successfully objected to the TFL London Local Authorities Bill at Second Reading - specifically on the grounds that it would lead to the continued proliferation of unlicensed, unsafe rickshaws clogging up central London

London Taxis branch resolutions

RMT's London Taxis branch passed the following resolutions at its June meeting:

  1. "that the London Taxi Branch hold demonstrations throughout the event of the Olympics if the Branch continues to be excluded from meetings at Taxis and Private Hire, Transport for London on matters related to the London taxi trade".
  2. "that the London Taxi Branch set up a "strike committee" in relation to (1) above and to look at ways of blocking Olympic Lanes.