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STOP TAXI LICENSING BEING SENT TO COVENTRY

22/11/2011

TSSA press release.

Join us in leafleting the TfL Finance Board meeting which will be discussing this proposal on Wednesday:

8.30 – 9.30am, WEDNESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER at TfL Head Office, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL

Transport for London intend to privatise their London Taxi and Private Hire Department, sending many staff to work in Coventry or Northampton.

Staff cuts planned as part of this process will mean fewer cab driver inspections which will undermine the Safer Travel at Night Scheme and expose more passengers – and especially women – to greater risk from unlicensed cab drivers. As it is, London has far, far fewer on-street compliance staff than the numbers employed by New York city.

TfL’s own Website claims 6,000 unlicensed cab drivers have been arrested since the Safer Travel at Night Scheme began in 2003 whilst in 2009/10 there were 143 reported cab related sexual offences.

These proposals are opposed by those staff affected and by the licensed cab drivers.

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