Rantings of a 'Sane?' Mini-Cab Driver
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LPHCA response to the TFL proposed regulations for drivers.
London Minicab Regulation. Anexe1
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London Minicab Regulation: Background
Operator Licencing Impact Assement
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I've been a fan of Citroen since I first owned a BX in the early 90's. This was my last one, it cost a fortune to maintain, due to poor servicing, but nothing on earth is a comfortable as a Citroen. The 1st fuel table covering 5,000 miles shows the economy offered by diesel.
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I have always had an interest in cars. But since becoming a private hire driver I have come across many cars that interest me. Check out some of the cars I have had, and some of my mates.Click Here
quite week, with one problem after another. Suspensions bushes needing to be replaced showed just how frustrating cars can be... See the maintenance day section.
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London Minicab Trade Licencing.
Now that the laws have been passed and the operators are being licenced, the focus have moved to drivers, and vehicles. These regulations are currently being written, and the LONDON PRIVATE HRIE CAR ASSOCIATION is putting forward the arguments for reasonable, and simple regulation, in order for it to be effective and policeable. However there are still some outrageous proposals being put forward, that will do consiberable harm to the 'industry' as a whole.
It seems that in some cases the overiding reasons for passenger safety and recourse could be lost in a legislative nightmare that will make it a very difficult trade to enter into.
There seems to be little concern about the outrageously high costs already being applied to the 'London' area through HUGE insurance premiums and continually rising fuel costs (through tax) already making the overheads hugely expensive, further increases with licencing and vehicle testing, driver medicals, and knwoledge testing could be enough to price alot of smaller firms out of the market, and force people onto other modes of transport when there is no capable alternatives in place. With public transport in a very sad way, and a massive amount of touts working the West End, over regulation of the Private Hire Trade will not remove these dangers to the public.
More over, there needs to be some some of marketing undertaken to educate the public about the dangers of using unlicenced, uninsured touts for their transport needs. For many of us in the trade it is the attitude of the people who choose to use these touts, being too impatient or ignorant to pre-book a vehicle from a reputable source, or wait for it to arrive, if phoned as needed, that have contrubited to the large increase in this illeagal trade. Believe it or not the people who use these services, know exactly what they are doing, and the risks involved, and this includes young ladies in London more than anyone else. It is worth note that many people now consider a wait of 5-10 minutes for a cab to arrive is FAR TOO long, and they phone elsewhere, wasting 5-10 minuts trying to find a quicker response. This is one of the biggest problems in dealing with the generations coming into adulthood today. They believe everything is instantly availble, if not they throw tantrums, and are extremely rude.
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