t’s not often, if ever, an issue comes along where 99.9% of the taxi/private hire trade actually agrees on. But getting rid of unlicensed vehicles and their free-reign on our work is such an issue. As mentioned in last month’s Taxi-Today the government have announced proposals to repeal the section in the 1976 act that allows the bad guys to get away with operating un-licensed vehicles. As you can imagine those bad guys i.e. un-licensed stretch limos, un-licensed airport shuttles, un-licensed pinkies etc etc are not best pleased at having their little loop-hole closed. So in a desperate attempt to rescue a desperate loop-hole they are going hell to leather to keep it. Every MP is being lobbied big time, and serious money is being spent.
With all this in mind on our discussion forum www.taxi-driver.co.uk we are launching our own campaign, to compliment other’s efforts, to make sure the bad guys get booted out. We have made it very easy for all owners/jockeys, taxi/PH and operators/drivers to lobby their own MPs. All you need to do is to click on your MP (postcode check available), then just copy and paste a clear simple message we have drafted for you. Of course if you feel daring you can always write your own message, but we all need to act now and eradicate the bad guys once and for all. On this issue apathy is not an option.