London Taxi Drivers
We note the interim statement from the Law Commission on its consideration of taxi and private hire
We welcome the indication that the Commission will recommend retaining the distinction between taxis and
private hire vehicles (PHVs). We are concerned, however, that the replacement of the concept of ‘plying for hire’ with the concept of ‘pre-booking’ may dilute this distinction and allow private hire vehicles to encroach on taxi drivers’ work. (paragraph 5)
These motions were passed at the LTRC in march 2013.
Thermal wear - Finsbury Park branch
"This region notes that London Underground’s uniform issue to front-line staff is not fit for purpose. Staff are issued with almost the same uniform, no matter what the weather conditions
are, all year round.
We note the information on file regarding free and reduced travel facilities for employees of TfL and its subsidiaries and franchisees.
We note that we still need to collate information on these facilities for employees of contractors, as instructed in our previous decisions, and instruct the General Secretary to obtain this.
We note that the original resolution on this issue called for the provision of free travel facilities for licensed taxi drivers, and instruct the General Secretary to ensure that this demand is tabled to the relevant body.
The next meeting of RMT's London Taxi Drivers' branch will take place on Tuesday 11 December at 5pm at the Exmouth Arms on Starcross St, near Euston.
We note the work done to set up our campaign for a scrappage scheme for London taxis.
We resolve to step up this campaign, and therefore instruct the General Secretary to:
- produce a window sticker for display in taxis promoting this campaign
- liaise with our London Taxi Drivers’ branch to hold a protest
- ask members to lobby their MPs to support our Parliamentary group’s Early Day Motion on this issue
- pursue appropriate organisations that campaign on environmental and/or public
transport issues, asking for their support for this demand
Each month our Executive Council Member Janine Booth reports to the Regional Council. This report as a synopsis and the full 'EC decisions' can be read here.
We've added some links to the report to explain some of the topics covered in more detail.
Remember branch meetings and the regional meeting are open to all members - this is where you can get involved and make a change in your union.
From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow
As part of the RMT campaign to have a scrappage scheme introduced for taxis in order to alleviate the impact of vehicle age limits on our members livelihoods, RMT have launched an e-petition.
RMT members are encouraged to sign this petition by visiting: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/35894
London Taxi Driver's Branch Demands Assurances, Protections & Investigation Following Recall Of TX4 ModelsSubmitted by Peter2 on 15 October, 2012 - 23:03
As the London Cab Trade attempts to recover from the economic disaster of the Olympics caused by the scaremongering publicity from TfL - since admitted and regretted by the Mayor of London - and the decision by TfL to exclude us from the Games lane, we were again dismayed when TfL suspended the licences of over 300 new Taxi’s following a steering fault that could have endangered the lives of Driver and passenger alike.
The RMT therefore demand the following:
- The IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OF THE 15 YEAR RULE to ensure that those owners can continue to work so that the effect of the TX4 ‘interruption to the supply chain’ is mitigated and that the Cab fleet can cope with demand coming up to the Peak period.
RMT To Provide Support To Taxi Members Harassed Over Display Of 'Identifier Tags' And To Assist London Taxi Driver Branch In Recruitment PlanSubmitted by admin on 11 October, 2012 - 22:19
We note the meeting concerning this issue held on 20 September, and instruct the General Secretary to provide legal support to those taxi driver members who experience harassment arising from the display of identifier tags.
We further instruct the General Secretary to ensure that our London Taxi Drivers’ branch is provided with support and resources for its forthcoming recruitment campaign, which will include coverage of RMT’s campaigning work and support for suburban (‘yellow badge’) taxi drivers and well as green badge drivers.
We note the resolution from our London Taxi Drivers branch, and deplore the mistreatment of London Suburban taxi drivers, especially since the introduction of the identifier tags earlier this year.
We instruct the General Secretary to convene a meeting with GGC members, representatives of our London Taxi Drivers branch and a legal adviser within 14 days, to discuss possible legal recourse and other options and campaigning tactics that may be open to us, and to place a report of this meeting in front of us.
London Transport Regional Council and London Taxi Drivers’ branch to be advised.