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GMB Comments On Mayor’s Private Hire Plan

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GMB Comments On London Mayor’s Private Hire Action Plan

While this plan is clearly beneficial for taxis, the reverse is true for private hire says GMB

GMB, the union for private hire drivers, has commented on a raft of new taxi and private hire measures from London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Among the announced measures were tighter restrictions for private hire drivers in London , an increase in the number of taxi ranks in the city and the inclusion of taxi information in TFL’s online journey planner.

Steve Garelick, GMB Professional Drivers branch secretary, said “Whilst these initiatives are commendable, private hire drivers, despite working in far greater numbers than taxis, seem to have received the stick. Tougher regulation without improvements for those who are badly in need of more income is not a real solution.

“In reality there is no pot at the end of the rainbow. Free market economics may grant lower fares for the consumer but in reality it translates to an unlivable level of income for professional drivers.

“Taxi drivers in London are granted up to £7,500 to help them secure greener vehicles while for the private hire sector the cupboard is bare. Electric and Low emission vehicles for private hire attract a generally £10,000 higher price tag than conventional vehicles yet private hire drivers have no scheme to supplement these costs.

“While this plan is clearly beneficial for taxis, the reverse is true for private hire without any mention of benefits for 110,000 of some of London’s least well off workers.

“With further consideration of a congestion tax on private hire, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is an all-out attack on private hire drivers.”

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Contact: Steve Garelick on 07565 456776 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

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