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Keith Prince AM: More regulation needed for private minicabs

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 September 2017

Cllr Keith Prince at the crossrail depot

Cllr Keith Prince at the crossrail depot

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The black cab trade – a big employer within my constituency – has come under increasing pressures over recent years with the growth of popular private hire apps like Uber.

If our cabbies are going to compete with private hire drivers, they must be allowed to do so on a level playing field.

I recently met again with Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) to look at ways in which this can be achieved.

With depleting numbers of people signing up to take The Knowledge, we could be in danger of losing these iconic vehicles in London. One way of preventing this is increasing regulation in the private hire trade.

There are tremendous costs in the rigorous process of becoming a black cabbie that can be skipped through the private hire route. If these taxis are to be treated equally on our roads, there must be a closure in that disparity.

I will continue to work hard for our black cab trade to ensure their livelihoods remain sustainable and they can compete fairly.

On the subject of transport, I recently attended Gallows Corner with fellow members of the London Assembly’s Transport Committee as part of a wider look at pedestrian and cycle crossings in London.

Our observations there will form part of a transport committee report highlighting issues for pedestrians and cyclists and I will continue to lobby TfL to deal with these issues across Havering and Redbridge.

I continue to press Transport for London in relation to step-free access at Newbury Park station.

Residents will remember that the Mayor of London initially promised that the work to install lifts at the station would be completed by the end of this year, but that was then extended to 2019.


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