The latest from our taxi drivers association, hints at desperation to me, especially so, after yesterday’s meeting with Commissioner Ney? Wonder what drivers make of this?
CCTV – we have proposed that we do not disagree with the camera system. We disagree in the strongest possible way with the costs. We drivers believe the cost should be paid by the council and not the taxi drivers.
Fitness + Proper Test – This is too broad and does not have any specific guidelines. Drivers maybe being dismissed behind close doors that have been working for a long time crime free.
BTEC – We have got a clause in this for exceptional circumstances and there is no further issues to raise with this apart from keeping the cost down as low as possible.
Car Age – Currently this is set as 5 years for a new car and you can drive this for 10 years. We are proposing that the deadline is set to 7years for bringing on a new vehicle
and be able to drive a vehicle for upto 12 years.
Door Signs – We believe we need bigger magnates and on display all the time whilst taxi in operation. When parked up at home or elsewhere and not in use, we should be allowed to
remove them for safety reasons.
Shift Patterns and Breaks – We believe this has not been thought out well and issues regarding enforcement should be made clear. What the licensing manager Alan Polo has said this can only be enforced using criteria which is set out by the government. The breaks are for a 9 hour continues driving phase (a 30min break and 2x15min)
Fee Structure – We have asked for a breakdown of each element. At this point they stated to us that we are going to possibly see a decrease in the fee charged for the MOT and intermediary of £30, down to £45.00. We require more transparency and this is an ongoing issue.
CAR – CAT C +D to be considered and should be allowed. This was put forward to council and example given of Auto-Line and other councils, how they are accepting this. Commisioner and Cllr Sue Ellis said they will take back and consider.
Drop Ins to take place, Date and time to be confirmed.
Commisoner was going to agreee a main frame work and create the policy in the next few days. What she has taken away is the implementation factors and dates. She has
stated that no further action will be taken without the association being on board and consulted fully. All agreed and meeting closed.
We the association will now continue to liase and once we have a response to the above points raised, we will be in contact with reps and negotiate futher.
PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE STILL HAVE ALOT OF NEGOTIATING AND CHALLENGES TO BE HAD. YOU MUST TURN UP TO THE DROP INS AND GIVE YOUR VIEW.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.