Understand there will be a meeting with Commissioners and the Rotherham Private Hire Drivers Association (RPHDA) tomorrow.
This meeting is said to be the last ditch attempt, by the RPHDA, to convince the Commissioners of their case.
Their case is without merit, based as it is on changes designed to allow the wide spread criminality, associated with the taxi trade to continue unabated. The arguments deployed so far, are entirely bogus, and as they are threatening legal action to back this up, I suspect they know it too!
The RPHDA has problems of it’s own. Behind the scenes it is said to be controlled by Jahangir Akhtar, with the so-called leadership, self imposed. No membership meetings have taken place, to endorse the replacement of Sajid Bostan, for example. It can no longer lay any claim to be the legitimate expression of it’s members and frankly until they become that, meetings with anyone, leave alone the Commissioners, should be taken with ‘a pinch of salt’!
I am sure the commissioners will see straight through their antics, with a mob of angry taxi drivers outside perhaps, they are up to intimidation, not negotiation!
Some illuminating comments that bear repeating here: