Saturday 26 November 2011 4.23pm
Thanks for the explanation re LTDA, Tom. Perhaps there needs to be another representative body for taxi drivers.
And thanks for your understanding Ivanhoe.
There are other trade bodies, the L.C.D.C., (London Cab Drivers Club) the U.C.G. (United Cabbies Group) and the R.M.T. have recruited a number of more militant drivers too, although coming under the auspices of Bob Crow would not appeal to me.
These newer groups have one thing in common, they are diametrically opposed to the L.T.D.A. and it's chairman Bob Oddy, seeing him and the Association as dinosaurs from the past.
It is mostly these groups with their more militant younger element who organise the drive-ins and demonstrations that we have seen in the recent past.
I never join in with these demos, but to a degree I can understand their reasoning.
The laws on touting and unlicensed drivers hassling the public outside, and more and more, inside, any venue/restaurant are largely totally ignored by the authorities.
I came out of the Blue Print Cafe recently with two of my daughters-in-law and we were touted on the stairs by a couple of guys.
The attitude of the police appears to be, "we don't care who takes the public off our patch, as long as someone does."
When this younger generation of Black Cab drivers see scoff-laws taking what is legitimately their work, and the police turn a constant blind eye to it, it is not surprising that they resent it.