Driver Representative Groups

There are many driver representative groups within our trade, some have been around for many years and others are quite new and young. All of these group boast varying numbers of members and all purport to being doing their bit for the trade in one way or another, some are more militant than others and some prefer to take the more passive approach of trying to engage in talks with the Authorities rather than taking direct action in the form of Demonstrations or drive Ins. Taxi drivers join these groups for a number of reasons of which the main one is legal representation of which all of the groups offer a very good service to their members. Over the past year certain nearly all groups have come in for criticism of one sort or another and all have engaged in some sort of back stabbing or infighting.

The thing with all of these driver groups is that those who make up their committee’s or who are officers of the group all seem to have the trades best interests at heart in their own way, they all seem to care and serve their members well and yet they cannot seem to agree with each other which is quite worrying.

Imagine the power that this trade could demand if all of our drivers groups could get together and agree on certain issues affecting our trade, even if they cant agree on everything surely they can agree on main points as the problems affecting us all as working Taxi drivers are the same. Every driver that I speak to seems to moan about the same things so one can assume that they also moan to their driver representative group about the same issues so it must follow that they all groups are basically fighting for the same things. Why then is it impossible to get all groups together around a table so that we as drivers can have true representation with the authorities.

The saying divide and rule is never more prevalent than it is in our trade at present and the sooner that all of our driver groups realise this the better it would be for our trade. Now I am not suggesting that our groups should merge or amalgamate but we really do need for them all to get around a table and come to an agreement on common issues that affect us all, these issues could then be presented to TfL from one voice for the trade.

Picking up on a Crossing!

There is nothing I find more annoying than seeing a Taxi stop on a crossing to pick up passengers and it seems to be happening all to often. The other night while working I was hailed by a young couple who were standing on a crossing, I indicated to them to walk forward so that I could stop where i would not be contravening the crossing, you young couple just looked at me as though I was from the planet Zong or something and then continued to try and hail a Taxi, to my surprise one of our colleagues pulled up right in the middle of the crossing and allowed the young couple to board the taxi!

This situation highlights a couple of points, the first being that as Taxi drivers we are supposed to be professional drivers and abide by the highway code and obviously these drivers who stop on crossings are not only breaking the law but also showing a total lack of respect for the fellow cabbies. The other point is that most people these days drive and own a car so one can assume that at least one of the couple held a driving license so they also should know better than to stand on a crossing trying to hail a cab, I am sure that they would be the first people to scream if they were trying to cross the road and a taxi stopped to pick someone else up.

So come on people, if you are trying to hail a Taxi please make sure that you are standing somewhere sensible where it is safe for the Taxi to stop and Taxi drivers show some respect for the law and your fellow cabbies and never stop on a crossing, the more drivers that continue to stop on crossings the harder it will be to educate customers that crossings  are not the place to try and hail a Taxi.

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