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GMB Union Update

The taxi and private hire section of the GMB Union has agreed that the Intended Use Policy (IUP) for private hires licensed in one area but work in another should be discussed at government level.  We are hoping that the GMB political team will organise and possibly be able to talk to the Shadow Transport Minister to move forward and make them fully aware of the proposal.

 

Click on this link http://www.bhtaxinews.cab/iup.html

 

Posted in News by Admin on 21/10/2020

Eat Out to Help Out

 

Make the most of the last week in August 2020 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme offer, why not use a Southampton licensed taxi in Southampton to take you to your chosen destination and arrange with the driver to return you home?

Posted in News by Admin on 20/08/2020

Statement from United Trade Action Group

The Southampton Hackney and Private Hire Association supports United Trade Action Group (UTAG). Please see their recent statement below:

We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well in these strange and uncertain times.

You are likely to be aware that we, as a trade that we are facing an onslaught of proposed road closures across many boroughs, including the City of London and TfL roads.

The speed and extent of these proposals, if not challenged, will have an extremely detrimental effect on our trade and passengers, especially the disabled, affecting our ability to make a sustainable living.

UTAG was formed to preserve the future of the profession we trained so hard to be part of via a series of legal challenges; it is the Directors and Steering Committees unanimous view that the road closures has usurped everything else, and has singularly become the most important issue before us. Without a road network, we are unable to ply our trade.

Therefore, we have proactively instructed our QC and Legal Team to prepare a Generic Statement of Claim against our exclusion from roads where buses and permitted vehicles, excluding Taxis, continue to have access.

This would allow us to request a Statutory Hearing in the High Court should it be necessary to do so.

Although no firm exclusions have been enacted yet, and while we wait for final confirmation of which roads/bridges we may or may not use, UTAG along with the LTDA believe that it is prudent to prepare for legal action, therefore, we have agreed to work collaboratively with them and co-fund the legal action(s). 

As these proposals are being brought in under the auspices of Covid-19 social distancing measures, they will be deemed temporary measures (temporary can be 18 months) by which time substantial structural damage can be done to our trade. 

Time pressures are upon us, as the trade shall have only 6 weeks to challenge said closures. The 6-week window starts from when the order is made, not the implementation of the restrictions; that is why we believe that we must prepare to act now, as announcements could come at any time.

We trust that you agree that this fight could be vital for our trade and that we must prepare as if it will go ahead. We shall of course keep you updated as matters progress.

Thank you for your unswerving trust and loyal support.

Posted in News by Admin on 13/07/2020

Does the Taxi and Private Hire Trade Face Extinction?

The BBC have recently published a video featuring interviews with taxi drivers in Northern Ireland who share their concerns for the trade due to huge changes resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Drivers comment on the amount of extra equipment they now require including masks, gloves, hand sanitisers and even screens. Many are finding the extra costs combined with the reduction in work due to the closure of pubs and clubs makes it barely profitable. You can view the video the BBC news website here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-53085773/coronavirus-taxi-industry-in-danger-of-extinction?

As one of the drivers stated it could mean the extinction of the taxi trade and also the private hire trade, considering the word is generically used for both licences. I have noticed in the last two weeks in Southampton more taxis are sitting on taxi ranks, hoping for a job but making little or no money. Although Southampton City Council licensing department have extended the vehicle age limit for hackney carriages and private hires among other things to help our trade, we are also facing troubled times.

 

Posted in News by Admin on 19/06/2020

SCC Covid-19 Guidelines

Southampton City Council are following government guidelines regarding COVID-19 and the licensing department send out  notifications to the trade when possible. 

There is exemption for drivers not to carry the full number of passengers as shown on their identification plate. For example, if the vehicle is licensed to carry 4 people, you are quite within your rights to carry one person, the same as a multi seater vehicle licensed to carry 7/8 passengers can carry less people, it is up to the driver to decide.

As long as screens do not foul airbags, the council is allowing them to be fitted but they are not compulsory. Travel safely.

Posted in News by Admin on 29/05/2020

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