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London taxi drivers' families to protest over driver regulations

Families and partners of taxi drivers are planning a protest this afternoon over what they say is a lack of proper regulation of cab companies.

Taxi drivers protested outside Transport for London HQ in May. Credit: PA

The demonstration takes place today at 2pm outside Windsor House.

Protestors are calling for proper monitoring of drivers and a limit to the number of taxis on the City's roads.

Half of passengers can identify licensed minicab

Fewer than half of passengers know whether their minicab is licensed, according to research by the London Assembly.

It found while 85 per cent of users say its important to feel safe in a taxi, far fewer actually knew how to identify a legal vehicle.

However two thirds of black cab passengers knew how to identify whether their taxi was licensed.

"The interest in and focus on the arrival of Uber in London has become a distraction from some very serious issues facing the Taxi and Private Hire industries. Transport for London's (TFL's) performance as regulator and enforcer has been woefully inadequate and the interests of the passenger are being largely ignored. A strategy and vision for the future is essential in order to support the industry and provide the service that passengers require. "TfL needs to get to grips with the basics - such as improving signage, installing more taxi ranks and staying ahead of the rapid technological advances, putting the passenger first - which is what Londoners and our visitors expect and deserve."

– Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee

TfL working with The Shard to introduce taxi rank

Transport for London said it is working with the owners of The Shard to introduce a taxi rank outside the building as they expressed their disappointment that cab drivers went ahead with a protest.

Hundreds of cab drivers filled the streets near Europe's tallest building in protest at TfL.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, said:

We are aware of the taxis trade’s desire to have a rank closer to The Shard and have recently reached an agreement with the owners of The Shard that will enable a single taxi to rank directly outside the building.

In addition a ‘taxi required’ light has been installed enabling The Shard’s concierge to signal taxi drivers on the nearby St Thomas Street rank to come forward and collect passengers.

In the longer term we are working to provide a full taxi rank, and are seeking to identify a suitable, safe location that is convenient for both taxi drivers and their passengers.

There is no need to stage a demonstration and doing so will only disrupt the travelling public, the very people that the taxi trade are supposed to serve.

Black cabs fill streets in protest over Shard taxi rank

London's taxi drivers converged on London Bridge today to protest against TfL's decision not to place a taxi rank outside the Shard.


London's taxi drivers to protest near Shard

The opening of a new hotel at the Shard today is to be marked by a protest by taxi drivers.

The cab section of the Unite union claim Transport for London is refusing to put a taxi rank near to the building's entrance on St Thomas Street.

The union claims Boris Johnson is not giving taxi services enough consideration as part of the capital's transport network.

TfL announces black taxi fares set for 'low' rise

Black taxi fares set to rise. Credit: PA

Black cab fares in the capital are going up and could rise again as early as next January.From April 5, London taxi fares will increase by an average of 0.7%, Transport for London (TfL) announced today.

TfL said the below-inflation increase was the lowest since it took responsibility for licensing taxis in 2000 and the rise equated to just 9p more on an average fare.

Taxi Driver Protest

Taxi drivers will converge on Trafalgar Square this morning in protest over planned tax hikes on biodiesel produced with used cooking oil.

The cab drivers claim the tax increase will force many of them to go back to fossil fuels - which will lead to an increase carbon emissions.