Conservative GLA member for Havering and Redbridge Keith Prince today writes in the Havering Daily on the challenges black cab drivers are currently facing.
Since my election in May 2016 – and, indeed, for my whole political career – I have stood up for London’s world-leading black cab drivers. I’ve pointed out Sadiq Khan’s manifesto pledge that there would be “special privileges built in… for those who become a licensed London taxi driver” and stood up to him when he ignores that promise.
Indeed over a year ago I challenged him to give examples of what special privileges he had given Black Cabs during his Mayoralty embarrassingly for him he was unable to name one
I’ve spoken out against the ill-considered changes to London’s road space that the Mayor has pushed through without consultation. I’ve campaigned for the principle that taxis should be able to go anywhere that buses can go and made the case that without that principle far too many parts of London become no-go areas for many disabled people.
I’ve argued against the reduction in the 15-year rule, pointing out the unfairness of changing the rules on which thousands of black cab drivers made their decisions. I’ve pushed for more support for LPG conversions and forced Sadiq Khan, who had previously opposed LPG, into a U-turn on this.
I have also made sure that my door has always been open to black cab drivers and their trade bodies. Over the last four and a half years I have asked hundreds of questions to the Mayor at their request.