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Five days of London taxi protest chaos to start today

A militant taxi driver led group are set to cause a weeks worth of chaos in the capital starting today in and around the busy roads surrounding Elephant and Castle.

The ITA have asked drivers to attend the mass ply for hire in SE1 this afternoon starting at 3.30pm. 

The protest set up some weeks ago was originally billed as a chance to demand compensation from regulators Transport for London, but has now changed to include several grievances held by drivers.

A list totalling 13 different grievances has been put forward by the group which will be distributed to drivers, the media and general public. These include:

TfL are currently allowing an unlicensed, unfit and illegal operator to flout the law

TfL are currently allowing a third of the unlicensed, unfit, illegal operator's workforce (13,000 drivers) to work in London, after presenting fake DBS certificates when applying for their private hire licence

TfL are allowing private hire drivers to work, after producing fake medical certificates when applying for their private hire licence

TfL are allowing Private hire drivers to illegal accept direct hirings in their car

TfL accept private hire drivers who's licenses have been revoked by other licensing authorities

TfL colluded with an unfit operator during a police investigation

TfL conspired with an unfit operator to streamline private hire applications

TfL refused to initiate checks on an unfit private hire operator for 5 years

TfL assisted an unfit operator to illegally circumnavigate regulations

TfL lied to the GLA about PH on/off insurance cover

TfL lied to the GLA about checking an unfit, illegal operators modus operandi

TfL lied to the GLA about an unfit, illegal operator's nonexistent contact phone number

TfL have caused mental, physical and financial stress to legitimate licensed Taxi drivers. 

What do you think about the protests? Will you be attending? 

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