London cabbies look to raise £4,000 to help highlight “poor performance and attitudes” on mental hea
A group of London cab drivers are asking colleagues to help support them in raising £4,000 to produce a professionally edited and directed short film to highlight poor performance and attitudes on mental health in the capital. The drivers hope to produce a short film that will be directed by Hello Deer Productions and supported by the Mental Health Charity Silence of Suicide. Chris Johnson, a taxi driver in London, says via JustGiving: “Over the past few years I have seen London's "Black Cab" trade that we all care passionately about being systemically dismantled by Transport for London and the Mayor of London who seemingly doesn't understand (or doesn't want to understand) the pressures that their policies, poor performance and attitude towards drivers has created. “Drivers earnings are plummeting much in the same way as the yellow cabs in New York City. “The reason for this is TfL and the Mayor are restricting taxi drivers access to certain thoroughfares, allowing exploitative competitors to undermine the employment and taxation laws while increasing the cost of the only licensable electric taxi in the market without providing adequate charging infrastructure - this is by no means where TfL and the Mayors poor performance stops as there are a plethora of policy issues that TfL and the Mayor are introducing that they knowingly will impact on the mental health of drivers and their families.” The group hope to raise the £4,000 by Friday 3rd May. You can find out more about the fundraiser by visiting JustGiving.