Small group are 'resisting' change says taxi association facing calls for special meeting

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

A small group of members are resisting "change to a more democratic system” claims taxi association General Secretary after members group call for special meeting.

A group of around 100 London taxi drivers, who are also members of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), are aiming to remove current members of the Council by calling for a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) special meeting.

The calls against the LTDA, who have around 10,000 members, come after alleged lost confidence in the Council, whom the member group believes have taken control of the organisation and are preventing members from exercising their rights.

In a statement released by solicitors Anthony Collins, the group are now calling for the FCA to uphold member democratic control, ensure members have the statutory right to express their views through a general meeting, and finally, use its statutory powers to ensure that the Association’s assets are not at risk.

The LTDA have responded strongly against the claims made by a section of its membership suggesting that the cab drivers are ‘resisting’ change to a ‘one member one vote’ system.

Steve McNamara, General Secretary of Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), said: “We agreed, at the other side's request, not to release any details of this pending its resolution.

“Quite frankly we are stunned that they have now done these press releases and have made a formal complaint to both the FCA and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

“We have sought to get away from the ‘show of hands’ at a meeting that has resulted in intimidation and threats against members. We favour a one member one vote, by postal ballot, where all members have a democratic vote, not just a handful who hold a meeting in a pub!

“A small group of members are resisting this change to a more democratic system.”

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