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The ADCU urges Transport for London to act amidst falling taxi numbers and rising PHV licensees



The App Drivers and Couriers Union (ADCU) has raised concerns over the declining number of taxis alongside the significant increase in Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) licences issued by Transport for London (TfL).

In a social media post, an ADCU spokesperson emphasised the destabilisation of the transport industry and the potential threat it poses to driver income. The union called upon TfL to take immediate action to rectify the situation.

One of the key demands made by the ADCU spokesperson is the need to impose a cap on PHVs to restore a balance between taxis and private hire vehicles. The increase in PHV licences has resulted in fierce competition for passengers, leaving more licensed minicab drivers struggling to sustain their livelihoods. Imposing a suggested cap would help address this issue and ensure a more level playing field for all transportation services.


Worker rights were also highlighted as a crucial aspect that TfL should prioritise when granting licences to operators. The ADCU argue that making fair working conditions a condition of licensing would protect the rights and well-being of drivers, ensuring a more equitable and ethical environment within the industry.


Interestingly, the ADCU proposed the nationalisation of the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) and increased funding for the Knowledge of London (KoL), the rigorous training and assessment program that all black cab drivers undertake. Adequate financial support for this program would ensure the preservation of London's iconic taxi culture and uphold the high standards of service associated with it.


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