TfL have faced a barrage of derision over their claims that they are making travel across London as easy as possible for disabled people.
Today, being International Disability Day, prompted the following comment from Transport for London via their Twitter feed:
"Today we're waving the purple flag in recognition of people with disabilities #LondonisOpen to everyone and we are working hard to make travel around the city as easy and accessible as possible."
There then came, what could only be described as an onslaught, in response to TfLs tweet, with not one single comment supporting their tweet.
@phillipegreen said via Twitter:
"By banning wheelchair accessible London taxis from Bank Junction, Tooley Street, TCR etc how are TfL helping make travel easier for people with disabilities."
"So why is the London taxi trade with every vehicle wheelchair accessible demonstrating today about lack of access to Londons streets."
"I hate this type of comment, it's not true two stations nearest me are stairs only to the platform and never staffed."
@HankinsTrever was the only voice to show a modicum of restraint towards TfL saying:
"There is no doubt that this is a good gesture, but it is an empty gesture as TfL are stopping cabs giving a door to door service to disabled passengers by denying Black cabs access to all roads in London. So yet again TfLs words/gestures do not square with their actions.....Disgrace."
TfLs Twitter feed then fell silent on the subject as comment after comment, systematically condemned them over what could only be described as a lack of awareness and empathy regarding what has been seen as an attack on the licensed London taxi industry by many from both inside as well as outside of the industry.
Actress Kathy Burke took to Twitter to plead with TfL, saying:
"Dear @SadiqKhan and @TfL, I know London traffic is a nightmare but is shutting certain roads to the licensed Black taxi really the answer? What about the elderly, the vulnerable pr people with disabilities who NEED a door to door service. Please rethink."
Disability Day, is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people.
Many from within the disabled community as well as carers and taxi drivers will see TfLs comment as a disingenuous slap in the face steeped in hypocrisy, which is given more weight on the basis that the London taxi industry is embarking on its' second wave of protests today, this time at Bank Junction, for access to the very roads which TfL have excluded them from.