2 August 2016
RMT Press Office:
Taxi union RMT responds to London Mayors' announcement today on enforcement.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"RMT welcomes the announcement by London Mayor Sadiq Khan today which will increase on-street enforcement for taxis and private hire. The union has repeatedly warned that unregulated drivers put the safety of Londoners at risk.
"However, despite the significant increase in staffing resources, RMT believes that the measures fall short when it comes to addressing the key issue of e-hailing by private hire companies, notably Uber.
"This practice circumvents the current regulation regime which is there to protect the travelling public. Neither TFL or the Mayor appear to have the will to tackle this blatant flouting of the regulations by the likes of Uber.
"In addition, proposals laid out in a recent consultation review of Private Hire regulations are to be revisited under Mayor Khan's administration. The union is deeply concerned that yet again they fail to regulate the virtual plying for hire of private hire vehicles which is now endemic on our streets."