Commenting on todays United Cabbies Group protest outside Transport for London headquarters Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:
“There are serious issues with the way TfL has failed to face up to challenges in the taxi industry. Instead of grasping the nettle they have allowed bad practice to grow and undermine the industry.
“Whilst I can totally understand the frustration of these taxi drivers, this strike is going to be incredibly disruptive. The Mayor could have avoided the strike if he had recognised the crisis facing the industry and the threat to many taxi drivers’ livelihoods.
"Last year the London Assembly Transport Committee highlighted the growing private hire crisis and proposed a number of steps forward, had these been taken up by the Mayor we may not be facing the same situation today.”