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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:17 pm 
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MPs back campaign to limit number of taxis in Southampton



MPs John Denham, centre, and Alan Whitehead, second from right, with cabbies, from left, David Griffiths, Perry McMillan and Steve Fricker.

Southampton MPs have backed city cabbies in opposition to proposals to abolish limits on the number of taxis set by councils and to remove restrictions on cross-border private hire.

Cabbies met with the MPs as part of a union campaign against the Law Commission proposals which they fear will damage the Hackney Carriage hail-and-ride taxi trade in the city.

Itchen MP John Denham has written to transport minister Norman Baker warning there were a number of issues that could “hit taxi drivers unfairly and will lead to a worse service to the community in Southampton.”

He highlighted proposals that would allow private hire vehicles to operate in any area with few restrictions, They would be able to licence themselves in a local authority with the cheapest licence while competing for fares elsewhere.

He told the Echo: “These changes will only make it harder for taxi drivers to earn a living and for passengers who rely on the community service their local cabbies provide”

Test MP Alan Whitehead added: “Cabbies are having to contend with high fuel prices, price-conscious passengers and now unnecessary changes by the Law Commission. The proposals will have a detrimental effect on all of Southampton’s local drivers.”

Struggling Southampton cabbies recently persuaded councillors to keep the number of hail-and-ride cabs in the city capped at 283 after warning more competition would ruin their livelihoods.

An independent survey found no unmet demand for more taxis.

The Law Commission is carrying out an independent review of the trade. It is considering making recommendations to Government to strip out regulations, clarify grey areas of the law, improve national safety standards and local enforcement of licensing rules and open up the trade to more competition.”

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/distric ... _campaign/

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:25 pm 
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improve national safety standards and local enforcement of licensing rules


I'm not sure 'improve' is the word I would use

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:55 pm 
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toots wrote:
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improve national safety standards and local enforcement of licensing rules


I'm not sure 'improve' is the word I would use



Looking at Mr Casey report I don't think there is anything that could be described as improve.

I like you avatar toots, very sexy :D I hope you had good day today.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:36 am 
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toots wrote:
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improve national safety standards and local enforcement of licensing rules


I'm not sure 'improve' is the word I would use



Looking at Mr Casey report I don't think there is anything that could be described as improve.

I like you avatar toots, very sexy :D I hope you had good day today.


I did thank you apart from a small embarrassing moment in the early hours. I'm glad you like my avatar thank you for the compliment :D

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 1:26 am 
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I did thank you apart from a small embarrassing moment in the early hours
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What you let one rip again with a car full of punters :oops: :oops: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:37 pm 
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I did thank you apart from a small embarrassing moment in the early hours
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What you let one rip again with a car full of punters :oops: :oops: :lol: :lol: :lol:



That not nice skippy, toots sent me pm by mistake for someone else that all, nothing more than that, you should say sorry to lady for bad comment I think.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:26 pm 
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captain cab wrote:
MPs back campaign to limit number of taxis in Southampton



MPs John Denham, centre, and Alan Whitehead, second from right, with cabbies, from left, David Griffiths, Perry McMillan and Steve Fricker.

Southampton MPs have backed city cabbies in opposition to proposals to abolish limits on the number of taxis set by councils and to remove restrictions on cross-border private hire.

Cabbies met with the MPs as part of a union campaign against the Law Commission proposals which they fear will damage the Hackney Carriage hail-and-ride taxi trade in the city.

Itchen MP John Denham has written to transport minister Norman Baker warning there were a number of issues that could “hit taxi drivers unfairly and will lead to a worse service to the community in Southampton.”

He highlighted proposals that would allow private hire vehicles to operate in any area with few restrictions, They would be able to licence themselves in a local authority with the cheapest licence while competing for fares elsewhere.

He told the Echo: “These changes will only make it harder for taxi drivers to earn a living and for passengers who rely on the community service their local cabbies provide”

Test MP Alan Whitehead added: “Cabbies are having to contend with high fuel prices, price-conscious passengers and now unnecessary changes by the Law Commission. The proposals will have a detrimental effect on all of Southampton’s local drivers.”

Struggling Southampton cabbies recently persuaded councillors to keep the number of hail-and-ride cabs in the city capped at 283 after warning more competition would ruin their livelihoods.

An independent survey found no unmet demand for more taxis.

The Law Commission is carrying out an independent review of the trade. It is considering making recommendations to Government to strip out regulations, clarify grey areas of the law, improve national safety standards and local enforcement of licensing rules and open up the trade to more competition.”

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/distric ... _campaign/


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