LTDA warns of potential London black cab shortage

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on February 6, 2012

Flagging down an iconic black cab on the streets of London might be harder than before when this year’s Olympics are being held, after taxi drivers found out that their request to increase fares by 22 per cent was turned down.

London drivers of vehicles other than taxis are threatening to either stay at home or leave the capital during the July and August Games as they are fearful their city’s narrow roads are to become log-jammed. Taxi drivers, who are known for voicing strong opinions, are also angry over being be barred from using all 31 miles of the Games Lanes that have been specially designated for ferrying athletes, officials, the press and VIPs to stadiums on time.

LTDA, the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association union, said that between 30 and 50 per cent of its members didn’t intend to work over the course of the Olympics. Steve McNamara, LTDA’s general secretary explained that there is a risk of London not having enough cabs throughout the Olympics, but this can be eradicated if access is given to the lanes. As is well known to residents and those that have visited the capital before, London’s narrow roads can become notoriously congested, which is why transport has long been one of the International Olympic Committee’s major concerns.

The LTDA, representing at least 10,000 of London’s 25,000 black cab drivers, proposed allowing its members to use the weekend and evening premium rates throughout the Olympics, in an attempt encourage some of them to make their way back onto the roads. If successful, that move would have seen fares increasing between 13 and 22 per cent.

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