On 15th September, Transport for London issued a report on taxi license fees revealing the following licensee tax increases [see table below].
The scale of the increases and the apparently arbitrary nature of them is unjustified and could have harmful consequences for a large swathe of the Private Hire Vehicle market – important local businesses.
TfL is run by the Labour Mayor of London. This has been done to contribute to paying for an additional 250 compliance officers that have been hired at TfL since Sadiq Khan became Mayor. The proposals are opposed by individual PHV operators, the LPHCA, the GMB trade union and the Private Hire Board. In the consultation carried out by TfL, 75% of responders were against the proposals. And they are opposed by us.
We wrote to Croydon’s Labour-run Council to ask if they supported this huge tax increase on such important local businesses.
Senior Labour councillor, Mark Watson, replied saying that he 'believe[d] mini cabs should be regulated' and they 'should pay their fair share of tax'. We asked him if he believed this massive increase in tax on local small businesses is fair. He answered: ‘yes’. We asked him if he will write to the Mayor of London opposing a nearly 1000% increase in tax for a mini cab company with just 51 cars. He said 'no'.
We felt everyone in Croydon should be aware how Croydon’s Labour Council refuses to help these vital local businesses. And that we are fully supportive of their industry and doing all we can to fight this.