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  • FEATURE: PAGE 22 & 23 TAXI QUIZZES AUTHOR OF NEW LONDON CABBIE’S QUIZ BOOK!

    The newspaper of the Licensed

    Taxi Drivers’ Association

    www.ltda.co.uk @TheLTDA

    #473 28 July 2020

    LTDA TEAM UPDATES Pages 5-15

    XMAS ON A BUDGET Page 23

    The newspaper of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association

    www.ltda.co.uk 15th December 2020

    #483

    DESPERATELY DESPERATELY SEEKING SEEKING GEORGEGEORGE A cabbie Christmas love story?

    A NEW CABBIE MASCOT? Page 24

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    5 | Steve McNamara 6 | Richard Massett 8 | Anthony Street 11 | Paul Brennan 12 | Lloyd Baldwin 15 | Sam Houston 16 | Steve Kenton 18 | Rob Lordan 20 | Chris Ackrill 22 | Cab You Drive

    23 | Emma Lunn 24 | Al Fresco 26 | LTDA application form

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    DESPERATELY SEEKING GEORGE…

    Our Christmas cover story is borne out of a female passenger’s plea for help to put her back in touch with the cabbie that picked her up from outside the Palace on Buckingham Gate last week…

    Her cabbie, who she named as ‘George’ on a social media post, took her to Kings Cross - and it would appear that quite the rapport was formed. It’s uncertain if love grew at every turn, as the journey progressed via some of our Capital’s most romantic landmarks, though it would seem that Kim, who confesses to pouring her heart out to her London escort, regretted not taking one of life’s ‘chances’ by giving the cabbie her mobile number, or going out for a ‘one for the road’ drink with her driver. Taking to social media to locate, ‘George’, Geordie girl, Kim wrote:

    “I’m wondering if you guys can help me and maybe it's a bit of a long shot, but I could kick myself for not giving this cabbie my number…”

    “George, I’m the Geordie girl spilling her life story to you from The Palace (Buckingham Gate) to Kings Cross Station…”

    “…We chatted about chances & one for the road- I should have taken a chance on you then. I’d love to continue our chat. Kim xx”

    Well this story went ‘cabbie viral’ and began to appear everywhere. So much so, that the LTDA have even received an offer from a London restaurant to sponsor any potential ‘Love Actually’ George & Kim romance, and facilitate hosting their first date! The LTDA are happily willing to pass on the details of this romantic gesture to a reunited George & Kim (subject of course to ‘above board’ confirmation that parties are able to give their legal consent) in order to help any festive romance bloom!

    TfL are distributing 1.5 million face coverings, 30,000 bottles of Dettol hand sanitiser and stickers to licensed drivers at selected London Underground car parks and other locations across the Capital. These will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis and distribution will continue until all supplies have run out. The materials will be available for collection daily (Monday to Friday) at the locations listed below. Dial-a-Ride buses will be on site and distributing goods from 10-am - 12pm and again from 1pm to 3pm (or until daily stocks are depleted).

    n East Finchley Station, High Road, London, N2 0NW

    n Walthamstow Central Station, Station Approach, Selbourne Road, London, E17 7LP n Newbury Park station, Eastern Avenue, Ilford, IG2 7RN n Woodford station, Snakes Lane, Woodford Green, IG8 7QE n Morden Lidl car park, Aberconway Road, Morden, SM4 5LN n Silwood Stabling Sidings, Landmann Way, Lewisham, SE14 5RL n Osterley Station, Great West Road, Isleworth, TW7 4PU n Hillingdon station car park - Long Lane, Uxbridge, UB10 9NR n Heathrow Authorised Vehicle Area (for PHVs) - Heathrow Business Parking Plus, Terminal 1, Heathrow Airport, Northern

    Perimeter Rd, Hounslow, TW6 2EQ n Heathrow Taxi Feeder Park (for taxis) - Heathrow Airport, Taxi Feeder Park, Newall Rd, Hounslow, TW6 2DT

    TfL have requested drivers to be mindful of both the safety of themselves and TfL staff at all times. Drivers must not stand closer than two meters to anyone else and take appropriate precautions, such as wearing a face covering and sanitising their hands before and after collecting goods. Once drivers have collected their items, they are asked to not congregate on site, in order to allow room for more drivers to arrive.

    TFL SUPPORT INITIATIVE FOR LICENSED DRIVERS

    CABBIE PRIORITY VACCINE PRESSURE Following the LTDA’s recent lobbying to push for transport workers, inclusive of cabbies to be one of the groups eligible to receive an early vaccine, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care responded positively last week in the House of Commons. Following a question posed by Shadow Transport Minister, Kerry McCarthy, the Health Secretary replied, stating: “We absolutely will consider that factor when we come to the groups after the clinical prioritised groups.”

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    General Secretary | Steve McNamara

    No Let Up in the Run Up

    Steve’s comment

    2020 hasn’t been an easy year for anyone, least of all the taxi trade and I will be glad to see the back of it. The pandemic has probably been the biggest challenge the trade has ever faced, and we’ve faced a few.

    I am hearing things are getting better post lockdown, with Christmas shopping and socialising bringing more people into London, but we are not there yet and we all know that January and the early part of the year can be rough, even in normal times.

    The latest trade stats from TfL show that we are now down 2000 drivers compared to figures from January 2019 and nearly 4000 cabs have been lost since the first lockdown. The good news is that the decline in numbers is starting to slow down, so not to sound like a very tired Labour Party anthem but surely, things can only get better?

    One nation still forgotten For some reason, the government remains flat out unwilling to admit there is a problem, either specifically for taxi drivers or for those self- employed people excluded from any kind of financial support. We have had MPs asking questions a