Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I'm Going On Hiatus!!


Hi folks
I’m still
here but for how much longer?

You will
have all heard of Uber by now. Uber is a taxi company that has been allowed to
operate in London to the detriment of our iconic and illustrious trade. I don’t
have anything against anyone making money but my gripe is with our (London
Taxis) governing body, Transport for London or TfL. They have allowed Uber to
operate in London as a separate entity to the licensed trade. Their pricing has
attracted the lion share of our custom and our 300 year old trade is now in jeopardy
of going down the toilet, in fact it is already in the u-bend!

In a few
days I will have completed 25 years as a licenced cabbie, I doubt whether I’ll
complete 26 years. I am already actively seeking gainful employment elsewhere.
I’m looking forward to going to work without spending the whole day physically
looking to get people inside my cab when only a year or two ago it was easy. To
not paying high rent for the vehicle I need to earn my living. To not paying
for fuel. To not having the taxman chasing me for unpaid dues. To having paid
holidays and paid bank holidays….the benefits are endless.

I should say
that my wife lives in Suffolk and I have been working my cab on weekdays and
going to stay with her weekends. I had thought that I could commute backwards
and forwards from Suffolk to London but only if I had been able to make the
money required to pay the bills. Alas, this hasn’t been the case and Jane’s
getting a little bit disillusioned with the present arrangement and I don’t
blame her hence the need to try something different for the sake of the
relationship and also for my own sanity.

So folks,
for the moment, as soon as I secure a job elsewhere, I will be putting my taxi
driving days on the back burner.

Updates to
my employment status will appear here periodically.

Take Care
Out There.

London Cabby 


30 comments:

John said...

The taxi regulators are like big fat lazy donkeys with loads of forms and petty regulations.While the minicabs rob people they check the seals on your meter. Its more than hard to make a living competing with illegal drivers who pay no income tax, car tax or insurance.
How do you know when there is a taxi driver on your airplane?
That whinging whining sound will follow you into the baggage carousel
WELL that whining sou

Gabriel Taylor said...

Hi there! I've sadly not been able to read your blog for three years as sadly I simply forgot. Just wanted to say I'm pleased to read that you and your found love are now married! Wishing you much happiness - and best of success with getting a new job soon

Gabriel Taylor said...

Hi Carlos! Not Tevez but still I know you longer than him! That long I've read your blog I'm a Man City fan, since 1994, so that's why my referral. I just catched up your posts, noticed that the Olympics were my last read.

Just a though, due of your taxi trade concern regarding uber. You stared you had a tourist ride for £50 - might it not be a nice idea to start an online tourist tour service? Website on, needs some time to be found but it could help when bookings come in

I genuine hope at least it will

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jancy said...

hey friend..
Good to know you are finding new opportunities.. i am happy to see such a passionate person..i was reading many blogs regarding Uber as my
taxi service provider used to talk many times which attracted me to know its both faces..because as i am regular customer i never face bad image of driver nor providers they are very reliable and trustworthy..

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John said...

Go on tell us you have become a traffic warden !
No.....
My last comment ended prematurely

How do you know when there is a taxi driver on the airplane?
If there is one on board that whining sound follows you into the terminal building.
Good luck in your venture mate

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