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UPHD drivers protest unfair congestion charge

London Bridge, London, UK. Mon 11 Feb 2019



 Police and UPHD members direct drivers to the protest and divert others

 Sadiq Khan as Mayour of London has decided private hire drivers should pay the congesion charge while black cabs remain exempted

 The drivers park on London Bridge

 Some with flags and banners

 A man tapes a picture of Sadiq Khan to his car

 with the message that he is the worst London Mayor ever. Doesn't he remember Boris the Disaster?

 Protesters get out drums

 and caryy IWGB flags

 

 The UPHD, set up by the IWGB, unites various groups of minicab drivers

 including the British Bangladesh Mincab Drivers Association

 and is the UK's largest Trade Union for Private HIre Drivers

 'Sadiq Driving Us Into Poverty'

 'TFL driving us into Poverty'

 The drivers gather in the middle of the bridge for a rally

 SAPHD Somali All Private Hire Drivers also is a part of the UPHD

 

 The drivers say they are being discriminated against - and have warned TfL that they will take them to court

 and they appear to have a good case. 94% of minicab drivers are from London's black and minority ethnic communities

 while it is hard to find a single Licensed Taxi driver who is not white British - just a few.

 The whole taxi system goes back to the days of the Hansom cab, and is clearly in need of rethinking in the

 age of the smartphone and the sat-nav. Cabs without passengers driving around to find passengers is clearly

 a major and unnecessary cause of congestion and pollution on London's streets and should be ended forthwith.

 The drivers march down the bridge behind drums

 

 and stop for some chanting

 

 

 and then turn and march back towards the CIty.

 

 

 They stop just before the road junction for some speeches and more chanting. then turn around and walk back

 towards the centre of the bridge where there is a longer rally

 with some speeches,

 UPHD co-Founder and General Secretary James Farrar addresses the rally

 James Farrar

 

 

James Farrar

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