Drop the Congestion and Ulez Charge or make it fair & equal by including black cab drivers

Drop the Congestion and Ulez Charge or make it fair & equal by including black cab drivers

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Minicab Drivers started this petition to Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London) and

I want to start this by saying we only want equal rights and treatment.

We as minicab drivers wether its uber, Addison lee or the local cab firm, we just want to make enough money to feed our families and keep a roof over our heads. We want to do something with our lives, some of us dont have higher education, some of us cant get other jobs, this is a platform for us to avoid going into the benefits welfare system.

We have been taken for a ride because we never expressed our voices to be heard.

Since 1985 a local fare with a minicab was £5, regardless of inflation for us it has not been risen, its still £5.

Our expenses have risen since, including renewal of license, mot. But the one i cant seem to comprehend as a human being is that i cant stop for 5 minutes in a safe place to urinate without getting a fine but a black cab driver can touch his vehicle and urinate on his tyre falling onto london streets? We also pay road taxes Mr Mayor. Where is equality in this? Is this not double standards? We are living in the 21st century.

Other than the knowledge we practically do the same job as a black taxi, being in the era of technology we use maps that are way smarter in navigating than a human without question. It doesn’t help knowing to cut through Tavistock Place if the road is closed while the interactive maps tell you and direct you a way that is faster and efficient. If you dont take my word for it ask the black cab drivers they even use it. I dont want to even go into the black taxis avoiding tax by having the card machine broken all the time but here we are us less earners paying full tax.

Now is it fair for us to come out of our houses, incurring more costs, earn not even half of what a black taxi driver earns and now these new charges that only apply to minicab pco drivers and not black taxi drivers? If you have a way to justify we would love to hear it?

If earnings after costs were above minimum wage and we had decent amount of money to sustain ourselves then yes, of course we would be happy to pay but only if it were implemented to both, black taxis also have diesel cancer causing vehicles but only less earners have to pay? Tell us Mr Khan do you live by rich get richer and poor get poorer statement? 

Now Mr Mayor, we only want equal rights equal treatment, does the low earners of london have a voice in your office and are you willing to do something about it?

Take off the charge or add the Charge to black taxis too. #equality

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