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Fortunately his wife kindly piped up and told him to shut up. I explained that I was going the correct way and continued driving and of course he could now see that I knew what I was doing. I must admit that he was very apologetic and I just laughed it off. But I have to say I felt very smug at the time. He continued to apologise as he got out of the car.


Now - I am going to have a moan about some London cab drivers who visit our city and this time I will be blunt. Our ranks are our living. These are not parking spaces for you to leave your cabs on all day. I have to state this because three times in one day we have had London cabs left on our ranks which is frankly inexcusable. Those drivers should know better and we seem to have a spate of this occurring every year.


These are our busy ranks and I have no hesitation in providing photos taken by angry local Brighton & Hove drivers. The first one was from our busy West Street rank where the ignorant London cab driver parked the cab up bang in the middle of the rank for many hours.


The Aquarium rank was recently used by a visiting Tonbridge & Malling BC licensed PHV that was also parked for most of the day on the rank much to the annoyance of the local drivers. I did write to T&M licensing with supplied photos and was pleasantly surprised by the very swift reply stating: “We do not tolerate behaviour such as this. Therefore we will take the appropriate and proportionate formal action against the offending driver, who will be made very aware of his wrong doing, and will live with the consequences of his actions.”


I was really impressed with this response as not all councils have such helpful licensing officers and believe me I’ve dealt with many of them over the years! So well done T&M licensing.


Before anyone starts making accusations about the Brighton & Hove taxi trade being unfair to our London colleagues I should make it very clear that we’re not allowed to abandon our own taxis on ranks as we will also get a ticket and notice from Licensing Enforcement.


So... everyone is welcome to sunny Brighton & Hove but we do have an ongoing issue with out of town Uber vehicles using our ranks, which is always reported, so it does rub us up the wrong way when our fellow hackney carriage drivers from London do the same. So please do not use our ranks for parking you cab and we will all get along very nicely... thanks...


The second one is where another ignorant London cab driver parked his cab all day on the busy Aquarium seafront rank. I certainly know that this one was given a ticket as I personally reported this to the Brighton Parking Enforcement hotline. I did tweet this and I am pleased to say that there was a lot of support from London cab drivers - and of course the obligatory couple of snide remarks.


AUGUST 2021


Andy Peters Brighton & Hove Cab Trade Association info@bhcta.co.uk


facebook.com/groups/bhcabta


www.bhcta.co.uk @cabsbrighton


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