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London “taxis are likely to dwindle and potentially disappear” – Karhoo tells GLA

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London “taxis are likely to dwindle and potentially disappear” – Karhoo tells GLA 19th December 2018

Karhoo, a company that connects taxis with customers, has told the Greater London Authority that taxis are likely to dwindle and potentially disappear in its evidence into taxis and private-hire vehicles (PHVs) in the capital.

It said that headlines of large increases in PHVs in London and claims of this causing congestion have obscured what is really happening in the capital.

Karhoo cited TfL statistics that showed a decline in both the number of applications from people wanting to take the Knowledge of London and the number of applications for private hire renewal applications.

It said that TfL should find solutions through the use of technology to ensure that taxi and private hire sector in the capital works for drivers, passengers and operators. They suggested that TfL adopt an annual “health of the industry” survey to monitor, amongst other things, driver pay and working conditions, journey volumes and growth and the profitability of the trade.

Karhoo co-CEO, Boris Pilichowski, said: “It’s no secret that there is massive potential for the taxi and PHV sectors to grow. However, changes need to be made to ensure the industry as a whole thrives. That can only be done by upholding standards and making sure that certain groups aren’t being exploited. Technology will also have an important part to play. That’s why we’ve put forward our submission – to help authorities help drivers, passengers and smaller firms.”

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