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Campaigns: Taxis are safest and cleanest form of travel during Coronavirus crisis

APPG Member, Sir Charles Walker MP Con, Broxbourne) has just asked a question at Prime Minister’s Question Time, asking the PM if black cabs can be used to get doctors and nurses safely across London, perhaps on some sort of contracted basis. The Prime Minister said that it was a “superb point” that has already been raised in the Government’s considerations. He called black cab drivers a “fantastic service”, expressing confidence that they can rise to the challenge.


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The LTDA do not usually try and secure work or contracts for the trade, but in this crisis - we are trying. We have written to, emailed, texted, ‘WhatsApp’d’ and called, everyone in any position of authority anywhere, that we have dealt with, met, or even been in the same room as, at any time. The gist of all our communications is that we have 20,000 purpose built, designed to be cleaned and sterilised vehicles, with a partition that separates the driver from any passenger or goods, driven by an enhanced DBS checked, knowledgeable, professional driver, available for immediate utilisation in the current emergency. we have copied in and referenced, Comcab, Freenow, Gett, Sherbet and Taxiapp, as able to dispatch and control these vehicles with state-of-the-art technology and billing systems, with my main emphasis on the fact that we are ready, now, to provide immediate help.

Associated links:

Letter to Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock from Steve McNamara LTDA

Letter to Rishi Sunak from Steve McNamara, LTDA

Letter to Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium from Steve McNamara, LTDA

Letter to George Eustice from Steve McNamara, LTDA

Letter to Jo Churchill MP from Steve McNamara, LTDA

Letter to Mark Lyonette, National Pharmacy Association from Steve McNamara, LTDA

Letter to Sandra Gidley, Royal Pharmaceutical Society from Steve McNamara, LTDA