We’re the lucky ones

ANY COUNCIL has been able to spend monies collected for hackney carriages, as do all public bodies that control taxis.

We operate based on an Act Charles II’s Cavalier parliament passed in 1662 for the improvements of roads and sewers – the money for these improvements was to come from the licensing of London hackney coachmen, who were to pay £5 per annum for their licence.

The ending of the limitation on the number of hackney carriages in the 1831 Act brought in the words we hear so much today: market forces will determine who stays.

I note that the man waited two-and-a-half hours between a job; in the depression of the 1920s my grandfather would always say it was not uncommon for carriage men to wait a whole day on the taxi rank at Southgate and not have a job, as was the same all over the country.

What needs to be remembered is we are the lucky ones: at least we can work extra hours if we wish, unlike 1.4 million who sadly have no jobs in this country today.

P J Dunnaway

Chichester