Keith Prince: Thank you, Mr Mayor. I do not know if you can help here, Mr Mayor, but you may or may not be aware that NSL runs the phone service for taxis, both the private hire and the black cabs, if they have to phone in and get relicensing appointments. At the moment, they are having real problems with this phone service. The average wait time, according to TfL, is about 12.5 minutes, which is an...
Keith Prince: Thank you. I really appreciate that, Mr Mayor. Thank you very much. Could I also raise the issue of the taxi age limit? You may recall that we had a fairly civilised discussion last time and I have asked you more than once if you would be prepared to meet with me and representatives from the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) to discuss your plans for reducing the taxi age. I...
Keith Prince: Yes, but the problem is that by reducing the life expectancy of these cabs, it does not make it economic to make those retrofits that would reduce the NOx. That is the whole argument. Also, I do not know if you are aware of this, but a lot of people bought their taxis with a 15-year-life with a view to using them until their retirement. This is causing major problems in the trade for people...
Keith Prince: You are being a bit disingenuous here by claiming that under the previous Mayor there were zero electric taxis and under you there are 2,000 because there were no electric taxis to be bought. Also, you promised five electric taxis and there is only one. Let us not get into a row about this. Are you prepared, if the evidence is there for you, to reverse this reducing the life of these older...
Keith Prince: I will put this question to you. First of all, I have been working over the three years to help the taxi trade and put forward the idea - along, I believe, with Assembly Member Pidgeon - around LPG, which took a long time to get accepted. That was very slow there. I put it to you that the bulk of the people driving those black cabs at the moment will not say that you have done a good job...
Keith Prince: Is that a yes or a no, Mr Mayor?
Keith Prince: For the benefit of those who cannot see the questions, it is a very simple question that purely requires a yes or no answer. It is will you appoint an independent investigator to review why TfL failed to supply critical tram safety evidence to the Croydon tram crash investigation? It is a very simple question and just requires a yes or no.
Keith Prince: Just yes or no.
Keith Prince: Can I assume that is a no, then, Mr Mayor?
Keith Prince: No.
Keith Prince: No, it is a very simple ââ
Keith Prince: He has answered the question. Mr Mayor, you used a lot of time in answering the question. It is a very simple, closed question. Closed questions merely require a yes or no answer. It is very simple. All he is doing is filibustering, Chair. If I can continue, I will take that to be a no because you have not said yes. I do not understand. You see, I was quite happy to ââ I think someone on...
Keith Prince: There is more time, Chair.
Keith Prince: It is the Mayor who is trying to filibuster, not me.
Keith Prince: I have asked the same question three times, Chair, and I am still waiting to say yes or no. I am a salesperson. I know the difference between an open and a closed question. It is a closed question and it just needs a yes or no answer, but he is ducking it. He is afraid. You are frit, are you not? You are frit to answer the question, are you not?
Keith Prince: I am very happy to give the floor to my colleague.
Keith Prince: In relation to question 2018/3439, the flooding on the road to the north of Tower Bridge returned during the heavy rains in June. Please can you address this and possibly look at an annual clearing of the gullies to avoid this reoccurring?
Keith Prince: Giving a yearly breakdown since 2015/16, how many escalators at Underground stations have a) broken down or b) been out of action? For each incident, please include details of how long the escalator was out of use.
Keith Prince: For each of the years July 16 to June 17, July 17 to June 18 and July 18 to June 19, how many teachers in Redbridge have been: • Attacked/assaulted • Injured as a result of an attack/assault • Seriously injured as a result of an attack/assault • Required hospital treatment as a result of an attack/assault
Keith Prince: For each of the years July 16 to June 17, July 17 to June 18 and July 18 to June 19, how many hospital staff in Redbridge have been: • Attacked/assaulted • Injured as a result of an attack/assault • Seriously injured as a result of an attack/assault • Required hospital treatment as a result of an attack/assault