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messageAbandoned taxis
Posted by Ed Davies 22 December, 2019 11:08

Has anyone else noticed an increasing number of abandoned London Taxis. With parking getting ever more difficult there are two on Ondine Road and another two on Crystal Palace Road, I didnít venture onto any other side streets on this mornings walk - do the owners not get Ďtrade iní grants as they upgrade to a greener vehicle whilst adhering to the demands of ULEZ ?

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by seenbeen 22 December, 2019 12:29

they are actually decreasing on Crystal Palace Road.
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messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Rumbero 22 December, 2019 20:14

How do you know they're 'abandoned' and not being used as private vehicles?

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by singalto 22 December, 2019 20:49

If they are anything like the one we had in our road, itís because they donít go anywhere from one month to the next!

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by marypink 22 December, 2019 20:54

There is one parked in the same place in Tintagel Crescent for over 3 months. Contact has been made with the police, but they said none has reported the vehicle as stolen.
This car hasn't mover for months, and the licence inside seems to be expired.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Rumbero 22 December, 2019 21:13

That's two then. Any more?

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by TheArtfulDogger 22 December, 2019 21:23

It's only an abandoned vehicle if it hasn't got valid MOT, road tax or insurance

It's licence status is unfortunately irrelevant as it may be a private vehicle and no longer considered a hire vehicle.

You can check online to see if it's road legal and if it's not the you can report it as abandoned

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by kiera 22 December, 2019 22:50

A Police Community Support Officer was very helpful with a car near me which hadn't moved for months, maybe because it was getting to look increasingly neglected. The car was still legal, but he traced the owner, and as it was local address, he visited the owner and got the car removed. So it could well be worth drawing the taxi issue to the attention of the PCSOs.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Soylent Green 22 December, 2019 23:13

I have observed about a dozen of these unlicensed black cabs in the streets around Copleston, Oglander and Ondine. They all just sit parked up unused,with the taxi licence plate missing, except for their quarterly visit to the sprayers, when their owner pops his single London Taxi License Plate onto the vehicle to get a new ad sprayed onto it. Thankfully, the CPZ, which only allows 2 vehicles per address, should put a stop to this devious practice.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Stradello 23 December, 2019 08:07

As many of these taxis (I can see at least 3 from my front door) are taxed etc. so to not be considered 'abandoned', they surely must be generating revenue for the owner. My theory is there is some payment to be made for advertising on the side of the taxis, meaning that either advertiser and/or media company are being scammed.

(or it could just be someone who REALLY likes decrepit black cabs)

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Rumbero 23 December, 2019 09:30

Licensed taxis and private vehicles (including 'de-commissioned' black cabs) have been allowed to take advertising for many years now ('wrapping' seems to be the expression used). If the owner and advertiser are both happy with the arrangement then I don't see how the practice is 'devious' (Soylent Green) or anyone is being 'scammed' (Stradello). Without speaking to both parties then anything else is pure speculation.

Now whether vehicle advertising is desirable or not is another question. Can't bear it personally. It cheapens the public realm (just like those ads plastered all over football shirts!)

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by seenbeen 23 December, 2019 15:36

Do the companies that pay for the ads think that the cab is driving around London- I wonder?

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Dogkennelhillbilly 23 December, 2019 20:31

Yes.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by ianr 24 December, 2019 11:44

Dogkennelhillbilly Wrote:
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> Yes.

On what do you base your certainty?

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by ianr 24 December, 2019 12:01

Soylent Green Wrote:
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> They all just sit parked up unused,with the taxi
> licence plate missing, except for their quarterly
> visit to the sprayers, when their owner pops his
> single London Taxi License Plate onto the vehicle
> to get a new ad sprayed onto it.

What evidence do you have of this licence plate subterfuge?

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Rumbero 24 December, 2019 22:11

None would be my guess.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by JohnL 27 December, 2019 08:52

Rumbero Wrote:
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> Licensed taxis and private vehicles (including
> 'de-commissioned' black cabs) have been allowed to
> take advertising for many years now ('wrapping'
> seems to be the expression used). If the owner
> and advertiser are both happy with the arrangement
> then I don't see how the practice is 'devious'
> (Soylent Green) or anyone is being 'scammed'
> (Stradello). Without speaking to both parties then
> anything else is pure speculation.
>
> Now whether vehicle advertising is desirable or
> not is another question. Can't bear it
> personally. It cheapens the public realm (just
> like those ads plastered all over football
> shirts!)

At least Southwark don't seem to allow wrap advertising around our flats smiling smiley

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Seabag 27 December, 2019 08:58

Vehicles with broken windows used to get removed pretty pronto. Do any of them have windows that are broken?

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Ginster January 08, 09:42PM

Two taxis on Ondine Road have signs on saying to move it or itíll be moved. Wondering how many others may have the same.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by kford January 09, 11:59AM

The taxis on Northcross/CP Road/Crawthew all have yellow removal for destruction notices on.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Abe_froeman January 09, 12:49PM

That's great news!

Southwark are pretty good at following up on those notices too. A few years ago there was a very nice Land Rover Defender in North Cross Road with a flat tyre that lasted about four weeks before getting a yellow notice and being taken away sad smiley

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by kford January 09, 02:38PM

I remember that Land Rover. It was worth about £12k.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Ginster January 09, 02:43PM

2 more stickered on Avondale, one with a clamp. Also few cars around clamped (guessing road tax or not moved)

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by seenbeen January 09, 03:30PM

At least one on Crystal Palace Road

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Soylent Green January 09, 06:37PM

I have seen a few of these yellow notices on cab windows, but the hand written part about getting your cabs out of Southwark and the lack of reference number made me wonder if they are fake. The notices give a 7 day time frame, so let's see if they are gone by next week.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by kford January 10, 10:37AM

Interesting point, SG

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by breadcrum45 January 11, 04:34PM

Spotted 5 cabs with yellow stickers on today.
Date on one Sticker was 8th Jan giving 5 days notice to move.
Whilst on way up North Cross I saw one being jump started by another cab.
So it looks like the owner has got the message.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by kford January 13, 11:17AM

The newer of these taxis have now gone (13/01)

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Stradello January 13, 07:02PM

Saw some of the cabs being towed by an AA van this evening.

messageRe: Abandoned taxis
Posted by Spartacus January 15, 01:25PM

Maybe they are being transported to protest today

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