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INDEPENDENT LONDON MAYORAL CANDIDATE Image credit: FARAH LONDON
As part of a series of Q&A sessions in the lead up to next year’s London Mayoral election in May 2021, TaxiPoint caught up with independent candidate Farah London to discuss her plans for the London taxi trade. 17th century, representing some of the best of London’s culture and history. Black taxis are an iconic symbol of London and it is why tourists from all over the world want to travel and take photos with our I have personally been using black cabs for over 26 years, instead of a private hire vehicle, as it gives me a black cab fleet. sense of security, safety and trust, especially as a I have travelled all over the world and nothing woman. There is a comfort in knowing they will compares to our black cab drivers. They are not only protect me, for example, by always ensuring I get the best in the trade, they have also committed years inside my front door when they drop me at home; of dedication to learn ‘the Knowledge’, which is not they truly care about their passengers. When you seen anywhere else in the world. Being a black cab travel in a London black cab, you know you are in the driver, is something I see as prestige. It certainly best of hands, not only will the driver get you from A makes me proud to be in one. to B the quickest, but you can look forward to a great To answer your question in summary, the values are: conversation along the way. trust, reliability, knowledge and personality. Black cabs stand for trust, which private hire has failed to do, and this iconic trade has existed since the mid-
In your opinion what core values does the licensed taxi service bring to London?