YOUR latest report in the Uxbridge Gazette - Cabbies use our road as a toilet (Gazette,August 6) was brought to my attention by several of our members.

I thoroughly agree that the behaviour of these drivers is disgusting and needs to be dealt with.

What I don't agree with is your use of the words 'cabbies' and 'taxi drivers'.

The drivers guilty of such scant regard to residents and the environment are not 'cabbies' or 'taxi drivers' - they are private hire drivers and they drive private hire vehicles.

Cabbies and taxi drivers drive a purpose built vehicle that is recognised and respected throughout the world.

Cabbies and taxi drivers drivers undertake the renowned Knowledge, that can take up to three years to achieve.

A private hire driver's licence can be obtained in 8-12 weeks and there is little restriction on the type of car they can drive.

So in future, will you please make sure you use the correct terminology to avoid confusing and misleading your readers and to prevent my receiving complaints from my members.


Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, Woodfield Road, London.