9 June 2020
London Taxi Drivers Receive Fake Licence Suspension Texts
As UK lockdown measures begin to ease, taxi drivers have been getting ready for an increase in passenger demand. However, many taxi drivers have received a strange text from someone claiming to be from TfL (Transport for London), informing them their licence has been suspended due to breaching government guidelines.
The erroneous message reads as follows::
“Dear Driver, it’s has come to the attention of the Public Carriage Office that you have received government self employed funding whilst still working as normal, this is in breach of government guidelines. Evidence has been submitted and will be shared with yourself and your representative should you appoint one. With immediate effect your licence has been suspended. We will write to you with further information.”
So far, it is not known who is behind the false texts, nor what their motive is, as there does not appear to be any attempt to steal money from the target drivers. Taxi drivers can indeed be eligible for the government’s self employed income support scheme. However, it is completely legal for drivers to continue working whilst receiving money from the scheme.
United Cabbies Group has sent out a message via Twitter:
“Ladies & Gentlemen, it’s been brought to our attention that some drivers are receiving these text messages. Please ignore these messages as they’re not from TfL. This has been clarified by TfL that these are fake. Thank you & stay safe.”
“London Taxi TX4 operating as 13LCABS under Black and White Taxis” by EurovisionNim, used under CC BY-SA 4.0 / Modified from original