Mon 5 Feb 2018
Cormack also claimed there was “very little activity” on the route between 9am-5pm, saying “every taxi driver confirms this and I have seen it myself on many occasions”.
Although Cormack did not provide any evidence for his comments, he stressed this was not simply him believing what black cab drivers say. “I do not know a single colleague in the House of Lords who takes a different view – it was noticeable that my remarks were greeted with approbation in all parts.”
It’s worth noting that the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association trade body has protested vociferously against every major cycling scheme proposed in London, even after claiming to support them. Hardly the place to go for unbiased information.
Decisions with real consequences are being made based on little more than ill-informed opinion and anecdote, perpetuated by cries from cabbies and parts of the pro-car media. With the future health of the city at stake, shouldn’t we be insisting on a more rigorous, evidence-based approach?