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Rumbled! No free parking for cheeky cabbies

Filed: Wednesday, 5th September 2018
By: Staff Writer

A number of West Ham-supporting London cabbies have been rumbled by compliance officers after they were discovered using a working rank as a temporary car park whilst they watched the Hammers.

Last weekend, whilst United were playing Wolves in a Premier League fixture in Stratford, TfL Compliance Officers were mystified to discover a string of empty taxis on a rank close to the Olympic Stadium having received a complaint from a potential customer.

A line of mysteriously empty cabs - but the problem was soon solved!

However the mystery was soon solved when an Officer managed to contact the owner of one of the cabs, who promptly admitted to being a West Ham season ticket holder and having taken advantage of the free parking so that he could leave his vehicle close to the stadium!

"This Saturday, Compliance Officers were patrolling around the Stratford area during the West Ham football match," read a post on twitter from TfL Taxi & Private Hire. "They patrolled along Roundhouse Lane, where there were a long line of customers waiting for a taxi.

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"All the customers were stood by several taxis that had been left unattended. Rather than report the cabs as unattended on a working rank, the Compliance officers tried to call the drivers to get them to come back so they wouldn't miss an opportunity to work.

"Sadly when they did get through to one of the drivers on the phone he said, 'Sorry mate I can't really hear you - I'm at a football match'. Taxi drivers are reminded not to use a working rank as a free parking space."

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