Monday, October 24, 2016
Formally seconded, some along with yourself have been campaigning for years for an inquiry.
The UTG didn't want to know, in my opinion in case they were excluded from the now proven meaningless consultations or in the case of the LTDA the lucrative recruitment opportunity of badge day, in effect they allowed TfL to corrupt their representative remit and render themselves impotent.
Others have come together, fallen out etc etc, some support policies publicly such as defining plying for hire or WAV yet undermine it in the shadows, you have either got a policy or you haven't, don't get your 'orchestras' caught on the fence!
Tariffs, cross border hirings, bogus documents, sexual assaults, tax avoidance, political interference and lots more all are subjects to be looked into.
I have previously called for a proper trade summit with an independent chair where surely no one would not want to sign up to our demand for an enquiry, let's have an all trades demo outside DfT, questions in the house etc etc.
No bleating 'don't want to inconvenience anyone', or 'if their there we ain't coming' and all the rest of the tired old bullshit, all because someone might cancel their membership or yet another trade organisation' spring up.
Forget 'London is different' let's get the entire country involved for maximum impact, let's be clear the threat is existential to us all.
SIMPLE DEMANDS, ALL ON BOARD FOR THEM
MASSIVE AND CONTINUING ACTION UNTIL GOVERNMENT NATIONAL AND LOCAL HEEDS US!
I won't say the time is now, it's well overdue, will the leadership step up,? If not sweep them away!
I also agree with a fellow post responder about the tight arses who didn't pay into the crowd funding petition to raise funds for an enquiry but now think the time has come for a second serious crowdfunding collection petition especially with all the serious happenings at TFL since the last one and I am convinced that the mood in our workplace has driven a greater sense of fighting spirit and taxi trade camaraderie higher than it has been in all the time I can remember in the past.
A £25 fighting fund donation per cabdriver donation should sought & a numbered sticker should be issued similar to the ones cab drivers displayed after earlier drive-ins (I was there in the square etc) just to make each drivers donation feel significant, proud & displayed with pride... as it really has now become a seriously desperate fight for survival and that cannot be stated any louder.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
I acknowledge that you are trying your best to make things happen. My frustration is that no one seems to listen to what I’m saying (and have been for many years)
TFL is corrupt. It is absolutely pointless protesting to them, meeting with them, speaking with them or asking for them to do anything.
Sadiq Khan is the same . He promised that he would take action and he hasn’t. He is as much a part of the problem as TFL.
In fact you would not want to engage with him because he will use it as a an opportunity to cover up what is taking place. You would get a sham investigation.
The Standard published an article saying the demo was about bogus medical certificates.
My point was that the ONLY way anything will change is a Public Inquiry.
It is pointless asking TFL or Sadiq Khan (who is chair of TFL) for a Public Inquiry as it will expose their own corruption.
Chris Grayling is Secretary of State for Transport. He has the legislative power to initiate a Public Inquiry for any transport related issues. Daniel Zeichner does not have the power to do this although lobbying him may help.
The Taxi trade needs to have a focussed message by calling for a Public Inquiry into TFL because it has failed to comply with Public Law on many issues relating to London Taxis.
It needs to have a clear objective of how to achieve this; perhaps for as many Taxi Drivers as possible to write to their MPs asking them to formally support the call for A Public Inquiry into TFL by the MP writing to Chris Grayling.
Any taxi drivers who are constituents in Epsom and Ewell can email Chris Grayling directly asking for a Public Inquiry.
Any future protest needs to be focused on getting the attention of Chris Grayling and the media. Perhaps outside his constituency office or outside the DFT Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, London SW1P 4DR
A protest at the DFT will focus attention on the fact that the DFT are allowing TFL to act with no accountability. It is not acceptable for them to say they don’t have jurisdiction when they clearly have the legislative power to intimate a Public Inquiry.
The protest yesterday did not get the attention of anyone who can do anything about the situation and the media reported it was about bogus medical certificates. As someone else said ; TFL were probably looking out of the window laughing.; they know you can’t touch them by this action.
I have said many times that the Taxi trade needs to do things properly.
A clear message with a clear objective should be delivered by means of a formal Press Release and a formal Press Conference conducted by someone who is competent to do so.
I saw a clip of Grant Davis speaking to a reporter amongst a scrum of drivers all adding irrelevant comments which distracted attention from the clear point that should have been made.
My frustration is compounded by my inability to communicate these points . I tried to give help and yet again it has been ignored.
Its not a case that you need to do some of the above for things to happen. It has to be 100 % correct; The right message , the right objective , proper target for a protest , proper Press Release and Proper Press conference
As always I wish you the best with your efforts.
Please see the draft letter below. It may be good to send this out to drivers/members and ask them to post /share it?
Dear Taxi Drivers
Please copy and paste the letter below and email to your local MP asking for their urgent support.
A Public Inquiry to investigate TFL is the only way change will happen
Don't forget to add your full name and address or your MP may not reply.
Dear (your local MP)
Can you please support the call for a Public inquiry to investigate the serious failures of Transport for London?
London is gridlocked and choking with toxic air pollution.
The regulatory body responsible for this is Transport for London, which is a Public Body.
Unfortunately TFL is not structured as a Public Body and does not act as a Public Body in compliance with Public Law.
It is structured as a complicated web of private Limited Companies with TFL employees as directors of those companies.
TFL has an annual budget in excess of £11 billion of taxpayers money yet is accountable to absolutely no one.
The structure of TFL and its lack of accountability is something in itself which should be properly scrutinized.
However there are far more serious issues as a result of that lack of accountability.
TFL have failed to act in compliance with Public Law on many issues
London Taxi and Private Hire –LTPH- have failed to regulate properly.
· They have issued tens of thousands of Private Hire Licenses without proper background checks, without proper insurance checks , without proper medical checks and with no proper regulation or enforcement.
The result is traffic congestion, air pollution and Londoners being exposed to serious safety and security risks.
· They have introduced a Taxi Age Limit based on false evidence that the newer taxis were less polluting. More than 10,000 London Taxis have been scrapped at great expense to drivers for no proper purpose. Trade organisations were misled by TFL that this policy would reduce air pollution when the technical evidence clearly showed the older taxis were less polluting
· There is no proper process or consultation with many of the other decisions made by LTPH in relation to Taxis and Private Hire
TFL have also failed on many other issues.
· They have failed to comply with proper planning process. The Cycle Lanes which have contributed to the gridlocked streets and therefore more air pollution is one example. TFL ignored the Planning process claiming the project was ‘road improvements’ and not a change of use, even though they were changing the use of the road specifically for cycles. The result is clear to see.
· They have failed with proper procurement process. This includes the Garden Bridge project and the Old London Underground projects which have both failed to comply with proper lawful process.
· The number of empty buses driving in central London causing congestion and pollution has increased, and at the same time the Directors of TFL hold significant shares in the bus companies.
In December 2014 the GLA Transport Committee filed a report about TFL following an extensive inquiry, in relation to Taxi and Private Hire. The report listed many failings and described TFL as ‘Woefully Inadequate’. The result of that report was absolutely nothing.
This confirms two things; firstly that TFL are failing and not acting in compliance with Public Law and secondly that they are unaccountable. They just ignored the Transport Committee inquiry and report and took no action.
It is a requirement of Public Law that decisions made by a Public body or someone in Public Office follow correct procedure, are rational and evidence based, for proper purpose, proportionate and properly reasoned. These criteria exist to ensure that decisions made by a Public Body result in effective policies and strategies. It is extremely important to acknowledge that these criteria are not just an obligation they are legal requirements and the failure to comply with these requirements is the reason why TFL’s decisions and strategies have failed.
The legal requirements for a Public Body are to
1/Follow correct procedure
2/ Be Rational and Evidence based
3/Have proper purpose
4/to comply with the European Convention for Human Rights
5/To be Proportionate
6/To be properly Reasoned
TFL have failed to comply with these requirements.
Regards (Taxi Drivers Name, Badge No and Fulll Address)
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Even if you're not into the International Rescue team and their escapades, the brightly coloured taxis are well worth looking out for, as they're charging just £1 for a ride within central London.
You'll find the ThunderCabs flying around near major tourist attractions including Madame Tussauds, the Science Museum and the London Eye.
All proceeds will be donated to The Children’s Trust Charity, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. Rides can be booked on October 22 and October 23 from 9am to 5pm.
Friday, October 21, 2016
If anyone would care to visit politico.eu you'll find an article on there from a chap called Daniel Korski which is a list of reasons why Brexit triumphed leading to the demise of Cameron.
Daniel Korski is a self confessed policy wonk and free marketeer (although quite who is made free has never been clear to me apart from the rich free to pay the poor less), anyhow this chap worked for Cameron in number 10 on policy matters at a senior level.
The second paragraph in his article stated that they (Cameron and the In campaign) used Uber's 'customer' base for propaganda in some way yet explained.
We know from FOI that this chap Korski was on the circulation list of correspondence about Uber from Leon Daniels of TfL and that Leon attended meetings with Korski.
Why is a TfL official copying him in?
We know again from FOI there was significant telephone and email traffic to and from 'Dear Jo' at Uber from Daniels including on a Sunday morning.
These are the facts as we know them.
So we can attempt in a vacuum to join the dots up, we can reasonably speculate that these conversations weren't about inadequate driver checks, non insurance, tax avoidance etc etc and the need to stop this.
Any answers Leon?
We can speculate that that the licensing authority seemed happy to risk the livelihoods and living standards of many thousands of their licensees and endanger the public for someone's short term political gain.
Again Leon, we are not alleging anything just seeking clarity.
It certainly makes the call for a high level parliamentary enquiry essential and to have Korski, Daniels, Bertram and if need be Cameron before the committee.
That is certainly something both us and PH must call for TODAY, this is about democracy, rule of law and the possible subversion of the impartial quasi judicial licensing process, again we allege nothing but we seek the truth.
What of Korski and Cameron?
Cameron has been described as the worst prime minister for a hundred years (that is saying something!) and he is disappearing into well heeled obscurity, but it's the obscurity he won't like but it's well deserved.
Korski remains active, obviously an intelligent chap but on reading his article, he doesn't seem to have the wisdom to truly grasp the dynamics at play and makes the common mistake of politicos blaming the delivery of the message for the failure rather than the fundamental flaw of the message.
We're still here, bloodied but unbowed, we will still be here when the EU, Cameron, Daniels, TfL and Uber are long forgotten.
We're just much better at our jobs than they are or were!