Saturday, April 30, 2016

Expelled, For Seeking Answers To Questions : Swept Under The Carpet? ... Not This Time.

This trade IS sleep walking into oblivion.
Certain people we trusted, have been partner to agendas and bad decisions, in full knowledge of the direction we were being taken.

They sat back, said and did nothing. Certain trade reps were/are afraid to speak out, incase they're turned away from the meetings and black balled. Smaller, more militant groups which formed in the wake of the lack of proper representation, were excluded altogether.

A tribal system was set in place, engineered to keep us divided and weak, while affording those complicit, a cosy little number.

Look at the state of our once glorious trade.
The overpriced Taxis, the advertising, some smothered by all over liveries and super sides which tarnish the look of our once iconic vehicles. 

Look at the symbolism.
The different coloured lanyards, diaries, IDs, window stickers, all of which divide the trade further, instead of helping to unite the rank and file. 
We have been forced into subgroups, reducing any form of resistance and diluting the spirit to fight.

Not satisfied with going forward together for the benefit of the trade, building little empires seeking singular glory, dropping a spanner in the works of any plan put forward by others, which failed to result in the complete kudos coming their way. 

They've filled their respective magazines and news letters for many years with self glorification content which further added to diversifying the workforce.

Anyone who stands up and cries foul, is immediately castigated and expelled. 

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LondonTaxiPR New Advertising Campaign To Promote The Trade.

Hi all, just a quick post to make you all aware that we at LondonTaxiPR are raising funds for a new advertising campaign. 

The target required is 14k ! The campaign is for advertising the trade in 30 London clubs & bars, as well as in 8 stations. 

The coverage on this is huge, and targets the young social audience, plus all ages passing through the stations. Estimated quality impacts on this campaign is approx 3.5 million. Quality impacts are the amount of times the ads will be physically seen over the 4 week campaign period.

Washroom posters, beer mats, bar towels, mirror signage will all be promoting our trade & service. 
Many have voiced their demands for our trade having positive PR. If you want advertising & PR for our trade then we, at LondonTaxiPR have the campaigns to introduce it. All we ask is for you to back your demands.

Just 1000 drivers contributing £14 gives us this target, the same as 1400 drivers contributing just £10, and all the money contributed by each of you, helps to promote you and your trade. 

To join in & contribute towards this new fantastic campaign, targeting London's clubs, bars & stations audience, go to and click on the PayPal donate link at the bottom of the page. 

This trade has recently shown that it can come together and support positive actions. The generosity shown by the trade in contributing to such actions is superb. Let's make another positive campaign happen. 

You can find out more about us by visiting our website or follow us on Twitter @londontaxi_pr 


Many thanks 

Lee & Gary

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sarah Lacy, founder, Editor in Chief, CEO, On Arianna Huffington Joining Uber Board.

Really sad and hurt and disgusted to see the news that Arianna Huffington is joining the board of Uber. This is a company whose treatment of women has been so horrible that the UN Women's group backed out of a deal with them. That's right: When it comes to women's issues, Uber is "the North Korea" of startups. 

It's an organization that has blamed women's attire or alcohol intake when they've claimed to be assaulted in Uber cars. It's an organization that does marketing stunts alluding to women as prostitutes. 

Not only that, it's an organization that threatens the lives and families of female *journalists* specifically. So Arianna is doubly selling out "her own." 

It gets worse: Arianna was at the dinner where Emil Michael threatened to "go after" the families of me and other journalists in the most disgusting ways you can imagine. And she did nothing. When I asked her she said she didn't hear it. Convenient. I asked if she had heard it, if she would have reported it. She did not answer. 

This is all the more harrowing to me because Arianna was my previous "boss" when AOL bought TechCrunch. And sadly, I was the one who defended her as AOL eroded so much of the value of the brand-- specifically TechCrunch's fierce voice and willingness to call out bad actors in the tech world. 

I was in labor with Eli when Michael Arrington was ousted from the company. He and Heather had promised me the job of editor in chief. It was given to someone else by Arianna while I was in labor. Even then, I gave her the benefit of the doubt as she likely didn't know about this plan. 

But today, I have no illusions that Arianna supports women, journalists or otherwise, if it's remotely inconvenient for her. 

Four years ago, she sent Eli baby presents when she needed me to stay at AOL. Today, she goes to work for someone who actually threatened my family. It's staggering. 

Paul and I have frequently debated what would have happened if I'd stayed at TechCrunch. He'd long argued AOL would have never allowed us to the journalism we've done over the last four years. I argued the right leadership at TechCrunch could have kept the fierce, truth-telling, no bullshit spirit that made it the industry's conscience in it's pre-AOL heyday. 

Sadly, today's news confirms that I was wrong about Arianna. There's no doubt we would have been silenced. 

On one level, I feel like I've dodged a bullet making the decision I did to leave four years ago. But it makes me so sad to see a strong powerful woman in the industry sell out so many other women who don't have a voice. For what? Money? Power? 

THIS is what holds women back in tech, in media, and in any corner of the business world.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Cinnamon Spice Restaurant, Put Customers In Fake Minicab.

Cinnamon Spice Indian Cusine Restaurant put a group of customers in a fake minicab that had no insurance, no TfL vehicle licence and was not driven by a TfL licensed driver. 

The complaint below has appeared on the Trip Advisor 

This restaurant provided a car for a group last night and then that car was stopped in a routine traffic stop by police and was found to have no licence, no insurance and no PCO licence in the drivers name. 

When challenged the passengers stated that the restaurant had ordered it for them. 

Turns out the car was driven by one of the friends of someone who worked in the restaurant, they were charging £55 to go to Excel. 

What an utter disgrace!! 

They could have been injured and the passengers would have had no legal leg to stand on to claim compensation. 

Advice would be to hail a black cab.

Visited April 2016

Manager at Cinnamon Spice, responded to this review, 2 days ago

We used this mini cab office when customers ask us to do so, we than confirm the prices with the customer. I was told it was £45 and I told the customer. 

The company we phoned is called Budged Cars tel no. 02079356444.
Please beware of them as we will never use the again.

I have had a word with the cab office and they said that the customers were not charged and that the police was doing a routine checks on cars and that they are all licences and insured. I also have informed trading standard and reported to the police.

I or cinnamon spice have no interest or involvement with this cab office and I can only apologise for any inconvenience caused.
I thank you for bring this to our attention as we were not aware of this.

If you would like to discuss this matter further please do not hesitate to contact me at the restaurant.

Kind regards
Cinnamon spice
12-14 Glentworth Street

Source : Trip Advisor. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Huffington Press Founder, Invited To Join Uber.

Founder Arianna Huffington, has been invited to join the board at Uber. 

Arianna, an exponent of the benefits of napping should fit in well with the uber work force who regularly take naps, unfortunately this happens when they're driving. 

Why not ask her on Twitter what she is going to do about the sexual assaults and rapes

the vast amount of insurance fraud, the drivers who are in deep water from bad car loans, the people who have been injured in Uber car accidents, the people who have lost thousands of pounds after their account details were sold on the dark web, and the environmental damage caused by flooding the roads with 30,000 cars, that take ridership away from public transit. 

Tweet her now @ariannahuff. 
Send her links to stories, reports and data. 
She needs to address these well documented issues.


Dear Leonard,

Thank you for your email about my views on Uber and London's Taxi trade. Apologies for the delay in replying.

I am a great supporter of London's Taxi Trade. Over the last two years I have worked hard to ensure TfL's poor record in regulating the Taxi and Private Hire trade is fully exposed, including publishing the report Future Proof, as chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee.

It is not by chance that the Black cab has been voted by Londoners as the most iconic piece of London transport design. There were also very good reasons why the closing ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Games so prominently featured London Taxis. Taxis are a vital part of London's transport infrastructure and are recognised and respected around the world.

One other important feature of London's Taxis is their access standards for disabled people, with every Taxi being fully wheelchair accessible (and having other important access features) since 2000.

To find out more about my views on the London Taxi Trade I do hope this article I wrote for Taxi Newspaper is of interest. The article starts on page 5.

    Caroline talking with the Save Our Black Taxis Group

While Uber cannot be prohibited I do think it is wrong that as a company they have had such special access to both Government Ministers and TfL. I am also concerned about the way 10 Downing Street has not been open over its lobbying on behalf of Uber as can be seen in the conflicting information given in these two freedom of information requests, with TfL admitting that they have corresponded with 10 Downing Street, but 10 Downing Street denying they have any records of corresponding with TfL on the issue of the regulation of private hire vehicles. Reply.pdf

Clearly the current Mayor and TfL have failed to keep up with the pace of technological change to regulate effectively the growing number of private hire operators.

My proposals for maintaining effective choice for passengers and protecting passenger safety include:

Doubling the number of dedicated taxi and private hire compliance officers to 165 within a year to ensure all Private Hire Drivers are fully covered by 'hire and reward' insurance and their vehicles are safe.

Seeking to introduce a cap on the number of Private Hire Vehicles in London. The Mayor of London can in effect initiate a Bill in Parliament and I would use this mechanism.

   Talking with Taxi Drivers on the street.

TfL to bulk purchase a fleet of new zero emission capable Taxis and lease and sell them to Taxi drivers and garages. I am concerned that the current price of the new zero emission capable Taxis will be a barrier to their uptake, unless TfL takes the step of directly purchasing a large order of them and driving the price down.

I would retain access to bus lanes for Taxis and take firm action against Private Hire Vehicles which avoid paying the Congestion Charge when they do not have a booking.

Full details of my policies can be seen in my manifesto:

Thank you writing to me on this important issue.

With very best wishes,

Caroline Pidgeon

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Mayor of London