Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time For Mayor To Honour Pledge And Publish Taxi & PH Collision Data !

Taxi and Private Hire personal collision data


Mayor's Question Time


Thursday, 12 October 2017


Question 2017/3868 

Main question

Caroline Pidgeon

You have in the past stated that taxi and private hire collision would be reported separately by Spring 2017.   In answer to Question 2017/2252 you then stated it would be published 'later in the Summer'.   Please provide an update as to when this information will be published and an explanation for the delays in publication.

We are informed that....

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Oxford leads the world in zero emissions (as long as everyone walks!)

With the government’s new aim to stop the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, towns and cities around the country are looking at ways to reduce traffic and pollution. Oxford claims to be leading the way with its aim of being the world’s first zero-emissions zone. However, is the promise really all it seems?

The scheme

Oxford’s proposal aims to slash air pollution, which has risen to above legal limits in some areas due to the amount of harmful nitrogen dioxide in the air. The plans are currently undergoing consultation. They involve prohibiting any non-zero emission taxis from the centre of the city, followed by light commercial vehicles and then buses by 2020.

Critics of Oxford’s rather grandiose plan to host the world’s first zero emissions zone might well latch onto the fact that banning traffic from a city centre is not really a viable way to reduce emissions – not unless our cities are prepared to roll out fleets of electric taxis, buses and delivery lorries in the very near future. 

Additionally, the map of the proposed scheme’s boundaries (PDF) demonstrates the rather small scale of the initial zero emissions zone, which covers just a handful of streets.

Nevertheless, Oxford is going ahead with the consultation for its ‘world first’ plan. The city aims to have a zero-emissions zone that will cover all non-electric vehicles, including HGVs. This zone would expand to cover the whole of the city centre by 2035, according to plans created jointly by the city and county councils. This would result in a 75% reduction in the levels of nitrogen dioxide by the time the scheme completes in 2035, as most of these pollutants come from vehicle exhausts.

Changing position

The plan comes after Oxford was one of 11 cities to breach the (so called) safe limit for toxic particles known as PM10s in a study by the World Health Organization last year. It also breached the limits for PM2.5 particles.

The city council has secured some £500,000 worth of government funding in order to install electric charging points for new taxis, along with a further £800,000 to create 100 electric vehicle charging points for residents. However, officials admit more will be needed to deliver the planned zero-emissions zone.

Problems around the country

Many towns and cities around the UK are facing a similar problem, but the Oxford model doesn’t work for everyone. Part of the reason for this is that the university city already has a high percentage of pedestrianised areas where no vehicles travel. This means there is less traffic in the centre of Oxford than in many other cities of a similar size.

Other cities have already tried. London operated a scheme until 2015 that aimed to create a low emissions zone. Founded in 2008, the scheme saw vehicles that failed to meet a low-emissions standard having to pay to enter the city. The aim was to dramatically reduce the polluting gases and particles that Londoners were being exposed to daily.

Unfortunately, the scheme had little impact. The predicted 10% drop in oxides that was expected by 2012 didn’t happen and, three years later, the air quality had not improved at all.

Understanding the problems

According to experts, one of the problems was that the scheme came alongside the growing realisation that diesel vehicles were much more polluting than everyone thought. The scheme has now been replaced with the Ultra Low Emission Zone, along with a plan to convert all double-decker buses in central London to hybrids and all single decker buses to zero emissions by 2020.

Yet this doesn’t deal with the problem of taxis, delivery vehicles and HGVs, which are still polluting the air space. The Oxford model of simply banning these vehicles certainly wouldn’t be feasible in London. It seems that further work is needed before we have a model that can work in all of the UK’s cities and help improve the air quality for everyone.

Source Lisa Edwards


What else can we do to reduce air pollution in our cities? 

How long will it be before we have a plan in place that’s both realistic and effective? 

Leave a comment to share your views. 



Khan's Uber Ban UNDER THREAT ? : Can Drivers Register With Deregulated Councils ?

Under private hire regulations, drivers can get a licence in one city but pick up trade in a completely different one.

The loophole has been highlighted in Wolverhampton, where Uber began operating last year, leading to a surge in the number of minicab licenses.

And it is claimed that minicab drivers are coming from all over the UK to get registered, before operating in other parts of the country, including London.

This week, councillors in Coventry said they were furious about Wolverhampton Uber drivers flooding into their own city.

But the issue affects the whole of the country and could potentially hit London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s bid to ban Uber from his city.

Fareed Baloch, Chief Operating Officer of Zoom.Taxi said drivers were concerned that badges were being handed out “too easily and without stringent tests which used to be a hallmark for the industry.”

London transport chiefs are currently lobbying the Government to close the loophole allowing so-called “cross border hiring”.

Sadiq Khan SLAMS Uber for 'refusing to play by the rules'

A spokesman for Transport for London said: “A national change is required to address issues of cross border hiring which will otherwise further contribute to enforcement, congestion, pollution and parking issues in London.

“We do not have powers to restrict this type of cross border operation and we continue to raise our concerns with government to ensure we have appropriate controls.”

Source : Express 

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TfL Licences issued
Information about the number and type of licence issued will be updated regularly. The following figures cover the week ending Sunday 15 October 2017:

Private hire driver licences - 116,067: a decrease of 94 on previous week, 159 licences are new.

Private hire vehicle licences - 88,493: a decrease of 100 on previous week, 466 licences are new.

Private hire operator licences - 2,409: a decrease of 7 on previous week.

Taxi driver licences - 24,117: an increase of 6 on the previous week, 14 licences are new. Of those taxi drivers, 21,015 hold All London licences, and 3,102 hold Suburban licences.

Taxi vehicle licences - 21,177: an increase of 15 on previous week, 33 are new.

With thanks to Patrick Lynch 

Saul’s Breakfast Show Thursday 19-10-2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Another Rat Deserts Uber's Sinking Ship

Uber’s European policy chief just quit

In another blow to the company, Uber’s European policy chief Christopher Burghardt has left the company, the Financial Times reports. 

Burghardt’s departure follows the departure of Uber’s U.K. boss earlier this month and comes in the middle of Uber’s battle with London over the future of its services there. Burghardt is leaving to become managing director for the electric vehicle charging network company Chargepoint in Europe. 

His role there will begin in November. Burghardt told the FT his decision to move on was “independent of anything that is happening at Uber.” He also noted:

For me this is a choice because I really believe in Chargepoint and the advent of the electric vehicle. Europe at the point of getting to mass market adoption of electric vehicles, and Chargepoint is at the forefront of that.

“I’m still a great believer in what Uber does. [New Uber CEO] Dara [Khosrowshahi] really has vision that will take the company into a bright future.”


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hull On The List Of Councils Where Uber Will Not Apply For A Licence.

Uber will not be operating in Hull as it scraps expansion plans in nine cities.

Taxi-giant Uber has abandoned its plans to expand into Hull after losing its license in the capital earlier this month.

Earlier this year, Uber announced its plans to launch in nine new cities including, Hull, Oxford, South Tynesyde and Bournemouth.

But now it has withdrawn its applications for the use of its cars in these locations, reports the Times. 

The decision to withdraw the applications was made after Uber was asked a series of questions by the Local Government Association (LGA).

The LGA wanted to determine whether the company’s claim that it “does not provide transportation services” and simply operates using an app connecting “independent contractors” with passengers are true.

It would appear that every time Uber's operating system is questioned, they back down.....what is it about they way they operate that they are determined to keep secret?

Questions included: “If Uber has no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver of the vehicle, who accepts the booking? 
If Uber accepts the booking, how does it have no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver?”

In the UK, it's totally illegal for a Private hire driver to accept a booking directly from a customer which is exactly the case with uber, as they've already explained it two recent court cases.

Uber is already in danger of losing its license in Brighton after it was revealed it had broken its promise to only use local drivers and vehicles.

Uber has also been refused a license in Reading and has been told it will not be granted one in Southend-on-Sea.

Transport for London also refused to renew the company’s license last month, although Uber still continues to take bookings in the city, pending an appeal. The decision was back by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Hull City Council has confirmed Uber has withdrawn its application to use its taxis in the city.

Uber said: “Uber has been granted more than 80 licenses by councils. Over the last year a small number of licence applications lapsed while we focused on other areas.

“On rare occasions we’ve not pursued applications as proposed conditions didn’t fit with how our app works.” really couldn't make that up lol.

Source : Hull Daily Mail.

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Sadiq Khan’s ‘40,000 pollution deaths a year’ is a zombie statistic and isn’t true, says respiratory physician.

At last the truth about London's pollution.

Sadiq Khan’s figure on pollution deaths is a “zombie statistic and it’s simply not true,” according to a respiratory physician.

Figures have been released claiming pollution causes almost 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. Air pollution is also said to cause a total 340,000 years of lost life in the UK.

Figures originated from a Royal College of Physicians report and Mr Khan has cited the figures in announcing measures to cut pollution in London.

But Tony Frew, respiratory physician at the University of Brighton, told Julia Hartley-Brewer this is merely an example of a “zombie statistic”, meaning “however much you try to kill it it comes back and it’s simply not true.”

He explained that the 340,000 life years figure doesn’t equate to real life, and in reality each person loses only about three days from their lifespan as a result of pollution.

Frew also said that the 40,000 deaths a year figure is “a guess” using information about two pollutants which overlap.

He added that pollution levels are “illegal because we made it illegal, not because it’s dangerous.”

Source : Stemorris . com