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Saturday, January 31, 2015

e-petition : Homeless Soldiers - Make The Armed Forces Covenant Law.

Homeless Soldiers - Make The Armed Forces Covenant Law

Responsible department: Ministry of Defence

The government created the Armed Forces Covenant 4 years ago, to protect and help our ex service personnel, however it is still not Law. 

The covenant was set up to offer all ex Armed Services personnel across Navy, Air Force & Army, equal rights and benefits for such things as housing, health etc. 

It was estimated that last year the UK had some 11,000 homeless ex service personnel, and this is growing. 

This e-petition was set up to create enough signatures to enable a parliamentary debate, and ultimately make the Covenants pledge Law. 

Here is the Covenant:

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TfL's CabWise Biased App Still Not Updated, Still Not Fixed ... By Jim Thomas

Just over two years ago, Taxi Leaks received complaints from members of the public that the TfL CabWise phone app was impossible to use on the iPad or iPad mini. 

We had also received emails from concerned drivers about the way the app was bias in favour of booking a private hire vehicle. 

Surely not we thought, TfL would never put something out that would not be part of a level playing field....would they?

Below is our investigation which showed worrying aspects of the TfL app.

Since December 2012, Taxi Leaks has made numerous complaints about the way the App works.
Unfortunately, we have not had one reply and the app has never been updated or fixed in any way. 

Taxi Leaks believes this app should be removed and replace with one that would be fair to both Taxis and Private Hire drivers alike. 


Minicab driver raped drunk young woman after she was put into his car by well-meaning friend in Leicester Square.

An minicab driver has been jailed for 10 years for raping a young woman put in his car by her friend who wanted to make sure she got home safely. 

                      Sexual predator Baisar 

Abdel Baisar, 34, picked up his victim in the early hours of June 20 last year in Leicester Square, central London after she was on a night out with friends.

Baisar, who already had a conviction for taxi-touting, was hanging around the area, when he was approached by the victim's friend. 

He drove the woman to her address in south east London and then attacked her. The victim woke up to discover she had been raped.

Baisar was traced through a match on the National DNA database and arrested on July 16. He was charged the following day. 

Baisar of Tulse Hill, south London pleaded not guilty to the offence but the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.

He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court after being found guilty of rape on January 19.

He must also sign the sex offenders register for life.

The Judge made an unbelievable bad statement saying that in the unlikely event he is ever granted a minicab licence again, the court ruled he must declare himself a convicted rapist to any single female fares. 

The fact is, this rapist should have received an order banning him for life from ever receiving a Private Hire licence. 

Detective Constable Mark Azariah of the Metropolitan Police's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: 'I would like to praise the bravery of the victim in coming forward to the police in this distressing case and supporting the investigation.

'I would urge anyone to come forward to the police in such cases and work with us to convict these predatory males who target women when they are at their most vulnerable.

'I hope that the sentence handed down by the Judge goes some way in helping the victim recover from this ordeal.' 

Editorial Comment... By Jim Thomas: 

DNA Solution:

This animal was caught using DNA taken when he was arrested for Touting. Surely a simple solution to the amount of minicab related sexual assaults (rapes) would be to take DNA samples from every private hire and Taxi driver, when they apply for a licence or with outstanding drivers, licence renewals. Within three years every drivers DNA would be on the nation Data base. 

This wouldn't stop rapes altogether, but would make detection and conviction much easier.

                    Zero Tolerance, my arse!

    Police allowing minicabs to tout from taxi rank.

In the summer of 2014, I approached two police officers to complain about a line of touts parked with two wheels on the pavement (covered by national blanket ban) outside The Trocadero in Coventry Street. I asked the officers to move the cars on and was totally shocked by reply. 

One of the officers informed me he was using professional discretion to allow the vehicles to sit there, as there have been reports of women being sexually assaulted in the area and the closer the cars get to the exit the safer for young ladies leaving the Trocadero. 

I was completely and utterly shocked.

I told him, if he was worried about the rapes and sexual assaults in the area, it would be advantageous to move all the touting cars on, as it was these minicabs and predators who were carrying out the attacks. 

I told him he did not have the power of discretion to let people break the laws he personally didn't fancy enforcing. I also told him if he did not move the vehicles, I would report him to his Sgt. up the road on the corner of Waldor Street. This seemed to do the trick and both he and his female colleague walked over to the touts and moved them on.

Is this the mets idea of zero tolerance?

Doing nothing.

This unfortunate young lady was raped as a direct result of Met Police and TfL Cab Enforcement inaction. 

Additional Comment: ><

"When this sick pervert gets released, when he undoubtedly gets another PH License (do not want to jeopardise his Human rights) he must inform all single females getting into his car he is a convicted rapist.

"I am sure his future passengers will be reassured and have a comfortable ride home."

    Source : Daily Mail :


Friday, January 30, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Undercover Uber Driver : Uber shift legal responsibility for using taximeter to driver.

Drivers are up in arms, claiming that the honeymoon period between Uber and its drivers is over, as the multinational billion dollar company seeks to maximise its profits by taking even more money from drivers by charging for data used....Or are they?

In an email sent to all its London drivers (see below), Uber announce they are to  start charging drivers £14 a month for data used on phones they provided drivers with at sign up (deposit of £150)

But drivers have been advised that if they do not wish to pay the new data charge, they can return the company phone, download an app (iOS or Android) and use their own smartphone. They are also advised that if they use their own phone, they can claim back monthly payments as a legitimate business expense. 

Drivers also informed the deposit is refundable. 
The estimated £1.5m pay back should not affect the company's in any way, as the money originates from and belongs to the drivers and was never part of company gross earnings.

Obviously, not many drivers are going to pay for something they can get free, plus be able to claim for their private phone against earnings, but is there more to this than first meets the eye. 

At present the company are supplying drivers with what could be described in a future lawsuit, as a Taxi meter. This makes the company responsible to any action taken by a third party, against the use of a Taxi meter in a Private Hire vehicle. Defence for the drivers would argue that they can not (at present) work for the company without the equipment supplied.

If the driver is using an app on their own phone, then surely that burden of guilt shifts from company to driver?

Now I'm not a lawyer, but I can see no other reason for Uber to want to buy back thousands of used iPhone 4s at a cost of £1.5m. 

Even if they've run out of stock, any future promotion in another country could make use of their new app.


    Disclaimer: information contained in this article, is supplied by third party opinion and may not be that of Taxi Leak team.

Breaking News: Important Amendment To The Dereg bill, Clause 11.

We have been advised by the Nationsl Private Hire Association, that the amendment is not clear as to whether the “Operator” is a different company or the same company with more than one licence.

They went on to say: "UBER with 10 Operator licences in Greater Manchester could have total coverage of Greater Manchester, without need to advise customers.

"Also, if an Operator had a notice in his office and in the cars he ran and on his website stating that another licensed district car might be used does that not amount to "Contractual Acceptance" when the customer phones or Apps????

"Once again another piece of taxi legislation which will generate the DFT’s opt out phrase.....

“Ultimately it is for the Courts to decide.......mmmmm 
See you in Court then???!!!!"

Editorial Comment:
Deregulation Bill:
We have been reliably informed that the GMB union have asked Baroness Thornton for clarification on want is meant by the term "Second Operator". They say they are awaiting a reply.

Law Commision:
The legislation and case law which has been the basis of regulation for the Licensed Taxi trade in London for 379 years, is soon to be completely swept away by a totally new Taxi and Private Hire act.

The Law Commision have stated they have no intention of defining Plying For Hire in law.

For those who may have missed it;
Caroline Pidgeons fantastic interview with Radio Taxi Group Boss, Geoffrey Riesel. 

Well done Geoff, his really is a must watch.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

As Predicted, The Global Fightback Against Uber Begins.

A new Licensed Taxi-hailing app to rival Uber in SA

On 1st February a new cab-hailing app called Taxify is set to launch in South Africa and perhaps take on the country’s current big players Uber and SnappCab.

Taxify is an international service that launched in Europe in 2013 and currently operates in the US, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Taxify partners with businesses in each country to run the service, with local ICT company Revnetek SA being the South African partner.

Taxify has a four different apps – a taxi and driver app for taxi ordering, and a fleet management and despatch app for taxi companies to manage their businesses efficiently.

What sets Taxify apart to other personal transport apps like Uber is that the taxis aren’t licensed to Revnetek SA – Taxify simply acts as a link between customers and taxi services.

“Taxify is not a taxi company, we connect taxi users with taxis. We only do business with legally registered taxi companies and drivers who have valid PDP licenses, taxi permits and paying passenger insurance,” said Trevor Joseph, CEO of Revnetek SA, to

Taxify lets you choose between various options available according to the type of vehicle, fare, user feedback and the distance to the pick-up point. A request for a taxi is sent to the closest one that is not busy at that time. If the closest taxi is busy, the request automatically goes to the next closest vehicle.

By including details about the individual taxis and drivers, the app helps to wean out any poor quality or unsafe services that might otherwise cause concern to potential customers.

Taxi operators are allowed to run their own business and charge their own rates that are visible to clients requesting taxis before they order. Taxify invoices the taxi operator for the order fee per trip at the end of the month for all orders received by them via the app.

“As a paraplegic, I am a regular metered taxi user. Since I am in the technology business, I recognised the potential for a taxi ordering and management app. I approached my business associate in Europe who introduced me to Taxify. Taxify had all the features I required in the solution so Revnetek SA concluded an exclusive Agency agreement for South Africa,” Joseph explains.

Taxify will be officially launching in Johannesburg and Cape Town first although the app is already available for download on Google Play and iTunes. Over  250 vehicles have already been registered on the service and the Revnetek SA hopes to exceed 500 vehicles by 31st March.

Joseph says the company plans to launch in other cities soon and while South Africa is Taxify’s first entry into Africa, Revenetek SA has already received enquiries from some sub-Saharan African countries and is pursuing the leads.

     Source : HTxT