Thursday, October 23, 2014
Police are investigating after a video of a woman and a taxi driver apparently fighting in Dundee was uploaded online.
In the clip, which appeared on YouTube, a woman in a black top can clearly be heard shouting and gesturing at a man in the driver’s seat.
About 25 seconds in, she can be seen leaning into the cab and appears to wrestle the man, setting off the cab’s horn twice.
The pair continue to struggle in the cab seat for almost a minute before the woman walks away.
In the background there is traffic chaos as cars are forced to drive round the vehicle, which is pulled over across one side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
The incident took place on South Road and was reported to police.
The video description reads: “This is after about 10 minutes of arguing, she stopped the cab and opened the driver’s door, leaving the cab half on a busy road.”
A police spokeswoman said officers were making inquiries into an incident between a taxi driver and a woman.
“Anyone who has information that could assist with inquiries is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.”
The taxi driver is in a cab that has “Premier” written on the back, but when the Tele contacted Premier Taxis, they declined to comment.
Graeme Stephen, chairman of the Dundee Taxi Association, said: “I don’t know what happened in this case, but in general safety is a concern for taxi drivers.
“You’re picking up lots of people — sometimes groups of them — and you’re on your own.
“You don’t know if they’ve taken alcohol or drugs, or whether they’ve just argued with their partner.
“A whole host of things could have upset them and the taxi driver gets the brunt of it.
“I find that it’s helpful to have CCTV in the taxi.
“Lots of taxis in Dundee have it, I’ve had it for six and a half years and it’s very good.
“The system is set up by the council and the police and they are the only ones who can play back the footage.”
Source: The Evening Telegraph.
Posted by Editorial at 2:03 PM
Uber hit with French “deceptive practices” fine, UK tax complaint and Uber no longer operating in Tuscaloosa
Uber keeps getting disrupted by European laws.
On top of those recent >Dutch driver arrests<, the U.S. quasi-taxi outfit has now been >fined €100,000 ($128,000)< in France for falsely marketing its paid-for UberPop (a.k.a. UberX) offering as a carpooling service, and told by the Parisian court to warn its drivers that they face “criminal conviction.”
Meanwhile, in the U.K. transport authorities have >referred Uber to the tax authorities< for, unlike other taxi firms, not paying any tax in the U.K. (Revenues go to a Dutch subsidiary that’s >owned by a Bermuda subsidiary<.)
Indian authorities are >also on the firm’s case< over tax, so at least it’s not just Europe.
Click on links >...< to read full stories
Posted by Editorial at 4:34 AM
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
If you have a rental cab with KPM, you should be aware that the group insurance policy covering all KPM's rentals has been cancelled and you should not drive the vehicle.
A letter sent out today, confirms that the company has gone into creditors voluntary liquidation.
If you have any queries, you are advised to contact
David MacCormack at Close Bros on:
Posted by Editorial at 7:27 PM
After receiving TfL's reply from Vernon Everitt, Taxi Leaks editor Jim Thomas, in conjunction with the RMT London Taxi Branch Press Officer, contacted assembly member Darren Johnson over the Uber advert on TfL's website.
Darren understands our concerns and has tabled a formal question to the mayor over the advert, in light of current outstanding legal matters.
We received this email earlier today.
Many thanks for copying me in. I completely understand your concerns and have tabled a formal question for the Mayor of London as follows:
Given legal questions surrounding Uber’s operation in Greater London are still awaiting clarification, is it appropriate for the company to be advertising on the TfL website?
I will let you have a response as soon as it is received.
Darren Johnson AM
Green Party Member
Darren also posted this on Twitter a short while ago
Posted by Editorial at 6:44 PM
What is it about Uber, that makes TfL bend over backwards to support them as a fit and proper company to hold a Private Hire Operators Licence in London?
This company has carried on operating in European cities where it has been ban, with no regard for being compliant with the rule of law in that country.
How can TfL advertise this company on their website without it being a conflict of interest?
TfL say the Uber Advert meets their in-house guidelines!
It may fulfil in house 'guidelines', nonetheless it's completely inappropriate for a public authority that (in the case of Taxi and PH licensing) exercises a quasi judicial function, to carry material from a licensee.
No other UK regulator or licensing authority carries' any such advertising and an internet search has found none anywhere in the world that so do!
TfL not only have to be beyond reproach in these matters, but perhaps just as important, they need to be seen to be so.
Would the Civil Aviation Authority carry a link to Ryanair on their website, or the rail regulator carry one for the Heathrow Express?
Of course not, neither should TfL.
Watch the Video below and find out the truth about 4 Uber Myths.
Posted by Editorial at 3:11 AM