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Private hire vehicles act 1998
11. Prohibition of taximeters
(1)No vehicle to which a London PHV licence relates shall be equipped with a taximeter.
(2)If such a vehicle is equipped with a taximeter, the owner of that vehicle is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(3)In this section “taximeter” means a device for calculating the fare to be charged in respect of any journey by reference to the distance travelled or time elapsed since the start of the journey (or a combination of both).
TfL's argument is that the vehicle is not equipped with a Taximeter, as it's a mobile device, it's the driver that's equipped.
We believe this argument would not stand up in court, taking for instance the many burglars who have been prosecuted for going equipped, having had breaking and entering tools found in vehicles they have been stopped in by police.
It's not the burglars that were equipped, as the tools could be argued are mobile and found in the vehicle.
If TfL were to win their case, then every burglar who had been found guilty of going equipped would have a case to appeal against their verdict.
This could start a new plague of cold calls
"Good morning, going equipped lawyers for you: Have you ever been found guilty of Going Equipped? Were you in a vehicle? Then our lawyers can help you claim"
Apparently Uber Doesn't Trust Its Own Drivers!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014
The cab and livery companies, represented by Hartford attorney Mary Alice Moore Leonhardt, filed a 42-page complaint in U.S. District Court that contends because Uber and Lyft are Internet-based, they are putting passenger safety at risk by skirting state and federal regulations that govern the industry. Uber and Lyft arrived in parts of Connecticut, including New Haven, in April. The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Thompson in Hartford, Leonhardt said.
“We wanted to get this before the court as soon as possible,” she said. “It’s possible that other companies around the state may join the case at a later date.”
The lead plaintiff in the case is Greenwich Taxi, Leonhardt said. Anthony Boskello, Greenwich Taxi’s manager, said the ride-sharing companies pose “a very serious threat to safety.”
“Because they are not regulated as we are, their cars are not properly inspected regularly to ensure they are maintained in safe operating condition,” Boskello said in a written statement. “Their drivers have very little training, if any, do not possess the certification and driver’s licenses ours must have, nor are they subject to the rigorous criminal background checks we perform on our drivers.”
The state Insurance Department issued a consumer alert earlier this month for drivers at transportation network companies, warning that their personal auto insurance policies may not cover them while driving customers.
Uber and Lyft operate via smartphone applications, which customers use to request a ride from a company-sanctioned driver in the area. A map pops up on the screen, indicating if a car is in the area.
Riders pay the driver a suggested donation with a credit card. A spokeswoman for Lyft told the New Haven Register last week that company officials don’t believe the rules that govern taxis and livery services apply to them.
“Lyft’s peer-to-peer business model doesn’t fit the existing regulations for taxi and livery services,” Lyft spokeswoman Katie Dally said via email. “Lyft drivers use their own vehicles and generally only give rides a few hours per week. It’s a flexible way for local residents to earn additional income, when they’re available to share seats in their cars.”
A Lyft spokeswoman said the company was not aware of the lawsuit and had no further comment. Uber officials were not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
In addition to Greenwich Taxi, some of the other cab companies or livery services participating in the case are from Bridgeport, Cromwell, Waterbury, Torrington, Plainville and Manchester.
Source: New Haven Register