Tuesday, January 06, 2015

33 Uber Drivers Arrested Over One Weekend...Obviously Not In London.....by Jim Thomas.


TFL lived up to their "woefully inadequate" label, recently given them by the GLA transport inquiry, with an announced 34 Private Hire convictions for touting last year. 

While in Cape Town, 35 arrests plus 68 fines for touting over the weekend. 
33 Uber drivers were arrested and their vehicles were impounded for,
OPERATING A METERED SERVICE WITHOUT A LICENCE. 
This was a direct response to thousands of complaints on social media from the public that Uber were charging passengers up to 900% of the normal fare over the New Year Eve celebrations.

Meanwhile back in London, Leon Daniels, who last year trousered over £340,000 including a performance related pay bonus, is still waiting to ask someone smarter than himself, if Uber drivers (who use a device that calculates the fare based on time and distance travelled) are using a "Taxi Meter".  

Leon, this is Straight from the dictionary

Taximeter—noun

  1. a device fitted to a Taxicab or other vehicle, for automatically computing and indicating the fare due.
Do you think this man is worth the money we pay him, based on his woefully inadequate performance?


Below is the report carried in the Independent online, Cape Argos and Cape Times 

Cape Town - A minibus driver who refused to hand over his vehicle's keys to city law enforcement officers was one of 35 people arrested for operating without public transport permits at the weekend.

Officers also seized two stolen vehicles and two firearms.

On Saturday officers impounded a minibus and 11 unmarked sedan cars, and on Sunday a further 22 sedan cars were impounded for operating without public transport permits. Officers issued 68 fines.

In all, 33 cars affiliated to the international network of Uber were impounded by City of Cape Town authorities at the weekend.

This comes after the recent backlash on social media because of New Year's Eve price surges.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said the city had received numerous complaints.

"We conduct regular operations in the various CBDs, especially over weekends, focusing on the private hire industry," he said. "We receive a lot of complaints from the public, especially in relation to illegal parking and other traffic transgressions, but we also check for valid operating permits, driver fitness and vehicle compliance.

"Regardless of the company to which the vehicle is affiliated, everybody is expected to abide by the law."

LEGAL ‘GREY AREA’

Uber general manager for Durban and Johannesburg, Alon Lits, said Western Cape provincial traffic laws did not cater for the type of service Uber rendered.

"There is some ambiguity about where Uber fits in with the city traffic laws. We are not sure of what type of operating licence drivers should be applying for. Uber does not fall under chauffeuring, chartered taxis nor does it fall under metered taxis."

Lits said Uber drivers, referred to as Uber partners, were reliable and had all the necessary documentation.

"When registering with Uber, partners need to have their professional driver's permit, no criminal record and we do an independent background check for criminal record.

"They also have to provide roadworthy certificates every six months, operators' cards, commercial insurance and operating licences."

Lits said since identifying the problem with operating licences, the company had engaged in talks with the provincial traffic department to resolve the issue.

"People can see the benefits of Uber in the city; it is creating many jobs."

OPERATING LICENCE REQUIRED

An Uber 'partner', who declined to be named, said two of his vehicles had been impounded.

"Two of my drivers are jobless now and that worries me because they are hard workers and very reliable people."

He said the provincial law had grey areas which needed to be resolved.

"We don't fall under metered taxis because we don't have physical meters in the taxi; we are also confused here, and now we are suffering unnecessarily."

Siphesihle Dube, spokesman for the MEC of transport and public works, confirmed that the department had met Uber management.

"The reality here is that an operating licence is required where people are transported for reward," he said.

The city's view was that Uber was providing a metered taxi service. (Leon Daniels, please take note!)

"Uber management felt that the service could also fall within the very broad definition of a charter service, given that fares are pre-booked. At the time there was a moratorium on metered taxi operating licences, which has subsequently been lifted."

He said in a discussion with Uber management, officials made it clear that all Uber operators required an operating licence. An 'Uber partner' could be regarded as legal only if he or she held a valid operating licence.

    Source: Cape Argus, Cape Times


7 comments:

NotMason said...

Surely every driver in London on Über must have their own operating licence as Über is not their 'operator' .
Over to you Leon.

Anonymous said...

all I NO IS THEY HAVE TAKEN AT LEAST 50% OF THE MARKET IN THE SUBURBS AND A BIG SHARE IN TOWN AS WELL, TBH I CANNOT SEE THEM TURNING BACK NOW, SO UNLESS WE YELLOWS HAVE THE SAME RIGHT AS EVERYONE ELSE ON APPS WE ARE WELL AND TRULY F...D. AND IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME YOU GREENS START FEELING IT FINANCILLY AS WELL

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:52

You have the same rights as everyone else. Specifically, to accept app work in the area you're licenced for.

Private hire are licenced to work anywhere in greater london through a ph operator.

Green badges are licenced to work anywhere in greater london.

Yellow badges are licenced to work in specific areas of london.

You chose which area you became licenced for, and if you have become dissatisfied with this choice then there is nothing stopping you becoming licenced for the whole of greater london by satisfying the required criteria and obtaining the licence you require.

I wonder how many nurses wake up one morning and say to themselves (and anyone else who will listen) ' doctors get paid far more than I do...and they get more respect than I do....I think the NHS should let all nurses just be doctors, regardless of the training they chose to do, cos their job entitlements are so much better than ours!!!

I shouldn't have to do the training though, after all, we all work in the same building...don't we!!!

Simples

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!!

Anonymous said...

I think we should all be very worried , green, yellow, phv , and phv operaters. Uber now have 10,000 cars in about one year. They are pushing slowly into the suburbs, without even trying. If they win the pending court case they will start investing some of their profits into adverts aimed at the public and drivers in all London suburbs.This will quickly destroy many small local PHV firms, and once they have gone there will be no going back. Just think about your old mum going to the doctors and hitting an uber price surge and having to pay £25 to get to her doctors appointment.There App is quite simply brilliant, it just works, it self promotes itself, it is a monster that will swallow the whole of London easily within the next 2-3 years. This will not stop, unless we make it stop. The only thing we have is bus lanes, and quite frankly that ain't enough, a nice black merc , driven by quite a good driver, suited and booted, or a half price minicab , driven by a sat nav slave. We need a leader, we need to fight back, and we need to do it NOW !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 1.52 your views are prehistoric. Your a dinnasour mate. Move with the times, we don't wear flares no more

Anonymous said...

Forget the 'black propaganda' inspired by Davis and his new PR man.

It's nowt to do with badges it's about TfL

Anonymous said...

Anon 9.01pm Very Good