Thursday, October 08, 2015

TfL Twitter Account Caught Lying To The Taxi Trade...Again.

When asked on their Twitter account why there is not a level playing field when it comes the DBS checks across the board with Taxis and Private Hire drivers. 

The @TfLTPH account, assured drivers that "Every single private hire driver in London including Uber drivers has done an enhanced DBS check - It's a requirement of the licence.


Please could they explain how you get an enhanced DBS check on an applicant who has only lived in this country for a few months?

Does he person on this account know the difference between a CRB check and an enhanced DBS check?

One driver decided to check these statements and submitted a FOI request and guess what... The stamens made by TfL's Twitter account was in fact a lie.

He is the FOI request received:

71 ph drivers who couldn't be given an enhanced DBS, mainly because they haven't been in the country long enough, who have submitted PH driver applications, have been allowed to mearly submit a certificate of good conduct. 

At present in India, these certificates of good conduct are available to anyone, regardless of passed conduct, for $300.

So the truth is 71 PH drivers have been licensed by TFL, with no proper background checks in 1 month.

Back in 2012, Taxi Leaks posted a story, of a Mr M Hakizimana, 41, alleged by the UK Border Agency's War Crimes Unit, to have helped Hutu soldiers kill members of the Tutsi ethnic group during a million person genocide in 1994.

The Home office was well aware of this man for a number of years but nothing showed up in his CRB check, as he was an asylum seekers. Asylum seekers are excluded from any type of background check.

And so, under the watch of former TfL commissioner Sir Peter Hend and LTPH Director John Mason, this man wanted in conection with mass murder on another continent, was judged a fit and proper person to hold a Private Hire Licence. 

His case was subsequently uncovered by a national newspaper. He had been working for an operator in East London for some time and as far as we know this man, wanted for international war crimes, is still driving a minicab.

A few months earlier, Taxi leaks posted a story about a Taliban fighter in Dhani-Ghorri in northern Afghanistan who told the Guardian he lived most of the time in east London, but came to Afghanistan for three months of the year for combat.

"I work as a minicab driver, in east London " said the man, who has the rank of a mid-level Taliban commander. "I make good money there in the UK, you know. There are many people like me in London," 

He added. "We collect money for jihad all year and then come and fight if we can."

Makes you wonder, when you summon an Uber Car, just who's driving you ?