Thursday, October 20, 2016

Taxi Vigilante Catches Uber Cars (Licensed by TfL) Illegally Working Egham Railway Station, in Surrey.

Salvatore Barrile has been a Hackney Carriage driver for 16 years in Surrey - and said the situation was bigger than many might think


A self-styled "vigilante Uber hunter" has been filming himself as he takes-on what he claims are illegally-parked minicab drivers parking in disabled bays.

Salvatore Barrile, alongside a group of taxi drivers "fighting for their livelihoods", has been challenging private hire drivers parking illegally in taxi rank bays at Egham Railway Station, in Surrey. 

The 46-year-old, who has been a Hackney Carriage driver for 16 years in Runnymede borough, said the situation was bigger than many might think.

"It isn't just parking on non-authorised taxi bays."

Mr Barrile has documented his woes with drivers over the months, taking pictures and video of various cars parking in both disabled and taxi bays, 

A spokesman for the national taxi hailing mobile app said he "believed" both minicabs featured in Mr Barrile's videos were "Uber Partners".


Meanwhile, the Transport For London Taxi and Private Hire vehicle checker was able to verify both minicabs in the video are licenced in London, meaning the two drivers caught on camera were carrying out trips in the Runnymede area.

A spokesman for Uber added the company "will remind drivers that have carried out pre-booked trips from Egham Station where they are able to park".

Uber drivers fall into the Private Hire Vehicles category of the licencing rules which means that, once a licence is obtained, the holder can "take pre-booked jobs in an area covering a radius from that borough" according to advisory literature on the Runnymede Borough Council website.

This means in boroughs which do allow Uber drivers to operate such as Windsor, Maidenhead, London Boroughs and Woking, the holder can then use their licence in "a radius" from that area.

But Mr Barrile believes these rules make a "mockery" of the licencing system.

"As a taxi licenced by Runnymede, I have to follow all the regulations including a topographic knowledge test of the area, proof that I can drive safely by doing a driving test too," he said.

A self-styled "vigilante Uber hunter" has been filming himself as he takes-on what he claims are illegally-parked minicab drivers parking in disabled bays.

Salvatore Barrile, alongside a group of taxi drivers "fighting for their livelihoods", has been challenging private hire drivers parking illegally in taxi rank bays at Egham Railway Station, in Surrey. 

The 46-year-old, who has been a Hackney Carriage driver for 16 years in Runnymede borough, said the situation was bigger than many might think.

"We are getting flooded by Uber drivers coming from all over," he said. "It is going on every day. I just hope people understand the effect Uber is having on our livelihood

And in the meantime, all those drivers coming from outside the area don't have to follow any of these regulations."

He also claims Uber is "overworking" its drivers by making them work "over 16-hour days", an allegation refuted by an Uber spokesman.

"Licensed private hire drivers who use the Uber App are independent contractors who are free to log into the app when and where they choose," he said. 

Source : Mirror.com 

7 comments:

colin said...

Every day i drive along the A30 through Egham & all you see is uber,they are working Holloway college & the student's campus at the back of Englefield Green,even picking up from restuarants & bars in the area,a few weeks ago i was leaving a restuarant in Virginia water with family as i walked down the steps a uber pulled up a young chap opened the door of the car but it was not his,he then said is this your uber,i went into meltdown,my daughter & partner where gob smacked with my volly,thing is there both plod,luckily they detest uber as well.

Anonymous said...

We have the same problem in Leatherhead,Surrey. Caught Uber driver at our station rank with app switched on which means 'plying for hire' in the modern world. Told him to turn off and he could stop for a break if not clear off. He's been told to call Police if he gets hassled. We have to purchase permits to work there. This company think they are above the law...ooops??!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone outside London needs to read up on the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) act 1976.

The LC(MP)Act 1976 s 46 states:

46 Vehicle, drivers' and operators' licences (1) Except as authorised by this Part of this Act— (a) no person being the proprietor of any vehicle, not being a hackney carriage [or London Cab] in respect of which a vehicle licence is in force, shall use or permit the same to be used in a controlled district as a private hire vehicle without having for such a vehicle a current licence under section 48 of this Act; (b) no person shall in a controlled district act as driver of any private hire vehicle without having a current licence under section 51 of this Act; (c) no person being the proprietor of a private hire vehicle licensed under this Part of this Act shall employ as the driver thereof for the purpose of any hiring any person who does not have a current licence under the said section 51; (d) no person shall in a controlled district operate any vehicle as a private hire vehicle without having a current licence under section 55 of this Act; (e) no person licensed under the said section 55 shall in a controlled district operate any vehicle as a private hire vehicle— (i) if for die vehicle a current licence under die said section 48 is not in force; or (ii) if the driver does not have a current licence under the said section 51. (2) If any person knowingly contravenes the provisions of this section, he shall be guilty of an offence.

It’s time to get an appointment with your licencing officer to find out what their remit is on this issue.

Marcus Wong said...

This matters seems to be same thing any parts of the whole whenever uber or other private car app calling company had there will be a problem exist. In singapore there is UBER and GRAB. These private cars always pretend to be taxi and pick up passenger in restricted areas like taxi stand at road side or even can be seen at singapore changi airport and sometimes can be seen airport arrive taxi lots for taxi to station and pick up passenger arrive in singapore even it stated no entry sign for taxi only but they just don't bother and enter in. Even the private limo car from Malaysia also come to singapore to do touting or using uber app in singapore at Singapore Changi Airport. What a BUNCH of IDIOT STUPID ASSHOLE BLINDED FOOLS.

Anonymous said...

It's about time someone has started to notice how these TfL licensed cars are exploiting the loopholes in the legal system and illegally plying for hire in places that they are not entitled to.
I am also a black cab driver in Luton and unfortunately we seem to have been swamped by these Uber drivers because of the airport and these drivers who seem to buy this short cut way of licensing with TfL, have started to really affect our livelihoods.
It doesn't seem at all fair that, like you stated, we rack our brains trying to pass the local knowledge test yet these people can randomly wake up one day and decide they will be working for uber and that means anywhere in the country without any sort of enforcement actions being taken against them for all their illegal activities.
I think we should start to organise local protests simultaneously by all us hard working cabbies against this lack of enforcement by our local councils and TfL.

colin said...

Or next demo invite drivers from other area's to attend,remember the Lorry protest,this is what we need not a London taxi demo a national taxi demo in LONDON,that should turn heads?

Anonymous said...

This could be the way to go. I am not a London taxi driver but I am a TAXI DRIVER just outside London. TFL,Uber,Deregulation Act 2015,cross border hiring is affecting us all over the country. Drivers in London are doing their bit but we need to take this to the next level. Just say when,where and I'll be there.