TfL, NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE ?
Have you ever thought, how come so many Uber drivers are causing so much damage to themselves, pedestrians and other motorists on London's streets?
Apart from the fact there are 3,365 Private Hire drivers licensed by TfL who -as of September 2916- don't hold a current UK licence (probably why so many are driving the wrong way down oneway streets) and in light of the Suns' investigation showing that thousands of PH drivers haven't had proper medicals....it's now emerged that a faulty break part could see the vehicle suddenly and without warning lunge forward.
Take a look at this news story posted on Apple News:
WARNING TO PRIUS OWNERS
If you purchased a 2016 or 2017 Toyota Prius, you'll probably want to heed the company's latest announcement.
Toyota has issued a recall for over 300,000 Prius vehicles due to faulty brakes. In total, 212,000 of the vehicles are in Japan, while 94,000 are in the United States.
Thousands of the cars in Europe and Australia have already been recalled.
In a statement, the company said:
A Toyota spokesman confirmed that the faulty cars were produced at the company's Tsutsumi Plant in Japan. Additionally, no other models are affected.
The spokesman declined to discuss any accidents that were caused due to the issue, saying, "Alleged crashes, injuries, and fatalities are reported in many ways to many different organizations."
The spokesman added, with regards to any accidents caused by the issue, "Based on a diligent but not exhaustive review of available data, we are not aware of any reports of crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition as of October 3, 2016."
The spokesman added that the company is still "urging customers to have this repair completed when parts become available."
The company plans to contact all known owners of the affected cars starting in November.
A few years ago the London Taxi trade had a problem with TX4 which were catching fire. In what seem to be no time at all, TfL stepped in and put full stop notices on a 1,100 vehicle batch, posting their chassis numbers online.
Over the last year, we have seen Prius's spontaneously combust but no such action from their regulator.
Now we have news that over 340,000 Prius's have faulty breaks which could very well provide the reason behind the increasing amount of Prius RTAs.
With the news that over last weekend there were an alleged 15 recorded road accidents involving Uber Prius's in which the emergency services were called out, the question is will TfL step in and put stop notes on these faulty vehicles?
So far....TfL haven't said one word about this situation.
Should anyone be killed, maimed or injured by a London licenced private hire drive who is found to be one of those who submitted a false document to gain their licence, then TfL, as the licencing authority in London who issued that licence, should be sued, as they have a duty of care regarding the residents and visitors of London.
What are the Mayor, Sadiq Khan email@example.com and his deputy Transport Mayor, Val Shawcross firstname.lastname@example.org thoughts on this?
Why not email them and ask!!!