Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stop The Conservative Party Trying To Interfere With Lawful Licensing Decisions...PETITION.

All around Chelsea these leaflets from the Conservative party, are being hand delivered to every household. Absolute Disgrace!

I have never in my entire career known of political interference such as this in on-going litigation.

The question has to be asked...why is a political party so interested in this foreign non tax paying company. 

Just how far do the  tenticles of lobbying money run?

Has this anything to do with top job offers made to and accepted by former top Tory MPs, by companies who heavily invest in Uber?

The Conservative party have been commenting and petitioning the public in relation to a licensing authorities decisions to refuse granting a license to Uber a company that does not respect Workers rights, pays its tax via a second company off shore and most importantly has safety issues.

The fact the companies CEO has had to apologise for their behaviour as a company as well as a director admitting publicly they failed advise the authorities in relation to sexual assaults as well as other events is wrong.

It is not the job of a prime minister or their party to interfere with a legally made decision especially when it is of a licensing nature.

The Conservative party must desist immediately and remove any petition.

Why is this important?

It is wrong for a political party to question the decisions of licensing officers. 

This is akin to rejection of the law to suit political ends rather than protection of the public or workers.

This is important also because it shows an unashamed attempt to garner suppol.p.rt from a voting section of the public.

Moreover it does not represent the Local authorities inhabitants alone and cannot be proven.

A political party should not be lobbying to obfuscate the work of those carrying out licensing.

You know the drill....please sign  :


Monday, October 16, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's Speech To Young Labour: An Uber Co-Op Run By The Drivers, Sharing Profits.

Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Co-Op party (the one the United Cabbies Group [UCG] have alined themselves with) ahead of the Young Labour Policy Conference.

"Labour is thinking radically about how we can use the power of new technology in the coming decades to make our economy work for us all.

"Technology of the digital age should empower us as workers and consumers, allowing us to cooperate in a way that wasn’t possible in the past.

"Imagine an Uber run co-operatively by their drivers, collectively controlling their future, with profits shared or re-invested."

And again! No mention of the high number of rapes and sexual assaults from this company who enabled it's drivers to work with fake DBS criminal record check certificates!!!

Jeremy, we've all ready got that....a collective of professional highly regulated drivers non dependent on foreign multi billion dollar slave drivers, controlling their own future in line with government legislation and local regulation....it's called the Hackney Black Cab Taxi industry!!!

Jeremy, imagine a London devoid of the traditional Black cabs...25,000 full tax paying drivers put out of work by a foreign Non-dom tax avoiding company who uses slave labour, most drawing state benefits, many with fakes criminal record checks on its drivers, fakes medicals, allows the hacking of customers accounts, spies on its customers and doesn't report complaints of sex attacks by its drivers on customers to the police??? 

Is this the future Labour wants for the UK Jeremy?

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit :

London also has one of the largest and most comprehensive bus networks in the world, with 9000 buses running on 700 bus routes, as well as 20 tube lines providing a 24hour service at weekends and around 100,000 non-Uber Minicabs and Taxis.

Even if Uber are not relicensed, no one will find themselves stranded in London. 

If TFL capitulates to public and political pressure based on the arguments being made, that they have 3.5 million users, it could set a very troubling precedent. 

If a company can get away with illegal and unethical behaviour simply because it has a lot of customers, it would send out the message that the richest corporations are above the law in London. 

Let's get one thing straight....uber drivers are self-employed as Minicab drivers!

If uber lose their operators licence, the drivers still remain self-employed Minicab drivers....they haven't lost their licenses.

They can work as self-employed Minicab drivers for anyone of the other 2,500 fit and proper TfL licensed operators in the capital.

Brakes Put On Uber, But Has UberRape Been Bought Off And Swept Under The Carpet?

According to the Sunday Times, the minicab instant hail app Uber, has abandoned its plan to expand into at least nine cities and towns around Britain.

Uber are also in danger of losing their licence in Brighton, which expires next month...after breaking promises to use only local drivers and vehicles. But then that's their philosophy is, "it's easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission".

Uber is currently battling big time for survival in the capital following the decision by TfL to refuse to renew their operators licence. 
However, the company are continuing to accept bookings, pending the appeal, lodged at Westminster Magistrates court on Friday....So we can expect UberRape and sexual assaults to continue for a while yet!!!

Uber have also decided to withdraw applications for operating licences in Oxford, Hull, Bournemouth, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sandwell in the West Midlands.

The Sunday times article stated:
The decision was made after Uber was asked a series of questions about its business drawn up by the Local Government Association.

The questions are designed to challenge the company’s claim that it is merely an agent that “does not provide transportation services” and simply operates an app connecting “independent contractors” with passengers.

The questions include: “If Uber has no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver of the vehicle, who accepts the booking? 
(If the drivers accepts the bookings, then the app is illegal)
If Uber accepts the booking, how does it have no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver?”

The Article went on to say:
Oxford city council said Uber’s application had lapsed after it had failed to provide “vital details” of how its service would operate. The other councils confirmed that Uber had withdrawn.

The company has been refused a licence in Reading and told it will not be granted one in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
However, it continues to serve some of the areas using cars it sends in from other places where it does hold a licence.

Source : Sunday Times 

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit :

Funny, is it just me, or have you noticed too, that virtually all the TV/Radio news and national media have missed off the bit about the 50% rise last year in UberRape and Uber sexual assaults....13,000 Fake Uber driver DBS criminal record certificates....the fake Uber medicals and topographical test's??? 
TfL knew for over nine months, yet took no action!!!

It's suddenly become all about a mythical 40,000 self-employed drivers losing their jobs. 

These are self-employed drivers, that will remain licensed and can carry on working for any one of the other 2,500 private hire operators currently licensed by TfL. No ones lost their job....

TfL have said Uber are not fit and proper to hold an operators licence...Were the issues above not enough to get Uber closed down for good???

I wonder how much of the investors money it took to get all the news editors to drop the UberRape and fake criminal record checks from their stories ???

Andrew Boff (conservative assembly member) says, Uber's CEO came to London and apologised and that now the Mayor and TfL should do a u-turn. 

Does Andrew Boff believe that rape against women is fare game to an Uber driver ?
Are our wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, little more than collateral damage by Mr Boff?

Would Andrew Boff like to meet with the UberRape and sexual attack victims...the ones who's lives, and the lives of their families have been shattered by these attacks....and let him explain to them why they should accept an apology from Dara Khosrowshahi.

Many of these rapes and sexual assaults could have been prevented if only TfL management had insisted Uber abide by the legislation plus had the appropriate genuine DBS certificates. 

          Almost all gone....but not forgotten 

Perhaps the victims of the sex attacks should be looking towards one of these aggressive PPI lawyers to put together a 'no win no fee' class action, against TfL's directors and managers who swept scandal after scandal under the carpet over the last 5 years.

How many rapes and sexual assaults could have been avoided if TfL had 'done the job we pay them to do' and acted accordingly, when the fake DBS certificates first came to light back in January?

Helen Chapman gave assurances that all Uber drivers had the same enhanced DBS checks as Taxi drivers.....Helen Chapman lied. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Vaughan Williams Gives His View On The Uber Question.

Article in the New Statesman : The Right are defending Uber, because they don't really understand it...

Rest in peace, British capitalism. You had a good run, but thanks to Sadiq Khan’s decision to end Uber’s licence to operate in London, it’s all over now

Click link for article :


It's come to something when a lifelong Conservative voter like me is posting stuff from the New Statesman. Not that I'm likely to fling myself into the embrace of the sinister Mr McDonnell either, as I don't believe in the demonisation and penalisation of financial success and I remember the Brain Drain of the 60s/70s. Perhaps political, as well as physical, homelessness is just another feature of these strange times. 

I'm not sure whether this latest initiative of genius from the Tories is another doomed attempt to get down with the kids, or a defence of robber-baron laissez-faire economics. They are trotting out rehashed Uber propaganda about job losses, when the "jobs" don't exist because the independently-licensed drivers still have the cars so will simply and quickly migrate to other, hopefully more socially responsible minicab platforms. Members of the British public are not as stupid as you seem to think, chaps, and recognise blatant lies when they see them. 

The Conservatives are already vulnerable on the topic of Uber, given the unfortunate association between the Cameron circle and the company, so why on Earth are they queueing up to defend a company which is rapidly becoming a byword for the unacceptable face of capitalism ? 

Uber lost its licence because they it was deemed not fit and proper to run a minicab company. The company's culture has been that of a technology startup - break the rules, the end justifies the means - a stance that is incompatible with providing a safe and socially responsible service to the public in a regulated environment. 

So what is the Government saying ? :

" well, they MAY have been a bit rapey, but hey Sadiq, don't be TOO hard on them. They are known for being sensitive souls desperate to please, so a little slap on the wrist would have been enough. "

In harsh evidence that this vicious over-reaction against a digital innovator will brand the UK as the enemy of progress, I understand that Lyft are in discussions with TfL with a view to providing exactly the same service as Uber, but in a more socially responsible and adult manner.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Uber Lodges Appeal At Marylebone Magistrates Court Over London Ban

REUTERS : Uber has filed an appeal against the decision by London authorities to deny it a licence to operate in London.

Last month, Transport for London (TfL) refused Uber a new private hire licence, saying the ride-hailing firm was not fit and proper.

TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".

The appeal process could take months, during which time Uber can continue to operate in London.

"While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London. As our new CEO [chief executive] has said, we are determined to make things right," an Uber spokesperson said.

Earlier this month, Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met Mike Brown, who runs Transport for London.

Uber described those talks as "constructive", while TfL said the talks "centred on what needs to happen to ensure a thriving taxi and private hire market in London.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said TfL were unlikely to do a U-Turn over the decision at yesterday's Mayors Question time.

The appeal is likely to be heard on the 11th of December.

Source : Reuters. 

Taxi Leaks Comment : 

Why did It take TfL so long to take action over Uber. They've known for months about the 50% rise in Uber driver rapes and sexual assaults, the mountain of RTAs, 13,000 drivers with fake criminal record checks and fake medicals, GreyBall, the spying on passengers, the data mining from passenger phones, the hacked passenger accounts .... And yet they waited for Uber's licence to expire!!!

TfL top management have been 'woefully inadequate' over this issue.  

                WHO WILL BE NEXT TO GO ???

Why didn't they take action and revoke Uber's licence when all this first came to light?

Lyft In Secret Talks With TfL, As They Look To Move In On London Market, After The Uber Ban.

             Lyft's Mike Msserman and Raj Kapoor

Another American eHailing app Lyft, Uber’s biggest rival, is eyeing the London market. Currently, they are holding talks with Transport for London (TfL) and City Hall officials, ongoing for the past year, according to a report in the Telegraph, citing freedom of information records. 

While the talks don’t actually state Lyft is getting into the U.K. market, they do show it has an interest in that market and in the TfL’s transport policy. 

News of the interest came to light j after TfL declined to renew Uber’s licence, dealing the leading ridesharing company a massive blow to the minicab firms credibility. 

If Uber’s appeal fails, it will no longer be able to operate in the TfL area, paving the way for a competitor to pilfer its market share. 

According to Fred Jones (see video below), Uber has 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in  London, but like everything else about Uber, their numbers appear to be fake and don't add up. 


Lyft’s head of global strategy, Mike Masserman, and chief strategy officer Raj Kapoor have had face-to-face meetings and phone calls with TfL officials throughout 2016.  

The talks focused on the startup’s business model and operations, as well as the London mayor’s new transport strategy for the city. 

Lyft met with TfL in London last December and at that the meeting were Helen Chapman, who is in charge of TfL’s taxi and private hire department, Peter Blake (now gone) TfL’s director of service operations for surface transport, and three unnamed representatives of the Greater London Authority. 

Lyft isn’t registered as a company in the UK, nor does it have a private hire licence. 

A Private Hire operator’s licence is necessary to operate in London, and it should be noted Lyft’s entrance into the London market could face opposition from other PH operators as well as taxi representative groups, as well as the lawmakers. 

Those constituents of London may well be concerned that another new service could add massively to the congestion in London.

Lyft have declined to comment on the report, but given Uber’s current troubles, Lyft could soon be emboldened to move forward with a push into London.


What happens when you have 13,000 drivers with fake criminal record checks and no training ?

Warning!!! Strong language. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

London Regulator TFL, Will Defend Decision Not To Renew Uber's License In Court: Says Mayor Khan.

At the Mayors Question Time debate this morning,  London Mayor Sadiq Khan face a barrage of sarcastic criticism from GLA member Andrew Boff, over TfL's decision not to renew Uber's operating licence in London. The Mayor went on to say, the city's transport regulator -Transport for London- will defend its decision in court not to renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital. 

This comes despite the apology made to TfL by the Uber CEO, when he came to London. Dara Khosrowshahi, who succeeded Uber founder Travis Kalanick as CEO a month ago, wrote in an open letter: “While Uber has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way. On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.

London mayor Sadiq Khan says he welcomed the apology by CEO of ride-hailing app, but added, Uber deserved to lose its licence – Londoners' safety must come first.

Uber has until Friday to submit its appeal and can continue to operate until the appeal process has been exhausted, which could take several months. "The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL (Transport for London) will defend the decision they made," Khan said during a monthly question time session.


London’s minicab firms threaten TfL with legal action, over PHV licence fee cost increase

Minicab firms are threatening legal action against Transport for London after it increased the cost of being licenced in the capital.
The industry group representing more than 200 operaters in London has said it will launch legal action against the regulator, warning that the steep rise in costs would put some of them out of business
London mayor Sadiq Khan defended the decision to increase the fees, telling London Assembly members today that he had to cover the cost of compliance and enforcement. "I'm reassured their [TfL's] proposals are good ones," he said when quized on the matter at Mayor's question time.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Uber London needs to file its license appeal this week – what will happen if it doesn’t?

If the ride-sharing startup’s London subsidiary doesn’t file the appeal in time, it will cease to operate in London on Friday 13 October.

Uber lost its private operating license in the UK’s capital city after the transport regulator raised concerns over the way it had failed to report serious criminal offences and its policy over Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.

What has happened since the ruling?

TfL made its ruling on 22 September, giving the startup three weeks to file an appeal. Uber has continued to operate in the city during this time. If it does file its appeal today, it will be allowed to operate during the appeals process.

Last week, Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met with the commissioner of TfL, Mike Brown, to discuss ways for the startup to regain its license.

Uber answers to MPs 

This week, Uber and other gig economy startups like Deliveroo, were in front of the UK government’s business select committee to answer questions over workers’ rights.
This comes after the publication of the Taylor Report, which called for better treatment of self-employed workers.
During the hearing, the startup’s head of public policy, Andrew Bryne, said that Uber had shown “the wrong attitude” on a number of issues.
Byrne added that there was now a path forward with TfL to address the regulator’s concerns.

The Telegraph reported that the company has hired a “TfL nemesis lawyer” to lead its appeal. The lawyer, Thomas de la Mare, has fought battles on Uber’s behalf against the regulator before

Source : Verdict.co.uk

• We know Taxify the company, operated illegally. 
•We know that Uber have been operating illegally...they've said it themselves in two court cases.
•Taxify have had the licence they bought, revoked and have been refused a license by TfL.
•Uber have been called unfit to operate by TfL and been refused a licence renewal.
•Taxify can not operate as a PH operator in London 
•But Uber can carry on while/if and when they appeal.
How does his work???

The final insult???...by Sean Paul Day.
Ex PM Dave Cameron accepts job at First Data, a global leader in payments tech who invests in Uber. 


Ex chancellor and editor of the Evening Standard in attempted mugging by an Uber eats biker gang....Karma? 

   Parkinson, Gang Leader     Chowdury, Bought Phones

18 year old Claud Parkinson, was jailed today for five years alongside a 16 year old and a 15 year old who can't be named because of their age. The group made the mistake of mugging the wrong person. 

While they were picking on ordinary members of the public, they got away with 103 robberies in just a few weeks. But were soon caught after the failed phone mugging attempt of George Osbourne, caught on CCTV outside the Langham hotel. 

The phones were bought by 40 year old Chowdhury who sent the gang a price list of what they could expect to get for certain phone models.  

Action caught on dash-cam by editor Jim Thomas. 
Scooter thieves, nicking phone, off a man waiting for an Uber outside Tottenham Court Road tube station.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Are Uber's London Account Numbers Double Dutch ???

The reason Uber won't come clean on this, is that it would expose the reality that if they had the 40,000 drivers, they would be working just over four hours per week says GMB.
GMB comments on the latest set of accounts, for year ending 31 December 2016, released by Uber London, the UK operating company.
Maria Ludkin, GMB Legal Director said:
"Uber could demonstrate its new found humility shown to the Mayor of London by showing a bit of transparency in its UK accounts.
“Uber gives the impression that it has an income of £36.9m in the UK by selling unspecified services to other Uber overseas companies - in other words it is an exporter of services from the UK. What a pile of tosh.
“In fact, Uber sends all the fare income made in the UK to a company in Holland.
"This Dutch company pays 75% of this income to drivers in the UK. GMB is working on the basis that the other 25% is the commission to Uber that comes back to the UK and makes up the lion’s share of Uber income in the UK.
“The reason Uber won't come clean on this is that it would expose the reality that the 40,000 drivers would be working just over four hours per week for Uber. So much for 40,000 jobs being on the line.
“It is high time that Uber stopped the spinning and came clean on what hours its drivers work each week.”

So Uber are worried about the 40,000 jobs they say they are not responsible for. 
The same workers they don’t want to give basic workers rights to
The same workers they are looking to replace with autonomous vehicles as soon as possible 
The word on everyone’s lips is “Hypocrites”
This link below is a must watch:

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Was This Uber Driver, One Of Helen Chapman's 13,000 Without A DBS Certificate.

Uber driver ‘sexually assaulted a woman’ and told her to ‘stay in the car’ in South London

An Uber driver sexually assaulted a passenger, telling her: “Stay in the car. I’ll make you feel good,” a court heard.

The young woman says she had fallen asleep and woke to find Andrew Aluge, 46, “stroking and caressing” her leg.

He then grabbed her ankle as she tried to flee, she told a jury.

She said: “I suddenly felt really scared like he was going to rape me.”

The woman said she escaped and fled to a friend’s flat nearby.

Aluge denied inappropriately touching her during a trip to Tulse Hill, South London.

He claimed he tapped her on the leg to wake her up and was annoyed because she had her feet on his seat.

Aluge, of Vauxhall, South London, denies sexual assault at Inner London crown court.

The case continues: Source The Sun.

Could this alleged attack have been prevented?
Was this Uber driver one of the drivers with a fake DBS certificate?


          The Real LTDA...Oxford Street's Secret Signs 

Save Black Taxis' Steve Kenton on London Taxi Radio from yesterday afternoon, talking about Taxi-Point. 

Monday, October 09, 2017

Man Fighting For His Life After Being Mowed Down By Another Sat-Nav Gazing PH Driver.

Pedestrian fighting for life in hospital after collision with Minicab  in Belsize Road....source : Camden New Journal

A man is in hospital with “life threatening” head injuries this evening after a collision with a car in Belsize Road.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision, at the junction with Abbey Road, at around midday and found a pedestrian, believed to be his his late-50s, with serious head injuries.

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, where he is receiving emergency treatment. Police said his injuries are “believed to be life threatening”.

The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene.

Police have advised motorists to avoid the area, with road closures remaining in place.

Pictures of the scene showed a shopping trolley left stranded in the road.


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