Saturday, February 11, 2017

York Cabbies Threaten Dramatic New Uber Protest - More Proof Of Uber Being Politically Facilitated ? Plus Great News From Liverpool.

A dashcam video clip, showing an Uber car driving the wrong way along York's Nunnery Lane.

CABBIES have voted to block York city centre unless council bosses heed their angry protests against Uber drivers 'flooding into the city.'

But a council officer has urged them not to 'take matters into their own hands,' saying the authority would investigate complaints and take action where appropriate.

The GMB union said more than 100 hackney and private hire drivers attended a 'stormy' meeting yesterday to vent their anger after City of York Council's alleged opening of rendezvous points for private hire drivers across the city.

A union spokesman said: "These are points where private hire vehicles can wait for calls from their office. The York taxi trade believe that they have been put in place for the benefit of Uber drivers who flood into the city at weekends from outside the area."

Bill Chard, from the GMB’s Professional Drivers’ Association, claimed changes were being introduced without proper consultation and without any demand from the York trade.

"When questioned, the council have replied that they do not have to consult on this issue and even said that they had carried out some consultation," he said.

"There were over one hundred present at our meeting including proprietors and representatives of both Hackney and Private Hire Associations and not one person present said that they had been consulted or accepted any need for these rendezvous points.

"York are acting like some banana republic dictators, riding roughshod over the interests of local drivers and local businesses in favour of outsiders who will not put a single penny into the York economy.”

Terry Osborne, a private hire representative from York, said: “This was another heated meeting with York’s home grown drivers being ignored time and time again by City of York Council."

Attendees spoke of instances they had witnessed or videoed on their phones of drivers from outside the York area acting unlawfully and unsafely and putting lives at risk.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer for the Hackney and private hire trade representing over 20,000 members in the industry came up from London to attend yesterday's meeting, and promised the GMB would back the York drivers' campaign.

He said: “York based drivers meet the city's demand, they are local people who spend their money here and they do not cause extra pollution by driving from West Yorkshire because they are already in the city.

"I understand why the drivers are so angry when they perceive that the council is bending over backwards to appease the outsider UBER vehicles.”

A spokesman added that the meeting concluded with a vote in favour of 'blocking the city centre if the City of York Council continue to ignore the trade.'

Editorial Comment:

Councils around the country are turning a blind eye to uber and letting them flood their towns. The result being that respectable Licensed Taxi drivers and long standing private hire companies are being driven out of work by the predatory pricing of a company that pays virtually no tax in this country.

York City a Council have put into operation "Rendezvous areas" or as we know them "Ranks", where uber cars can wait to become hired. A spokesman for the council has stated that in the councils opinion it's quite legal if the cars (not licensed in York) are licensed by a neighbouring borough. But most of the Uber vehicles operating York are registered by TfL in London, who turn a blind eye to what's happening, as they are more interested in the constant stream of revenue. TfL's present administration are putting profit above safety and putting the public in grave danger.

In London we've seen streams of Uber applicants with fake medicals, fake topographical passes. Thirty two uber drivers were implicated in the rape of passengers last year and yet, this company enjoys an unnatural protection from bosses at TfL. Compliance officers have allegedly been ordered to "go easy" on Uber contraventions as we've seen for ourselves as COs concentrate on Licensed Taxi drivers badge and Bill checks, plus the heinous crime of unauthorised signage in Taxis.

And now for some good news 
In fact, it's more like GREAT NEWS.

This TFL partner below, was found in Liverpool trying to work. 
The local trade surrounding him and then escorting him out onto the motorway. 

This disgusting App has no respect or regards for laws....and  TFL refuse to close this loophole. 
Wonder why?

Dear Anand Nandha
Can you please explain why you've licensed this vehicle to work in Liverpool, picking up local work.