Saturday, May 27, 2017

Addison Lee Could Be Making Paddington Or Clerkenwell Their New Home


Private hire company, Addison Lee, looking for new headquarters in either Paddington or Clerkenwell.

Minicab company Addison Lee, is rumoured to be hunting for a new headquarter site in the capital.

The London minicab firm, which has already stopped trading from its Granby Terrace property has recently instructed James Andrew International to sniff out opportunities for a 20,000 sq ft HQ according to Property Week.

With their current lease due to expire on its Euston head office at 35-37 William Road, the minicab business is believed to be hunting for a new base in Paddington or Clerkenwell.

Founded 1975 in a London back street, the company grew to become the capital’s  largest private hire company, but has now been overshadowed by a certain smartphone app.

The business still operates a fleet of over 4,000 vehicles in central London but is allegedly struggling to keep up with competition from the app that has over 30,000 vehicles.

Uber Mayor Trafiq Khanage Gives Uber A Licence Extension ... By Dave Davies

If Uber Mayor Trafiq Khanage doesn’t want Labour to win the Election, he should be expelled from the Labour Party.


Amazing that Khan can change the PHV act 1998 at will to offer Uber a 4 month licence extension, yet he still can't cap PH numbers. Secretary of State says Khans never asked.

Uber Mayor Trafiq Khanage has re-licensed Uber despite the fact that they do not operate within the law or regulations, going back on his Mayoral election promises that he would take action. 

Following revelations in 2015 and 2016 of Uber drivers cheating the system with fake insurance, medicals and no proper DBS checks, Mayor Khanage said that if he came across one single case of false documents he would immediately suspend Uber’s Operators Licence.




There is ongoing evidence that Uber drivers do not operate lawfully and that the Uber booking process does not comply with Private Hire Law or Regulations.

 

The recent Mail articles, which reported evidence of utter corruption involving David Cameron, George Osborne and Downing Street Officials and the unlawful actions of Boris Johnson and TFL who have ignored all laws and regulations to allow Uber to be granted a Private Hire Operators License in the first place, can leave people in no doubt that Uber do not operate lawfully and that the only reason they have been able to do so is corruption. 

 

Boris Johnson previously made public statements that Uber break the law in many ways. He chose to ignore this, even though he had the Statutory power to immediately suspend their license 

 

Mayor Khanage also made promises that he would reduce toxic air pollution which is killing thousands of people and creates health costs nationally of £1 billion a week (based on the Governments own figures).


He was given  technical evidence by the Campaign for Air Pollution Public Inquiry showing that most of the air pollution is caused by traffic congestion and that the newer diesel vehicles are more polluting than older vehicles. He has continued to issue thousands of new Private Hire Licenses every month with no proper checks knowing full well that this will increase congestion and air pollution.


His announcements to charge ‘older more polluting vehicles’ contradicts and ignores all technical evidence.

 

We have seen the huge amount of traffic congestion and air pollution caused not just by the sheer volume of Uber drivers, but by their incompetence.

http://taxileaks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/traffic-khanage-part-1-by-dave-davies.html

 

TFL have issued Private Hire Licenses at the rate of up to 2500 a month for a long period of time without proper checks or regulation to the point that there are now 117k Private Hire drivers in London.


It is a widely acknowledged fact that in the Private Hire industry that once a license has been issued it may be shared with others who are not licensed, sometimes a group of drivers will share a license meaning that a vehicle could be on the road 24/7


TFL are not carrying out any enforcement checks of significance which means that the unlicensed driver situation can continue unchecked, a fact that is proven by recent accidents where this has been exposed. This means that there could be double the number of drivers that are actually licensed, a staggering 240k on the road.


But it is not just the fact that there is a massive number of vehicles on the road which is causing congestion. It is the fact that TFL have issued licenses to drivers without checks or without enforcement which means that people who have a less than basic understanding of  the English Language and may even not have a legitimate Driving License and therefore cannot understand road signs and traffic signs and who do not even have adequate basic driving skills are able to be given a Private Hire License and drive a vehicle in London.


The result is a massive number of traffic incidents ranging from serious accidents causing deaths to incompetent drivers ignoring all traffic regulations by parking on red routes, yellow lines, pedestrian crossings, taxi ranks  or absolutely anywhere they feel like. They ignore No Entry Signs and One Way signs all of which can completely stop hundreds of vehicles. Traffic flow has been reduced by the tens of thousands of improperly licensed drivers who don’t care that they have broken the rules because they have nothing invested in actually obtaining that license. Easy come easy go.


Because there is no proper regulation or enforcement they either do not get reported or prosecuted for breaking the rules or if they are reported they are probably not even traceable; how do you prosecute someone who has used fake documents or details to get a license in the first place or if the person driving is not even licensed?


Every single time that an unqualified Private Hire Driver blocks traffic by ignoring all regulations or Parking in the middle of the road or is involved in an accident it causes massive traffic congestion.


All of this confirms that TFL have failed in their Duty of Care to protect the Public and failed in the basic principles of Public Law.

 

The high number of  Sexual Assaults and Rapes involving Uber drivers who have less than robust checks is being ignored.

 

The risk to Public Safety and National Security is being ignored.

 

Mayor Khanage has formed a close alliance  with corrupt Uber backer George Osborne, so did not  keep his word and take any proper action against Uber

http://taxileaks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/sadiq-khan-and-george-osborne-unlikely.html

 


He has also been very enthusiastic about Google and their new campus at Kings Cross

http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/16/google-to-create-3000-new-jobs-with-massive-new-hq-in-london-6262166/

 

All we need to know about this is that Google are significant shareholders in Uber and the Chair of Google is Eric Schmidt and his daughter Sophie Schmidt is a senior Uber executive.


                                         Eric and Sophie Schmidt 


Mayor Khanage has more interest in the Osborne method of Public service which involves acting in favour of corporations who pay no UK Vat or Tax and to later receive benefits for this, instead of doing the job that he was elected for and representing the interests of the people of London.

 

He was previously a Human Rights Lawyer and knows full well the requirements of Public Law for his decisions to be evidence based, fair, reasonable, rational and for proper purpose.

He is going to ignore these legal requirements and all of the evidence that Uber do not operate lawfully and re-license them anyway.

 

The result of this will be that tens of thousands of Taxi and Private Hire drivers throughout the UK will not want to vote Labour.

 

It may be a good strategy for Taxi and Private Hire drivers nationally to stage daily flash protests starting as soon as possible, with the clear message that the corruption involving Cameron, Osborne, Johnson, Khan and TFL must be  fully reported in the media and the demand for an immediate Public Inquiry

 

If the Labour leadership decide to Publicly demand  for action to be taken about the corruption they may manage to persuade some of the tens of thousands of Taxi and Private Hire drivers across the UK to vote Labour, despite the improper actions of the Labour London Mayor. 

 

Some are calling for him to be expelled  from the Labour Party because his actions are not lawful and go against all Labour principles of defending the working peoples rights.

 

It seems likely that  Mayor Khanage is happy for Labour to lose the election because his position as Mayor is not affected by the election and it could clear the way for him to implement any Labour  Leadership aspirations he has for the future

 

If Taxi and Private Hire drivers do nothing before the election it is extremely likely that Theresa May will be re-elected and will take no action.


More than 5000 Taxi and Private Hire drivers wrote to their MPs calling for an urgent Public Inquiry to investigate the corruption involving Cameron, Osborne, Johnson and TFL.


Some MPs wrote to the Prime Minster but she has ignored all of this and instead called a snap Election; something she had previously vowed not to do.

 

It begs the question why did she ignore the urgent requests from MPs for an urgent Public Inquiry to investigate the corruption?

 

Was she concerned that if the full extent of the corruption is exposed she could be seen as complicit?


She was Home Secretary for the full 6 year period of the Cameron Tory Government and was therefore privy to everything that Cameron, Osborne and Downing Street were doing; 

How could she have not been aware of their improper actions in relation to Uber?

 

If you do nothing , nothing will happen.

Uber has now been re-licensed, Theresa May will be re-elected and Taxi drivers will need to be re-employed doing something else.

 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Disgraceful Performance Of TfL Comes To A Head As Uber Are Temporarily Relicense .... By Jim Thomas


Customers raped by drivers, sexual assaulted by drivers, customer's credit cards hacked. 
Uber have been caught spying on customers with their "Greyball" system, sending generic emails to licensing authority without customer permission and driver accident rates are through the roof .... yet TfL deem this company fit for purpose. 
We've even seen TfL directors lying to the GLA to protect this company (on off nsurance, land line issue).

Yet take a video of Mike Brown and Leon Daniels eating dinner and they revoke a cab drivers licence.

AGAIN, THIS STINKS OF CORRUPTION 

Uber have never complied fully with the Private Hire Vehicles Act 1998 (no land line for pre-bookings or customer queries), from when they were fist licensed, till the present day. 

They have on multiple occasions operated from premises with no planning permission and no "Licence Variation" ..... yet they've kept their operators licence. 

It's no just TfL bending over backwards to facilitate this company.
NSL are complicit in this biased corruption of TfL. 

Below photographed taken today, at the Coulsdon NSL inspection centre at approx 1pm. Its an Uber Prius sporting a roof sign, totally illegal in London. 


This is in our opinion, ultimate proof that NSL/TfL are knowingly licensing Uber vehicles to work in other licensing areas outside London. 

Also perhaps TfL would like to explain when the Secretary of State gave them permission to issue shorter licence periods !


What does a PH company have to do to get their operators licence revoked ??? 

In the past, under the watchful eye and directorship of John Mason, a West London PH operator paid SGS officials for PH roundels without having to present vehicles for inspection, when caught by police, they kept their operator licence. As far as we know, all charges were dropped. 

More recently, Addison Lee's CEO told drivers to break the law and drive in bus lanes, the company refused to remove unauthorised livery during the rugby World Cup even though official complaints were filed against them....and they still kept their operator licence. 


TfL's bias towards private hire is legionary, they have a long history of bending (and in some cases changing) the rules to allow the chosen few certain privileges.

Back in 2012, RD2.com were issued with 18 new five year licence variations (satellite office)  by LTPH, even though they did not meet the requirement of being in business as a stand alone Private Hire operator/provider for the minimum period of one year. In fact they were issued with all licenses just 2 days after they registered as a company.

Taxi Leaks complained to TfL who then lied on three occasions about the circumstances of the licenses, then refused to answer any further communications. 


In February 2013, after months of rumours about a possible fraud being carried out at the Palestra building, Taxi Leaks published an article, based on information received from a highly respected member of the RMT Taxi Branch. 

The Post received much attention from TfLTPH stakeholders who asked director of TfLTPH John Mason, "if there's no truth in the article, why it hadn't been removed?

John Mason then contacted the editorial staff of the blog by means of a series of emails from himself and Abbey Ameen, with threats of legal action from TfLs legal department. 

In an email from his legal team Mason claimed;
"No arrest has been made of any individual at Palestra. There has been no “breach of security” and the allegation of fraud, where an individual has been dismissed from TfL and is subject to Police action is not true."

He also said:-
"None of this is true and they should “put up” or shut up” when making such allegations in print. Surely this is slander?"
Yes, he actually said 'Slander'.

Not only did we put up, we proved the arrest of a corrupt staff member took place.
A Taxi Leaks article announced that on the 17th of April 2013, Brazilian national and ex member of staff at Palestra, Marcos Gurgel was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining £249 from Taxi Driver Stanley Marut. The article was backed up by an email from Mr Marut explaining in detail what happened in court.

Not another word was heard from Mason or TfL's legal team and subsequently, Mason was removed from his position at LTPH. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Private Hire Cars Allowed On Ranks To Ease Strike Over Fare Charges


Normally only taxis can pick up passengers without a booking, but they are staging a "lightening strike" 

Private hire cars in Jersey are being allowed to pick up passengers from ranks today, as Taxi drivers strike over fare charges.
The Infrastructure Minister announced the temporary move to ease problems and added he is "really disappointed" at the Taxi drivers "lightening strike".
Deputy Eddie Noel wants to increase journey prices by 4.6%, but drivers say that doesn't take into account extra costs they have to pay as part of major reforms.
Talks have been ongoing since December over the reforms, but the Jersey Taxi Drivers Association say they have now broken down:

"We have been talking to the taxi industry over several years and we have been trying to bring about much needed change through evolution. 
What we have been trying to do has been in the interests of the public, to provide them with the sort of service that customers expect in this day and age. 
It has not been an easy process".


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The decision taken by City of London Planning to ban Taxis from Bank Junction alleged to be improper and corrupt...by Dave Davies.

Editorial PreComment : 

All the information below is freely available for research and a matter of public record. Yet not one of our orgs or unions have appeared to researched this. They have instead decided to "wait and see" in their normal fashion. End.

 


The Chair of the Planning and Transport Committee is Chris Hayward, a prominent Freemason who has previously said his role is;

"An honorary position and unpaid". 


He is a full time Herts. County Councillor who runs a property investment company and is also listed as a director of a Planning Consultancy company who does business with those affected by the City of London Planning and TFL decisions. He  brags about his connection with Cameron and about  the new skyscrapers he has given permission for a couple of hundred metres away from Bank Junction which will cause massive transport problems in that area.


When the Shard was built there was a significant increase in Killed Or Seriously Injured (KSIs) because of accidents involving HGVs delivering construction materials.


There will be tens of thousands of HGV deliveries for the 3 skyscrapers that Hayward has given permission for a few hundred meters from Bank Junction, all at the same time.

 


Has he banned Taxis to make way for construction traffic for the multi billion pound developments that he has given permission for?

 

He owns a £1m property at Bank Junction , the value of which will increase by banning traffic from his front door.

 

His register of Interest lists him as a Senior Counsel for JBP Associates and a Director for Indigo Planning.

 

JBP Associates is a company which helps businesses to gain access to MPs and Peers to help their business interests .

 

In other words those in power get paid by businesses to influence the policy in their favour.

 

Perhaps on example could be where 3 multi billion pound skyscraper developments close to Bank Junction which were previously refused permission are all now given permission within a few months of Hayward taking office as Chair of the Planning Committee.

 

Hayward is listed as a Director for Indigo Planning who consult with TFL on development projects(see further details below)

 

He has claimed that Taxis have been banned from  Bank Junction for safety reasons.

By giving Planning consent for the 3 of the largest Skyscrapers in London he is going to create hundreds and hundreds of construction vehicle movements for HGVs ; the vehicles killing most cyclists and pedestrians that he is claiming to protect.

There will also be another 22k employees working in 2 of the Skyscrapers plus additional visitors just 200m from Bank Junction

Surely City of London should create a safe Transport environment not make it worse?

 

Hayward is overseeing massive developments in COL which will result in a massive increase in traffic yet is closing Bank Junction?

 

How can an unpaid councillor be in charge of approving developments for billions of pounds?

 


These 2 developments result in 22k new workers in an area which they are restricting taxis.

 

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/city-approves-305-metre-high-skyscraper

Work first involves demolition of the existing Aviva Tower. The new 73-storey building, designed by architect Eric Parry, will provide 130,000 square metres of office accommodation, as well as more than 2,000 square meters of retail space. An estimated 10,000 workers will work in the building upon completion (and 1,600 of them will be able to park their bikes there.)

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/17/city-of-london-to-get-new-skyscraper-as-the-pinnacle-gets-planning-permission


The 62-storey tower will provide office space for more than 12,000 people and up to 100 companies, along with shops and services such as doctors and drycleaners. The Axa-led consortium plans to rent the 124,000 sq metres (1.33 million sq ft) to financial firms, technology companies and small and medium-sized businesses, including start-ups. Axa has already held informal discussions with potential tenants and will start formal marketing next year.

 

 

file:///C:/Users/Authorised%20User/Downloads/city-of-london-academies-trust-members-and-trustees.pdf

 

Hayward and TFL director both sit on board of City of London Academies

 

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/10302049.County_council_s_deputy_leader_to_stand_for_election_in_London/

 

article states Hayward doesn’t get paid for City of London Job and does it for ‘honour’ –only takes 1 lunch meeting a month

 

Also states that he owns a £1m apartment at Bank Junction

 

 

Hayward is overseeing massive developments in COL which will result in a massive increase in traffic yet is closing Bank Junction?

 

How can an unpaid councillor be in charge of approving developments for hundreds of millions of pounds?

 

http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=e50f967c-850f-4702-bf33-ddfbe4c60fcb

 

http://theconversation.com/londons-skyscrapers-tell-a-rich-story-about-the-citys-worship-of-finance-69743

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/26/city-of-londons-tallest-building-to-be-built-despite-brexit-vote

 

These 2 developments result in 22k new workers in an area which they are restricting taxis.

 

http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/city-approves-305-metre-high-skyscraper

Work first involves demolition of the existing Aviva Tower. The new 73-storey building, designed by architect Eric Parry, will provide 130,000 square metres of office accommodation, as well as more than 2,000 square meters of retail space. An estimated 10,000 workers will work in the building upon completion (and 1,600 of them will be able to park their bikes there.)

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/17/city-of-london-to-get-new-skyscraper-as-the-pinnacle-gets-planning-permission


The 62-storey tower will provide office space for more than 12,000 people and up to 100 companies, along with shops and services such as doctors and drycleaners. The Axa-led consortium plans to rent the 124,000 sq metres (1.33 million sq ft) to financial firms, technology companies and small and medium-sized businesses, including start-ups. Axa has already held informal discussions with potential tenants and will start formal marketing next year.

 

 

file:///C:/Users/Authorised%20User/Downloads/city-of-london-academies-trust-members-and-trustees.pdf

 

Hayward and TFL director both sit on board of City of London Academies

 

http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/10302049.County_council_s_deputy_leader_to_stand_for_election_in_London/

 

article states Hayward doesn’t get paid for City of London Job and does it for ‘honour’ –only takes 1 lunch meeting a month

 

Also states that he owns a £1m apartment at Bank Junction

 

The City of London claim that it is to improve pedestrian and cycle safety, yet the Buses (along with HGVs)are responsible for more Killed or Seriously Injured than all other transport.

They also cause more pollution than any other transport.

Banning Taxis from Bank will cause massive congestion in surrounding areas and therefore cause massive pollution.

The decision is improper and does not comply with Public Law on many points.

 

London Taxis will start daily protests at Bank Junction today.

 

MPs are writing to the Prime Minister calling for a Public Inquiry into TFL.

 

 

The City of London has a conflict of interest by only allowing TFL Buses access to Bank Junction.

 

TFL have provided significant funding for the consultation and the City of London have requested an additional £900k.

TFL will also be expected to fund some of the £18 million project cost.

 

The Directors of TFL have significant shareholdings in the Bus companies who will benefit by being the only vehicles allowed access to Bank Junction.

 

It is therefore a conflict of interest for the City of London to give exclusive access to Bank Junction which benefits TFL Directors while at the same time receiving more than 31 million in funding for consultation and many millions more in project costs.

This is a breach of Public Law.

 

In addition the Chair of the City of London Committee(who is a prominent Freemason) is also a Director of a Planning Consultancy which works with and seeks permission from TFL for its projects .(see further information below)

 

 

TFL grant

Why did TFL contribute £250k ‘unexpectedly’ ? Funds had already been allocated from the City of London budget

 

http://democracy.cityoflondon.gov.uk/documents/s57657/Bank%20Junction%20Final%20version.pdf

A total of approx. £434k has been spent developing the project to-date, 

‘’see Table 1. During this time TfL provided an unexpected contribution of £250,909 during the 2014/15 financial year. The TfL funding was utilised in place of some of the S106 money, as shown in Table 2.’’

 

 

It states in the report that the Procurement process will be carried out through TFL s Framework of which Indigo Planning are listed. (the company for which Hayward has listed as being a Director of in his Register of Interest)

 

‘’Procurement Approach 46.As agreed with City Procurement, for the project as a whole, consultancy contracts for continuing design will be let through the TfL Professional Services Framework agreement. For the Interim scheme both the design and construction elements will be handled through the existing highway contract with JB Riney (see appendix 1). The timing of any works will be carefully coordinated with other works affecting the road network to minimise disruption to traffic flows.’’

Maybe this warrants further investigation?

 

City of London have submitted further applications for funding from TFL. Surely it is a conflict for TFL to provide funding for something which benefits TFL Directors who are also shareholders in the bus companies who are being granted exclusive access to the Bank Junction?

 

‘’48.A funding application to TfL was submitted in early September 2015 for major schemes funding for £250K in 2016/17 and £300k 2017/18 to progress Gateway 4 and the start of Gateway 5. Whether or not we have been successful, at the time of writing, has not been announced.’’

‘’50.Given that we do not yet have funding confirmation from TfL of our allocation, Officers propose that in order to keep momentum of the project that we use the previously allocated but unspent s106 monies (£250,909) relating to Mondial House ( see table 2 earlier in this report).


Of these available s106 funds it is proposed £150,909 be used to cover costs in relation to the long term project to help move this towards Gateway 4 until the remaining funding is finalised in the Mayor’s transport settlement in December. Officers will then submit an issues report in the New Year with confirmation of funding sources and related funding strategy. The remaining S106‟s to be utilised are detailed in Table 8 in the Options Appraisal Matrix in section 22.’’

 

Further grants requested from TFL yet to be granted –total £930k

 

TfL Grant 2016/17 ** 250,000 TfL Grant 2017/18 ** 300,000

TfL Grant 2016/17 ** 380,000

 

‘’the total project cost is likely to be in the region of £18m.

’’ How much of that will be paid By TFL?

 

The Chair of the City of London Committee which has banned Taxis from Bank Junction has a conflict of interest ;

 

Indigo Planning redevelopment project in Kingston involved meetings with GLA/TFL. 

So a company that Hayward is director of is seeking Planning consent /assistance from the GLA/TFL  for  development projects and then Hayward takes a Planning decision on behalf of the City of London which benefits TFL directors who are shareholders in the Bus companies who benefit from that decision?

Is this a conflict of interest? 

There should perhaps be an investigation to establish if there was a conflict given the fact that the decision made by Hayward does not seem reasonable or rational as required by Public Law?

https://maps.kingston.gov.uk/PSImageViewer/ImageStore/Images/DC/1516356/Image_19.pdf

 

 

 

Register of Interests lists Hayward as a director of Indigo Planning (although their website does not list him as a Director)

Indigo Planning are Involved with Planning decisions in London!

http://www.indigoplanning.com/news/420-in-london-december-2014.html

 

Another Indigo  director acknowledges working with GLA 

http://www.indigoplanning.com/who-we-are/people/directors/434-andrew-pepler-director.html

 

The Finance  Director at Indigo Planning is also closely linked with Hayward who is a member of the Worshipful Company of Pattern Makers and helps Judge the City of London Sustainable City Awards

http://www.indigoplanning.com/who-we-are/people/directors/81-mike-kemsley.html

 

2.1. This Planning Statement is submitted in support of a full planning application by CNM Estates, relating to the redevelopment of the Tolworth Tower Complex. This application follows an extensive series of meetings with Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames Council (RBK) officers, the Greater London Authority (GLA), Transport for London (TfL) and a comprehensive community engagement process.

3.44. In addition to meeting with RBK officers, the team has engaged with both the GLA and TfL. Since initial meetings with both these bodies the team has been involved in ongoing discussions with them leading up to the submission of this application.

 

 

Indigo Planning are listed as TFL framework winners

 

Full list: TfL consultants framework winners - latest-news - Vivant ...

www.vivantconsult.co.uk › News

1.      

You are here:Home»News» Full list: TfL consultants framework winners ... Indigo Planning, Quod, Peter Brett Associates, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design ...

 

Indigo Planning awarded TFL contract

http://www.publictenders.net/node/3345979

 

Contract No: PSF91313 Lot No: 222 - Lot title: Town Planning: Development Planning

V.1)

Date of contract award decision:

V.2)

Information about offers

V.3)

Name and address of economic operator in favour of whom the contract award decision has been taken

Indigo Planning Limited, Quod Ltd, Capita Property & infrastructure Limited, Deloitte LLP, GVA Grimley Ltd, Peter Brett Associates LLP, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design Ltd