TfL have, for the last five years, come under fire over the alleged unsavoury relationship they have with the ride-share app Uber.
This week we've seen TfL employees, in acts of censorship, openly removing news papers from Taxis. The newspaper's headlines and inside story, informing the public of an Uber Driver who was sentenced to 12 years in jail for raping a passenger after cutting away her underwear with a knife.
The employees were telling Taxi drivers, the headline on the front page of Taxi newspaper, was "misleading".
And it gets worse:
It has now been alleged that TfL have been purging Uber's competitors at an unprecedented rate (42 since the beginning of 2017).
Reasons given for the revocations of operators licences in TFL's own words are:
• Company ceased trading.
• Failing a compliance inspection(s)
• Failing to meet the fit and proper person criteria.
Yet with Uber....
• Failing to provide a landline from the time of initial licence request, up till the time TfL changed to regulation to favour Uber.
• Operating knowingly from unlicensed premises in N1, which also had no planning permission from Islington council
• Having drivers operating with no insurance, some with fictitious ( in the words of TFL's Leon Daniels) on-off insurance
• An unprecedented number of road traffic accidents
• An unprecedented number of driver related passenger serious sexual assaults including rapes, which have escalated last year by 50% to one a week
• Fake medical checks, fake topographical test results and worst of all, fake DBS results...
Surely it would be fair to say Uber would snugly fit into two of the above categories for the revocation of operator license.
We've also heard this week that while TfL have refused to meet with Taxi trade orgs over the last eight months, arrangements were put in place by TfL management to meet with Uber on a quarterly basis.
And Now The Latest Scadal To Hit The a Headlines.
According to TfL we are no longer Taxi and Private Hire....we are now, Taxi and Uber.
This sign below seen at Marshgate Lane at 6:30 this morning
This whole situation regarding Uber's partnership with TfL needs to be investigated as soon as possible
WE NEED A PUBLIC INQUIRY AND WE NEED IT NOW.