Monday, January 21, 2019
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Having allegedly misappropriated £22m of funding, supposedly ring-fenced and set aside for payments towards the decommissioning of diesel Licensed Taxis.....there appears to be another problem with the residual funding, as figures published do not add up to the expected renaming £18m.
Let's look at the figures posted on TFL's Website :-
250 x £10,000...2,500,000
250 x £9,000. ...2,250,000
250 x £8,000. ...2,000,000
250 x £7,000. ...1,750,000
250 x £6,000. ...1,500,000
250 x £5,000. ...1,250,000
250 x £4,000. ...1,000,000
250 x £3,000. ...750,000
500 x £2,000. ...1,000,000
1000 x £1000. ...1,000,000
Total decommissioning allowance £15,m
So where's the missing £3m. Who’s been doing Sadiq Khans Accounting... is it Dianne Abbott ?
That's another £3m on top of the £22m Khan has already taken off the Taxi Trade.
After all the grants are paid to drivers decommissioning their Taxi’s that no one in their right mind wants to buy, the figures published on TfL’s website show a missing deficit of £3,000,000.
Is this a genuine mistake or is this Tax payers money that Khan intends to promote his Brexit campaign with ?
If so, surely this is illegal and should be reported immediately to the serious fraud office.
The stretch between Westminster Bridge and Tower Hill is London’s most important east-west carriageway. It links the fast-growing Docklands area with central London. It’s one of the main routes out from the centre towards the Blackwall Tunnel, Kent and the Channel ports. Jobs in places such as the City, Canary Wharf and London City Airport all depend on it.
Never the most free-flowing of London’s roads, since 2016 the congestion has grown even worse, affecting construction workers, hauliers, freight drivers and white-van drivers, people who don’t get a say in London’s bitterly contested transport politics but who keep our city working and growing.
In 2016 TfL removed one of the two eastbound traffic lanes on the Embankment to make way for a cycle superhighway. At a stroke, this reduced one of London’s busiest A-roads to the capacity of a village high street. Everyone knows this was a mistake but TfL and the Mayor won’t say so for fear of upsetting the powerful cycling lobby.
Yes, we need to get more people out of their cars and onto bikes. But roads aren’t just for moving people, they’re also about shifting stuff, and east London is poorly served in this way.
It’s why Victoria Embankment and Upper and Lower Thames streets have an outsized importance in connecting the east and centre of the capital. One recent study found that up to 18,000 east London businesses are no longer within a 30-minute drive of Westminster because of delays on this route. This is damaging for business. With Brexit looming we should be making our city more productive and better connected, yet this road does the exact opposite.
Also, data suggests the cycle superhighway has delivered limited safety benefits to cyclists. This is not surprising. The Embankment wasn’t chosen for a cycle superhighway because it was an accident blackspot but because TfL owns the road and could grant itself planning permission.
I’m not suggesting we rip up the superhighway. Far from it. What we need to do is look at how to improve its traffic flow. One option originally considered by TfL was to route the cycle lane through the City of London at Blackfriars Bridge.
Moving it into the City would restore the original purpose of Upper and Lower Thames streets: as the main through-route for essential traffic wanting to cross the City. It would also mean cyclists could avoid the dangerous levels of air pollution caused by the high buildings and traffic around Blackfriars.
Sadiq Khan said he’d be the most pro-business Mayor that London has ever seen. If he wants to live up to that title he cannot allow another year of blockage on one of the capital’s most important roads.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
TfL have stolen £23m of our money that was supposed to be ring-fenced....because they are 'a bit skint'!
They wasn't that skint when they paid off Leon 'the liar' Daniels, or Garrett 'Rett Russell' Emerson, with a golden handshake, and gold plated pensions.
THINK WE'RE NOT IN BIG TROUBLE...THINK AGAIN!
Not only have tfL stolen our money, they are currently planning to ban us from major streets. Streets where we exercise our right of 360 years to ply for hire. That is the same right that gives TFL's buses the right to ply for trade. We 'are' London's public transport.... and this mayor is bent on taking away our status, our right to ply for trade. But it doesn't stop there.
New TXe 15 years age limit (for now)....But what happens when TfL say “This TXe uses dirty petrol most of the time, we have to replace it with fully electric vehicle”
LPG conversion Cabs (£10k) will get the same age limit as diesel. No longer the extra 5 years for the investment of £10k
Older cabs (euro 3-4-5) 12 years ....for now. But how long befor that’s reduced to 10...8...6.
Is our largest org fighting this? ..... OR IS THIS ANOTHER DONE DEAL?
Thought this would never happen? Think again, it's happening and it's happening now.
As the cab trade representatives left Monday's meeting with TfL, this comment was made: "Well, that's the Garages fucked! ". Not a comment you'd expect from our largest org, but don't worry you'll still get a free diary and M&S vouchers!
THIS IS A MUST WATCH : Don't take my word for what's happened, listen to what Grant Davis, chair of the London Cab Drivers Club had to say. Click this link below:
SO, WHAT CAN WE DO.???
As regards to our right to ply for hire on and use all London's streets, the ITA will be instigating demos from next Monday 21st, to run daily, indefinitely.
As for our concerns about our future, there is only one course of action the trade can take....A last stand, and it's already been started by the Pump Court legal team. A team who started this action before there was any money in the pot, because in their words "this will be the case of the century" and they believe strongly that they can win.
Grant gave almost the same speech last night to an invited audience of trade stakeholders (Proprietors, garage owners, meter suppliers, credit card equipment suppliers etc, people who generally make a living out of the trade). These stake holders have made extremely generous donations to the UTAG action, but now it's your turn.
Don't be an ostrich, don't bury your head in the sand, this isn't going away....it's about to get much worse.
Sign up and support the UTAG action now!
The JR will be heard next month. DONT LET THIS OPPOTUNITY SLIDE BY.