Thursday, February 14, 2019
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Why We Are Protesting At Parliament Again Today, Westminster Next To Announce Cab Exclusion From Oxford Street.
The Thin Edge of the wedge.
Last nights Evening Standard (page 27) States more bans for cars (and taxis) around Bank Junction which will ban traffic At All Times from half the roads feeding Bank Junction.
We've also been told today that Westminster will be excluding Taxis from parts of Oxford Street. An announcement is due around the 24th of this month. This is a direct attack on Black Cabs as the road was only supposed to accommodate Buses, Cycles and Black Cabs, but it's never been enforced. More Councils are queuing up to follow Camben, CoL and Westminster's lead....it's not going to get better by waiting and seeing, it's happening!
The City of London Corporation has stopped short of a total vehicle ban but wants to restrict two or three arms of the six streets which enter Bank junction to ultimately pave over Threadneedle Street for a street market!
Chris hayward, Planning & Transportation Committee Chairman uses the usual derived data from unaccounted sources stating pedestrian usage has risen in recent years, he also cosy's up to utopian agendarists like Fran Graham Campaigns Coordinator London Cycling Campaign and Joe Irvin Chief Executive of Living Streets (what do these people actually do to pay their mortgages?)
The whole situation at bank junction has riden roughshod over London Citizens rights of passage, Londoners of all walks of life who rely on simple direct A to B Jouneys to make their working or disabled lives easier and are being denied the simplist of daily efficiencies for the agenderist brigades poppycock notions.
Every Cyclist who is killed or Injured on Londons streets (or enywhere else come to think of it) is a tragedy and lessons must always be learned by educating the motorist and the cycling fraternity but banning one over the other is completely discriminatory however you want to plan it, particularly when all the statistics the agendarists claim to hold none of them use London Taxis as a direct descript of cycle injuries of fatalities yet we still get the boot whatever.
Ying Tao was the Cyclist tragically killed at Bank junction by a Left turning HGV in 2015, and the Corporation of London uses updated statistics stating casulties have fallen by 52% at this junction and by 33% in the wider area which presumably gives the COL pen pushers a big pat on the back and further licence to decimate more of the cities streets for street markets and maybe even maypole dancing in the summertime....yeh right get real!
Sadly, we are all witnessing the brexit fiasco and however you voted (I voted leave) it cannot be better underlined how poor our joined up thinking operates when beyond the businesses who just want uncertainties to end politicians fight with each other like cats in a sack and this compares with so many overseas city passengers in my cab who daily have to suffer traffic bottled up by the agenderists road closures who blame HGV's for cyclists deaths but punish everyone for good measure including us?
London Taxis are part of London's transport infrastructure whatever the Mayor or the over paid transport cronies think and we should be treated with the service and expertise our supply reflects to all its passengers abled or not, and if the cycling or street market brigades really wish to improve our city, try choosing more tranquil locations or designated routing away from vehicular confrontation as there are so many derivatives to choose from.
No, it seems they have chosen a deliberate collision course of disruptive routing to pierce the heart of London's traffic flow and I say it again HGV and larger Vehicles Ironically including buses are the biggest reason by far for collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians and it is those vehicles that need prohibition not Taxis.
It was the Government and GLC which mistakenly now removed trams and Trollybuses from our streets way back when and those vehicles were zero emission, I bet they wish we still had them now.... road fatalities or not which underlines the point that they DO make mistakes in the planing strategies just as I see the making them today as we sit emission filled traffic jams.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Sunday, February 10, 2019
The buyout group has appointed bankers from Bank of America Merrill Lynch to handle the process, which is likely to start later in 2019 when there may be more clarity about the UK’s planned departure from the European Union, the people added.
Founded in 1975 by entrepreneur John Griffin, Addison Lee has a fleet of roughly 5,000 Private Hire Vans and cars and serves more than 10 million customers a year in London alone.
Since Carlyle bought the business in a £300m deal in 2013, Addison Lee has had to stave off competition from disruptive new entrants like Uber by investing heavily in new technology and planning an aggressive expansion.
The minicab operator, which announced plans to take on Uber in New York in 2015, splashed out around £30m on a deal to buy chauffeur company Tristar Worldwide, which Addison Lee said created Europe’s largest private-hire business and gave it a foothold in the US.
In October 2018, Addison Lee announced a tie-up with Oxbotica, a British company that develops software that is used in self-driving cars. The alliance aims to introduce self-driving cars to London within two years and gain a slice of a market predicted to be worth £28bn by 2035, Addison Lee said.
Carlyle has considered selling the asset before, attracting interest from private equity players and strategic buyers who are expected to participate in a process scheduled for later in 2019.
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Standards have definitely dropped at Addison Lee since John Griffin sold out to the Carlyle Group. Drivers always used to wear suits, shirts and ties. They now look more like mannequins from sports direct
One good thing about driverless Private Hire cars is that the statists of Rape and sexual assault from drivers on vulnerable lady passengers, will finally drop.
The news that 13,000 Private Hire drivers had slipped through the net with fake criminal record checks was not only swept under the carpet by main stream media, but by regulator TfL.
By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline and The Mail on Sunday Reporter 09:11 09 Feb 2019, updated 23:00 09 Feb 2019
• Man shot during arrest of six men for allegedly holding a woman captive
• Armed police called to Blackheath Hill after 999 caller raised alarm before 4am
• Forensic officers were at the scene carrying out investigations this morning
An armed police officer ‘unintentionally’ shot a suspect while responding to a report that a woman was being held captive in a pub yesterday.
A woman rang police at around 4am, saying another female was being held by armed men in The Anchor, in Lewisham, South-East London. Officers stopped a car near Blackheath that had driven from the pub.
‘During the vehicle stop, a police firearm was unintentionally discharged,’ a Scotland Yard statement said.
Armed police shot a man as they arrested a group of allegedly holding a woman captive, Scotland Yard has said
Forensic officers carry out investigations after police shot a man during an arrest last night
They arrested the wounded man, believed to be in his 20s, whose injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. He was being treated in hospital.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it had launched an inquiry into the incident.
Scotland Yard said six other men were arrested – one in the car and five in the pub.
No woman was found during a search of the pub.
Detective Chief Inspector James Stanyer said: ‘It is vital that we hear again from the original caller in this case.’
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound after an officer opened fire near Blackheath, south-east London, in the early hours of Saturday, police said.
Armed police shot a man as they arrested a group of allegedly holding a woman captive, Scotland Yard has said.
He was arrested along with a further six men. Five were detained on suspicion of false imprisonment and one for possession of an offensive weapon.
Police were not immediately able to say why the shot man was arrested.
Shortly before 4am, armed officers responded to a report of concern for the welfare of a woman in a property in Lewisham Road and a man being witnessed with a gun, the Metropolitan Police said.
Officers stopped a car near Lewisham Road's junction with Blackheath Hill, on the border of the borough of Greenwich, when an officer opened fire, the force said.
The wounded man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct and the Directorate of Professional Standards have been informed as inquiries continue, the force said.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: 'Police were called at approximately 03:55hrs on Saturday, 9 February to reports of a male seen in possession of a firearm in the vicinity of Lewisham Road, SE13.
The caller also raised concerns for the welfare of a woman at an address in Lewisham Road.
'Officers, including armed officers, attended the scene and stopped a vehicle near to the junction with Blackheath Hill. A police firearm was discharged.
'One man, believed aged in his 20s, was taken to a south hospital suffering a gunshot injury. His condition is not life-threatening. He has been arrested.
'A further six males have been arrested; five for false imprisonment and one for possession of an offensive weapon.
'Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing
Saturday, February 09, 2019
Uber wins 1-year Birmingham licence renewal. The minicab app says it picks up Brummies in under 4 minutes on average
Uber is to continue operating in Birmingham for at least another year after being granted a probationary renewal of its operator licence by the city council.
A licensing sub committee held a meeting behind closed doors at the end of January and unanimously agreed for the firm to carry on until January 31, 2020 when it will be up for review again.
The minicab app stated it had been 'humbled' by the reaction in Birmingham since launching in the city in 2015.
A booklet, submitted as part of their application, provided a number of statistics about the operation revealing that more than 1,000 drivers licensed by Birmingham City Council are earning money through the app.
There have been more than 15 million trips since 2015 with an average pick-up time of four minutes.
Unfortunately Birmingham have not released figures of Uber rapes, sexual assaults or account hacks.
Uber also highlighted a number of their safety features including cashless transactions, the fact that all trips are recorded on GPS and a feature which requires drivers to take a six hour break if they have been 'on trip' for ten hours.
The firm stated it was looking to 'strengthen' working relationships with West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council licensing enforcement.
Uber also has a Memorandum of Understanding with the West Midlands Combined Authority to make transport data available to assist in infrastructure planning decisions in the city.
Fred Jones, director at Uber UK, said: "Since our launch in February 2015, we have been humbled by Birmingham's response to Uber.
"From carrying over a million passengers and helping over 1,000 drivers earn money via the app, we are proud to have had a positive impact on the lives of so many Brummies. He failed to mention the amount of hours drivers are forced to work to make a reasonable living...
"For the next stage of our journey we are excited about better partnering with the city to help solve some of the urban transport challenges that Birmingham faces, including congestion, air quality, and providing safe, affordable and reliable transport to every corner of the city."
Perhaps FRED should concentrate on getting his drivers to stop sexually assaulting lone female passengers! Being drunk after a night out isn't a crime.....Rape is.
Source : Telegraph
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