Saturday, January 15, 2011

Age Limits, Come in Your Time is Up...By mike Robinson

This extract is part of a letter from John Mason Re; License Taxis in London.

There are currently 22,493 licensed Taxis (Black Cabs) at 31 December 2010.
This list shows taxis who will be over the 15 year age limit in 2012 and date of manufacture,

Age.....YEAR...No taxis;
.......................3592 this is the number of taxis that will be off the road by the end of 2012.
12........1998....1674  off by 2913
11........1999....1724  off by 2014
10........2000....1636  off by 2015
09........2001....1155  off by 2016
08........2002....1323  off by 2017
07........2003....1212  off by 2018
06........2004....1200  off by 2019
05........2005....1492  off by 2020
04........2006....1602  off by 2021
03........2007....2129  off by 2022
02........2008....1327  off by 2023
01........2009....1431  off by 2024
00........2010......996  off by 2025
........................Another 18,901 taxis removed from service by 2025.

If the trade does not take action now then they will deserve everything that the authorities throw at them.
3,592 cabs off the road by the end of 2012, think about it, small proprietors, say ten cabs or less out of business over night

Older drivers, say over 65, who only work a few days a week to supplement their income, will either have to rent or not work. We all saw what happened with the TX4 fires, there was a shortage of cabs on the road, proprietors upped the rents.

Then you have new younger drivers who can not afford to buy will be at the mercy of the proprietors.
I am not in the business of supporting LTI or Mercedes but you have been warned. To hell with the EU and its unelected commissaries. By putting an age limit on cabs and stopping drivers working must be against their human rights.

PS, We have to start demonstrating now the clock is ticking.
Action needs to start now, there is only 250 days left to 32012.
Livingstone (anagram, Live Stoning) sold us done the river when he reclassified taxis as commercial vehicles. it was him that suggested that the life of a taxi should be 10 years. Suddenly Boris says that it should be 15 and everyone, the other two organisations, breath a sigh of relief.
But of course they haven't worked out how it will affect the cab trade. 
Remember 15 years to day, 10 years tomorrow. A well know Taxi proprietor has stated that this will take us back to the 60's working practise of drivers paying a percentage of the meter. I remember paying 62%of the meter. The proprietor had us by the short and curlies in those days when the life of a Taxi was 10 years.
Just remember Livingston might get back in as Mayor, then the Cab trade will be finished.
We will then be faced with Private Hire (Minicabs) plying for hire because there will not be enough taxis to meet the demand.

Don't say that you haven't been warned.
M Robinson Badge no xxx

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

$CAMera car locations & the expanded fleet...By Brucea.

WCC have expanded their $CAMera car fleet to 7 and soon these will be enhanced with APNR to allow drive-by muggings.

So far, NoToMob ( are aware of the following popular Westminster honey-pots. It seems they are a bit short of sites now with the extra cars as they keep tripping over each other. They already have a couple of new hang-outs, e.g. Lwr James St, but we need to know where the new ones are ASAP. Obviously, we follow them from their base, the Pig Pen at Orchardson St 

Please use the comments facility to post locations here with any useful info, e.g. confusing/missing/unenforceable signs, or Tweet us at NoToMob, if you spot one in action, as we can often provide them with immediate 'assistance' 

Popular SCAMera honey-pots:

Romily Street/Moor St, Cambridge Circus
St Martin's Lane
Savile Row
Strand (around No 191), opposite St Clement's Church
John Adam Street
Gerrard Place
Great Russell St
Pall Mall,opposite Suffolk Street
Fifth Avenue W10 at junction with Kilburn Lane W10
Westbourne Terrace, W2
Beak St, east of Brindle St
Claverton St/Lupus St junction SW1
St.George's Drive just past Bulleid Way in Victoria SW1
Clifton Road W9 corner of Lanark Rd W9
St. Anne's Terrace NW9 corner of Acacia Road NW8 (corrected)
Lwr James St junction with Brewer/Sherwood St

With kind permission of Brucea and the LTDF.

Biker’s start ‘$mart Car Hunting’ to run mobile CCTV fine machines out of town

CCTV Smart Car Hunting is a new ‘sport’ that has already Grabbed the attention of the BBC’s watchdog program soon after it was invented by a dedicated band of NTBPT motorbike and scooter riders – who have been spurred into action to oppose Westminster City Council’s (WCC) highly controversial and regressive bike parking tax scheme. And, hot news tonight is that the Evening Standard has picked up on it too. The thrills and spills of Smart Car Hunting are often filmed and the latest action can be seen on U-Tube – with one of the first expeditions becoming the subject of ashort documentary by a fellow biking blogger at Video reports of other missions can be found herehere, and here.
Currently, riders and readers who live outside London, Kent or the North West may not have seen these mobile PCN fine churning machines yet… But as each one has raked in an average of £187.667 per year so far, with the BBC reporting that £7.3m came from London in one year, you probably will soon unless their profitability is significantly damaged by those who would a Smart Car hunting go. But to be fair to WCC, they have not yet officially topped the UK league tables of PCN ticket dishing and revenue raising from Smart Car CCTV as Lambeth are top dogs with an impressive 34,000 fines being issued by just three cars in one year which raked in a cool £1,689,460. However, it is of course my duty in the interest of balance to report that deployment of these mobile fine factories is, according to the councilors who support heir use, not about raking in cash at all. Oh no! As Councillor Nigel Haselden, Lambeth’s deputy cabinet member for sustainability and transport has said.
“CCTV enforcement is vital in making sure we can deal with the relatively small number of motorists who insist on ignoring the rules. Parking enforcement is categorically not about raising money, it is about keeping roads safe and clear.”
I have to admit though that I am a tad sceptical about the truth of that claim and find the phrase, my arse, coming to mind. After all, a recent FOI investigation by Big Brother Watch revealed that there are at least 54 CCTV Smart cars patrolling 31 local council areas in Britain. In the interest of balance I should point out that deployment of these surveillance Of course  councils at least £8,069,714.67 in fines in the period 1st April 2009 – 31st March 2010. This is equal to £322,788.58 for every council operating a CCTV Smart car, or £187,667.78 per car.
Enthusiasm for the new sport is spreading and becoming all the rage in central London. But I am now reliably informed that interest in the sport is growing throughout the UK biking community. In response to growing interest in the sport, a NoToMob Twitter account has been set up. And, I have just been informed that preparations are in hand to provide a ‘starter pack’ of advice on setting up a new hunting team and how to engage in the sport in an appropriately civilised and legal way.
In the meantime, here is a brief description of the new sport and how it is played:
Teams of plucky bikers draw attention to the whereabouts of mobile CCTV units that cruise around or sneakily park while trying to film minor traffic offences or parking infringements and rake in loads of cash by dishing out thousands of PCN fines.
So, step one in the hunt:
Wave at smart car Bikers start $mart Car Hunting to run mobile CCTV fine machines out of townFind a smart car. Once spotted by a hunting team, initial contact is made with the pray by a friendly wave to the car.
Then sooner or later, the chase is on!
Step two:
The second phase of the hunt involves the mobile fine machines being provided with an ‘escort’ of riders who alert all road users to the presence of a CCTV unit that may have not been there before. But please note this well! A key rule of Smart Car Hunting that must not be broken ever is that the pursuit is purely and simply of the car and it’s camera system, and NEVER it’s occupants – who are merely employees of a private contractor who are going about their lawful business – albeit one that involves them breaking parking control regulations whenever they feel like it.
Step three:
The hunt is declared successfully over  when the CCTV Smart Car buggers off back to it’s shed.
Alternative interim move before step three:
Occasionally the occupants of the Smart Car may experience a misguided feeling that they are the focus of the chase, and may be being subject to some form of harassment, and to a point where they call for police  intervention and a premature end to the hunt. In these situations the Smart Car Hunting team must dismount from their motorcycles or scooters and engage in a polite conversation with the officers called to the scene. During the course of the conversation the hunters must politely explain that they have no interest whatsoever in the occupants but are only interested in escorting the  Smart Car and seeing where it goes, and that as cars have no feelings they cannot experience any meaningful sense of harassment.
Experiences of teams engaged in the sport so far shows that the police officers called in these situations are well aware that cars can not feel harassed and are therefore fully prepared to except that no harassment has taken place during the course of the event. I have no idea what impact this new sport may have in due course so all I will say for now is Happy Smart Car Hunting for those who care to, and Tally Ho!

Monday, January 10, 2011

TfL Boss Gives Green Light to Spend Cash, After Cuts to London's Disabled Taxi Card Scheme...

Tube chiefs have been given the green light to blow cash on lunches, flowers, hotels and management consultants, as loyal staff are made redundant, Private Hire enforcement levels drop to an all time low and cuts are made to the disabled account, Taxi Card. Click here for story

Also, in the wake of a Critical Terror Alert for London, Peter Hendy gives green light to Tube bosses, as stations are left unstaffed and Taxi ranks left unenforced.

In a circular to top tube bosses, Boris Johnson’s Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy, tells managers that they now have a green light from the top to spend money on a wide range of luxuries, at a time when the RMT union has exposed plans to leave a third of tube stations unstaffed as station security alerts have just been upgraded to severe.

The items on Peter Hendy’s tube managers authorisation list include

· Lunches or refreshments

· Hotel accommodation

· First class post

· Management Consultancy Contracts

· Personal headed paper, compliment slips and business cards

· Newspapers and periodicals

· Flowers and Greetings Cards

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:

“Just at the point that London Transport is put on severe terror alert, and while the staff who deal with emergencies are being hacked back leaving stations unstaffed, Boris Johnson’s transport chief has given the green light to a spending spree on luxuries and hospitality that will create a tidal wave of anger.

“While tube fares are being jacked up by nearly 7%, and safety critical staff are being hacked to the bone, the top bosses are being allowed to rack up millions of pounds of spending on hotels, flowers , hospitality and consultants and that is a national scandal.

“This latest news will strengthen the resolve of our members to fight the tube cuts with every tool at our disposal.” END.

Editorial Comment.

So as TfL management are told they can spend spend spent by Peter Hendy...

London's disabled are told to cut back and contribute more. 
Taxi ranks throughout the Capital will be left exposed, at the hands of potential car bombers and sexual predators because of the un-enforcement from TfL's Cab enforcement officers.

Its nice to know that while his ex-loyal staff visit the job centre, Peter Hendy can have the whole of the 14th floor of Windsor House covered with flowers as he sticks the first class stamps on his personalised mail, before trotting off to lunch with his outside team of consultants where he can pick up the bill at a nice 5 star hotel.