Saturday, November 30, 2013
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe suggests cab drivers could help police ensure that the streets of London are safe
Friday, November 29, 2013
The BBC has spent licence fee-payers' money on 350,000 minicab journeys in the last year, as it is accused of paying up to double the going rate on £10 million of journeys.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Appeal to trace man after Luton taxi driver dragged along the A40 at a Hanger Lane, following collision
Traffic officers investigating a fail to stop collision on the A40 near Hanger Lane that seriously injured another driver are releasing images of the car whose driver they are trying to trace, and are appealing for any information regarding it.
Officers are also appealing for any witnesses to the collision that haven't already contacted police.
On Thursday 14 November at around 21:15hrs, a 59-year-old taxi driver was driving his black Ford Galaxy people carrier (registration number: LR12 OSG) eastbound along the A40 towards central London.
A short distance prior to the Hanger Lane underpass, it is believed the taxi hit the central reservation causing one of its tyres to deflate. The driver stopped in lane two and put his hazard lights on.
Subsequently, a car believed to be a silver/grey coloured Suzuki Ignis (registration number believed to start CA04) collided with the back of the taxi.
An argument between the two drivers ensued. The driver of the Suzuki then decided to leave the scene. The taxi driver attempted to stop him but the Suzuki driver held on to the taxi driver and accelerated away into the Hanger Lane underpass.
The taxi driver was dragged approximately 200 metres before he fell onto the carriageway a short distance from the exit of the tunnel.
The taxi driver, who is from Luton, was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries. Fortunately they were not life-threatening and he was later discharged from hospital.
Detective Sergeant Cheryl Frost who is leading the investigation for the Road Death Investigation Unit from the North West Traffic Garage said: "We would like to speak to the driver of this vehicle or anyone, who may have knowledge of the vehicle involved in this collision. We believe that this vehicle will have damage to its front offside headlamp.
"We are also appealing to witnesses to the initial collision or the events after it, who have not yet spoken to police, to contact us."
Any witnesses or anyone with any information that could assist police are asked to call the dedicated witness line on 020 8842 1817 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
But in spite of the gridlock, the touts at Swallow Street managed to have a field day (in between visits from NSL wardens).
We have to remember, LTPH have helped and encouraged certain PH operators to evade TfL policy.
Last year (2012) saw RD2 issued with 18 licence variations, within a few days of the company first registering as a completely new operator. New company, new director, new premises.
RD2 has a satellite office licence for the Goucho Club in Swallow Street. Is this the major factor in the lack of enforcement at this location?
We have been informed by LTPH that in the last year, Swallow street has been visited some 320 times by compliance officers. Yet the touting and illegal plying for hire problem is now worse than ever, with regular confrontation of Civil Enforcement Officers from NSL taking place nightly.
Drivers and controllers openly tout on the pavement and there is as much evidence as you would need to revoke the operator's licence, issued in this location.
Why has nothing been done at Swallow Street?
Unless drivers literally put themselves out and make a concerted effort to service this rank and the rank at Heddon street, all the hard work already put in, will be for nothing. No one from our licensing authority seems the least bit interested in resolving our problems with the touts.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
NEARLY 30 taxis joined a funeral procession to give a popular cabbie a proper send-off.
Dave Tenant, 63, who was based at the rank at Benflett station, died after a six- month battle with cancer.
His colleagues followed the funeral cortege to Woodside Cemetery, in Manor Road, Thundersley.
After the packed service family and friends made their way to the Anchor Inn,on Essex Way, Benfleet, for the wake.
Friend and colleague Geoff Bradley said: “People were having to stand at the back of the chapel because so manymourners turned up, which says a lot about the type of person Dave was. He got the send-off he deserved.”
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
The man, who was in his early 60s, was killed in a collision with a lorry on Camberwell Road just after midday.
The victim was treated in the street for serious injuries by paramedics and a doctor from the air ambulance service.
A spokeswoman from the London Ambulance Service said the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene “despite extensive efforts” to revive him.
One witness, Nettie Williams, tweeted: “Terrible accident on Camberwell Road SE5. Seems to have involved a cyclist and a bin lorry. Person being removed from under the lorry. It was a collision on a corner at some lights near Burgess Park. I saw from a bus.”
The victim was the 14th cyclist to die in London so far this year. The tally now equals the total for last year.
The accident took place at the junction of Camberwell Road and Albany Road at 12.05pm.
Police said the driver of the truck, a tipper bin lorry, stopped at the scene and was not arrested.
The cyclist’s next of kin have not yet been informed.
A Met spokesman said: “Officers attended and found a male cyclist, believed to be aged in his early 60s, suffering serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.37pm.
“Detectives from the Road Death Investigation Unit have been informed. Inquiries continue.”
The road was closed while inquiries were being carried out.
The recent spate of cyclist deaths began on November 5 when hospital porter Brian Holt, 62, died on Mile End Road in east London as he cycled along Cycle Superhighway 2.
Three days later architect Francis Golding, 69, died after a crash with a coach in Holborn, central London on November 5.
The following Tuesday, November 12, Roger de Klerk, 43, died after he was crushed by a single-decker bus outside East Croydon station. The next day Venera Minakhmetova, a Russian IT entrepreneur, died after being hit by a lorry at the Bow roundabout on Cycle Superhighway 2 at rush hour.
Later a 21-year-old man from St John's Wood was hit by a bus at 11.30pm in Aldgate, near Cycle Superhighway 2. He died the following morning.
Source Standard online
Just hours after a cyclist was killed, another has been involved in a crash with a lorry in Camden
A man was today fighting for life in hospital after being dragged 100 yards by a car he mistook for a minicab.
Witnesses today described how the 27-year-old victim was left with serious head injuries after losing his grip when the black Vauxhall Zafira sped off along Essex Road, in Islington.
He was seen leaning through the car’s passenger-side front window in the early hours yesterday to try and negotiate a fare with the driver after mistaking it for a mini cab, sources told the Standard.
But he was left clinging on after the vehicle sped off, suffering a life-threatening head injury after losing his grip and crashing to the ground. He was rushed by ambulance to an east London hospital where he is critical. Police today confirmed the vehicle was not a cab.
Denise Read, 53, who works at a nearby minicab firm, said: "One of our drivers said the man’s face was in a very bad way."
A 57-year-old male motorist was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene. He has been bailed until January.
The clash took place near the Ockendon Road junction at about 2am yesterday.
Toyris Miah, 23, whose home overlooks the scene outside Essex Road Kebab, said: “I heard shouting but didn’t think anything of it because this is a busy road.
“But then I looked out of the window a bit later because I saw blue flashing lights and there was about 12 medical staff and they had the whole road blocked off.
“I’ve never seen that many medics attend to one person which is why I knew it was serious. It looked pretty horrible.
“You could see that he was completely unconscious and wasn’t moving. They had him on a stretcher and there were all sorts of tubes going inside him with a blood bag going into him and an aid to help him breathe."
Ali Findir, 37, described seeing paramedics frantically trying to pump the victim’s chest after rushing out of the kebab shop where he works.
He said: “I didn’t see the incident but I saw the ambulance and the blue lights when I came out and could just see this guy in the road and they were pumping his chest trying to resuscitate him for quite a long time.”
Other witnesses told how debris which looked like “smashed plastic” could be seen lying in the road while residents were stopped from returning home for up to an hour.
Source Standard online.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Clipboard Johnny (although the clipboard has now been replaced with a small diary) became very animated towards the Wardens and also towards Taxi drivers picking up passenger outside the Swallow Street Arch. Foul language was abundant and at one time, the self appointed minicab booking marshal was chased off, after spitting at "the wrong cabby".
How are these animals allowed to carry on like this?
Surely this problem should have been picked up on site inspection and licence variations refused?
Why have LTPH let this problem fester for so long?