Saturday, July 13, 2013

London taxi reduced to shell in fire on M2 between junctions 2 and 3

To complement the TX Taxi fire on the M4 earlier this week, another LTI Taxi bursts into flames.

This is all that remains of a London taxi after it caught fire on the M2 this afternoon.

The male driver and his female passenger, who are thought to be in their 40s or 50s, were unharmed.

The incident happened on the coastbound carriageway between junctions 2 and 3 at about 1:30pm.

The carriageway was blocked for a short time while the emergency services dealt with the fire. 

Firefighters spent 30 minutes at the scene putting out the blaze, which reduced the car to a shell.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.


Source: Kent online.

TfL OUT OF CONTROL: LTPH TO LICENSE MINICAB SERVICE BANNED IN MANY OTHER CITIES.

You’re probably well aware of the Uber luxury car service that has been available in New York, London and a number of other cities progressively since 2010, but today the company launched its less flashy new service, UberX, in London following its introduction in New York, San Francisco and Boston.

Uber brought chaffeur-driven top-of-the-line Mercedes, Jags and BMWs, to London a little over a year ago. Now UberX offers a more moderate, meaning cheaper, ride around town.

The new service uses car sharing to compete with other minicab firms such as Addison Lee and the iconic London black cab. Specifically, it says Addison Lee costs 40 percent more, and a black cab 30 – 50 percent more than its new UberX option, depending on the tariff.

Its roughly five mile example across town (Gresham Street, EC2V to Kensington Church Street, W8 for the London-dwellers) would cost just £13 in an UberX car, £25.20 in an Addison Lee and just under £30 in a black cab. 

Ryan Graves, Head of Operations at Uber, said: "Our team is grinding around the clock to get more cars on the road.”
(More cars, more traffic, more congestion)
It seems, thanks to help from TfL's Taxis and Private Hire, getting those cars on the road is a little easier in London than it has been in other areas it already operates, such as New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco. 

How does UberX achieve such low prices?
Not just a stranger with a car, but ride with a stranger:
Some cities have already banned it, seemingly because it operates more like a ride-sharing service – essentially a paid-for lift with a stranger – than a traditional taxi service.


“Getting our initial license to operate UberLux had some hurdles, but actually, we’ve found London’s TfL [Transport for London] to be the most progressive regulatory system we’ve worked with. We don’t anticipate any red-tape in the launch of UberX,” Graves said.  ”In London our UberX cars will be licensed and drivers will be PCO [Public Carriage Office] registered by TfL."

Users of the Uber app will be familiar with using UberX, well, because it’s done within the same app. Simply swipe across the screen to switch between UberLux and UberX.

With controversy never seeming too far away for Uber, the launch of UberX in London is another milestone in its journey but with Graves confident with the help recieved from TfL, red-tape won’t stand in its way. Uber looks set on digging its heels in deep and taking on the minicabs, Addison Lees and black cabs of London.

It will be interesting to see if  any sexual attack or rape of a passenger, by another passenger will or will not be included in the minicab related sexual assault statistics. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Did Boris lie to the Taxpayers over Barclays Bike Scheme?

London's 4,000 Boris bikes cost taxpayers £1,400 for each bicycle every year despite sponsorship from Barclays

Boris bike scheme is costing taxpayers £11million to run every single year.
Sponsors Barclays pay just one sixth of the cost of running the scheme.
City bike scheme is the most costly to the taxpayer in the world. 
Schemes in Paris, New York and Montreal need no money from taxpayers.



The official London cycle-hire scheme costs taxpayers more than £11million a year, even though Paris makes money from a similar version.

The so-called Boris Bikes were introduced three years ago by London Mayor Boris Johnson, who pledged to bring them in at no cost to the taxpayer through a deal with a private firm.

But figures released yesterday following a Freedom of Information request reveal the scheme’s sponsor, Barclays, pays just a sixth of the cost of keeping the bicycles on the road.

That means each of the 8,000 bikes has cost taxpayers in the capital more than £4,000 since the scheme began.

The annual £11million subsidy from the taxpayer would buy each of the 38,000 Barclays Cycle Hire scheme annual members their own bicycle worth almost £290.

Mr Johnson was yesterday accused of failing to strike a good enough sponsorship deal with Barclays.

Urban bicycle rental schemes in Paris, Montreal and New York are completely funded by sponsorship and the people using the bikes.

The successful scheme in Paris, which is privately run by advertising firm JC Decaux, makes £12.9million a year for the city council.

Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance campaign group, said: ‘Taxpayers are being landed with a massive bill to subsidise these bikes and the London Mayor must reduce that cost. The last thing anyone wants is for them to end up representing a permanent drain on scarce resources.’

Each bike in the scheme is branded with the Barclays logo, as is each of the automated docking stations from which they can be hired.


There have been 17million rentals since the scheme began.
It costs a flat £2 a day to use the bikes, with extra fees then charged by the half hour. The first 30 minutes are free, up to an hour costs £1 and up to two hours costs £6.

Transport for London (TFL) said it was left with a bill of £11.1million last year – after sponsorship and user charges covered costs of £13million – leaving an annual operational cost to the taxpayer of £1,388 per bike.

Critics last night said funding for the scheme should be improved. Former deputy mayor Jenny Jones said: ‘Going with Barclays was a big mistake. The scheme is too timorous, it’s not brave. We need to expand the scheme to the size of Paris.’

Val Shawcross, who chairs the London Assembly transport committee, said: ‘The way they went about contracting the scheme was wrong.’

New York officials say their new scheme will cost taxpayers nothing after the city struck a £27.5million deal with Citibank, while the Bixi Montreal scheme has been free to taxpayers since it began in 2009.

Barcelona’s bikes do use taxpayer money, but less than in London.
The London scheme cost £140million to set up, including buying the bikes, creating 338 docking stations and buying a fleet of trucks to distribute the bikes between stations.

Other costs include a control centre manned by 20 staff and maintaining the bikes regularly. Each bike is also equipped with a radio frequency tag that registers its location.

Leon Daniels, from TFL, said: ‘We wanted to maximise the level of private sponsorship for this scheme and the offer made by Barclays was both substantially better than any other bid and in excess of the independent valuation TfL carried out.

‘We have no evidence to suggest anyone else would be prepared to pay substantially more.’


Source: Daily Mail.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Nottingham council out perform LTPH.

Crackdown on illegal taxis catches more than 20 drivers in Nottingham 

MORE than 20 drivers have been caught picking people up for illegal taxi journeys in the city in the last six months.
Taxi licensing officers warned people against using illegal cabs after issuing fines to all those caught.



Cabs in Nottingham are licensed by the city council and fall in to two categories - those pre-booked through calling a private hire firm or Hackney carriages that can be picked up without a booking.
In the last six months 21 drivers have been caught ‘illegally plying for hire’, also known as ‘flying’ - where drivers have picked up passengers from the side of the road without having been pre-booked.

Angela Rawson, who heads up the taxi licensing function for the police and council partnership, Community Protection, said: “Getting into an unlicensed cab is like getting into a car with a complete stranger, and you wouldn’t dream of doing that.
“We have no record of the driver or the company and no way of tracing them.”
Fines and costs handed out were £10,752, and 118 penalty points were issued across the 21 drivers.
Two drivers were also disqualified from driving for six months.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, the council’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “We would urge every one of our visitors and citizens to make sure they’re only using licensed taxis.”


Meanwhile, in the capital: Since September 2012, published results from TfL show just 17 revocations of PH drivers convicted of criminal offences, including touting.
 

LTPH Insults Working Taxi Drivers As Trade Is Decimated by Non Enforcement Of PH Touts. Notice 20/13

Every night the whole of the West End and City is awash with unlawfully parked, illegally plying for hire, LTPH licensed minicabs.
Bus lanes blocked, fire exits block, cars parked on pavements causing serious problems to emergency service vehicles.

Virtually, every night venue in central London has a line of illegally plying for hire minicabs outside.

After 4 years of constant complaints to LTPH from the trade about the lack of night time enforcement, past and present directorate's have ignored requests to clear the streets of these licensed touts.

Over the last four years, LTPH have used the same old sound bite: "We are waiting for an open and shut test case". Personally, I think the case has been loaded and the train has left the station.

Have we had a single TfLTPH Notice instructing PH drivers to cease and desist....NOT ONE.

The temporary General Manager of LTPH Helen Chapman, has now taken to insulting working taxis drivers, who are trying to give a service to one of the busiest air/rail terminals in London. Yet not one word from her on the more serious problems, caused by the illegally plying for hire by touts and sexual predators. 

Serious sexual assaults including rape are currently at an all time high. The met police have recently estimated, 25 sexual attacks are carried out by minicab drivers every week.

NO ONE HAS BEEN RAPED BY LICENSED TAXI DRIVERS OVER RANKING AT PADDINGTON.

Because of ongoing works to the entrance of the taxi rank at Paddington, drivers are being held back by marshals who show little knowledge of how to keep the rolling rank moving at a sustainable rate of access and exit. 

Instead of victimising working Taxi drivers LTPH should get on site and sort out acceptable temporary feeder rank facilities. More marshals should be used at intersections to stop any blockage of access.

If cost is a problem (until the station ranks is complete) they could use the marshals from Charing Cross Road and Old Street, who are a complete waste of money anyway. Surely this is common sense.
 
If drivers were to be dissuaded from using the station rank by enforcement, action taken by trade Orgs could cripple the HEX and the smooth transfer of passengers all the way back to Heathrow. 

As for drivers queuing on Harrow Road waiting to join the rank at Paddington, as long as there is a vehicle in front of them and their engine is running (so much for the mayors cleaner air strategy) then they are just sitting in traffic and not parked, so no contravention of parking regulations is taking place. 

I'm almost sure the LTDA have already been to the adjudicators to fight action from Westminster Council on this and won. Wasn't it splashed all over the front page of Taxi Mag.  

In the notice signed by Ms Chapman, it is stated :

Drivers are reminded that they are expected to comply with the requirements of the Highway Code and their taxi licence at all times.

Could you tell us why this statement only applies to licensed Taxi drivers, while PH drivers are given a free hand to form illegal ranks wherever they like, without affecting or contravening the terms and conditions of their LTPH license

This again is an unacceptable example of LTPH harassment towards the Licensed Taxi trade, while turning a blind eye to Private Hire.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Work in Progress: RMT to Publish Cabbies Charter. Part 2

What we've got now

Policy
Our members have developed policies on many issues that affect licensed taxi drivers. The introduction to this Charter briefly describes our position on issues such as plying for hire, the distinction between the licensed taxi and ph trades and enforcement.

Parliamentary Support
The RMT Parliamentary Group currently comprises 23 Labour MPs, including John McDonnell MP who is the Convenor.
The Group meets in Parliament approximately every two months to discuss how best to take forward the union’s campaigns and the programme of work that is carried out in liaison with RMT 

Head Office.
This group played an important role in blocking legislation that would have had a damaging effect on London drivers' right to ply for hire, please see below.

Pedicabs
The London Local Authorities Bill was recently debated in the House of Commons. It contained a clause that would have granted provision for a licensing system and ranking facilities for pedicabs, undermining the highly regulated taxi trade.
Months of campaigning by the RMT, along with the support of the our parliamentary convenor John McDonnell, forced the sponsors to withdraw the offending clause.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said;
“The idea that someone on a lashed together pedicab should enjoy the same rights as a taxi driver who is tightly regulated on the grounds of both safety and knowledge is one that RMT has fought tooth and nail alongside our parliamentary convenor John McDonnell.
Everyone in the taxi trade knows that it is the RMT that has led the way in this fight and it is the hard work and determination of our members, using the full resources of the organisation, which has secured this important victory.”

Airports
The RMT is committed to “fair play” at airports for licensed taxis within the rules governing plying for hire and set out in statute.
We have ongoing legal action against a private company at Heathrow airport that is organising taxi work which takes customers away from the ranks.
The RMT is campaigning for a “first cab, first job” system which ensures an equal distribution of work amongst all taxi drivers working at airports.

Law Commission
The Law Commission is currently reviewing Taxi and Private Hire Services and is due to present their final recommendations in late 2013.
This review could have serious consequences for the licensed taxi trade including the introduction of a deregulated, one-tier system and ph vehicles being allowed to use the term 'taxi'. However, we believe the review also presents us with an opportunity to protect licensed taxi drivers' working conditions and improve public safety.

The RMT has insisted that the regulations imposed on taxi drivers and their vehicles have been successful and that public safety has been well protected. We have therefore called for the regulations to further differentiate between the taxi and ph trades by creating a legal definition of 'plying for hire', the distinguishing feature of your trade.

We have also proposed that the new legislation should ensure that; taxis are distinct and easily identifiable, the rules that govern enforcement are simplified, the source of funding for enforcement is confirmed and a clear boundary is defined between primary legislation and local licensing policy.

Our members maintain that legislation delegated to local authorities has allowed the roles of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles to become blurred without authority from Parliament. We have called for the new regulations, where possible, to be created in primary legislation in order to prevent local authorities introducing policies to suit their interpretation of the law.
Support for the issues detailed above has recently been formalised by a General Grades Committee resolution that will ensure the full resources of the RMT, including the RMT Parliamentary Group, are used to secure a favourable outcome for our members.

East London Cabby Charity Outing to Maldon

On Wednesday the 3rd July, the pupils were out in numbers on Maldon High Street to welcome the East London Cabbies Outing to the town. 

Crowds turned out to welcome and cheer the children on as the procession made its way down the High Street towards The Prom. It was wonderful to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they were treated to a Royal welcome by pupils from Maldon High and the residents of Maldon.

WELL-WISHERS gave 80 East London cabbies and hundreds of disabled school children a spectacular welcome on their annual charity outing to Maldon.

Wednesday 3rd July marked the 61st year of the parade, which takes disabled children from the London boroughs of Newham and Havering for a fun day out.

A crowd greeted the arrivals in Maldon High Street before they stopped at Plume School for a spot of lunch before making their way to Promenade Park, where the children enjoyed a disco, face-painting and a gift from the organisers.

Chairman of the East London Cabbies Outing Ken Flemwell, from East Ham, said: "The whole day went very well again and the people of Maldon did as they always do and make us proud.

Taxi drivers' livelihoods "threatened"

It seem that Taxi drivers all over the country are coming under attack:


INCENSED taxi drivers say their livelihood is being threatened by the planned £40 million redevelopment of Redhill Station.

Proposals for the station, which were submitted to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council last month, include a new Waitrose supermarket, a 193-space multi-storey car park, and a 150-home apartment block.

But cabbies who use the 20-car rank outside the town centre station entrance were horrified to see the plans only include a three-car rank round the back of the station at Redstone Hill.

They have drawn up a petition opposing the new design, signed by more than 1,000 drivers and customers.

"The passengers were up in arms," said driver Stuart Garrett. "People have moved here for the train and travel links, now we will be out of sight.

"Can we make a living off a three-car rank? No we can't."

The petition raises five objections to the proposed redevelopment.

Drivers argue that even the 25 taxis that can fill the rank and overflow often struggle to deal with the waves of commuters.

The new location at the Redstone Hill station exit would, they claim, leave elderly or disabled passengers stranded and put other vulnerable passengers at risk.

Driver Sohail Khan said: "What about elderly people or children?

"People that come to the town aren't going to know there's taxis. It is the public who will suffer."

But many of the 60 drivers who use the rank on a daily basis also say the move – which is part of a plan to pedestrianise the station forecourt – will put their jobs at risk.

"It is going to affect our livelihood," said Abid Majid, chairman of the Taxi Association.

"It is out of sight, out of mind, it will affect our income."

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council says signs will be put up directing commuters to the new taxi rank. Meanwhile applicant Solum Regeneration is liaising with drivers.

Andrew Benson, the council's major projects planning officer, said: "One of the objectives for the station site is to improve the pedestrian environment outside the station and the pedestrian links into the town centre.

"The scheme proposes a pedestrianised plaza outside the station to meet this objective but this does result in the loss of the taxi rank to the front."

The petition was submitted to the council last week.

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FURY AS TAXI DRIVERS ARE STOPPED FROM PICKING UP GATWICK PASSENGERS

TAXI drivers say their livelihoods are at risk as they are now being forced to pick up Gatwick Airport passengers from short-stay car parks.

Cabbies have previously been able to collect customers from the drop-off points at the North and South Terminals.

But they have been told that from today (Wednesday) they will be fined if they do so – and instead must pay £3 to wait in a car park.

Taxi drivers say it is an attempt to remove the competition for Airport Cars Gatwick.

A Gatwick Airport spokeswoman explained that an existing policy is simply being enforced more strictly now, with traffic marshals having only recently started moving taxi drivers on if they are waiting where they shouldn't.

She said: "It has always been official policy that Gatwick's short-stay car parks should be used when picking up passengers by private car or taxi.

"Due to increasing congestion at Gatwick's forecourt areas, we will now be enforcing this policy at both terminals.

"This will ensure that space at our forecourts is protected for passengers being dropped off – a facility we continue to offer for free."


Work in Progress: RMT to Publish Cabbies Charter.

The RMT have been working on a charter for all taxi drivers members.
The document being put together is a work in progress and as such is not yet policy.
You can have your say as to the final draft of the document before it is presented to unity house for ratification. 

As this work is quite substantial it has been decided to serialise over the next few days. 
Please take the time to read carefully and use the comment facility to discuss.

Remember, it hasn't been approved by HQ, but it does describe how we have different views from other trade orgs on many of the LC proposals.

PART 1

Introduction

This Charter describes the RMT's position on many of the issues that are affecting licensed taxi drivers and explains how our members are campaigning to improve your working conditions. It also explains the benefits of belonging to our union and provides information about how you can join.

Licensed taxis are subject to a strict licensing regime that regulates both you and your vehicle. The RMT recognise the crucial role that these regulations have played in protecting your customers and we assert that these high standards should be maintained.

However, despite your undoubted contribution to public safety, many local authorities have allowed the roles of the licensed taxi and private hire trades to become blurred. These policies and lack of enforcement of taxi and private hire legislation has allowed vehicles, other than licensed taxis, to “ply for hire”. Indeed, in some areas, ph companies actually hold the monopoly to “ply for hire” at many venues where they are allowed to interview and cherry-pick customers.

The RMT strongly believe that plying for hire is the privilege in return for which you accept the restrictions imposed upon it in the public interest. As such, we maintain that the authorities should recognise the different working practices of the taxi and private hire trades and take robust action against those who do not.

All parties recognise the danger that illegally plying for hire and touting pose to public safety. We are therefore campaigning for a number of changes to legislation that will help define the boundary between our working practices and those of the private hire trade. We believe the following changes would simplify enforcement by helping to identify unlicensed drivers and those acting outside the terms of their licence.

Recognition of solicitation as the defining action between the offences of illegally plying for hire and touting for hire.
We assert that a vehicle that is inviting custom by being visible and available for immediate use is “plying for hire”. If the driver of that vehicle then invites a potential customer to engage it, then the separate offence of touting has been committed.

All ph operators to have a system to capture and provide proof of a booking.
If enforced, this simple solution would deny clip board Johnnies the opportunity to interview and cherry pick customers that would have otherwise chosen to travel by licensed taxi.

Taxis and private hire vehicles should be distinct and easily identifiable.
We have campaigned for all newly licensed taxis to be the same colour whilst all
newly licensed private hire vehicles should be an identical colour but different to taxis. Our members also believe that permanent “no booking, no ride” door vinyls should be mandatory for private hire vehicles and that roof lights should be restricted for use by licensed taxis only.

The RMT is concerned about a recent legal case which could have a damaging effect on enforcement. The High Court has recently produced a landmark decision confirming that it is unlawful for a local authority to charge lawful licensees for the cost of enforcement against unlicensed operators. We are working to confirm the source of funding for action against unlicensed drivers.

The taxi trade, and in particular, your hard earned right to ply for hire is being undermined. The time has come to fight back with the strength and experience of the RMT, a member led, specialist transport union.

Services & Benefits

Our members have access to a variety of services that protect and promote your interests in the workplace. There are also a number of benefits included with your membership.

Services

Member Led Union

RMT members determine policy at Branch meetings, this gives you the chance to have your say and influence your Branch's policy.

Representation

Branch members can request advice on how to challenge Penalty Charge Notices issued by local authorities.

Where Branch members are requested to reply to complaints made against them by members of the public to a local authority, then they may seek the assistance of a Branch representative in correspondence. Where driver attendance at a personal hearing is requested by the licensing authority, then a member may ask to be accompanied by a Branch officer

If a Branch member is arrested at work (or driving a taxi to or from work) the RMT Legal Helpline can arrange for a solicitor to be available.

Legal Services

Free legal services from Thompsons Solicitors.
Members are eligible for legal representation in personal injury claims, employment tribunals and criminal law.
For full details contact RMT Legal Services 0800 587 7516 or visit www.thompsonstradeunionlaw.co.uk

Benefits

Fines Pool

RMT taxi drivers can join the union's Fines Pool for £5 per year. The fines pool reimburses members for any speeding fines, related court costs and lost time to attend court hearings.

The Fines Pool will also pay for speed awareness courses where a member opts out of a Court appearance and has not agreed to a caution.

Contact your branch for details.

Financial Protection

The RMT can help you protect the things that matter most, we can cover :-

The Unexpected like serious accidents. Up to £100,000 cover for less than £2 per week. Cover for partners and children.

Your Life. A cash lump sum in the event of your death.

Your Wages. Cash coming in if you are off work due to illness, accident or injury.

50+ Accident Insurance Pays up to £6000 for a wide range of injuries. Designed to cover the costs of treatment, taxis, help around the house and even a holiday to recuperate.

Free £2500 personal accident and accidental death cover.

For further information visit http://www.rmtprotect.com/ or call 0845 026 1101.

Credit Union

Our not-for-profit Credit Union is run by RMT members for RMT members. Members can save and apply for low interest loans.

For further information about these benefits contact your rep or RMT Head Office on freephone 0800 376 3706

Part 2 soon.

Cyclist in his 60s critical after being hit by a bus in Stamford Hill

A cyclist is fighting for his life after being hit by a bus in north London.

The man, who is believed to be in his 60s, was struck at the junction of Stamford Hill and Clapton Common at around 5.20pm yesterday.

Witnesses said they thought he went under the bus.

Solicitor Irfan Kunes, 30, said: “I think the bus went over him as his chest looked as if it had gone in.

“It was a number 67 bus, which stopped and police kept it there for ages.

“Paramedics tried to revive him at the scene and an air ambulance landed in the middle of the junction but they didn’t take him away in it so we thought he hadn’t made it.”

Dominos manager Shan Ramachandran, 32, said: “I couldn’t see the man properly as there were so many people crowding round but he looked badly injured. There was a lot of blood. Then the ambulance came and took him away.”

The victim, who has not been named, is in a critical condition in hospital.

Police are now appealing for witnesses  to come forward.

Source: Evening Standard.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

O’Connell does it in the back of a Taxi

Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell has broadcast live from a taxi, on the move across London, to promote Sky Fibre Unlimited Broadband.

Christian and side-kick Richie Firth presented the whole live four hour show roaming around some of London’s famous landmarks and were even joined by singer-songwriter “Passenger” for an intimate acoustic gig live from the back of the cab.

The broadcast was the culmination of a week-long on-air and online promotion. From Monday 1st July two listeners per day were given the chance to phone-in and play the “Panic” competition. They’ll were given a topic and had 11 seconds to name 11 things within that topic. At the same time Christian and Richie repeated the word “panic” over and over to put them off.

The deal was brokered by Lauren Croly at Mediacom, Vanessa Woodard at Sky, Lucy Swirling at TPF and Absolute Radio.

Katherine Knapp, Head of Promotions for Absolute Radio said, “We continue to have a strong commercial relationship with Sky, and this promotion perfectly highlights their campaign in Manchester and London by adding a sense of fun and personality from our award-winning breakfast show.”


CLUBBERS HELD INSIDE FABRIC FOLLOWING RAPE INCIDENT

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Clubbers were held inside Fabric following an incident at the London club on Sunday morning. 

Security would not allow anyone to enter or exit the venue for a sustained period of time after an allegation of rape was made.

A statement was posted to the club's official Facebook page earlier today, reading: "We’d like to apologise to anybody who was unable to leave the venue between the hours of 5am and 6:30am on [Sunday morning]. 

"Our staff were acting under police advice in response to an alleged incident that happened inside the venue. Fabric takes the safety of its patrons incredibly seriously. We’re unable to comment further as the police are still carrying out their investigation."

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that there was an allegation of rape at the club around 4:30am on Sunday.

The security lockdown caused some consternation among clubbers inside Fabric, who were told they could not leave the venue. Those wanting to get into the club were also made to wait outside. 

This led to Norwegian DJ and Noir Music/OFF Recordings artist Finnebassen to post a complaint on Facebook which has now been removed.

At around 6am on Sunday he took to Facebook to say: "Basically they won't let anyone leave before the police have done an onsite investigation and taken the info of everyone here. 2500 people or so."

A police investigation is ongoing. 

Source: MixMag

C.A.B PROTESTS TO RESUME.....by Dave Davies.

The C.A.B action group will resume action in the coming weeks to protest about the continued corruption and improper action by the Mayor and TFL, in particular in relation to the London Taxi Age Limit.


The recently published Defra report clearly demonstrates that the taxi age limit is improper and did absolutely nothing to reduce pollution as it was claimed it would.


Thousands of drivers and operators have been forced to scrap perfectly good taxis at great expense for no proper purpose.  The ONLY  purpose was to allow Tory MP Tim Yeo to sell his new Mercedes Taxis and earn a profit from a business which would have otherwise failed.

 

The recent Sunday Times exposure  of Tim Yeo clearly shows that corrupt and improper conduct has taken place.


In the undercover film Tim Yeo bragged that he could shape policy (which is what he did with the London Taxi Age Limit) and that he had contact with all the key players (in this case that presumably means his buddy Boris who implemented the Taxi Age Limit for him).


Absolutely no action has been taken by the Mayor or TFL in relation to the Defra report or the exposure of Tim Yeo.

Complaints about the continued improper conduct have been ignored by the Mayor and TFL.

 

The C.A.B protests will resume in London and continue until the Government takes action (it is clear that the Mayor is accountable to no one so this is the only appropriate action to call for).  

 

C.A.B will call for;

·         Immediate and urgent action by the Government to stop the continuation of the improper and unlawful London Taxi Age Limit.

·         An immediate and urgent investigation into the improper actions at TFL which have led to the failed air quality strategies (including the London Taxi Age Limit) and led to thousands of deaths in London from pollution. 
This should be in the form of a Public Inquiry and will expose fully the corrupt and improper practices at TFL that have taken place.