Saturday, September 21, 2013

PC Andrew Duncan crash death: Man charged over killing

A man has been charged over the death of a police officer who was hit by a car he was trying to stop.

PC Andrew Duncan, 47, was checking vehicle speeds in Sutton, south London, at 00:50 BST on Friday when the Volkswagon Golf struck him.

The father-of-two died in hospital from his injuries.

Gary Bromige, 25, from South Norwood, will appear at South Western Magistrates' Court later charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Bromige is also charged failing to stop at the scene of the accident at the junction of Reigate Avenue and Rose Hill, failing to report an accident and driving without insurance

Two men aged 19 and 20 who were arrested on Sunday in connection with the investigation remain in custody at a south London police station.

A woman arrested on Saturday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice has been bailed.


"Loved The a Job"

Earlier, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "Andy was a hard working and courageous policeman. He served the community as both a police officer and as a scouting volunteer.

"The night he was injured, he was doing a job that he loved and we all had every right to expect he would return safely to his home and family - tragically that was not the case."

PC Duncan was married and had a son and a daughter.

He joined the Met in 1990 and worked in Battersea, Hammersmith and Fulham, before joining the South-West Traffic Unit in 2004.

Source BBC News


Man Arrested After MPS Traffic Office Injured In Hit And Run

Police have arrested a man in connection with the collision that left an MPS Traffic officer critically ill in hospital.

PC Andrew Duncan, known as Andy, aged 47, remains in a critical condition in hospital after the collision that happened shortly before 0100 today.

The man, aged 25, attended a south London police station, yesterday afternoon where he was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury whilst dangerous driving. 

Andy was working on a speed enforcement operation with a colleague, when they noticed a car driving at speed along Reigate Avenue toward Rosehill. Andy attempted to stop the car by signalling for the driver to pull over. 

The driver of the car then collided with Andy, and drove off towards Rosehill. The car was found abandoned nearby, and officers would like to hear from anyone who was a passenger in the car at the time of the collision.

Reigate Avenue is a residential area and officers are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the incident to get in touch with the investigation team. It is possible that people were looking out their windows at the time, or may have been out in the street.

Officers from the Traffic Operational Command Unit are investigating. The MPS is providing support to Andy's family, and his colleagues, at this difficult time. 

Commander Dave Martin, said:

"Andy is a hard working and committed police officer. He is extremely popular with everyone he comes into contact with. The thoughts of the MPS are with Andy and his family at this distressing time, we are all wishing for his recovery."

The Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: 

"An officer injured on duty is always upsetting for all of us in the Met and our best wishes are with him at this time. We will of course ensure that he, his family and his colleagues are being fully supported and a thorough investigation into the incident has already begun. 

"Whilst serious injuries on duty are thankfully rare, it is a reminder of the courage of our front-line staff when carrying out their role to keep London safe."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team 0208 941 9011


Update: Officer involved in collision has died

We are sad to announce that PC Andrew Duncan, known as Andy, who was taken to hospital following a collision in Sutton, died in the early hours of today, Sunday 22 September.

London cabbies celebrate 20 years of charity trip

One hundred London cabbies teamed up to take sick children to Disneyland Paris over the weekend for the 20th anniversary of the Children's Magical Taxi Tour.

The charity raises funds throughout the year to enable a convoy of licensed taxis to complete the trip, along with police escorts, ambulances and AA breakdown vehicles.


Over a hundred children suffering from a range of illnesses and life limiting conditions will spend three days at the French theme park, along with their carers, parents and a team of medics.


At the departure breakfast at Canary Wharf's East Wintergarden on Friday [September 20th], the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, praised the work of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers who organise the trip, before cutting a red ribbon to set this year's drivers off.


The convey of vehicles can stretch up to three miles long as they travel to Dover and then through France - and have guzzled 50000 gallons of fuel throughout the two decades it has been running.


To date, they have taken around 4000 children on the once in a lifetime trip.



Giving sick children a break from their world of treatment and therapy by going on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Resort Paris in a convoy of London Taxis.


Children and their families can only do this with the support of Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics.

And lets not forget the guy's and girl's from The Police, Ambulance, Medic's & The AA , plus the many other's who volunteer to make this trip such a wonderful experience.







Friday, September 20, 2013

Another Insult to The Taxi Trade From the Mirror.

Headline in the Mirror. TAXI! Brighton players forced to flag down cabs to QPR game as coach breaks down. 



The story went on:
Tomasz Kuszczak posts pictures on Facebook of him and his teammates crammed into a cab bound for Loftus Road. 

Brighton and Hove Albion players were forced to take taxis to Loftus Road for their game last night after their coach broke down en route to West London.

Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak took to Facebook to share a picture of himself and teammates squeezed into a PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLE  as they travelled to last night's 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

"On the way to yesterday's game, our coach broke down and we had to take a taxi to the stadium!" Kuszczak wrote. 

Another case of lazy journalism from the mirror or is there something much deeper in the way the Private Hire trade are constantly portrayed in the media as Taxis and Cabs.

Some years ago a company invented a Hoover. It became a great success. The company name was synonymous with the product. Soon other companies were producing copy versions of this product and within a few years the the iconic name was being used by everyone and no one associated the name Hoover with the original company which eventually disappeared. 

But today the name Hoover lives on, describing a variety of copied products much in the same way the Taxi trades name will out live the iconic trade it represents, as we are swallowed up post Law Commission.




Minicab Driver, Tied Up Woman And Forcibly Administered Abortion.

An Afghani minicab driver gave his mistress an 'internet abortion' to make her miscarry his live child, a court heard.

The baby survived for ten minutes outside the womb after Ahmed Raofi, 29, administered Misoprostol tablets to Irene Santos when she was tied up with gaffer tape at his flat in Edgware, northwest London.

He had become enraged that Ms Santos, 39, had refused to terminate the 19-week-old foetus after she became pregnant during the affair.

Raofi had been spending time with his wife in his native Afghanistan when Santos told him on Skype that she was pregnant with his baby.

When he returned to London he attacked Ms Santos for refusing a termination before telling her that he would ‘punch it out of her,’ Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

‘Irene Santos was the lover of the defendant, a Filipino national working in this country - the defendant was married to another woman,’ prosecutor David Markham told the court.

‘The defendant had met Ms Santos in late 2011 and they became lovers - she knew he was married and that he was not seeking a serious relationship.

‘The defendant travelled to Afghanistan in January this year to be with his wife and it was then that Ms Santos told him over Skype that she was pregnant.

‘He had previously made it clear to Ms Santos that the prospect of having a child in these circumstances was something he did not want.

‘When she became pregnant he wanted her to have an abortion and when she refused to do that he took matters into his own had to end the pregnancy against her wishes.

‘In February he had tried to take Ms Santos to an abortion clinic and booked an appointment for her but she refused to go through with it.

‘He told her that he would wait until she was seven months pregnant then, in his words, ''punch it out of her.''

After hours of internet research, Raofi bought packets Misoprostol online and invited Ms Santos to his flat on April 9 with the promise of sex.

Mr Markham said: ‘They had made love on the night of April 9 and after that the defendant produced some gaffer tape and asked if she wanted a ''Chinese massage.''

‘Ms Santos lied naked on her back and could feel plastic against her legs - the defendant then pulled her legs apart and she then felt at least four tablets go inside her.

‘When she screamed he put the gaffer tape over her mouth.

‘In the early hours of April 10 Ms Santos suffered abdominal cramping and bleeding and called 999.

‘The foetus, which was 19 weeks old, came out her before the ambulance arrived.

‘There were signs of life and a paramedic described that he could see the baby breathing and moving for at least ten minutes before it died.

‘Ms Santos told a midwife at hospital what had happened to her and that is when the police were called and the defendant was arrested.’

Judge Aidan Marron said Raofi had ‘surreptitiously’ had sex with Ms Santos so that she was naked and that he could detain her and force the abortion.

‘Overtures to Ms Santos to terminate the baby were to no avail and yet apparently she continued throughout to love you dearly,’ Judge Marron said.

‘You obtained drugs to facilitate a miscarriage and then surreptitiously engaged in sexual intercourse with Ms Santos so when she was naked you could cause the abortion.

‘You denied a woman of a much wanted child and the damage to that woman is manifestly profound.’

Raofi, of Whitchurch Avenue, Edgware, northwest London, admitted to administering a poison with intent to procure a miscarriage.



 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Are LTPH, The Best Licensing Authority In The Country? Or, Incompetent Deluded and Not Fit For Service.?

He who pays for the whitewash, decides where to paint it...



Are the staff at Palestra labouring under a mistaken belief that they are the best licensing authority in the country?

Dozens of drivers complaining that through mismanagement and incompetence, they are having their right to work taken away, because of hold ups in admin while waiting for license renewals.

New drivers are having to work without ID badges, because of a problem with their supply.

We've had scandal after scandal, from PH roundels and satellite office licenses given out like sweets... to fraud and corruption with a staff members arrest and subsequent court case.

In the last two years, we've  seen virtually no enforcement to protect the public from touting as LTPH publicly celebrated their first ever conviction for illegally plying for hire. 
And it only took 13 years.

We've had a fifteen year age limit imposed on the trade, supposedly to clean up emission levels even though the Mayor knew, new vehicles are more polluting.
 (Confirmed by Defra and Kings Reports)

Yet not a word in any trade media/publication, from the trade orgs that engage with LTPH on a regular basis


So that's how they've managed to keep the UTG quiet, there is another £25k seat on the board of TfL on the horizon.  No one wants to rock the boat ahead of the Law Commission report to Parliament.



Now there is a surprise...Deloittes' are recommending retaining a limited engagement with trade associations.

Wonder who throught that one up Leon?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Get your facts straight...it's the NOx that's killing you, not the CO2

Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring chemical compound, composed of two oxygen atoms each covalently double bonded to a single carbon atom. 

At the beginning of 2012, Mayor Boris decided in his infinite wisdom to introduce a 15 year age limit on London's Taxis. Unfortunately his decision wasn't evidence backed and he has been poorly advised  by his so called experts. DREFRA and Kings reports show that the new Taxis Boris has promoted are more polluting, than the ones he has retired from service.

Ill informed cyclists, protesting that CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is killing them, in central London.




Carbon dioxide (chemical formula CO2)
Co2 is a naturally occurring chemical compound composed of two oxygen atoms each covalently double bonded to a single carbon atom. It is a gas at standard temperature and pressure and exists in Earth's atmosphere in this state, as a trace gas at a concentration of 0.039 per cent by volume.

As part of the carbon cycle, plants, algae, and cyanobacteria use light energy to photosynthesize carbohydrate from carbon dioxide and water, with oxygen produced as a waste product.

However, photosynthesis cannot occur in darkness and at night some carbon dioxide is produced by plants during respiration.

Carbon dioxide is produced by combustion of coal or hydrocarbons, the fermentation of sugars in beer and winemaking and by respiration of all living organisms. It is exhaled in the breath of humans and land animals. It is emitted from volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and other places where the earth's crust is thin and is freed from carbonate rocks by dissolution. CO2 is also found in lakes, at depth under the sea and commingled with oil and gas deposits.

NOx is a generic term for mono-nitrogen oxides NO and NO2
NOx reacts with ammonia, moisture, and other compounds to form nitric acid vapor and related particles. 

Small particles can penetrate deeply into sensitive lung tissue and damage it, causing premature death in extreme cases. Inhalation of such particles may cause or worsen respiratory diseases, such as emphysema or bronchitis, or may also aggravate existing heart disease.

NOx reacts with volatile organic compounds in the presence of sunlight to form Ozone. Ozone can cause adverse effects such as damage to lung tissue and reduction in lung function mostly in susceptible populations (children, elderly, asthmatics). Ozone can be transported by wind currents and cause health impacts far from the original sources. 

NOx destroys ozone in the stratosphere. Ozone in the stratosphere absorbs ultraviolet light, which is potentially damaging to life on earth. NOx from combustion sources does not reach the stratosphere; instead, NOx is formed in the stratosphere from photolysis of nitrous oxide.

CYCLIST OBSERVE THE HIGHWAY CODE IN LONDON ; ONLINE PETITION by DavidLittle.

We would like to see the Police enforcing the Highway Code against Cyclist that fail to observe the Highway Code i.e. failing to stop at red traffic lights, driving up one way streets the wrong way and driving on pavements. 

Also the amount of cyclists who ride at night without reflective clothing or lights is a danger to other road users, motorists and pedestrians. Currently the police are seldom seen to take action against this type of offence. 

Cyclist be required to displayed a Registration Plate on the Cycle for persons of 18 years old and over.

Why is this important?

As the number of Cyclist increase in London so does the number of cyclist failing to observe the Highway Code. This is a danger to all road users and pedestrians alike. The only way I see to reverse the constant law breakers is to Registrar the cycle so that it can be traced by the Police and action taken against the driver.
Please sign  http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/cyclist-observe-the-highway-code-in-london
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HIGHWAY CODE

60

Between sunset and sunrise your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. 

It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 24 January 1996). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. Flashing lights are permitted but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.

68

You MUST NOT

  • carry a passenger unless your cycle has been built or adapted to carry one
  • hold onto a moving vehicle or trailer
  • ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner
  • ride when under the influence of drink or drugs, including medicine.
    Law RTA 1988 sects 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 as amended by RTA 1991

69

You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD reg 10(1)





Draft Euston Area Plan – We need your views





Consultation between 29th July and 7th October 2013

We want your views on the draft Euston Area Plan. We are consulting on a draft version of the plan and its draft Sustainability Appraisal until 5pm on 7th October 2013.

The draft Euston Area Plan, draft sustainability appraisal and living draft of the background report are available by clicking on the links below. The plan seeks to ensure that whether or not the new High Speed Rail link (HS2) goes ahead, despite Camden Council’s strong opposition to HS2, we can get the best possible future for residents, businesses and visitors to Euston. We need your views on the proposals for the Euston area shown in the draft Euston Area Plan and you can also comment on the Draft Sustainability Appraisal.

Main consultation document:
Draft Euston Area Plan for consultation July 2013 (4.6MB, pdf)
Text only version of Draft EAP for consultation July 2013 (2MB, RTF)

Draft Sustainability Appraisal:
Draft Sustainability Appraisal of the draft EAP, July 2013 (2.4MB, pdf)

Background:
Draft EAP Living draft Background Report July 2013 (10.2MB, pdf)
There are also supporting studies (including an Historic Area Assessment, Economic Vision Report and draft Transport Study Summary) available at the documents page.

How to comment

Once you have had a look at the draft EAP please complete the online questionnaire by clicking the link: ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE

 Other ways of viewing information and commenting are below:

  • Speak to the Euston Area Plan team at pop up events throughout the summer (see below)
  • Look at an online 3D model of the proposals shown in the draft plan by clicking here
  • View hard copies of the draft Euston Area Plan at St Pancras and Camden Town libraries
  • Contact the EAP team at eustonareaplan@camden.gov.uk for help with commenting or to request translations or copies of materials
  • You can use Camden’s textlink service on 020 7974 6866 if you are hard of hearing and need help

Dates and locations of pop up events

9th August, 8am – 12pm, Euston Square Gardens, Euston Road, NW1
12th August, 3pm – 7pm, Cumberland Market open space, NW1
13th August, 3pm – 7pm, St James Gardens, Cardington Street, NW1
12th September, 8am – 11am, Ampthill Square open space, NW1
17th September, 8am – 12pm, St James Gardens, Cardington Street, NW1
18th September, 3pm – 7pm, Euston Square Gardens, Euston Road, NW1
19th September, 3pm – 7pm, Cumberland Market open space, NW1
26th September, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Hpod, Cumberland Market, NW1 3RH

What next?

The Euston Area Plan team will take into account the comments made on the draft Euston Area Plan before producing a revised version of the EAP known as the Pre Submission draft EAP. This will be published at the end of 2013 for further comment ahead of submission for independent examination by a planning inspector. It is anticipated that this examination would take place in mid 2014.

What consultation has there been before?

We previously consulted on the Euston Area Plan between 5th November and 14th December. We asked for your views on the initial objectives and asked what uses you would like to see above a redeveloped station, as part of the HS2 project, if it goes ahead despite Camden Council’s strong opposition, or as part of the redevelopment of the station on the existing footprint. We received many useful comments  (see Stage 1 report below) which highlighted general support for the objectives and which have been used to inform the draft Euston Area Plan published now. We also held an initial stakeholder workshop, details of which can be found below.

How to keep updated

You can follow the progress of the plan on twitter, follow @eustonareaplan, and the project team are always happy to get your views by email at eustonareaplan@camden.gov.uk . You can also sign up for news bulletins using the link below.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Transport for London: Taxi and Private Hire Review














Minicab driver 'careless' not to see man with crutches he ran over and killed

A MINICAB driver was 'careless' not to see a pedestrian with a crutch whom he ran over and killed in Kingsbury, a court heard.

Wahidullah Hoori, 41, had just turned off Edgware Road in Kingsbury when his 05-reg Seat Alambra people carrier hit Barry Southgate as the slow-moving 64-year-old crossed Kingsbury Road, at 11.50pm on April 11 2012.

Mr Southgate, of Theobald Crescent, Harrow, died nine days later from his injuries at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London.

Hoori denies causing death by careless driving and is standing trial at Wood Green Crown Court in north London.

Prosecutor Nicholas Bleaney told jurors: "The prosecution say he should have seen him and had plenty of opportunity to see him and Mr Southgate was doing nothing dramatic.

"He was walking along at a relatively slow, pedestrian speed - something any driver in any part of the country, particularly in London, has to deal with all the time.

"He did not suddenly come out from behind a tree and his movements, we say, were pretty obvious.

"Speed isn't an issue. The turn was conducted at a normal speed.
"The accident, we say, was caused by carelessness.

"He (Hoori) should have stopped in time to avoid a collision or at the very least swerved to avoid him."
Mr Southgate had helped plaster a wall at a friend's house before he and his friend went for a drink at The Moon Under Water in Varley Parade, The Hyde in Colindale, where the victim drank two pints of real ale.

His bus home sped past as the two left the pub and so Mr Southgate, who was also known as Barry O'Reilly, decided at 11.30pm to walk down Edgware Road and had just turned the corner into Kingsbury Road when he was hit by the nearside front grill of Hoori's minicab.

Mr Bleaney said the defendant made a statement to police that he had been working since 2pm on the day of the collision, that he had had a day off the previous day and had consumed neither alcohol or drugs before the crash.

Witness Raluca Frunza told the court: "I saw the old man. He was on the other side of the road.
"He was walking really slowly because he was on crutches. He was not using [the traffic island] to cross the road.

"I heard a noise like a metal-to-metal noise and heard a male scream, a yell, and then I realised that the car had hit the old man.
"I saw a lot of blood on the floor."

She described Mr Southgate as "a chunky man, overweight, with a big belly, grey messy hair and a great beard".

The trial of Hoori, of Raccoon Way, Hounslow, who was using a Pashtu interpreter, continues.

Source: Harrow Observer 

SERIOUS COMMENT 

Would Helen Chapman like to explain:
How did a person like Mr Hoori, who needs an interpreter, obtained a Private Hire license ? 
He obviously can't read or write English... so who filled in his application form - which requires the candidate to be able to speak and write basic English ?

Are LTPH turning a blind eye to fraudulent applications to obtain PH licenses ?

If this is so, LTPH could be guilty of corporate manslaughter, a very serious charge indeed !

This information should be looked into and forwarded to appropriate body for investigation. Is this poor man dead due the incompetence and malfeasance of those running LTPH ? Maybe so! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

NY City Seized A Record 1,000 Illegal Cabs

City seized record 1,000 illegal cabs last month

These unlicensed hacks will drive anything to make a few bucks.

The city seized a record 1,000 illegal cabs last month — including jalopies with busted windshields, broken doors and thick layers of rust, The Post has learned.

One seized junker — a 2002 Lincoln — had a broken front door that was held closed by wrapping the driver’s seat belt through an open window and tying it off. Another heap — a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria — sported a broken windshield, while another — a massively rusted 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis registered in Texas — didn’t have hub caps or a license plate and was missing bolts in all four wheels.

“I don’t even know how these cars are on the road,” said incredulous tow-truck driver Peter Alogni, 33. “Would you get into that?”

The August record beat the Taxi & Limousine Commission’s previous high of 849 in January of this year and the next, 719 in January 1998.

Not all of the confiscated cars were clunkers. The TLC recently seized a Cadillac Escalade, as well as a repainted New Jersey police car a driver was using as a cab.

Some phony cabbies are even shelling out for daily rental cars and putting the wheels to work — leaving rental companies holding the bag if cars are towed. Since a car can be released only to its official owner, businesses like Hertz and Enterprise have to pay impound fees in order to pick up the cars from the TLC lot, according to Williamsburg-based Knights Towing.

The TLC credits its record number of illegal-cab seizures to a March contract signed with Knights Towing which now picks up seized cars from a TLC staging area and impounds them for the agency.

This allows TLC officers, known as the Proudest, to focus on enforcement instead of towing and impounding. Before the deal with Knights, inspectors took seized cars to a Queens lot donated to the TLC in 2012 by a civic philanthropist — or else had to hunt for scarce space at an NYPD tow pound.

“We’re determined to crack down on the illegal-taxi business,” said TLC Commissioner David Yassky.

The TLC added 125 officers to the force last year.

“It’s an important part of our mission to protect the public from potentially unsafe cars,” Yassky added.

Unlike real cabbies, illegal hacks don’t undergo drug testing or criminal-background checks, nor do they purchase for-hire insurance. And TLC-licensed livery cabs are also inspected every four months.

Drivers with illegal cars face steep fines from the TLC, in addition to towing fees. A first-time offense runs $600 plus $185 in tow fees, with a second offense costing $800. If drivers are caught three times or more, the fine increases to $1,000 if they plead guilty — and can go up to $1,500 if they are found guilty following a hearing.

Knights Towing says the enforcement is effective and it’s seeing fewer repeat offenders.

“As the illegal drivers come to understand that the TLC enforcement is real and has teeth, you’ll see the number of illegal drivers drop even further,” Yassky said.

Green Councillor Backs Down After Suggesting Boycott Of Licensed Taxi Firms.

A councillor's suggestion a local authority could “boycott” a city taxi firm after an advert attacking 20mph speed limits has sparked a political storm.

Green councillor Ben Duncan asked whether Brighton and Hove City Council should sever links with cab company City Cabs over the anonymous paid-for piece published on Wednesday last week.



The advert in The Argus suggested a “crippling” move by council bosses to force city-wide 20mph speed limits was a “declaration of war on motorists”.
 
A second advert published in The Argus on Saturday said: “Driving around Brighton and Hove is tough enough. We don’t want it to become any harder.”

Councillor Duncan said the first advert was “based on utter mistruths” and claimed it had been produced by furious taxi bosses determined to derail the controversial policy.

On Twitter he said: “Wondering if we’ll have to start urging official BHCC boycott of City Cars (sic) after they declare war on council 20mph speed limits.”


Some delegates at the Green Party Conference were quick to support the idea, with one tweeting: “Boycott City cabs / Southern Taxis who paid 4 Brighton Argus anti 20mph ad.”

Councillors gave the go-ahead on the first phase of the 20mph proposal in January, claiming the move will improve road safety and air quality.

But taxi firms have long opposed the plans, insisting slower speed limits would lead to frustrated passengers attacking drivers.

Speaking yesterday, Councillor Duncan said he “strongly disagreed” with a boycott but said it was important to debate the idea.

He said: “I think a boycott at this point would be disproportionate – and it’s important that we know all the facts first.

“I can see why a child or someone with subnormal intelligence might assume I was calling for a boycott now but they’d be wrong.

“The problem is that this ad was based on untruths. It suggested that the 20mph limit was a war on motorists, when in fact it is about enforced peace.”

But opposition councillors disagreed, with some accusing Coun Duncan of attacking hardworking taxi drivers in order to make a political point.

Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of the Labour group, said: “I'm very concerned at this irresponsible call for a boycott of local taxi drivers, who work long hours in order to make a living.

“The Greens can't keep saying whatever they like regardless of the consequences.”

Conservative councillor Geoffrey Theobald said: “I think it’s outrageous in a democracy taxi drivers have every right to express their views."

“Nothing ceases to amaze me in the way in which Green party members are expressing their views about people who don’t agree with them.”

Labour peer and former council leader Steve Bassam tweeted: “BHGreen Party now want BHCC to ban use of City Cars (sic) because they had the temerity to question how 20mph is being introduced."

“There is nasty authoritarian streak to BHGreen Party now calling for council boycott of City Cabs & Southern Taxis over 20 mph plans.”

This morning, Green council leader Jason Kitcat said: "Just to be very clear - there is no Green Party nor Green administration sanctioned boycott of taxis."

And fellow Green councillor Sven Rufus said: "Don't assume what Ben Duncan says is GP policy. No boycott. Disappointed by ad though."

The Argus understands a complaint has been made about the first advert to the Advertising Standards Authority.

Last night taxi bosses declined to comment.

Source: The Argus.

Comments taken from Twitter:

Conservative councillor for Westbourne Ward on B&H council Graham Cox said:
"If the GMB were also involved in the 20mph advert will B&H Greens want to boycott there members as well?

The GMB stated they were invited but declined, but are now reconsidering after attack on their members. By calling for a boycott of City Cabs innocent Taxi Drivers income is under attack.

The Chairperson of the B&H Co-Op party said:
"Green councillor @KemptownBen now referring to people who disagree with him as having subnormal intelligence."

Executive member of B&H & District Labour Party Adrian Morris said:
"@KemptownBen Cllr for @BHGreens refers to people of "subnormal intelligence" - suitable language for a councillor? Apologise for reference: people of "subnormal intelligence" or you're not fit to be @BHGreens councillor."

In his own defence Cllr Duncan said:
@ThePennyDrops that's not what I meant at all! Not people who disagreed with me but people who thought I was calling for a boycott!

Later, TalkSport news reader, Robyn Schonhofer added to the twitter debate by saying:
"@KemptownBen Your tweet was suggestive of a boycott. FYI the term "subnormal intelligence" is derogatory and offensive."