Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
London Taxi Drivers
New Design Licences and Identifiers
Further to TPH Notices 07/13 and 10/13, Transport for London has commenced issuing replacement licences and identifiers to all licensed London taxi drivers in October 2013.
The new licences and identifiers will be of a similar design to existing ones but will contain a number of new security features, including a hologram and a barcode unique to the driver. In addition, following feedback from the trade, the new suburban identifiers have a larger space to show the areas in which a driver is licensed to ply for hire. Samples of the new design identifiers are below.
The replacement licences and identifiers are being issued as follows:
* From 1 October, any newly licensed driver is issued with the new style licence and identifiers.
* Drivers renewing their licence from 1 October will be issued with a new style licence. Their new style identifiers will be sent separately.
* All other drivers will receive their replacement licence and identifiers together by the end of 2013.
Drivers should display their replacement identifiers and carry the copy of their replacement licence as soon as they receive them. Drivers renting taxis should give the original licence to the owner of the taxi and ask for the return of the existing licence.
Accompanying the new documents will be instructions advising how to return existing documents to TfL.
As the new licences contain a digital image of the driver we will not be able to issue a replacement licence and identifiers to those drivers who have not responded to our requests to provide passport size photographs.
Any driver who has not yet responded to this request is urged to do so without further delay as until a photograph is provided TfL will be unable to issue the replacement licence and identifiers. Photographs can be emailed to TPHphotos@tfl.gov.uk or posted to:
Taxi Driver Photographs
4th Floor, Green Zone
197 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8NJ
Further information regarding the date by which all drivers will have to display the new style identifiers will be issued shortly.
Drivers found not displaying new design identifiers after this date will be liable to compliance action.
Interim General Manager
On Monday, 5 August 2013 at about 01:00hrs a 26-year-old woman boarded a route H9 bus at Kenton Station HA3 and alighted at St Leonards Avenue, HA3.
It is believed that the suspect followed the victim off the bus; she was approached from behind, dragged behind some parked vehicles and sexually assaulted.
The victim managed to persuade the suspect to accompany her to her home address nearby, knowing her flatmates would be in and, when she got there, she raised the alarm. A flatmate chased the suspect but he made off.
The suspect is described as being in his early 20s, of Asian appearance with an English accent, skinny and wearing dark clothing.
Police would like to speak to anyone with any information about this incident.
Officers are also keen to identify and speak to the man pictured in CCTV images released today.
Anyone with information is requested to contact DC Dave Berry or PC Elly Mitchell at Barnet police station on0208 733 5062 (voicemail if out-of-hours) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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Chartered surveyor Brian Dorling, 58 (below), an experienced cyclist, was killed in collision with a tipper truck at Bow roundabout as he rode to work on the Olympics site on October 24, 2011, Poplar coroner's court heard.
Martin Porter QC, representing Mr Dorling's family, suggested he had jumped the red light to get away from the McArdle truck, being driven byDavid Cox. However the lorry also jumped the light and dragged Mr Dorling under its wheels as it turned left across the unprotected cycle superhighway 2 (CS2)
After viewing CCTV evidence and pictures of the scene, coroner Mary Hassell said: "It just seems to me that it's an accident waiting to happen if cyclists are guided into the space where blue paint is on the left and they're in the very place where the lorry is going to hit them.
"It seems like they're being guided into the place where they're most vulnerable."
Accident investigator PC Alex Hewitt replied: "It's almost an impossible situation."
Mr Cox, who pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at an earlier court hearing, said he had previously entered the superhighway and was unaware of the rules.
On the day Mr Dorling's path to the cyclists' box at the traffic lights was blocked by a bus that straddled the bike lane, leaving him stuck alongside the four-axle tipper. The court heard that Mr Dorling probably undertook the lorry before the collision occurred.
The coroner added: "The presence of the blue surface does seem to have caused some sort of confusion with Mr Cox and he remained outside it."
Asked by the coroner what status cycle superhighways had in relation to vehicles not being permitted to enter, PC Hewitt said: "Legally nothing. It's just a piece of blue paint."
It was the first cyclist death on a superhighway and was the first of two cyclist fatalities at Bow roundabout that year. The other cyclist to die wasSvitlana Tereschenko.
Mr Cox told the coroner's court that he was was in the second (outside) lane as he approached the Bow roundabout from the City and failed to see Mr Dorling, from Hounslow, as he turned left to reach the North Circular Road. Mr Dorling was cycling straight ahead.
Mr Cox said: "I have thought about it a million times since. I know I was looking. I know I was. I can't change anything unfortunately."
He admitted there were "blind spots" in his view of people at the side of his lorry. He had been waiting for a bus to pull away from the inside lane before turning left.
He said: "As I have gone around the corner, all I have heard was like a crack, like a car mirror sound. I stopped and then found out what had happened."
Mr Cox,49, from Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, walked free from court in July after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving. He was sentenced to 24 weeks’ jail, suspended for a year, was disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to do 100 hours of community service.
After the court case, Mr Dorling's widow Debbie told how she had hugged the driver, who she described as a “completely broken man” who did not deserve to be further punished. He has not driven a lorry since the collision.
The inquest is due to conclude today (Tuesday October 14).
Monday, October 14, 2013
mails addressed to 1st-taxi.com which is a Scottish operator. My own
domain is similar.
It appears that according to the email, the CRB Disclosures are able to be
completed relatively quickly, so where does 6 months come into it?
I think we should get questions asked in the House and would someone pass
this onto Taxi Leaks.
TfL uses the term 'challenging stakeholders' about us, it's no wonder when the methods of communication with us are at best random and at worst demeaning.
So can you answer the following:
1. A 'temporary licensee' had no greater or lesser risk of breaking the law than one with a current licence and yet you no longer issue 'temporary licences' WHY?
2. How many Taxi Drivers have had an issue on their CRB/DBS whilst on temporarily licences in the past that would have led to an immediate suspension of the licence?
3. LTPH contends that the decision to withdraw the temporary licence was due to government advice!
LTPH's actions in this matter are causing real and immediate hardship with seemingly irrational decision making.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have toughened up guidance on enforcing 20mph limits. Speed offences where people live will not be tolerated. Better enforcement both increases compliance and the safety of the UK’s streets.
ACPO have issued new guidance to forces on how to police 20mph roads. This comes in response to the dramatically increasing number of places democratically agreeing wide area 20mph limits plus requests from Transport Ministers, the Get Britain Cycling Enquiry and many campaigners.
Officers could soon hand out a speeding ticket and three points or offer drivers an education course and therefore avoid points on the licence.
Under the guidelines, motorists caught driving between 24mph and 31mph would be offered the speed awareness course or a fixed penalty notice fine.
If drivers were travelling up to 34mph, they could be fined, and if they were speeding at 35mph or more they would be reported to the courts.
Already over 12m people live in places like Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and the City of London where 20mph limits will cover the majority of roads.
So, up to 34 mph it's all about the money. Only vehicles traveling at 35 and above will be reported for an offence to the court. Is the reason for this, vehicles who inadvertently go over the limit by a few mph are likely to pay up without question. Heavy duty speeders are more likely to be uninsured, harder to find unregistered or stolen vehicles.
Local councils in London applied for decriminalisation of low speed contraventions and was turned down. Perhaps the police see this as a possible cash cow. And why not! The councils have them all over the place.
Have the supporters of this blanket 20mph limit not read the AA report (http://www.theaa.com/public_affairs/news/20mph-roads-emissions.html) which states that vehicles traveling at 20mph use 10% more fuel?
More fuel, more emissions= more premature deaths from pollution, currently running at over 4000 in Central London.
Also amazing is these same supporters, support traffic humps whic cause vehicles to use 47% more fuel as they accelerate and then break between humps.
Is it really all about the money?
Will the police be trading in their high speed pursuit fleet for these?
Police are investigating a fatal crash in Tottenham.
A woman has been run over and killed moments after getting out of a minicab in north London.
Police were called at 14.26 on Saturday 12 October to reports of a female pedestrian in collision with a Honda Civic in Lordship Road, Tottenham.
The 30-year-old victim was hit by a Honda Civic in Lordship Road in Tottenham, on Saturday afternoon.
The police and ambulance service were called but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
The male driver was stopped at the scene and arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Police are appealing for witnesses.
Next of kin have yet to be informed.
The victim had just exited a minicab when she was in collision with the Honda Civic.
Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit are investigating.
Anyone with information are asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.