Friday, October 18, 2013

Council killjoys ban taxi driver from having St George's Cross on cab for 'discrimination'

A TAXI taxi driver has been banned from having a St George's Cross sticker in her cab - because it could discriminate against foreigners.

Patriotic Denise Said, 56, has three English flag signs stuck on the doors and boot of her vehicle.

But after one complaint from a rival cab firm she was stunned to receive a letter from the council accusing her of breaching equality laws.

Teignbridge Council in Devon said the stickers would leave anyone who is not English at a "disadvantage in their day to day life".

The local authority says it will refuse to renew Denise's license in February unless she ditches the stickers.

But the veteran driver of Newton Abbott, Devon, has vowed to keep flying the flag and says there's nothing offensive about them.

Furious Denise said: "I think it's pathetic. I believe the council is implying that I am racist but nothing could be further from the truth.

"I've had a few foreign people in my cab and I've asked them if they find it offensive and they don't in the slightest. In fact, one told me 'your country has gone mad'.

"You only have to sneeze now for someone to find it offensive. I've asked a solicitor who says I'm not doing anything wrong.

"The upsetting thing is that I could lose my livelihood and my home if they take away my license." Denise has been displaying the St George's Crosses for a year without a single complaint before a rival reported her.

But when she rang Teignbridge Council to remonstrate about the ban she says she was told the stickers were denigrating and offensive to foreigners.

The stickers have the words 'Local Driver' on them which the council said was not acceptable.

Self-employed Denise, who was married to a half-Maltese man for 16 years, says the stickers on her Volkswagen Touran people carrier are not offending anyone.

The mum-of-one added: "You can gather from my name my ex husband was foreign.

"I was told it was the council's policy regarding equality. I do not think that displaying the words 'Local Driver' is upsetting anyone or is derogatory in any way.

"I am a local driver and have been driving in Newton Abbott for 16 years.

"I'm British, I'm a local driver - where is the problem? I don't discriminate against anyone who gets into my car.

"I've discussed it with my daughter and she's totally behind me. There's no way I'm backing down on this." The council said the authority's Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy contained restrictions on the signs and adverts allowed on taxis.

A spokesman said: "Adverts or signs that do not comply with our equality duties, or cause offence because words or signs carry a certain inference, breach this policy.

"In this instance the English flag sign combined with the words Local Driver could put other people who don't share either of those characteristics at a disadvantage in their day to day life.

"We always ensure we are providing fair services for all by complying with the Equality Act 2010 - legislation that is designed to protect all cultures in our society." Cllr Mark Walters, the council's spokesman for corporate services, confirmed a single complaint had been received.

He added: "In their view the message could be interpreted as discriminatory. We always look at complaints and as a responsible licensing authority we have a statutory duty to promote equality and ensure fairness for all.

"On this occasion we felt the complaint was reasonable."

Source: Express 

TX4 Too Expensive For Coventry Taxi Drivers?

Plans to relax the rules on the types of vehicles allowed to be driven by Coventry taxi drivers are considered.

The city council is consulting on the proposals, ahead of a decision in December.

All taxis licensed to use ranks in Coventry have to be hackney carriages, made by the city's London Taxi Company (LTC), to meet the council's wheelchair accessibility and turning circle rules.

Taxi drivers have said the current rules create an expensive monopoly.

Coventry hackney carriage driver Arulampalam Murguganantham said: "I will definitely change to a Peugeot or Citroen if we can.

"We need seven-seaters and the finance and insurance costs on new black cabs are just not acceptable."

"If the black cab was as efficient and cost the same as others like the Nissan then we would prefer the black cab.

"We like supporting local jobs but you've got to think of your own pocket first."

Peter Johansen, from LTC, based on the Holyhead Road, agreed the vehicle is expensive, with current models costing £36,000, but said "very affordable" four-year schemes cost drivers £135 a week.

Cabbie Arulampalam Murguganantham will change vehicle if council licensing rules are relaxed
He said: "Taxi drivers in general love our vehicle, they love to be associated with it.

"Ours is the only purpose-built vehicle in the world."

"We are the best vehicle for wheelchair users, with the highest head room, hearing loops for the hearing impaired, swivel seats for those without wheelchairs. We are fully accessible."

LTC (previously known as LTI) went into administration in October 2012 and was bought by Chinese firm Geely five months later.

Full-scale production of black cabs in Coventry restarted last month, after 99 of its 176 employees lost their jobs.

A council spokesperson said disabled access was a priority and taxi vehicle manufacturers, vehicle converters, organisations representing disabled people and the Coventry taxi trade were being consulted.

A full report will be considered by councillor Rachel Lancaster, the cabinet member responsible for taxi licensing, on 10 December.

Coventry's first black cabs were built in 1919
In 1947 a consortium of Mann and Overton, Carbodies of Coventry and Austin created the FX3 that came to dominate the taxi market
More than 130,000 cabs have been made in Coventry over the past 60 years
Since re-starting production the company aims to complete 10 vehicles each day in Coventry
The firm plans to build a new factory in the city

Source: BBC News

LTPH Still Not Fit For Service.

Undercover ‘sting’ sees crackdown on illegal plying for hire: 
(Unfortunately, this was not in Central London where it's needed the most.)

Several Milton Keynes minicab drivers were caught driving illegally after a crackdown involving Milton Keynes Council and Thames Valley Police.

The operation, carried out over the weekend of October 5 and 6, saw 10 private hire vehicle drivers caught allegedly plying for hire in and around the city centre.

Why are we not seeing this every weekend in Central London where minicab related sexual assaults are escalating at an unprecedented rate as a result of illegal plying for hire, which is out of control. 

Why has the London Taxi trade been lumbered with a Managing Director of surface transport, who obviously couldn't care a toss about cab related public safety and can't wait to unload the responsibility of licence enforcement to a different agency. 

Surely if he can't do the job efficiently, he's the one who should be unloaded by TfL.

The drivers will now be dealt with according to their respective licensing authority policy, which could see them appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court.

The operation was carried out as part of an ongoing campaign to promote safety, protect the public and educate private hire and taxi drivers, said a spokesman for Milton Keynes Council.

The council and Thames Valley Police were growing more concerned over members of the public safety using private hire vehicles without booking before hand. As private hire vehicles, they are not allowed to pick up fares on the street and can only drive those who have pre-booked, unlike Hackney Carriage drivers. An accident would see these illegally hired minicabs insurance claims nullified for drivers and passengers.

Karen Ford, head of the council’s regulatory unit, said: “The council promotes a fair trading environment so when a driver has not paid for a Hackney licence, but still picks up fares straight off the street this is unfair to those Hackney Carriage and private hire drivers who are operating lawfully.

Police superintendent, Barry Halliday, said: “These types of joint robust operations are focused on keeping people safe, nothing more.”

In London, TfL/LTPH have only managed to successfully prosecute one (yes just one) minicab for illegally plying for hire in the 13 years they have been responsible for licence enforcement

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

TFL/LTPH Notice 22/13 New Design Identifiers.

                     Notice 22/13.                      

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 or posted to:

Taxi Driver Photographs 4th Floor, Green Zone Palestra
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. 

Helen Chapman
Interim General Manager

France slams brakes on minicabs after taxi pressure.

The French government has imposed new rules on minicab firms after pressure from Paris taxi operators who are fearful of losing their market share. Minicab firms say the new booking restrictions are both futile and unfair.

The French authorities were accused Wednesday of caving in to lobbying from Paris’s biggest taxi operator and cabbies’ unions, after imposing restrictions on the capital’s burgeoning minicab market.

From January 1, 2014, minicabs, called Tourist Vehicles with Chauffeur (VTCs) in France, will be obliged to wait 15 minutes between taking a booking and sending out a vehicle.
Licensed taxi operators that offer pre-booking services, the biggest being the G7 Group, had initially asked the government to impose a two-hour delay for VTC bookings.

“The 15-minute delay is a concession to lobbying and big business,” said Benjamin Cardoso, founder of VTC firm Le Cab. “G7, which has a monopoly on pre-booked taxis in Paris, will do everything it can to hold on to its business.

“And while this is a futile gesture that will not deeply affect my business, it fails to address the fact that Paris desperately needs more cabs.”

G7, along with many individual taxi drivers (most of the capital’s cabbies are freelancers who own their own vehicles), argues that because VTC operators use smartphone booking apps with GPS location services, they can send a car to a customer almost on the spot.

This nearly instant service, they say, is bad news for traditional taxi drivers as it borders dangerously on their hallowed – and expensively acquired – privilege of picking clients up at the roadside.

The French authorities tend to take note when licensed cabbies are upset. Go-slow protests in central Paris and on the city’s “Périphérique” ring road in the past have brought the capital’s road infrastructure to a juddering halt.

Surly and uncooperative service
Hailing a cab in Paris can be hard work – especially late at night and during rush hours – not least because there are not too many about.

The city caps the number of taxi licences – which sell for 230,000 euros in the capital and represent a cab driver’s retirement pot – to around 17,500 (although the authorities announced this week that they planned to issue a further 1,000 licences).
And with just over 1,000 VTCs, Paris compares unfavourably with other major cities.

London, which has roughly the same population as Paris, has some 20,000 licensed “black cabs” complemented by an estimated 50,000 minicabs. New Yorkers enjoy a similar abundance.

Parisian taxi drivers, meanwhile, have a reputation – in a very few cases deserved – of offering a surly and uncooperative service, ignoring requests to take a particular route and sometimes refusing to pick up passengers whose itinerary doesn’t suit theirs.
And in the case of pre-booked taxi rides – operated almost exclusively by G7 which operates 10,000 of the city’s taxis – cabs in Paris start their meters the moment they are sent to pick up their fare, meaning customers often start their journey with 10 euros already on the meter.

An argument for greater competition?
Cardoso, who founded VTC company Le Cab a year ago, said his firm now operates 250 vehicles, serving some 60,000 customers a year, including 1,500 businesses.

His drivers, he said, always wear suits, drive upmarket vehicles, are polite, give passengers the choice of music and will only speak when absolutely necessary or when spoken to.
He believes this gives his company an edge over Paris’s taxis, which he claims are resting on the laurels of powerful union support and the lobbying of big business, especially from the G7 group (which did not respond to FRANCE 24’s requests for comment).

“Paris needs another 30,000 pre-booked taxis,” Cardoso told FRANCE 24, adding that there are four times more private cars in Paris than in central London “because Parisians have no other choice”.

VTCs and traditional taxis could operate together happily, he insisted, reducing the number of private cars on the roads and delivering a better service as a result of “competition, which can only be a good thing for everyone”.

“G7 lobbies hard to maintain its monopoly,” he said. “It’s one of the reasons why the city is forced to put up with an unsatisfactory service.”

“This 15-minute rule will not affect my business particularly as all of our fares are booked well in advance,” he added. “But this constant reluctance to let the VTC business develop makes the false French stereotype of protectionism and resistance to change ring true, unfortunately.”


CCTV released in hunt for sexual assault suspect

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Sexual Offences Investigation Unit are appealing for information following a sexual assault in Harrow. 

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

London Assembly 'needs more power to scrutinise mayor'

A parliament committee has called for the London Assembly to have greater powers to challenge Boris Johnson.

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee recommended the assembly be able to call in mayoral decisions before they are implemented and capital and revenue budgets.

It should also be able to reject the appointment of a deputy mayor, it said.

London Assembly chairman Darren Johnson said he would watch for a ministerial response.

'Dog's dinner'
The Communities and Local Government Select Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Its report said legislation enacted in 2007 and 2011 transferred more powers to the mayor but not the London Assembly - the body of 25 elected members that scrutinises the mayor's policies and decisions.

Committee chairman Clive Betts MP called the current situation "a dog's dinner".

He said: "The mayor must be held to account for the substantial powers invested in him.

"The London Assembly is the right vehicle to do this, but not in its current form."

The report recommends the assembly gains the power to:

 *  call in mayoral decisions
 *  amend the mayor's capital budgets as it can his revenue budgets
 *  reject the mayor's Police and Crime Plan on the same basis as it can other mayoral strategies
 *  review and, if necessary, reject the mayor's appointment of any deputy mayor

It also recommends that assembly members who join the mayor's cabinet or sit on Greater London Authority (GLA) boards be required to give up their assembly membership.

It also wants the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority to be reconstituted along the lines of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime established last year, with a deputy mayor for fire and emergency planning and a dedicated assembly committee to scrutinise it.

Darren Johnson, chair of the London Assembly, said: "I am grateful to the committee for taking up so many of the assembly's recommendations for achieving greater consistency and transparency at the GLA.

"In particular, the proposal to give the assembly the power to call in the mayor's decisions for examination before they are implemented, as well as a greater say over how the mayor spends Londoners' money."

Recently both Boris Johnson and London Assembly members have publicly shown exasperation at Mayor's Question Time sessions over fire cuts scrutiny.

Last month he told Labour assembly member Andrew Dismore to "get stuffed" after he had asked the mayor to justify his decision to close 10 fire stations and cut 552 firefighters' posts.

In February, Mr Johnson called assembly members "great, supine, protoplasmic invertebrate jellies" for voting not to question him over his budget which included fire and police cuts.

Source: BBC News

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Despite Supreme Court decision, Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow hits the streets of NYC.

After years of collaboration on design and development, the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow begins sales to cabbies in New York City, despite the attempted mandate by the city commission being destroyed by a Supreme Court judge.

Deliveries of the NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow began last week, with pre-order sales being fulfilled and showrooms at commercial dealers beginning to see the yellow Nissan vans on their floors. The taxis were built in a collaboration between Nissan and the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission with the final production prototype being showcased at this year's New York Auto Show.

The taxis, which feature several custom enhancements for the commercial passenger market, are painted in the signature New York Taxi yellow and are built in Nissan's commercial vehicle plant in Mexico.

Originally, the Commission had planned to mandate that all 15,000 of the city's cabs be switched over to the NV200 Taxis within a few years, but that mandate was challenged on constitutional grounds and the challenge was upheld by a New York State Supreme Court judge. This means that while the taxi won't be mandated, it will still be considered the go-to vehicle for the taxi drivers of NYC.

That judge's decision was made just a week before the taxis began arriving in New York for sale. Justice Shlomo Hagler said that the city had overstepped itself in attempting the mandate and that independent owners, operators and companies should be free to choose their own vehicles under law. The city is appealing that decision, but is not likely to get a decision before the end of the year. At that time, controversial Mayor Michael Bloomberg will see his term end and neither of the leading candidates for mayor are in favor of the mandate and would likely overturn or rescind it once in office.

For Nissan, the mandate was not an important part of the taxi's development. The automaker plans to sell the Taxi of Tomorrow in global markets and has already begun sales in Europe. "The New York City Metro Area is an important market for the NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow," said a Nissan spokesperson to TorqueNews. "We are confident in our product. When taxi drivers have test driven it, they've been impressed by the NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow's capability and appeal."

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Coroner: Boris's cycle superhighway was accident waiting to happen

A coroner today described one of Boris Johnson's first cycle superhighways as an "accident waiting to happen" as she heard how a cyclist had followed it into the path of a HGV.

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).

Source: Evening Standard.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Open Letter To Helen Chapman from Paul Bond,

Dear Ms Chapman
I am in receipt of an email sent to a prominent member of the RMT London Taxi Branch.

It reads:

I received this email possibly by mistake the other day. I am getting e
mails addressed to 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.

Many thanks

While the email recieved makes interesting reading, we are prohibited from reproducing, but can give a representative outline of the information contained within. The email is available for examination in its entirety.

Email states:
The new rapid online processing system is the UK’s most up to date system. It uses the very latest IT technology to create a platform which is simple to use. 

Above all else, it provides the results in the "quickest time possible". The current record is 4 hours for an Enhanced Disclosure from start to finish!

Ms Chapman, as this blog has a greater audited readership than any other In the trade, please come on here and answer the following questions.

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! 
The Home Office completely refutes this.
Can you advise what government department issued this advice and publish it?

LTPH issue PH licences to individuals from countries that have no robust DBS/CRB system!
Yet existing London Taxi licensees, often with decades of unblemished activity, are being thrown out of work for no good reason.

LTPH's actions in this matter are causing real and immediate hardship with seemingly irrational decision making.

If that's not the case please respond urgently.

Paul Bond 
Vice Chair 
RMT London Taxi Branch 

The floor is yours, Helen.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

The ACPO toughened up guidance on enforcing 20mph limits

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.

Editorial Comment:

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 ( 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 appeal for witnesses after woman killed getting out of minicab in Tottenham.

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