The grant was approved and they were reimbursed 40% of the cost.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
The grant was approved and they were reimbursed 40% of the cost.
Friday, December 20, 2013
METROPOLITAN POLICE STATEMENT
Police and London Ambulance Service attended the scene along with London's Air Ambulance (HEMS).
A number of people have been injured; we await a full assessment.
At present, 23 people are described as walking wounded.
Seven people are still being assessed, of who two remain trapped on the bus.
At this stage, there has been no fatality.
There was no police vehicle involved in the collision. Two uniformed police officers were travelling on the bus, both were injured, we await further details.
Traffic officers are at the scene.
There has been no arrest.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
The LCDC served their purpose and kept the trade from playing its golden ticket over the Olympics and now surprise surprise, TfL treat the LCDC as the irrelevance that organisation has become!
Pity he did not write to Hendy demanding TfL to issue temporary licences so cab drivers of good standing can get back to work.
Yes there can be delays about CRB but that was always dealt with by the issue of a cover note from the PCO, it's entirely lawful for TfL to issue them today.
They issue PH licences to those who have lived outside the UK where no such CRB. System exists.
Asking for another carefully selected talking shop is ducking the real issues that confront us and that why the LCDC are irrelevant as any such talks would continue to divide the trade BUT they don't have to be.
The cabbies cabinet, taxi engagement policy etc. only served TfL's ends not the trades, the failure for the cab drivers club to see that is to be criticised.
It's like campaigning for ranks, often you will have two or three trade groups and individuals pursuing the same council and TfL about the same rank issue!
All because people refuse to sit down together and pool resources.
It's a waste of effort on ALL sides and of course shows us as divided and incoherent.
There can be 100 trade bodies of all sizes but they could all meet TUC or CBI style and issue a joint statement on major issues, now that would have authority.
The alternative is we carry on as we are, more worried about claiming credit, photo calls and publishing letters about how XYZ's legal team saved a driver from the firing squad!
There are many good and dedicated people in ALL these organisations including the LTDA, UNITE, RMT, HATDU, LCDC and whoever else and none of them always get it right.
They all have in common more than the matters that divide them and that's the health of the cab trade.
So as a New Years resolution get together and hold TfL to account.
Forget who said what to who, man up!
. ...P Bond, former vice chairman RMT.
As you are well aware, many licensed Taxi drivers are being refused the right to carry on working, while waiting for their licence renewal to arrive on their doormat.
As yet, you have made no public statement as to why you are personally refusing to issue temporary licenses.
The process of issuing temporary licences was first implemented under Metropolitan Police administration. A process that worked extremely well for many years. In those years, London's licensed taxi drivers served the capital well.
If you have any evidence of abuse of this system, please publish the details.
In spite of the private hire related serious sexual assault figures that according to the Mets estimates, are higher then ever recorded before, you seem content to license foreign nationals, who arrive in this country devoid of references, with no chance of checking their past. And yet drivers from the best Taxi service in the world, who have been of exemplary character are forced out of work. In some cases for up to 15 weeks. This truly is unacceptable.
The only sensible solution would be to reinstate the issuing of temporary licences as was standard before the start of this new, incompetent system.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The man, believed to be in his late 70s, suffered serious injuries after the incident at the junction of Eaton Square and Eccleston Street in Belgravia, Scotland Yard said.
Police were called to the scene at 6.45pm yesterday and the man was taken to hospital by ambulance, but later died. His next of kin is yet to be informed.
The driver of the taxi stopped at the scene but was not arrested.
Officers from the road death investigation unit are carrying out inquiries into the incident and anyone who witnessed the collision or has information is asked to call police on 0208 285 1574 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
We noticed today that the Evening Standard carried this story and yet they published not one word about a similar accident which occurred in Southwark Street SE1 last night. The incident in South London was between an Addison Lee Van and a pedestrian.
It would seem that the Standard is very apprehensive about stories which contain Private Hire vehicles. Very often, they refer to PH wrongly as Taxis, especially when it comes to sexual attacks on passengers.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 16, 2013
At the beginning of October this year, we were informed:
Transport for London is assessing bids from IBM and Capita to run the capital’s congestion charging scheme. The current contract, which is help by IBM, expires on 31 October 2015.
This February the TfL board agreed to re-let the contract and the notice processing service contract in a combined open procurement process. NSL currently holds the notice processing service.
Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL's general manager for congestion charging, said: "IBM is contracted to run the congestion charging and low emission zone schemes until October 2015. We are currently undertaking a procurement process to appoint a company to operate the schemes from this date.”
A spokesperson claimed that TfL would not be able to comment on the bidders for the duration of the procurement process and said that "customer satisfaction, was at an all-time high under IBM".
He also said the pair will continue their ‘excellent’ working relationship until the end of the contract.
But now we can reveal this not to be the case.
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDNT GET ANY SILLIER WITH TRAFFIC SCHEMES, CAMDEN THROW THIS INTO THE POT.
As part of our commitment to improving road safety in the borough, from Monday 16 December Camden will have a borough-wide 20mph speed limit.
Why are we doing this?
Slower speeds play a big part in reducing road collisions and casualties for all road users. A slower speed means that drivers have more time to react, and the outcome of a collision is not as severe.
Slower speeds also help create a calmer, more pleasant environment for everyone who uses the street, and will encourage more people to walk and cycle.
When does it start?
From 16 December 2013, road users will be re-minded of the limit with 20mph signage and road markings only.
However, following the introduction of the new limit, we will continue to monitor traffic speeds and casualties. Where speed continues to be excessive we will consider additional measures to improve the effectiveness of the new limit, for example by changing the street design, and introducing traffic calming measures and additional signage where appropriate.
This is the trouble when your transport CEO is a campaigning cyclist, who doesn't give a fig for any other type of road transport. You only have to look at recent traffic systems in Camden to see how damaging this has been.
Transport for London (TfL) who manage the ‘red routes’, will not be included in the new borough-wide limit. However, we are having continuing discussions with TfL about the future inclusion of some red routes.
AT LEAST TfL HAVE SEEN HOW SENSLESS THIS EXERCISE IS.
Amazed though that TfL feel fit to engage with Camden on a regular basis to discuss this and yet will not engage with the a Taxi trade over the spiraling minicab related sexusl assault figures, or the fact that over 150 Taxi drivers will be out of work over Christmas, solely because the commissioner Sir Peter Hendy refuses to issue temporary licenses while TfL licenses sort out their incompetent new system.
"If we can get small restaurants to buy another fridge, they can have their stuff delivered at night."
"I regard it as a personal challenge almost to see that we get some decent Olympic legacy out of that."
Sir Peter Hendy TfL.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Plans to overhaul Jersey's taxi service "could throw the industry into chaos" according to the head of the Taxi Drivers Association.