Saturday, August 09, 2014

Who's Driving You? Fine Print From Uber's Terms and Conditions.


Question: What do bungee jumping, skydiving and using Uber all have in common?

Answer: They all require signing a waiver in which you accept all risk.

Yes, it’s true. Uber—the company that loves to talk about how focused it is on safety for its passengers— has made sure that it is fully protected from lawsuits by injured passengers. In its “terms and conditions” (that’s the legal contract that no one reads but which everyone must agree to before they ride) Uber has some eye-popping phrases that amount to you, their cherished customer, giving away all of your rights when things go wrong. 

Here’s a sampling:
 “The company...does not intend to provide transportation services or act in any way as a transportation carrier, and has no responsibility or liability for any transportation services provided to you...”

 “...you agree that you shall defend, indemnify and hold the Company, its licensors and each such party’s parent organizations, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, Users, employees, attorneys and agents harmless from and against any and all claims, costs, damages, losses, liabilities and expenses”

 “You acknowledge and agree that you and Company are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff...in any purported class action or representative proceeding.”
And of course, our personal favorite:

 “You may be exposed to transportation that is potentially dangerous, offensive, harmful to minors, unsafe or otherwise objectionable, and...you use the application and the service at your own risk.”

Not very reassuring, is it? While Uber works overtime to try to convince everyone it is safe, its army of lawyers has been working overtime to make sure the multi-billion dollar company and its executives don’t take the fall for anything bad that happens at the hands of one of their drivers.

To read the full text of the frightening fine print, go to https://www.uber.com/legal/usa/terms

    Source: whosdrivingyou.org

‘Who’s Driving You?’ is a public safety initiative designed to educate the public about the dangers of unlicensed transportation services. 

It was launched by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association, an international non-profit trade association whose membership consists of 1,100 licensed transportation companies. 

For more information, visit www.WhosDrivingYou.org, follow us on Twitter (@WhosDrivingYou) and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/WhosDrivingYou)

Harrow Council Fails To Respect #Lightsout Event, 4th August 2014.

Harrow Council promised their residents it would be supporting the LightsOut event, on Monday 4th August, from 10-11pm, to remember the First World War. 

A spokesperson for Harrow said:
Lights at Harrow Civic Centre will go out on today (Monday, 4th August) from 10pm to 11pm, to remember the outbreak of the First World War. 

Harrow Council is participating in the LIGHTS OUT remembrance event and will be lighting a candle as a moment of reflection.

So, did we see the Civic Centre in anything approaching darkness? No, of course we didn’t.

One resident dropped by, to see if the Council might keep it’s word, and, having asked the Security Desk why the lights weren’t turned off, was met with total indifference.

Luckily, @praxisreform on Twitter made the effort to go along, and reports that there were “enough lights left on to play football by.” 

He took these pictures below:


HarrowCouncil have been asked to comment on what happened and why it failed to show respect to those that gave up their lives in the war. So far, no reply has been received.


    Source: iHarrow.com

Friday, August 08, 2014

Taxi And Private Hire, On Street Enforcement, Not Fit For Purpose? ...by Jim Thomas.

The danger of a passenger getting into a minicab outside a night venue, driven by a driver with no PHV license, no adequate insurance, is now at an all time high. 

There are an estimated 65,000 licensed private hire drivers, but there are also thousands of second hand minicabs out there every night being used by drivers with no TfL license, no background or police checks, many of these vehicles remain unregistered and are untraceable.

It is not a requirement to be a TfL licensed PHV driver, or a fit and proper person, to buy a second hand minicab complete with licence roundel.

On street enforcement and compliance continue to harass licensed Taxi drivers. 
Sexual predators are left unhindered to illegally plying for hire outside a bevy of night venues, searching for victims as the statistic for minicab related sexual attacks escalate an alarming rate.

             Spotted in the Bayswater area

WHERE ARE TFL ON STREET ENFORCEMENT?

Not in Central London, obviously!

Below is a report which emphasises the poor response from TfL's policing and on street enforcement.


A Bromley man has been banned from driving after posing as a minicab driver and inviting two women into his car.

Rajalingham Paheerathan, 35, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on July 16.

Paheerathan was spotted by Transport for London (TfL) officers in Uxbridge High Road last year having a conversation with a woman before letting her and friend into his vehicle.

The TfL officers soon established the journey was not pre-booked and Paheerathan was illegally touting for trade.

He pleaded guilty to plying for hire and having no operator licence and was ordered to pay £370 in fines and court costs, and was also disqualified from the road for three months.

Director of Enforcement and On Street Operations at TfL Steve Burton said: “This demonstrates that we take illegal touting and other illegal private hire activities extremely seriously.

“An unbooked minicab is just a stranger’s car and these drivers pose a real threat to public safety.”

The case comes as TfL continues to crackdown on “bogus and unsafe” drivers in London, with Paheerathan one of 25 successful prosecutions in the last 12 months.

    source: http://www.newsshopper.co.uk/


Editorial Comment.
"Director of Enforcement and On Street Operations at TfL Steve Burton said: “This demonstrates that we take illegal touting and other illegal private hire activities extremely seriously."

Amazed that TPH compliance had to go all the way to Uxbridge High Street, to find one of the 25 successful prosecutions, to bolster the figures after complaints they are not doing their job.

You only have to have a stroll along Coventry Street and Wardour Street Steve and you could double your annual tout prosecutions in an evening!

We would also question these figures given by the New Shopper as the figures we obtained show 24 successful prosecutions in 36 months.

Even so, if we got it wrong and the new shopper is right 25 successful prosecutions in 12 months is still shocking. 

With an estimated 10,000 licensed minicab vehicles being driven by drivers unaffiliated to a PH operator, we should be seeing at least 24 a week. 

Recent statistics show an alarming rise in minicab related sexual assaults including rapes. The fact that anyone can purchase a fully licensed minicab complete with TfL roundel, with no requirement to be a licensed driver, or even a fit and proper person, is making it extremely easy for sexual predators to find fresh victims. 

As we've seen this week, the streets of Central London are a nightly free for all with hardly any chance of being caught by cab enforcement or police. The odds of being caught for touting in any 12 month period (given these latest figures) are 24/65,000. Absolutely no deterrent at all.

Perhaps the trouble lies with the licensing administrators lack of enthusiasm to do the job properly, tackling the wrong targets and harassing licensed Taxis for petty administrative failures, while serious criminals escape detection through pisspoor in street enforcement.

This is a problem that has been enshrined in TfL on street enforcement for many years. Perhaps it's time for new hands on the tiller as the old ones don't seem to be steering in the right direction. 

The old saying the buck stops here comes to mind Steve.



Thursday, August 07, 2014

News Flash : Richmond Rank update. council meeting decision.

After a two hour meeting with local Councillors, lead engineers and police and local MP Zac Goldsmith, Richmond Licensed Taxi rank is moving away from the Richmond Station !! 

The rank is being moved forward by about 80 feet and all people will see when they come out of the station is the arse end of the last cab on the new rank this rank will be trialed for 6 months with 3 cabs only and it has been agreed that it will become a 4 cab rank after the trial .

Drivers must not sit on this rank with there engine running as local shops complain about the smell. 
Any further complaints and we will be gone.

The council has tried every permutation know to man to get the town to run smoothly and they agree its not the drivers fault.  
But money talks and TFL hold the purse strings. 

Signage will be going in as well as the telephone system as used in the past. There will be some sort of system put in place so the drivers know when there is space available to move over from a feeder rank to the new rank. 

It is felt by local drivers that this was the best they were ever going to get, but it will take time to bed in. 

Local driver reps have also asked about ranking for twickenham stadium for the word cup next year and things are looking good. There is a new guy at the council who has worked with drivers before and he is on the short list to get the Job that takes in Twickenham town center and the surrounding roads at twickenham stadium.

More news as we get it .

Thanks for all your support. I must just add the Police were amazing today and backed us up all the way as well as Zac Goldsmith.

All the best. 
LondonBoy.


Boris's 100 bobbies on the street, are no more than a PR stunt.... By Jim Thomas.

 The police are turning a blind eye to the root cause of minicab related sexual assaults.


Unlawful touting in the Coventry Street, Wardour Street area, is at an all time high and is being aided and abetted by the police.

After a successful Flash Mob demonstration arranged by way of social media caught the authorities by surprise, Boris hastily pushed forward a Zero Tolerance initiative (based on a successful action in New York) planned for later in the year. 

But in London, it seems Zero Tolerance has a completely different definition. 

I made a special visit to the Coventry Street rank on 2nd Aug (23:30) to investigate complaints from drivers who said they had been moved off the rank by police officers, after the council removed the forward sign post on the junction of Wardour Street, indicating the bus stand becomes a Taxi Rank in the evenings. 

When I arrived, the rank was unusable as one minicab and a number of rickshaw bikes had completely taken it over. There was a constable standing on the corner of Wardour, so I drive round the block, parked on the feeder rank in Oxendon Street and approach him.


I explained complaints had been made that certain police officers had moved licensed Taxis off this rank and also, they had flatly refused to move on Rickshaws and Minicabs illegally parked on the Taxi rank.

At first he said; "this is a bus stop, there is no signage". 
I informed him that a traffic management order (TMO) was in place and then bought his attention to the Taxi rank board on the corner of Rupert Street, which holds the TfL notice appointing the Bus Stand as a shared night time Taxi rank. I then asked him to clear the rank. 

He said he wasn't there for "trivial matters" and was only there to police more serious issues such as muggings, fights and stabbings (his words). 

He also said he believes in "live and let live" and that in his opinion, the minicabs and rickshaws were not posing a serious problem. 

I explained as an officer of the law, he was charged to uphold the law and couldn't choose which laws to uphold. This didn't go down well and he summoned his Sgt.

His Sgt. emerged from a parked mobile police unit just feet away, to whom I repeated my allegations. 
The Sgt. refuted his officers would try to move on Taxis unless they were unlawfully parked. I then explained about the rank (which even he had no knowledge of) and told him his officer had refused to move on the offending minicab and rickshaws. 
He wasn't pleased but made the accompanying officers move the minicab and bikes.

I made a repeat visit to the rank just after midnight and found it full of minicabs and bikes. The police officer had completely disappeared. 

A few nights later, I revisited Coventry Street and found four minicabs parked with their wheels on the pavement outside the entrance to the Trocadero. As I slowly past the illegal minicab rank, I noticed a Westminster Council NSL Traffic Warden walking past, taking no notice whatsoever.

Further along, I saw two police officers on the corner of Rupert Street. I parked up and approach the officers and asked why they were allowing these four vehicles to cause a dangerous obstruction by parking on the pavement. 

The answer I receive was unbelievable.

The male officer informed me he was using professional discretion to allow the vehicles to sit there, as there have been reports of women being sexually assaulted in the area and the closer the cars get to the exit the safer for young ladies leaving the Trocadero. 

I was completely and utterly shocked.

I told him, if he was worried about the rapes and sexual assaults in the area, it would be advantageous to move all the touting cars on, as it was the minicabs and predators who were carrying out the attacks. 

I told him he did not have the power of discretion to let people break the laws he didn't fancy enforcing. I also told him if he did not move the vehicles, I would report him to his Sgt. just yards up the road. This seemed to do the trick and both he and his female colleague walked up to the touts and moved them on.

So Boris this is London's Zero tolerance?

Make sure you follow @Tag_Hit_Squad and @Flash_Demo Twitter accounts,  for updates on future flash-mob hits.

Prudential RideLondon Disruption, For Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August


On Saturday 9 August and Sunday 10 August 2014 the Prudential RideLondon event takes place in London and there will be road closures and changes to the road layout to accommodate the events.  

 

Once again there are four separate events and these are:

-        Freecycle – Saturday 9 August 2014 – this is a 10 mile route in central London

-        Grand Prix – Saturday 9 August 2014 – this is a series of races in St James’s Park

-        London – Surrey 100 – Sunday 10 August 2014 – this is the race for the general public that starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, goes out to Surrey and then ends on The Mall

-        London – Surrey Classic – Sunday 10 August 2014 – this is the same as the 100 race but for 150 top cyclists only

 

Routes

Maps showing the routes for the different events can be found here:

-        Freecycle route

-        Grandprix route

-        London – Surrey 100

-        London – Surrey Classic

 

Road closures

To allow the different events to take place some roads will be closed and details of where these will be, the closure times and when the roads are expected to reopen can be found in the leaflets available on our website here. Road closures for the events on Sunday will be in place from 05:00and roads will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Roads in east London are expected to reopen from 13:30 whilst in central London all roads, apart from The Mall, are expected to reopen by 20:00.

 

The Mall will be closed from 07:00 on Friday 8 August until 06:00 Monday 11 August.

 

Bridges  

Southwark Bridge and Westminster Bridge will be closed on Saturday from 05:00 until around 18:00. A number of bridges in central London will be closed until the evening on Sunday 10 August but Waterloo Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge and London Bridge will remain open all day.

 

Taxi ranks

There will be some changes to taxi ranks for the duration of the event and this includes suspensions or access restrictions, however these have been kept to a minimum.

The table below provides details of special arrangements in place for specific ranks. The times when rank suspensions finish are dependent upon roads being reopened and this will happen as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

Location

Arrangements Sunday 10 August 2014

Westfield Avenue (The Cow pub)

-        Rank suspendedbetween 05:00 and 10:30and between  12:30 and 13:30

-        The taxi ranks in the Broadway, Meridian Square and Montfichet Road will be operational  

East Smithfield

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 09:30 andbetween 12:30 and 13:30

Whitehall Place

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 20:00

Whitehall Court

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 20:00

Pall Mall

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 15:00

St James’s Street

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 15:00

Knightsbridge (Mandarin Oriental Hotel)

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 15:00  

Harrods

-        Brompton Road

-        Hans Road

-        Ranks suspendedbetween 05:00 and 15:00

-        The taxi rank in Basil Street/Hans Crescent will be operational and the direction of traffic in Hans Road will be reversed

Cromwell Road (V&A Museum)

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 15:00

Thurloe Place

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 15:00

Cromwell Road (Bratts)

-        Rank suspendedbetween 05:00 and 06:00(this rank is only operational between 00:00 and 06:00)

Cromwell Road (Queensbury Place)

Rank suspended between 05:00 and 06:00 (this rank is only operational between 00:00 and 06:00)

Wood Street (Station forecourt)

-        Rank suspendedbetween 05:00 and 19:00

-        The marshalled taxi rank will operate as normal on Saturday night

-        The rank in Eden Street (Primark) will remain operational throughout the day

Clarence Street (John Lewis)

Rank suspended between 07:30 and 19:00

High Street (Putney Station)

-        Rank suspendedbetween 07:30 and 19:00

-        The hours of the taxi rank in Upper Richmond Road will be extended and this will operate all day on the Sunday

Coombe Lane (Raynes Park Station)

Rank suspended between 07:30 and 19:00

Worple Road

Rank suspended between 07:30 and 19:00

 

 

Regards

 

Transport for London – London Taxi and Private Hire  

Email: For enquiries emailtph.enquiries@tfl.gov.uk  

Web: For licensing information visit the TfL website or try TfL’s Common Questions Section

Twitter: You can now follow us on Twitter@TfLTPH

Telephone: For driver and operator enquiries call0343 222 4444, for vehicle enquiries call 0343 222 5555

 

 

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Richmond Council To Revoke Station Taxi Rank: Decision Tomorrow.

On Thursday the 7th of August this week a decision will be made by the local council as to whether the rank outside Richmond station stays or goes.
 

It's been there 108 years and for the last 9 years local drivers have fought to keep a presence outside the station. They have been moved from pillar to post and back again. Local activists have been to so many meetings to try and make the council see sense, that the public want and expect to walk out of Richmond station and get straight into a cab, not to go on a walk about trying to find a cab circulating the area. 

Have been told that the LTDA will fight any proposals from the council to move the rank away from the station, but don't hold your breath. 

If Richmond drivers loose the fight to keep the rank outside the station, would this be the beginning of the end for the suburban trade. 

Would this be followed by Kingston, Ealing, Harrow, Stratford, Romford, etc.

Will post again on Thursday and let you know the outcome. 

    With thanks, LondonBoy


Time to Go Ho, Bo Jo! .... Boris To Stand Down.


So as expected Boris Johnson is to stand as an M.P., no doubt the other Tory hopefuls for whatever seat that appears  will be delighted!


Anyhow that's not our concern and let's look at what he did or to be more precise did not do for the cab trade.

He made and then went back on his promise to end the 'six monthly' test, we now have two MOT's and the TfL test!

He promised to end the scourge of illegal minicabs and plying for hire by PH, a visit to any bar and club will tell you how well he got on!

He completely shafted us (remember he is chair of TfL) over the Olympics and when we protested he used anti terrorist legislation and stated that he wished that he had had tanks to crush the demonstrating cabs, so much for his view of democracy!

We have had fare rises below inflation that has worsened our standard of living, this from the man who manages to find time to write a newspaper column for 100k that he views as chicken feed.

He has manipulated the cab trade and kept us divided, Hendy should have gone over 'Grundy gate' but somehow clung on. Theer is no coherent strategy for emissions etc. etc.

The Olympics, Bike hire and Crossrail were all in progress before he came into office so he can't (though he does of course) claim any credit.

In short a PR savvy windbag without any substance or principle, whoever gets him as M.P. should take heed, you can have him!

We don't want him to cling on, we want him gone ASAP.

Let's have someone of standing and authority for a change for the worlds greatest city.

I'm Spartacus 

     Picture of the Week:




Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Letters to the Editor: Earl's Court Area Action Group

Dear Save Earl’s Court Supporter 

We have an URGENT request for you to help us by signing a NEW petition which calls for the immediate halt of the implementation of the Reserved Matters for the demolition of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. It is addressed to Nick Paget-Brown, leader of Kensington and Chelsea council and here is the link: 

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-earl-s-court


Why is this important? The Earl’s Court Area Action Group explains…

The Reserved Matter conditions to demolish the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre in the first quarter of 2015 have been published and are to be decided by the borough of Kensington and Chelsea by 27 August 2014 – so time is of the essence!

The original planning applications required the consent from the two London boroughs and were jointly approved in November 2012. In May 2014 the Labour Party overthrew the Conservative majority in Hammersmith and Fulham. This was a game changer… 

• Since such time Hammersmith and Fulham have commissioned a review of all agreements and transactions associated with the proposed development and have announced a ‘pause’ to all dealings with the developer. 
• The District Valuer’s Report, determining the value of the planning gain is being questioned, with the potential for a re-valuation of the entire site. 
• TfL’s feasibility study on the relocation of the Lillie Bridge Engineering Depot is inconclusive as to its future and further investment has been made at this Depot. 
• Tesco’s amended application for 100 West Cromwell Road 
• The developers do not own all the land in Application 1 

It is rumoured that the developers in light of the ‘pause’ in Hammersmith and Fulham will concentrate on the RBKC Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road as a standalone development. This is against RBK C core policy and the impact assessment studies supporting the original applications will become redundant—this should be resisted. If demolished this could be another Battersea Power Station—a ruin for years and a loss to the local, national and international economy. 

Call for a halt to the process, sign the NEW petition above today and help save Earls Court Exhibition Centre! 

Thank you for your support,

Earl's Court Area Action Group

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-earl-s-court


GLA Transport Committee Investigation Into Taxi and Private Hire...By Jim Thomas.

I have been asked to make comment about the ongoing investigation, currently being undertaken by the GLA.

Looking at what's available on the GLA website, it seems there is a danger we may be being led down a cul-de-sac. Looking at the key questions put forward, the GLA seem to have swerved on the original remit of the investigation.

We were initially promised the Transport Committee would pay particular attention to how the Mayor's Transport Strategy is being implemented and the competence of TfL, past and present.

The key questions forming the basis of the investigation, appear to show they are no longer actively investigating TfL's handling of the Taxi and Private Hire trades, but instead are looking more at the services offered by Taxi and Private Hire.

Questions for the investigation:
(From the GLA website)

During the investigation the Transport Committee will seek to answer the following key questions:

1• What are passengers’ views about taxi and private hire services in London including about the availability at different times and locations, safety and cost of these services?

This question adds credence to the allegation that a certain outside agency wants The a Mayor and TfL to make Taxi ownership such a financial burden, that the only way to survive would be to have more than one driver per vehicle, thus providing more availability at all hours of the day and night. 

2• How well are the Mayor, TfL and the taxi and private hire industries responding to passenger issues?

For question 2, we would have preferred is how well is The Mayor and TfL responding to Taxi drivers issues???

3• What more could the Mayor, TfL and the Taxi and private hire industries be doing to improve Taxi and private hire services in London?

Again should have been worded, what more can be improved in the performance of TfL and the service they provide to the Taxi and Private Hire trades. 

There is not one question about the ability or past performance of TfL or wether they are fit and proper to carry on as a licensing authority.

However, it's not too late to have your say. You can still submit your views as the Committee will accept written submissions provided until the end of September 2014. 

Lets not forget the the previous two transport committee reports along with the Stan report, resulted in the unenforceable expansion of licence variations in the form of satellite offices (Ex chief superintendent of Cab Enforcement Joe Royals words) complete with lines of ranking minicabs, controlled by clipboard men touting for custom outside venues.

Send written submissions to the Transport Committee London Assembly, City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA, or email: transportcommittee@london.gov.uk 

Editorial Notes:
I believe the RMT have submitted a mountain of evidence to the committee. Taxi Leaks has also been contacted by Darren Johnson, to submit the result of research appertaining to the licensing of certain PH operators in Central London and the City.

Let's hope this is not just another example of smoke and mirrors, eventually turning over the "Best Taxi  Service In The World". TtT.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Islington to fine idling drivers to boost air quality

Drivers caught running their engines unnecessarily while stationary are to be issued with on-the-spot fines by council officers


Islington council will from the 1st August begin issuing on-the-spot fines to idling motorists in the London borough in a bid to boost air quality.

In what the borough council believes is the ‘first campaign of its type’ in UK, drivers in the borough will be educated on the air quality impacts of running their engine while the vehicle is stationary.


Cllr Claudia Webbe hands out Switch Off Your Engine leaflets to idling motorist


And, drivers who fail to turn off their engine after being asked to do so by an authorised council officer will also be issued with on-the-spot fines under the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (England) Regulations 2002.

The law covers all vehicles on public roads including buses, taxis and private cars. However it does not apply to vehicles moving slowly due to road works or congestion; vehicles stopped at traffic lights; vehicles under test or repair; or defrosting a windscreen.

According to the council, an idling engine can release as much pollution into the air as a moving vehicle, so turning off the engine when stationary reduces the amount of harmful pollutants being released while also saving on fuel costs.

Islington has also been working with Transport for London (TfL) to encourage high-polluting buses to switch off their engines when idling at bus stops at driver switch-over points and bus stops at the end of routes.

The council’s campaign comes as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week announced his air quality manifesto for the capital, which includes proposals to charge diesel drivers an additional £10 to drive in the planned ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) from 2020 (see airqualitynews.com story).

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However, Islington council believes Mr Johnson should be doing more to tackle air pollution and protect the health of residents in the borough.


Cllr Claudia Webbe joins enforcement officers to encourage buses not to idle


Islington councillor Claudia Webbe, executive member for the environment, said: “We are committed to improving air quality in Islington which is why we are clamping down on idling buses, lorries and diesel cars, as part of our air quality strategy.

“We are taking action to tackle the problem of air pollution in Islington but we need Boris Johnson to do his share: by introducing a low-polluting bus fleet, and addressing the high number of polluting lorries that travel through our streets on a daily basis affecting residents’ health.”

The campaign is the latest part of the council’s commitment to reducing air pollution and increasing air quality, and follows the launch of Islington’s air quality strategy, the introduction of 20mph speed limits and the Air Text service for residents.

More information on the borough’s idling campaign is available on the council website.





Editorial Comment:

Perhaps someone from Islington Councils can point me towards some sort of indipendant scientific research, which shows that lowering the speed limit improves air quality!!!

Also, perhaps the same person can explain about the benefit of starting up a cooled down Diesel engine over idling, in respect to the time rested ratio aspect!!!

Are drivers waiting at Taxi ranks in midwinter expected to freeze?

In the heat wave of the summer, must drivers be expected to roast rather than employing AC?

The Taxi trade are forever being branded as not moving forward into the 21st century and here we have Islington Council dragging us back into the dark ages, with a clear agenda of making financial gain.

Why aren't Islington campaigning to the Mayor, to get him to fund cleaner Taxi engines in vehicles that drivers can afford?

TfL, the GLA and all London Boroughs have known about the poor air quality situation in London for many years, but none of these bodies have approach manufactures. 

All they ever do is attack and fine drivers.

How will issuing penalty tickets to drivers do anything other than raise revenue?