Friday, October 03, 2014

No Money For New Taxi Ranks Or Taxi Upgrades To LPG, But Mayor Finds £57m For Crazy Cycle Schemes

SEVERAL ROADS have been closed in the London borough of Waltham Forest as the first stage in an ambitious plan to create cyclist-friendly routes in the London borough. The council is improving its cycling infrastructure thanks to £27m of ‘mini-Holland’ funding from London mayor Boris Johnson. Kingston and Enfield councils have also been awarded ‘mini-Holland’ grants of around £30m each.


During the trial which will run from 26 September until 13 October, eight roads will be closed to through traffic. The measures are designed to reduce rat-running and encourage cyclists of all abilities to use the quieter streets.

The trial will also involve free cycle training (much needed by th minority if London cyclists), maintenance and free accompanied cycle rides through the area.

A council spokesman told LTT: “The expected reduction in traffic within the area will benefit the entire community, not just cyclists. Air quality will be improved, noise levels will be reduced and we want local residents and businesses to be able to reclaim their streets.”

The council has created an “enhanced town square” at the junction of Eden Road and Orford Road to encourage parents to let their children play in the streets.

Monitoring of traffic and speeds before, during and after the trial will demonstrate the impact on traffic levels, the council said.

“After the trial period is over, we will run a number of meetings and workshops to gather feedback on how the trial road closures operated, if there are any changes that should be made and whether the closures should be made permanent,” the council’s spokesman said.

He added: “We have spoken to businesses in the area and will continue to engage with them during the trial. We are continuing to meet and speak with residents and residents groups to discuss the trial scheme, what they like and dislike in their road/area and what would make them feel comfortable in cycling more.”

As part of the proposals for a Cycle Super Highway along Lea Bridge Road, the council is set to introduce a largely segregated cycle route. Where this is not possible, for example where road widths do not allow it, the council will use ‘armadillos’ or other means of semi-segregation.

The two-mile Lea Bridge Road cycle route will run from Whipps Cross to the border with Hackney. The Whipps Cross roundabout is also to be re-designed to make it more cyclist friendly – options include a contraflow style system and a T-junction.

Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest’s deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “One of the key ways the ‘mini-Holland’ project is aiming to improve cycling in the borough is by reducing the amount of rat-running in particular areas. Not only will the road closures make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians and improve air quality, but we also anticipate it increasing footfall in the area, giving the local economy a boost. 

“Monitoring of the situation before, during and after the trial will also help alleviate any issues that may arise, but I am confident this will prove very useful and help greatly with the implementation of mini-Holland.”

Editorial Commit:
So there you have it.
BoJo has found a spare £57m lying around and given it to cyclists who do not contribute 1p towards cycling scheme in the Capital.

The 25,000 Taxi drivers who between them contribute nearly £10m every three years in licence fees alone, are told:
"No money for new Taxi ranks, no Taxi scrappage scheme payments and no help to convert deisel engines to cleaner LPG".

Campaigner for a CarFreeLondon Rosalind Readhead said:

"Carfreelondon is a campaign to free up London’s streets for the majority of London householders who do not own a private car. I want to redress the balance of London’s streets to truly represent the changing face of London, where more and more people living here choose to cycle, walk or take public transport, or use all three modes!"


Rosalind doesn't say if she regards London's Taxis as public transport. 


But what a great start I would be to ban all private hire vehicles within a three mile radius of central London. Think of all the extra space that would free up and how much that would ease pollution. This is a measure that could save lives.


Considering the amount of support the Mayor, TfL and Number 10 have recently given to a certain Dutch based private hire company, can't see them doing this thought. 

    Source: TransportXtra


Two Schemes Bid To Take The Cyclists Off The Roads:

A proposal for a new east-west cycleway that would float on the River Thames has been unveiled by a consortium of architects, artists and engineers formed to promote the development of better cycling links in London.


The Thames Deckway aims to provide a solution to the British capital's "deep-seated traffic and pollution problems".

Proposed for a 12 kilometre stretch from Battersea in the west to Canary Wharf in the east, the cycleway would run close to the south bank of the river – away from the main water navigation channel.

The project by River Cycleway Consortium Ltd would provide a car-free route and potentially slash the journey time from end to end to half an hour by bike.

"London needs to think outside the box of conventional solutions to solve its deep-seated traffic and pollution problems," said the company in a statement. "The Thames offers vast, untapped potential to ease and improve London's infrastructure problems. What is needed is imagination to unleash it."

The pathway is designed to rise and fall gently with the river's tidal cycle, and to accommodate commuter and leisure cyclists, as well as pedestrians.

Embankment ramps would be situated at intervals along the route, along with a series of stopping points and refreshment kiosks.

Traffic flow and density, river movement and waves, and any hazardous conditions would be monitored by satellites, weather stations and on-board sensors could relay information directly to the Thames Deckway's users.

River Cycleway Consortium Ltd – currently including engineering giant Arup and London-based Hugh Broughton Architects – estimates that construction costs would amount to approximately £600 million, which it would seek from private investment.

A flat rate of £1.50 would be charged for single journeys to generate revenue for maintainenance.

River Cycleway Consortium Ltd was founded by London artist Anna Hill and architect David Nixon, one of the founding partners of Future Systems.

Currently seeking funding for a detailed feasibility study, the company believes that, if successful, the infrastructure could be completed within two years from full go-ahead.

Another idea was unveiled back in January.
British architect Norman Foster has unveiled a concept to build a network of elevated pathways above London's railways to create safe car-free cycling routes, following 14 cyclist deaths on the city's streets in 2013.



Entitled SkyCycle, the proposal by architects Foster + Partners, landscape architects Exterior Architecture and transport consultant Space Syntax is for a "cycling utopia" of approximately 220 kilometres of dedicated cycle lanes, following the routes of existing train lines.

Over 200 entrance points would be dotted across the UK capital to provide access to ten different cycle paths. Each route would accommodate up to 12,000 cyclists per hour and could improve journey times across the city by up to half an hour.

"SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city," said Foster, who is both a regular cyclist and the president of Britain's National Byway Trust. "By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters."

If approved, the routes could be in place within 20 years, offering relief to a transport network that is already at capacity and will need to contend with 12 percent population growth over the next decade.

"I believe that cities where you can walk or cycle, rather than drive, are more congenial places in which to live," said Foster.

"To improve the quality of life for all in London and to encourage a new generation of cyclists, we have to make it safe," he added. "However, the greatest barrier to segregating cars and cyclists is the physical constraint of London's streets, where space is already at a premium."

According to the designers, construction of elevated decks would be considerably cheaper than building new roads and tunnels. The routes would offer greater health benefits for London residents and would make more efficient use of space, as more car owners could be encouraged to cycle rather than drive to work.

"At crucial points in London's history major infrastructure projects have transformed the fortunes of the capital," said Space Syntax director Anna Rose. "For example, Bazalgette's sewer system helped remove the threat of cholera to keep London at the forefront of the industrial revolution; the Underground strengthened London's core by making long-distance commuting possible."

"SkyCycle is conceived in this tradition as a network of strategic connections from the suburban edges to the centre, adding the much needed capacity for hundreds of millions of cycle journeys every year with all the social, economic, environmental and health benefits to London that follow," she added.

Cycling safety in London was called into question in November last year when six cyclists died in road accidents in a two-week period, bringing the total for the year up to 14. A poll by BBC News found that one in five cyclists in London stopped cycling to work following the accidents.

     Source: Dezeem Magazine

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Police Keeping Down Minicab Related Sex Attacks, By Not Charging Predators.

Police ignored a sex attack by a minicab driver on a professional woman leaving him free to strike again 10 days later, a court heard.


This man should not have been licensed by TfL as a Private Hire Driver as he already had a conviction for Touting.


Alaksur Rahman, 39, assaulted a media executive as she returned home from a party in Hoxton in June last year, the jury was told.

The father-of-three, Alaksur Rahman, worked for cab firm Crescent Cars, 87 Kingsland Road. 

Police decided to take no further action against Rahman following the attack, and 10 days later he sexually assaulted a PR executive as she headed home from a night out in Shoreditch.

Rahman, of Poplar, was jailed for 30 months at Snaresbrook crown court after he admitted two charges of sexual assault. He has a previous conviction for soliciting for business as a minicab driver.

Sentencing, Judge Martin Zeidman said: “The message is this, woman have a right to be treated decently and that applies whether they are sober or drunk.

“If a drunk woman gets into your cab, as happened on both these occasions, you as a minicab driver are on trust not to take advantage of those women who are intoxicated and vulnerable.”

The court heard that Rahman assaulted the media executive after she booked the cab and shared part of the journey home with another woman.

She became uneasy when the other passenger was dropped off and she was left alone with Rahman.

He fondled her leg as she paid her fare, then put his hand on her shoulder. She pushed him away but he followed her to her front door and she began frantically ringing the bell because she could not find her door keys.

Rahman left the scene when he saw she did not live alone.

The woman described herself as “drunk” but said she was still in control, and said she was terrified by the experience.

The PR executive who was sexually assaulted by Rahman 10 days later after he drove her to a dark residential street said she felt paralysed with fear.

She screamed then sprinted towards a main road, where she called her boyfriend. In a statement, she said: “I was extremely shocked by his actions and I felt he was being opportunistic because I had been drinking heavily.

“I was scared and this was exacerbated by the fact that I couldn’t get out of the car, I was concerned I was going to be raped.”

She added: “I think the driver was extremely surprised by my aggressive reaction.’

The father-of-three, who worked for cab firm Crescent Cars, was then arrested again and charged.

Hendy claims Uber is no threat to black cab trade, at Tory conference.

Transport for London commissioner Sir Peter Hendy travelled to Brighton, to address the Tory party and tell them just how legal, he thinks Uber is. 


Should he really have done this, when TfL are actually in the middle of a court case involving the legality of the minicab companies modus operandi?
Hendy also took the opportunity to have a pop at the new Maaxi cab app which will target his bus and tube passenger. The commissioner insisted tech startups will not usurp the cabbie, but compares sharing lifts to ‘hitchhiking’

Transport for London’s commissioner Sir Peter Hendy tried to dismissed fears that the controversial minicab app Uber, which allows immediate hirings, threatens the future of London’s black cabs. He said cabbies' anger at the startup business is “misplaced”.



London black-cab drivers staged a ‘go slow’ protest around Trafalgar Square in July 2014 to demonstrate their opposition to the smartphone app that allows users to book and pay for "unregulated private hire vehicles". The protest was replicated in many other major European citiesin which Uber operates.

But speaking at the transport debate at the Conservative party conference this week, Hendy insisted the Silicon Valley startup would not displace London’s classic black cabs.

“There’s always likely to be a future, in the centre of one of the world’s great cities, for a taxi service that you can hail,” he said. “I don’t come out of my office and think I’m going to get onto my phone to look for a car. I look down Victoria street and I find a vacant taxi. I know the driver knows where he’s going and I know he’s licensed, because apart from anything else I licence him.”

TfL have bent over backwards to support Uber. Initially they were licensed without an adequate central London operating centre, in fact they were licensed to operated from an accountants office in More London Building next to city hall. More recently they were allowed to operate for a while from premises in North London without having a licence variation for the property. 



When Taxi Leaks complained, the complaint was not investigated for eight weeks, giving Uber time to apply for and receive the correct license. TfLs staff manual says that's any private hire company found working from unlicensed premises should have their operators license revoked with immediate effect. This was not the case with Uber, who were given time to "sort things out" before compliance inspected the new building.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association believes Uber drivers operate illegally. The dispute not only hinges on whether an Uber driver’s smartphone qualifies as a meter – a device that currently only strictly regulated black cabs can use, but also there are no pre bookings as every job is an electronic instant hail.

Hendy, who leads TfL’s management team insisted that Uber was operating legally. 

Hendy admits that he does have concerns about consumer safety within the ‘sharing economy’, in which apps such as Uber operate. Most transport-sharing apps connect citizens with drivers who are not registered by central or local government. “Some of it is akin to hitchhiking,” he said. Well he would do, as new Taxi app Maaxi intends to target his bus and tube passengers.

London’s transport commissioner also warned delegates at the conference in Birmingham that new plans for segregated cycle lanes in the capital may be toned down after criticism. 

Opponents say they scheme would reduce roadspace and increase congestion. “They have engendered a fair amount of controversy, both in favour of them and against.” Hendy admitted. “There might be some compromises in the end because there’s a world of difference between cycling down a road with all other road users and a completely segregated cycle lane which takes space out of the road.”


COLLABORATION, CONFRONTATION AND REPRESENTATION.

For all of my adult life, I have been in environments whereby my natural instinct was to be confrontational. A full on challenge in situations which were in danger of a victory against either myself or whom ever I was alongside, were pretty much all in a day's work.

I have been and still am a very militant minded person, and have always believed in going in hard and strong.
 
Indeed, I was a founder member of our militant Flash Demo and Hit Squads, and I still believe that their secretive and lightning operations can be extremely effective when deployed to deal with some of our trade problems, especially touting.
 
Mass demonstrations are and have been successful to a degree, but their ultimate goal tends to depend on too many permutations and favourable statistics.
 
If 25000 London Taxi Drivers were to turn out at every genuine concern that our trade had, victory would be guaranteed. However, in the real world, this would rarely happen, and with that and the fact that we would have to comply with the Metropolitan Police by giving 6 days notice, submitting a Form 3175 and conforming fully to The Public Order Act 1986, the real effect is lost.
 
The Met's Gold Control Commanders have a week to organise themselves. Routes are given, times are allocated, overtime is dished out and strict rules implemented to our organisers. 

Obviously then, and as a democratic nation, the control and advantage lies firmly within the restraints of the Police Service, and although inconvenient for a few hours, a human adaptation of One Man And His Dog in the centre of London is the end result.
 
Had Winston sent a letter to Adolf warning him our bombers were en route, it's probably safe to say we would have won eff all !
 
I believe that there could be another way to fight the imbeciles who are so disrespectful and incompetent, yet so unfairly powerful, dangerous and threatening to our futures.
 
Studying high profile cases of public figureheads, there is a common denominator that appears to have devastating and potentially fatal professional consequences. 
EXPOSURE!
 
Take any of the hierarchy who control our professional future, and you will see men and women with extremely attractive salaries, perks, and platinum plated pensions and benefits.

When their position is threatened PERSONALLY, panic and arse covering will naturally follow as a standard reaction. After all, the last thing in the world that they want, is to lose their cushy number. Exposure of incompetency is the ultimate ruin for any career chasing professional.
 
I have personally been in a senior position of the Civil Service, and trust me, when professionally challenged, most of these people would put their own kids up for the rap, rather than take it on the chin themselves.
 
My suggestion therefore, is that rather than deploying a demonstration that historically hasn't achieved too much for us and inconvenienced the travelling public who are also our own passengers, we go for the scalps of the Generals instead.
 
In the old days of Zulu warriors, if the Chief were to be killed in action, the tribes would retreat and pull back, as they believed the heart and the strength of their numbers were cursed.
 
Sadly, the use of trained snipers and assassins carrying rifles are also not allowed in a democratic society, but there are men and women who are just as lethal in hitting their target, without the use of camouflage jackets...........BARRISTERS !
 
Expert barristers well oiled in Hackney Carriage Law don't come for peanuts. I know we have litigation teams attached to some of our trade organisations, but by and large, they are not hard punching enough at top level are they ?
I'm not referring to a brief who stands up for you in court because you failed to pick a wheelchair up, I'm talking about very senior Queens Counsel top guns who have the knowledge and razor sharp answers to tear a new arse into some of the two bob jack of all trades junior solicitors, whom TFL use for their defence cases.
 
If we could amalgamate and get one or two of these judicial maestro's to take up our challenge to expose the top tier of our enemies, combined with the success of our Flash Demo Hit Squad deployed as and when we need them, I fancy we would have half a chance.
 
It is FEAR that wins battles
Not many people have managed to pull it off in peacetime within a democratic structure. Bob Crow did it and so did Jimmy Knapp. We could do it as a combined trade, but for reasons highlighted earlier, have logistical problems to address which we always struggle with.
 
The problem is, that there isn't much fear from the hierarchy who control us, as they know that historically we only have one answer......a road demonstration. When that happens, control is passed on to the Police Service, we turn up, we block the roads, we scream and shout, we comply, we go on LBC and we go home again. Police hand over back to the authorities, and another day at the office comes to an end. I don't criticise our colleagues for doing this, after all, what else do we have to fight with ?
 
However, to have a top notch Hackney Carriage expert Barrister at our disposal, who could infiltrate the offices of TFL and Government is surely the way forward? 
Legally educated eagles constantly watching what Leon Daniels, Peter Hendy and Co, say and do to our profession, would be extremely stressful for TFL.

As we know, currently they say what they like, do what they please and if we don't like it we can lump it. With collaboration within our trade, confrontation from our Hit Squads and representation from our legal corner, with the ultimate threat of exposure, I wager the bullying and neglect would stop.
 
With each and every statement, condition, rule or operation from TFL, would come a thorough and conclusive legal evaluation from our corner, of the legality, the collateral damage threat and the reasons behind any of it. 
EVERY SINGLE TIME !

My guess is that TFL could not handle the stress of supreme litigation constantly watching them, and threatening exposure, and would both draw back and treat us with more respect.
 
We need finances for this I know, but surely we could amalgamate and pull the money up? I always make a point of never getting into trade org in-fighting, but I know we already have the funds available. Naturally, they would say it is for the benefit of the members who paid it in the first place, which of course is understandable. But surely there must be a way to fund this for ourselves?
 
Our lives, our culture and our London has changed so much over the last 20 years. 

The brilliant and late Johnny Speight with his cast of Till death Do Us Part and series such as  Love Thy Neighbour, sadly (in my opinion) have no place in society now.
 
If Johnny were alive today and submitted a script like that, his feet wouldn't touch the ground. And who would kick him in the air? 
LEGAL REPRESENTATION.
 
In the modern world today, there are still guns, still knives and still bombs. However, when it comes to making a professional killing in today's democratic society, it is LEGAL REPRESENTATION that manages to strike at the heart of the professional establishment.
 
An illegal statement, an incorrect action, an incorrect claims form, a misjudged perception or a dodgy lack of personal judgement, even in their private lives, can wreak havoc and spell the end for many top flight Civil Servants and the cushty pensions.
 
I think we need to join the modern world. Year by year, month by month, week by week and day by day, our old battered trade is getting eroded by the tide of the disrespectful.

They a'int worried about history. They a'int worried about legacy. They a'int worried about pride. They a'int worried about the Knowledge, and they a'int worried about us.
 
But what they ARE worried about, is their job, their perks, their pension and their future.
 
We need to change that attitude from these imposters and put the advantage back in our corner.

We have left it late I know, but so did Lieutenant John Chard and his men at Rorkes Drift in 1879!
 
I think it is time for a new battle strategy of brains and bravery for our trade now. We have been the whipping boy for that lot in the tower long enough now, and it's time the tables were turned.
 
Collaboration between ourselves, confrontation when attacked and the very best legal representation for every single flaw that we have thrown at us.

Iv'e seen TFL's Legal Team in play and ive heard the very elite of TFL speak live on air. 
An expert barrister in our corner would eat them alive in the court rooms, and that seems to be the battle fields of our 21st Century. Raising the dough would be the hardest part. Other than that, I can't see us losing.
 
Be lucky all.
 
8829 Semtex.
 

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

More Breaking News From Our Roving Reporter: Faith Lawson Move Postponed Indefinitely.

Earlier this week, we were informed that LTPH's proposed move from Palestra to Faith Lawson House in Dacre Street Westminster, had been postponed.

There are now strong rumours that the intended move has been cancelled altogether.

We have been informed by an insider that the building is to be sold off and may well become a new Holiday Inn Express. 


 If TfL are still intent in pushing LTPH off into the wilderness, then another suitable location has to be found. 

Not as easy as it may seem, as the place must be defendable against the increasingly aggressive and proactive Taxi trade, who feel they are having the life blood kicked out of them by TfL's policies. 



Caught on Camera:
An Addison Lee driver who obviously hasn't got the knowledge, follows the rout shown on his SatNav  which takes him through a set of three "No Entry" signs and dangerously along a one way street the wrong way.


 


    Video courtesy of DrivePro

Kentish Town fears over road changes to side streets.

PLANS to turn a swathe of back streets in Kentish Town into no-go zones for cars have prompted a furious response from residents and businesses. 

A meeting at Torriano Junior School last week was told of a scheme to set up no-entry signs in residential streets to the east of Kentish Town Road which residents say are used as daily rat-runs by commuters and delivery lorries.

Members of Bartholomew Area Residents’ Association (Bara) hope the Town Hall will set up a consultation on proposed changes to streets, including Bartholomew Road, Sandall Road, Islip Street and Busby Place. 

 
But many in the neighbourhood say a new lay-out would create more problems than it would solve. Residents overwhelmingly rejected any changes at the meeting chaired by Kentish Town Labour councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells. 

John Grayson, who runs Whole Earth Foods in Kentish Town Road, said the plans would simply cause congestion elsewhere. His shop, along with his neighbour, the Phoenician Food Hall, has an access road that runs along the back of the parade. If the scheme went ahead, he said they would have no way of reaching it. 

“We estimate it would mean an extra 150 delivery vans using Kentish Town Road each week,” he said. “It is already far too busy.”

He claimed the problem had been exaggerated. “In rush hour, there are at most three cars queuing to get out of Patshull Road,” he said.

Caroline Hill, of Kentish Town Road Action Group, said the scheme was “a sledgehammer to crack a nut”. 

She added: “The plan is unworkable. Some motorists will have to take a much longer route to get to their houses. Some motorists will be able to get in but then find it very difficult to get out.”

She added it would affect emergency vehicles and that two health centres would have problems taking patients to appointments in ambulances. 

Her views were echoed by Rickie Hicks, of H and H Van Hire, in Bartholomew Road. He said: “They are proposing to put a ‘No Entry’ right in between our yards, which are a matter of metres apart. We will not be able to move our vehicles from one to the other without driving all the way down to Kentish Town Road and back up Bartholomew Road.”

Former Lib Dem councillor Paul Braithwaite said the streets were rat-runs. “The aim is to create a safe haven for pedestrians and cyclists,” he added. “It will improve air quality in a residential district. It would also help people make the decision to walk, cycle or use public transport instead.”

He dismissed claims that the scheme would be too costly at a time when the Town Hall has to find savings of £70m. 

He said: “All that is proposed is an experiment with a few no-entry signs and some bollards.” 

His views were echoed by Bara member Paul Charman, who said: “We have lived with a rat-run in the past 25 years. It is not beyond  the wit of man to come up with a plan that can satisfy the concerns of residents and traders.”

    Source: Camden New Journal 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good News For Driver Waiting On Renewals...by Jim Thomas

Back in May, I wrote to Sir Peter Hendy with concerns about comments he had made in an interview on London Live. Sir Peter had inferred that TfL could not appoint a taxi rank in St Thomas Street outside the Shard as the Street belonged to Southwark Council. I sent him a copy of the order posted in the London Gazette, that categorically gives TfL the right to appoint a Taxi rank/standing anywhere they choose in St Thomas Street....

Within days, Sir Peter made a very rare apology for his statement. He said he had made a mistake! But still waited till after a flash demo from the trade, before finally giving in and appointing a new rank opposite the shard.

In the same letter I also pointed Sir Peter in the direction of the transport act 1985 section 17 subsection 7 which clearly states:

(7) Where a person holds a licence which is in force when he applies for a new licence in substitution for it, the existing licence shall continue in force until the application for the new licence, or any appeal under this section in relation to that application, is disposed of, but without prejudice to the exercise in the meantime of any power of the licensing authority to revoke the existing licence.

See
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1985/67/section/17

I advised Sir Peter that in Taxi Leaks legal team's opinion, there is no need for TfL to issue temporary licences and the driver should be able to carry on working, as their old licence will remain in force until they either receive a newly issued licence, or receive word that their application has been turned down.

Hundreds of drivers have lost many days-weeks-months income, after being told by TfL they can't work. I asked Sir Peter in light of the fact that so many drivers were being put out if work while waiting, to make an immediate statement informing these drivers that under the act of 1985, they can in fact carry on working regardless.  

It seems that Sir Peter interpretation of immediate, actually meant 5 months later.

Leon Daniels has finally replied on behalf of Sir Peter Hendy (well I suppose two apologies from Sir Peter was a bit too much to hope for) and it is our pleasure to announce that;
Drivers can now carry on working on an expired licence -as long as they have applied in time and in the correct manner for a renewal- until the new licence arrives.


Below is the letter Taxi Leaks received from TfL.

Dear Mr Thomas,
I refer to your email to Sir Peter Hendy regarding the provisions of section 17(7) of the Transport Act 1985 in relation to taxi drivers renewing their licences. Please accept my apologies for the delay in providing a reply.

As far as is possible we will issue a driver his or her new licence in advance of their old licence expiring.

However, this is dependent on the driver submitting a complete and timely application, which includes the result of the DBS check and any other information that is required, as we cannot make a licensing decision until this information is received. 

It is therefore imperative that drivers start the application process in good time to allow for all necessary checks to be completed before their licence expires.
Where we are provided with a complete application, including the results of the DBS check and any other necessary information, but have not yet made a licensing decision before the old one expires, the existing licence will remain in force until a decision is made in accordance with section 17(7). In these circumstances, a driver will not be issued with, nor require, a temporary licence pending a decision being made on their application.
Please note that contrary to the comment in your email, section 17 of the Transport Act 1985 only applies to London taxi driver and vehicle licences, not London private hire vehicle driver licences.

Kind regards

Leon Daniels | Managing Director  
Transport for London | Surface Transport | Palestra |
11th Floor - Zone R4| 197 Blackfriars Road|Southwark|SE1 8NJ


          
Breaking News:
Taxi Leaks' receives email from TfL 

They Say No Trace Of CabWave And Believe Article To Be Hoax.

Email states:
Dear Xxxx
Thanks for your email. I can confirm TfL are investigating Cabwave, and the proposition described on the Cab4Now blogsite. We can find no trace of Cabwave, and no evidence that they are operational, or that there is a beta technology trial proposed or underway in London. It may be a hoax. 

If you have any information on Cabwave which can verify their existence, it would greatly assist us with our investigations. We are already pursuing lines of enquiry through cabs4now. 


If a model of 'instant kerbside booking' was proposed in London, we would be minded to investigate and take action against private hire drivers who participate for:
• Illegal standing and/or plying for hire
• Unauthorised signage
• Unlawful use of the term 'cab'

It appears this is a standard reply sent to all who made complaints about CabWave, which now looks like an elaborate hoax