Saturday, November 08, 2014
Friday, November 07, 2014
We are seeking views on changes to taxi fares and tariffs in London, to take place in April 2015.
Transport for London (TfL) licenses and regulates taxi and private hire services in London. As part of this, we set the maximum fares that taxis (black cabs or ‘hackney carriages’) can charge. These fares are determined by tariffs that are reviewed each year and normally changed in early April, to reflect changes in a cost index that reflects the costs of operating a taxi.
Previous tariff reviews have followed three basic principles:
· Using the taxi cost index to guide the increase in average fares;
· Maintaining reasonable differentials between the day, evening/weekend and late night tariffs;
· Maintaining a reasonable progression of fare with journey length.
We propose to follow these principles again for the change to take effect on 11 April 2015. The final cost index figures are still to be assessed but on the basis of the information currently available, we would increase average taxi fares by 0.3 per cent.
We also propose to continue the present arrangement that will allow taxi drivers to add an extra charge of 40 pence if fuel prices increase significantly.
Please go to our consultation website atconsultations.tfl.gov.uk/taxis/fares-and-tariffs. You will find more information about the background to these proposals and the calculation of the cost index, as well as a questionnaire seeking your views. Responses must be received by Friday 5 December 2014.
We are seeking the views of anyone with interest in these matters on these proposals. Please pass this message on to others who might be interested.
If you have any questions about this, please email me at STEngagement@tfl.gov.uk with ‘Taxi Tariff review ’ in the subject line.
Strategy and Infrastructure Manager
TfL Taxi & Private Hire
I hope you are well!
I have seen a few anomalies on Twitter regarding our App and a ‘follow up’ on Taxileaks.
Why drivers can’t ask me what is happening, instead of a Board Member that doesn’t know, or divulges the incorrect information, is beyond me.
Anyway, I would like to put the record straight, Dial-a-Cab do not supply cars to members of the public or indeed our Account clients.
If a Credit Client of Dial-a-Cab orders a car from us, they will not get one via our App, on-line, or off the telephone, we do not supply cars to clients!
However, regarding Account Clients with Concierge, our App mirrors their account and we have six clients that have the Concierge system, consequently, they are in a position to order a car on their account exactly the same as on-line or telephone, Deutsche Bank is one of those clients.
This has now been going on for ten years and I am getting a little weary of explaining the situation, so in a nutshell. A member of the public or an Account Customer cannot order a car via our App or by any other means, unless they are one of the ‘six’ that use Concierge!
I hope I have clarified the situation.
Dial-a-Cab (ODRTS Ltd)
Having recently moved house as required, I send back my hackney carriage vehicle licence for reissue to the new address.
Unbelievably this morning, back came a Private Hire vehicle licence with all the details of my old vehicle.
I called and as ever hung on for ages (at my cost) to sort it out, eventually I was told "don't worry we will send out another".
Of course no apology and of course a prime example of the chaos and lack of security at Totally Failing London.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
I'm very worried about what was posted on Twitter yesterday. Apparently, the poster said a customer had used the DAC app to book from an account and was sent an Addison Lee car. What makes it worst is a board member for DAC categorically denied this. Even though the driver had been shown the App on the phone of the customer.
Is Dial A Cab not a "Licensed Taxi" company any more?
Why do they have to go along the same path as the greedy Hailo triumvirate. I suppose they will roll out the same old tired excuse, saying the customer these days demands a one stop transport shop.
Bullshit, how many PH operators offer Taxis?
No wonder this trade is on its last legs, put a cabby in a suit, and he sells you down the Swanee.
Below is the image showing the Dial A Cab app, posted on Twitter. It clearly shows that potential customers to Dial A Cab are being offered an assortment of deferent minicabs.
Keep up the great work your team does Jim.
Gerald, I did see the posts made on this issue, plus you make a very valid point.
How many complaints do we see from Addison Lee or Brunel Cars customers who have been sent a Taxi instead of a car?
How come our Taxi apps and radio companies say they have to offer minicabs because this is what the customer demands and the drivers accept this like sheep?
How does this only work one way round?
First we had Hailo cars embedded into CityMapper Travel app, offering better prices than Taxis, now we have the Uber App embedded into Google maps.
Jim, spotted this yesterday as I was about to upgrade to Google maps iOS 8.
All the best, Colin.
Three buses in 3 days have burst into flames, first week into November.
Another bus caught alight in London yesterday, the third bus to burst into flames in a week. Passengers were evacuated from the 152 service after it caught alight in south west London at 12.30pm. London Fire Brigade said it was called to Western Road, Mitcham, to reports of a bus alight.
Firefighters dealt with the blaze quickly and it was out by 12.54pm, a spokeswoman said.
"London Fire Brigade said it was called to Western Road in Mitcham at 12:26 GMT to reports of a vehicle fire. No passengers required treatment and the fire was out by 13:00."
Transport for London (TfL) said the three fires were "isolated" and there would be a "full investigation".
Two of the fires involved buses operated by Abellio which said there were "two separate causes for fire".
In its statement it said: "We are investigating further to isolate the root causes."
On 3 November, a bus caught fire after colliding with a car in Barnet, north London.
Ken Davidson, TfL's head of bus operations, said: "The fire (yesterday) was contained within the engine compartment and there was minor damage to the bus... there were no reported injuries."
He said the fires involving Abellio vehicles were due to "technical faults" and added that TfL operated a fleet of 8,700 buses
That said, the competition and race to "go green" holds huge rewards for whoever manages to pull this massive coup off successfully.
I agree totally that doing nothing is an option we can't afford.
Currently though, retailers are and have had an extremely rough time. To have extra burden put on them by raising rents and rates to pay for our ultimate green retail dream, is probably untenable.
Primark and Harrods are doing great, but how about the ones in between?
It became so bad, that Morgan Stanley who had only just moved up onto the Wharf, actually paid for the work to be completed, as they were getting fed up with employees arriving late for work.
Make a job of it? Jesus Christ! I thought they had discovered oil up there! How did it take so long to resurface a road?
There is no place for the old fashioned Zebra in a fast paced city like London.
It is impossible to get past them without somebody's foot being on them! That's not forgetting the clever Dicks who think it's clever to pretend that they are continuing straight ahead, only to "trick us" at the last second, using the "rights" that the public have to stop us on a whim ! The fact that they are constructed of 90% water walking in front of a 2 ton TX4 is of little consequence to these numb skulls.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
> Time for a walk down the high street <