Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Reason Why All PH Drivers Should Have To Pass An Advanced Driving Standard Test.

Every job matters, according to TfL and apparently, this is what the public want.


Uber hope to have 20,000 drivers on the streets of London by the middle of this year. 

By end of July next year, they aim to have 42,000 drivers, outnumbering Licensed Taxi, 2 to1.


Below is a video of the offices in Caledonian Road, where day after day, they sign up new divers to their controversial app.


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News Of Legal Action Against Uber In Denmark. Plus Uber's Chinese Take AWay

  • Uber is now suspected of operating illegally in Denmark.

  • The American ride share company Uber has now been served notice on suspicion of violating the Danish taxi regulations. 

  • The company was first notified last November that the authority was looking into reports that Uber-cars with Swedish license plates had been seen to be active in Copenhagen.
  • According to the tech news website "Computerworld" The Danish authorities had taken time to decide whether criminal charges be brought before the public prosecutor, or the investigation closed.

  • The article posted on the Computerworld site states that Uber uses an app in Denmark to connect passengers, drivers and cars. They also state the Uber cars makes use of an embedded taximeter, and not a Taximeter fitted to the vehicle, s
    omething else that has led the traditional taxi industry to protest.

  • Uber is controversial in many countries around the world. Many cities have banned the company from operating.
While here in London, the Uber fraud continues, shored up by support from TfL.


Chinese authorities pay visits to Uber offices - CNET

Uber

Uber is said to be facing a new series of investigations in China, according to a report from Reuters.

Chinese authorities paid visits to offices of the US-based taxi-hailing in China's Guangzhou and Chengdu provinces on April 30 and May 6, respectively. The visits appear to be related to China's zero-tolerance policy for unlicensed taxi drivers, and Chinese authorities have long suspected Uber of violating regulations by allowing private drivers to work in their fleets, reports the South China Morning Post.

The investigations at Uber's Chengdu office took place on May 6, when officials arrived to conduct a routine inspection. Photos of the visit have been circulating online, showing numerous Uber drivers watching as a sizable investigation crew turned over the office.

Chengdu's transport authorities claim that the official reason behind the Chengdu visit was for collecting information, and Uber has reassured its Chengdu drivers that it's still business as usual.

"The Chengdu authorities visited the local Uber office this afternoon, and as stated by the Transport Committee of Chengdu spokesperson in the press, this was a routine visit. There are no disruptions to the Uber platform," said Uber spokesman Karun Arya. "We maintain open channels of communications, cooperating proactively with the authorities to help answer their questions on our local operations."

However, the official's presence at the Guangzhou Uber office on April 30 turned out to be a raid, with officials seizing phones and computers.

Earlier this year, China's Ministry of Transport called for tighter laws against unlicensed taxis, specifically referring to taxi-hailing apps operating in mainland China.

Even if Uber had no raids or police visits to contend with, the Chinese taxi-hailing app scene is dominated by Didi Dache and Kuadi Dache, backed by Chinese e-commerce powerhouses Tencent and Alibaba, respectively. The two apps account for 95 percent of the market share in China, hamstringing Uber in an already volatile Asian market.

Since late 2014, Uber has been consistently plagued by legal issues in other markets, not unlike what the company is currently experiencing in China.


      Source : SvD NARINGSLIV

THE SWEDISH NATIONAL ECONOMIC CRIMES BUREAU INVESTIGATES UBER.


  • Latest on Uber 8th May 2015
  • The Swedish national economic crimes Bureau (SNECB) is to review the activities of Uber's latest venture.

  • According to the SNECB, Uber could be operating an illegal Taxi service, plus there may also be a case of tax evasion. Officers will be investigating all aspects of Uber's businesses from several different aspects.
  • Both the tax agency and the Swedish Transport Agency are interested in Uber's business model, especially Uber's "Uberpop", a service that uses untrained, unlicensed individuals who get paid to drive passengers. 

  • There may well be a case that Uber are running an illegal taxi services, according to the Swedish Transport Agency, plus the tax agency raises the question of Uber's responsibility for taxes and fees.

  • Meanwhile in Navarda, when they say "it's not about the money.....it's always about the money


Uber hit another roadblock at the Nevada Legislature this Friday 8th May.

The Senate voted down a revised bill that would have allowed ride-sharing companies to operate in Nevada. 

The amended bill was introduced Thursday after Republicans and Democrats agreed on a three percent excise tax on fares for ride-sharing companies, taxis and limos.

Just prior to the vote, everything fell apart, and the finger-pointing began.

The bill required a two-third majority vote in order to pass, and Nevada taxi companies didn't like the idea of being subject to the tax.

Republicans estimated the bill would have raised upward of $100 million in two years. About $5 million of that would have gone to the Nevada State Highway Fund. UNLV's proposed medical school would have received $19 million, and the rest would have gone to the general fund.

Several Senate Democrats backed out at the last second after questions about the validity of revenue figures surfaced.

“Several of us have questioned that, and we have not received a reliable answer back from our fiscal division,” said state Sen. Mark Manendo, D-District 21.

Sen. Minority Leader Aaron Ford released a statement Friday:

“Yesterday, we were assured that passing AB175 would generate more than $90 million in new revenue, but today it appears those numbers were yet another gimmick.”

Democrats asked that the vote be tabled so more research could be done. Republicans refused, and the vote came out 13-7 in favor, with state Sen. Richard S. “Tick” Segerblom, D-District 3, absent. That's one vote short of the 14 the bill needed.

“I think the Democrats are concerned about being promised a pig in a poke without solid numbers. Uber revenue numbers are totally pie in the sky because there's no base upon which to base it,” said Mark Peplowski, a political science professor at College of Southern Nevada.

Some Democrats are calling for public safety concerns to be addressed by any bill allowing ride-sharing services to operate.

However, it's amazing the ease at which public safety takes a back seat when promised $90m dollars in extra state revenue. 

     With thanks to taxipeterz. Source : Di.se, Fox News 

Friday, May 08, 2015

Canonbury Dawn Raid Could Be Related To Uber/Terrorism Link.

Uber have recently stressed that their systems have not been hacked and that stolen customer details are down to weak passwords. This statement came in the wake of hundreds of thousands of London customer details being sold on the Dark Web. In certain cases account details were sold for as little as $1 each.

We have since been informed by Tech Blog Motherboard, that American account holders details have now appeared for sale on the Dark Web.

Have Uber customers become an easy target for terrorist fund raisers?


Huge amounts have been taken from account holders credit and debit cards. We've been informed that due to the seriousness of the fraud, Pay Pall have refused to be part of the Uber payment system. 

                    This was available today:


It's been alleged that a conspiracy to commit fraud has been taking place by Uber drivers with money being passed on to a certain terrorist group.






The dawn raid in Canonbury is thought to be part of an investigation linked to extremists travelling to Syria

Eight police vehicles including “riot vans” were seen outside a property in Thorndike Road at 6am this morning as police stormed the address – according to one neighbour’s account.

The reports coincided with an operation by the Met’s counter terrorism command in which a 32-year-old woman and five men, all in their 20s, were arrested across six addresses in north London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. 

It is not known whether any of the men at the Thorndike Road address were arrested.

Police say the raids, which also saw a 38-year-old man arrested in Luton for money laundering, were part of an ongoing investigation into a scam linked to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

The suspects were taken to a south London police station.





Are TfL getting ready to leave Palestra, Windsor House and Pier Walk Greenwich?

Transport for London has pre-let a building in Stratford’s new £2.1billion International Quarter.

Construction will begin in the summer on the 265,000 sq ft building in London’s news commercial district, a joint venture by Lend Lease and London and Continental Railways (LCR).

An estimated 3,000 TfL workers will relocate to the International Quarter, part of the 25,000 people who will work and visit the site each day.

Work is already underway on the first phase of The International Quarter, at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A 333-unit residential development named Glasshouse Gardens overlooks the Aquatics Centre, the former Olympic Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Lend Lease COO Dan Labbad said: “Securing TfL as a major pre-let marks the emergence of a new generation of offices in east London that will make a lasting contribution to the local economy.”

Managing director of finance at TfL Steve Allen said: We are consolidating our office accommodation into a smaller number of larger buildings. The International Quarter in Stratford provides the ideal opportunity for us to make further progress with its excellent transport links while enabling us to achieve significant savings.”

Editorial Comment:

Looks like TfL are getting as far as possible away from London's Taxis and Private Hire, as the battle for the survival of our trades, goes into the next phase. 

All them new Uber Licence fees going towards luxurious new offices?

Taxi and private hire, knowledge appointments and congestion charging have already moved in to 230 Blackfriars Road. (Allegedly nick-named Rachael Grundy House by Taxi drivers)

As Boris takes up his seat in Westminster, we wait to see the outcome of the legal action being taken against him holding both Mayoral and Westminster positions. 

A new Mayor could make sweeping changes at the top level in TfL, in light of the GLA report which found this administration to be woefully inadequate. 


Thursday, May 07, 2015

The #Sackboris Campaign AdBike In Parliament Square Protest...by Dave Davies


The #sackboris campaign would like to thank all the taxi drivers who showed support yesterday by beeping their horns and waving when the saw the AdBike with the controversial poster.

The poster sent the message the same media cover up which led people to believe that Jimmy Savile was a good guy has also led people to believe that Boris Johnson is a good guy.

Many Taxi Drivers know the truth




Letter To Editor : Using Social Media. Every Driver Should Be On Twitter.

Just sent this email to the LTDA, If you guys agree maybe its worth putting it out on Taxi Leaks and twitter.


Dear LTDA
In my opinion it would be a good thing for you guys to send out an email to all members telling them to download twitter onto their smartphones. 

With the on-going battle with TFL it is surely essential that as many of us are instantly contactable as possible. 

We need to be able to respond to up to date info immediately. There is huge anger in the trade as you well know. If that anger could be unified and channelled into the same direction we would have an extremely powerful army of Taxi drivers, Twitter is the ideal way of doing this. 

Uber and the like have used social media to completely undermine the trade with the help of TFL. Its about time that we started using it ourselves to gain strength. Our numbers are our greatest asset.  

Steve

Editorial Comment :
Social media is the most powerful platform on earth. It was responsible for the Arab spring uprising and has caused endless problems to governments around the world. 

We need as many driver as possible to download and sign up to an account. Trade orgs should sponsor regular day/evening classes at our watering holes to show drivers not that familiar with technology, how to use this tool to it greatest potential. 

With Twitter, you have a means of contacting thousands of drivers almost immediately. Look at the success of the TaG hit Squad, Flash Demo, UCGup and more recently the Mayfair Mob. 

As pointed out in Steve's letter, companies like Uber have spent very little on conventional advertising, they have used social media to its full potential and it's been highly rewarding for them.


Something stinks at Windsor House and Palestra.

We all new something wasn't quite right at TfL. 

Last month's FOI request, revealed that in the last financial year, TfL earned over 78,000 from a total of 11 Private hire advertisers. Yet they point blank refused to advertise an app (Tap Black Taxi) designed to help South West suburban drivers. 

                                         Taxi seat ad
Also Maaxi have said they are being excluded from the TfL website list of approved Apps.

The private hire vehicles act 1998 makes it crystal clear that journeys offered by operators have to be "booked" with the operator.

                                 PH operators licence application
 
The operators license application makes it crystal clear that for an operator to be licensed, they must have a landline to receive pre bookings. 

Uber make it crystal clear, they don't take bookings. Every job is an instant hail.

                               Uber UK support Twitter page

All the signs were there. There had been many complaints across the USA and Europe, yet Uber were licensed under the directorate of John Mason.

Over the past three years, TfL turned a blind eye to complaints from both the Taxi and private hire trades over the working practises of Uber London Ltd, plus TfLTPH were also dishing out Private Hire Driver licenses like sweets.

So, why have these licenses been flying out the door?

Coincidently, in the same period, we saw licensed Taxi drivers caught up in a backlog of licence renewals, with many drivers forced out of work, waiting for renewals to arrive. Unsurprisingly, there appears to have been no hold up in the production of new PH licenses.

The 20-30,000 new licenses issued to new PH drivers is indicative of a pre-emptive measure by TfL to facilitate the arrival of a multi-billion dollar company, which has its sights set on the annihilation of the traditional Taxi and Private Hire trades.

The former Director of LTPH personally met with Uber before they applied for licensing. He told them they would have to agree to operate within the prescribed regulations as laid down within the Private Hire Vehicles Act 1998. 
In emails sent to members of the GMB and LPHCA, Mason states assurance was given. In the same email, Mason said that should this prove not to be the case, then action would be taken against Uber.

You won't see these stickers on Uber cars, they don't do Pre-Bookings.

And yet Uber, in contravention of the legislation have been allowed by TfL to:
• Use a Taxi meter
• Operate via instant hailing
• Have no landline for booking
• Refuse to accept pre-bookings
• Have no customer complaints process
• Operate virtual ranking inside and outside the GMPD
• Allow drivers to accept jobs whilst out of their licensing area

It's been alleged that Uber allow drivers to operate without the correct insurance

It's quite clear that Uber are NOT operating within prescribe regulations. It's also clear that TfLTPH have NEGATED to take action against the company. 

It's alleged that Uber have between 12 and 15,000 drivers. At their present expansion rate, they will soon outnumber London's licensed Taxis. We believe they aim to have somewhere in the region of 40,000 drivers by the middle of next year.

Anyone in doubt of the seriousness of the situation, just take a look at the massive queues outside their recruitment office in Caledonian Road, as new applicants wait to be processed. 

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Man arrested following Streatham fatal collision

Detectives investigating a fatal fail to stop collision in Streatham have arrested a man.


The 29-year-old man was arrested on Monday, 4 May, on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision. He was taken to a south London police station from where he has been bailed to return on a date in early July.

Officers previously released CCTV images and video of a vehicle they wished to trace. They believe the driver of this vehicle may be a witness with information that may assist the inquiry.

At around 03:10hrs on Saturday, 2 May, police were called to reports of a car in collision with a pedestrian in Tooting Bec Road at the junction of Dr Johnson Avenue, Streatham. The car did not stop.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended the scene. The pedestrian, a 33-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe they know the identity of the deceased and have informed next of kin. Formal identification has not taken place.

Officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are investigating.

The witness line for the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Merton is 020 8543 5157. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The serious Issue Of Minicab Related Sexual Assaults And Rapes, Caused By Lack Of Enforcement.

Editorial Comment On The Sarah Thompson Rape Article.

 

It takes courage to face the publicity after such a horrendous life changing experience such as Sarah went through. Sexual assaults including rape in unbooked, unlicensed and bogus minicabs are far more common than the authorities would have you believe. 


The Met Police have stated that 90% of all rapes and sexual assaults do not get officially reported and do not appear on their statistics. These attacks are life changing events the affect not just the victim, but in many cases, completely wreck the lives of families. 


The most disgusting aspect of these attacks is that many are completely avoidable. 

Licensing authorities will say they do what they can to inform and educate the public. 

But is this really enough?


Local authorities and the police see these attacks as no more than collateral damage, as the seek to clear the streets of night revellers by any means possible. 

This includes unbooked, unlicensed Minicabs.


Huge efforts are made to hide or disguise the statistics and in certain cases, non penetrative attacks have simply been recorded as physical assaults.


Through lack of enforcement, sexual predators are allowed by licensing authorities and local councils to wait, completely unhindered outside clubs, bars and night spots for fresh victims, hidden away amongst the lines of illegally plying for hire touts. Rachael Griffin of the Susie Lamplugh trust, went on Sky News to inform us that an unlicensed Minicab is now the preferred method of the sexual predator.


In London, there is virtually no visible enforcement as TfL refuse to use their budget to police venues and keep the public safe. We have reports from many drivers who have called police over ranks being blocked by touts. These drivers all tell the same story, that police refuse to attend the scene, stating falsely that its the local councils responsibility.


At night, the streets of London become a free for all as wardens and police turn a blind eye. 


The sad fact is, the majority of these attack could be avoided simply by banning satellite office licenses and enforcing the laws relating to illegal plying for hire, outside venues. Every licensed venue should have a licensed Taxi rank directly outside the exit. It should be part of the licensing conditions that marshals should be supplied by the venues, to make sure touts don't operate outside.


Between them, Boris Johnson, Sir Peter Hendy and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe are ultimately responsible for the proliferation of London minicab related sexual assaults including rapes, in as much as they facilitate the predators by non enforcement. 

They are as much to blame for these attacks as the perpetrators themselves.

 

           How do these people sleep at night?


Jim Thomas Editor Taxi Leaks.





Monday, May 04, 2015

Application made in Westminster magistrates court. A summons for election fraud against Boris Johnson

The Uxbridge Candidate for the Communities United Party, Sabrina Moosun has filed an Application to Westminster Court for a summons against Boris Johnson for electoral fraud.



The Application has been filed after investigation of the 1983 Representations of Persons Act and the Electoral Commission guidelines show that members of the Civil Service and Legislature are disqualified from becoming a Member of Parliament. The role of Mayor of London falls within these definitions and therefore Boris Johnson is not eligible to become the Uxbridge MP.


His disregard of the rules is typical of his conduct.

 

The #sackboris Campaign had earlier issued a Press Release stating that a High Court action would be taken to challenge Boris Johnson becoming an MP as he role of Polcie and Crime Commisisoner for London would also disqualify him (see below)

 

Boris Johnson recently said when asked about the rules of becoming a Minister while continuing in his role as Mayor that he did not know what the rules are

On a visit to the site of a new Intercontinental hotel in North Greenwich, Mr Johnson was asked if there are rules against being a minister, MP and mayor at the same time.

He replied: "I don't know what the rules say, in fact I don't think there are any rules, but the job of Mayor of London is effectively like running a big department of state.

"There's a £16 billion budget or whatever, there's lots of executive stuff.

It has not yet been reported that an Application was made in Westminster magistrates court  for summons for election fraud against Boris Johnson Mayor of London

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/sackboris-as-mayor-of-london


Regards Dave Davies

 

The serious Issue Of Sexual Assaults And Rapes, Caused By Lack Of Enforcement.

Editorial Comment On Previous Article.

 

It takes courage to face the publicity after such a horrendous life changing experience such as Sarah went through. Sexual assaults including rape in unbooked licensed, unlicensed and bogus minicabs are far more common than the authorities would have you believe. 


The Met Police have stated that 90% of all rapes and sexual assaults do not get reported. These attacks are life changing events the affect not just the victim, but in many cases, completely wreck the lives of families. 


The most disgusting aspect of these attacks is that many are completely avoidable. 

Licensing authorities will say they do what they can to inform and educate the public. 

But is this really enough?


Local authorities and the police see these attacks as no more than collateral damage, as the seek to clear the streets of night revellers by any means possible. 

This includes unbooked, unlicensed Minicabs.


Huge efforts are made to hide or disguise the statistics and in certain cases, non penetrative attacks have simply been recorded as physical assaults.


Through lack of enforcement, sexual predators are allowed by licensing authorities and local councils to wait, completely unhindered outside clubs, bars and night spots for fresh victims, hidden away amongst the lines of illegally plying for hire touts.


In London, there is virtually no visible enforcement as TfL refuse to use their budget to police venues and keep the public safe. We have reports from many drivers who have called police over ranks being blocked by touts. These drivers all tell the same story, that police refuse to attend the scene, stating falsely that its the local councils responsibility.


At night, the streets of London become a free for all as wardens and police turn a blind eye. 


The sad fact is, the majority of these attack could be avoided simply by banning satellite office licenses and enforcing the laws relating to illegal plying for hire, outside venues. Every licensed venue should have a licensed Taxi rank directly outside the exit. It should be part of the licensing conditions that marshals should be supplied by the venues, to make sure touts don't operate outside.


Boris Johnson, Sir Peter Hendy and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe are ultimately responsible for the London minicab related sexual assaults including rapes, in as much as they facilitate the predators by non enforcement. They are as much to blame for these attacks as the perpetrators themselves.

 

        How do these people sleep at night


Jim Thomas Editor Taxi Leaks.