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Motorists could be restricted to that limit within the M25 on all but a major arteries into the capital, according to Isabel Dedring, deputy mayor for transport.
spokesman for the AA said: “In principle we have nothing against 20mph zones although you have to remember when you are slowing traffic down you slow down the working life of the city.”
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Just read on the forum, that a driver has been told by his passenger, they intend to close all gates into Regent Park outer circle. Residents are to be issued with a key fob to get in and out of the gates, which will be closed to all other traffic. More news about this as and when we get it.
TfL have informally announced today on their Q&A account @TfLTPH that as far as they are concerned, passenger sharing apps such as UberPool are legal.
TfL now say the confusion is in the statement made by Sir Peter Hendy when questioned by Caroline Pidgeon in front of the transport committee of the GLA.
@TfLTHP are saying that Hendy was referring to the UberPop service —which is banned across most of Europe— which uses unlicensed cars and unlicensed drivers.
Going by what they have said today on Twitter it looks a racing certainty that TfL will be licensing Uber's ride share App UberPool, under the Transport Act 1985, which they say permits ride sharing in London.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
IN RESPONSE TO THE TFL ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY:
“Verifone welcomes proposals by TfL to mandate card and contactless payments in Taxis from October next year”.
“As the leading supplier of credit card payment machines to taxi drivers in London we are ready to help with the installation of payment terminals into all cabs and will of course provide support and training to drivers using the service for the first time”.
“In the weeks ahead we will make our expertise and understanding available to TfL and other industry bodies as the process of defining exactly how these requirements are to be introduced is put in place”.
Head of Global Taxi Business – UK
Early this morning , we heard the news that from next year, every Taxi will have to have a TfL approved Contactless Credit Card payment system, under the terms of the conditions of fitness. Obviously, this will not be available free to the driver and in certain cases, the driver will have to pay a rental fee for a fitted unit. More news as and when it becomes available.
The driver will have to pay the card surcharge which we believe will be set at 3%, with the passenger paying just the metered fare.
To compensate the driver, there will be a small increase in the metered fare (20p). This means that passengers who pay cash, will be subsidising those wanting credit. (Can't wait to see the headlines in the papers when that comes in)
But it doesn't end there. This new measure will not put bums on seats as drivers will still be able to refuse.
Contra to what many people believe, there has never really been a shortage of drivers able to take Card payments.....12,000 drivers on Hailo, 7,000 drivers on Gett, plus thousands of Cab App and iZettle users all with the facility to clear payments from street hails. You also have even more drivers on radio circuits that clear street hailed CCs.
We have recently seen an assault on in-app card payments by a certain business competitor, complaining to Visa about CabApp's clearance of Visa payments by the driver. It's about to get very nasty.
In our opinion, the only people who will be laughing all the way to the bank, are the third party fixed system suppliers, who will be renting out their equipment.
If TfL projections are correct, this business will be worth somewhere in the region of £24m a year, all of which is to be taken out of the drivers pocket.
A copy of the consultation report is available on our website: >Click Link<
Here's what the GLA Transport Committee had to say about the new measures:
The Transport Committee welcomes Transport for London’s (TfL) announcement that taxis will have to accept card and contactless payments from next year.
Making the acceptance of card payments more attractive to cabbies was one of the important recommendations made in our ‘Future Proof’ report into the taxi and private hire industries - and it is clearly common sense. (How is paying a rental and paying the card surcharge, making card acceptance more attractive to driver?)
Passengers will no longer have to worry about carrying cash and it is very positive news for drivers.
We heard evidence from New York during our investigation, where the introduction of card payments boosted business (not so! The Yellow Cab industry in New York has been decimated by Uber who have now stepped up its assault on the trade by slashing fares by 20%. The industries medallions which were once worth billions are now virtually worthless and unsaleable) - so this gives licensed taxi drivers a golden opportunity, in a hugely competitive market.
The elimination of customer surcharges for card payments and the reduction in transaction fees paid by drivers should all add up to a better, more efficient service for customers. (The way they have phrased this passage, is as if drivers have been paying transaction fees which are now going to be reduced...again the GLA research seems to be years behind the reality of the situation).
Remember all the hyped up stories of little old ladies with suitcases going to Maida Avenue not being able to find a card payment cab at Paddington. They were splashed all over social media by the perfect "look at me" drivers saying that everyone should be made to take cards.
We tried to warn back then, be careful what you wish for with TfL, as it will always be the drivers who lose out and have to pay, but we were accused of being dinosaurs.
TfL have shown they have no regard for public safety. Just look at the way they dish out new PH licenses which this week will top a record 93,000, that's £43.8 million in licence fees from PH
The public are being subjected to a PH service who's drivers have no clue where they are going, have to take their eyes off the road to follow a sat Nav regardless of where it tells them to go. Plus none of their drivers have any advanced driver qualifications, resulting in numerous collisions.
London arteries have been clogged to the state where the capital is libel for a heart attack. London's congestion is causing illegal pollution levels which is killing over 9,000 people every year.
TfL's legion should be changed from
Every journey matters...to
EVERY POUND NOTE COUNTS.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Former Conservative MP Tim Yeo has lost his libel case against The Sunday Times over a "cash for advocacy" claim.
Tim Yeo, South Suffolk MP from 1983 to 2015, claimed his reputation had been "trashed" by three articles in 2013.
The newspaper alleged he breached parliamentary codes of conduct by telling reporters he could promote business concerns in return for cash, the High Court heard.
It suggested Mr Yeo, 70, would approach ministers for a daily fee of £7,000.
Representing Mr Yeo at a week-long trial, Desmond Browne QC said his client was quite unjustifiably tarred with the same brush as another MP who had been exposed a week before.
But in Wednesday's High Court ruling, Judge Mr Justice Warby said he found some of Mr Yeo's evidence "utterly implausible" and, overall, he did not present "convincingly".
Martin Ivens, editor of The Sunday Times, said the decision was "a victory for investigative journalism".
He added: "It vindicates the role of the press in exposing the clandestine advocacy by MPs for undisclosed interests."
The articles had stemmed from a lunch Mr Yeo had had with two undercover journalists who posed as representatives of a solar energy concern in the Far East.
They alleged that Mr Yeo - then chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee - was prepared to, and had offered to, act as a paid parliamentary advocate who would push for new laws to benefit the business of a client.
They also contained comment to the effect that he had shown willing to abuse his position to further his own financial and business interests.
Mr Browne said the Sunday Times acted in numerous respects "with a singular lack of responsibility both at the journalistic and the editorial level".
He added: "Mr Yeo was the unfortunate victim of that irresponsibility.
"He says that in his last years of service as an MP, his reputation was trashed."
'Evidence was untrue'
Dismissing the case, Mr Justice Warby said he was unable to accept Mr Yeo's evidence that he was unable to remember an email which mentioned a "generous remuneration package".
"I can think of none who convincingly claim to have no interest in money, yet end up with an annual income in excess of £200,000," the judge said.
"I do not consider that Mr Yeo is such a person. In my judgment this evidence was untrue.
"I am not persuaded that it was honest either."
Times Newspapers Ltd said the articles were true, fair comment and responsible journalism on matters of public interest.
Gavin Millar QC, for Times Newspapers, said: "The day after the lunch the claimant, a very experienced parliamentarian, admitted that he had been aware at the meeting that it was being proposed that he undertake lobbying activities which were incompatible with his public office."
According to the newspaper, Mr Yeo has agreed to pay its legal fees of £411,000.
Source: BBC News
Private hire firm Uber was today accused of being “a seedy backstreet minicab firm” by a senior MP.
Business Committee chair Iain Wright said a promotion in France offering passengers the chance to book a “hot chick” driver meant Uber was running a “carry on cabbie” service.
The firm has already apologised for the promotion from its Lyon office’s website which began with the question “who said women don’t know how to drive?”
Uber’s UK head of policy Andrew Byrne told MPs today the promotion had been “ill judged” and unrelated to the British operation.
The Uber executive had been called before a hearing of the Business Committee investigating the digital economy.
Mr Wright said to him: “Uber were offering to set up passengers with ‘hot chick’ drivers. You’re just a seedy backstreet minicab firm, aren’t you?
“This is not disruptive technology, this is ‘carry on cabbie’.”
He went on: “In terms of the worst excesses of minicab principles. This is not something we want on the streets of Britain is it.”
Mr Byrne responded: “Certainly what happened in Lyon was a completely ill judged marketing stunt, and is nothing to do with the operations in the UK.”
He explained that the company had over a million customers in London and had created some 20,000 jobs for drivers.
He went on: “That’s something that is really genuinely positive and that is a contribution we’ve made to the city London and we hope to bring to other cities around the UK.”
Yesterday in parliament, watch whole debate.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Unbelievably laxed security at St Pancras where minicabs are allowed to park, double park, for hours at a time.