Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Will Green Taxi Be Final Nail In Coffin Of London Taxi Jim Thomas.

Under Mayor Boris Johnson, TfL spent the best part of a billion pounds, putting in ridiculous congestion causing traffic schemes. They are now looking for a slap on the back for putting a bandaid plaster over the gaping wound they've inflicted on the population of the capital.

After an increase in fatalities from cyclist who thought it a great idea to undertake lorries turning right, Boris and his whipping boy introduced half a billion pounds worth of segregated cycle lanes. This was hoped to prevent a couple of dozen cyclist deaths. As a result there has been a massive increase to pollution caused by the extra congestion. Preventable premature deaths in London have gone up by over 2,000 from 8,000 to 10,000 per annum.

London's worst pollution hotspots will get an £11 million funding boost to help bring in tough measures to improve toxic air quality, it was revealed today. 

Five “low emissions neighbourhoods” will be set up across eight of the capital’s most polluted boroughs by 2019.

The fund, run by Mayor Sadiq Khan, will support proposals including strict penalties for the most polluting vehicles, car-free days, green taxi ranks for zero-emission-capable cabs and reserved parking for clean vehicles. 

At 60k a pop and with associate health risks to the driver,  who does Mayor Khan think is going to buy the "Green Taxis", especially with more and more "Car and Taxi Free Days looming.

As for "Green Taxi ranks", this cannot be allowed as it is a restriction of trade. Someone who has just bought a TX4 euro 6 has a working life of 15 year. As a licensed Taxi driver, he must be given access to each and every Taxi rank, otherwise he is being discriminated against. 
Our representatives must take this up with the Mayor ASAP.

In one breath, Mr Khan said: “Air pollution is permanently affecting children’s lung development and nearly 10,000 Londoners are dying early every year due to the long-term exposure of London’s dirty air. 
In another breath the Mayor announced that Oxford Street is to be pedestrianised!!!! 
Where does Mayor Khan think this traffic is going to go? 

Taxi Leaks recently asked Dame Tanni Grey Thompson to support access to Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road for all wheelchair access vehicles. She refused saying she has no trouble shopping around Westfield in her wheelchair. 

So in future, can we expect to see only ex-Para-Olympic athletes shopping in W1 and Fitzrovia?   

The outcome of these proposals will see complete chaos and gridlock, causing more congestion, more emissions and with more pollution and most certainly more premature fatalities. 

“We need urgent, bold action and this includes targeted local initiatives.” Said the Mayor....Try banning all private vehicles from within the congestion zone....ah but that would put a stop to the money raised from congestion charging!
Better still sack the idiots who come up with these stupid, ill thought out schemes.

Another Consultation For TfL To Disregard?
It follows the launch of public consultation on air quality this month with proposals including a £10 “T-charge” for the most polluting vehicles in central London and the extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020.

The five hotspots include Marylebone in Westminster, where plans include an electric vehicle delivery scheme and improving emissions from buildings

A “City fringe” scheme, covering parts of Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets, will feature tree planting, a focus on walking and cycling with improved pavements and cycle routes and parking places for clean vehicles. 

The Barbican proposal in the City of London includes no-idling zones, green taxi ranks and restricted access to certain streets for all but the cleanest vehicles. 

No-idling Zones
This will mean every time you pull up at lights, you will be expected to turn off your ignition.

Two problems here:
 1. When lights turn green you now have to wait for the car in front to start up and move off, then you start your engine...result, traffic build up less vehicles get through on green. Causing even more congestion. Engine shake up from starting up, more emissions of airborne micro carbon particles (PM10, PMx), these are dangerous particles, even more so than NO2/CO2 emission. 
 2. In my Taxi, when I turn off the engine, the driver's compartment locks deactivate, leaving me at risk to the likes of the thriving scumbags operating in the Marylebone, Islington and Holloway areas. 

Not one trade org has bought this problem up with manufactures. No one from TfL or the Mayors office has investigated this proposed breach in our security. 

Some one tell me again "Just what is it our trade representatives actually do these days?"


Barry Archer said...

Dear Mr Khan.

Is it compulsory for the Mayor of London to completely disregard common sense when taking office. I think he should come out and say whether he really has the health of Londoners at heart or is it about money and contracts.
We are not all naive Mr Mayor. I for one understand that once in office you join the gravy train. People said to me that you really would be different to everybody else. The fact that you were raised on a council estate. You understand the real Londoner. Well Mr Khan, Taxi drivers are real Londoners! Are you going to look at protecting your own or are you another Boris, in it for what you can get.
I am waiting Mr Khan, tick tock.......

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone in the trade want to put themselves in hock for 60k, after the appalling behavior of those regulating the taxi trade. Apart from a few naive new boys, rest of us, just don't have faith or credibility in the regulators,mayor, they move the goal posts constantly, as if they are kings ruling their fiefdom.

Problem for them is, the taxi trade will wither away if they continue with their appalling behavior & they will go down in history (their legacy) as the destroyers of the famous London Taxi.

i bought brand new cab in late 2014, thinking all was well & i could invest, yes, we do, invest, our hard eaned money into Taxis. Months later, a down turn in work and wondering what is occuring, some one speaks of that pirate outfit. the penny drops.

Then the regulators facilitate the upwards path of those same pirates. Ridng a coach & horses through all the normal rules, regs. Hence me & others are left to service the finance on our Taxis in an ever difficult market. Sometimes, it looks as if i will not have sufficient funds to pay the monthly payment, fortunately, just managed to keep going.

Business if investing in any projects wants to be reassured that it is going to survive & profit, in fact governemtns, councils facilitate their profits, as in Thames water, where the Thatcher government incorporated profitability into it, when it was marketed. of course, us small business people aren't fortunate enough to be able to command that sort of attitude, so they treat us like mushrooms & the green taxi is just how they treat us, as well as the credit card issue.

Now tell us, who the F__K would put their hard earned cash deposit down & sign on the financial dotted line, in the face of all that disgusting behavior, attitude, lies, decietfulness, fraud, yes, F--KING fraud i said, for that is what they have commited.

Why would we, as self employed businss men, women bother accepting anything these bunch of hopeless F---KINg over paid buffoons say or do. they renege upon anythoing they agreed on, then use bully boy tactis to enforce their wishes.

60k on taxis is not going to happen, it's a F--KING pipe dream, a fantasy, imagined by a bunch of hopeless ner do wells, who happened to be in the right place at the right time or wrong time for us.

Were not interested in their 60k BS. If they pay for it, OK, if not, then there will not be a taxi service, as they know it, good luck with the app service. Looking forward to the many out pourings when surge is implemented & the fares increase exponentially.

alex said...

Will it ever occur to the Mayor that the sharp increase in levels of pollution in London is directly related to the increase in CONGESTION?
This increase in CONGESTION has been caused by mismanagement on the part of TfL.
The proposed 'clean air strategies' of taxing road users and pedestrianising more
and more areas will only make CONGESTION worse. Once again TfL have caused a massive
problem but remain unaccountable and have put the blame on road users.
Yes we do all need to drive cleaner vehicles but these have to be both technologically AND economically viable. The only way this problem can be solved is for ALL road
users to share ALL of the road space; segregating road users just will not work.

Anonymous said...

Saw a recent ad for new Euro6 tx4 to rent, quote.."only £260 a week"..Sorry but its beyond me how you can earn a living paying that kind of money which poses the question to rent a new E cab would be £300+ im guessing..This job is being propped up by starry eyed butters working like prisoners of war and mortgage less old boys all for a very average wage, its not a sensible economic carer choice any more.

Alan Wicker said...

and what about the damage the ridiculous 20 mph speed is also doing to the environment?

Lord Professor Winston, Tweeted on June 15th.:

Sadly the bike lanes have resulted in a measurable pollution increase 7 X EU limits in parts of London as traffic comes to standstill

and he's scheduled to ask a question on Clean Air, in the House of Lords, tomorrow:

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