Saturday, February 13, 2016

FOI Request Shows Minicab Rape And Sexual Assaults Through The Roof....But Must Be Kept Secret.

Reports are coming in from drivers who have done freedom of information requests asking for the amount of serious sexual assaults (including rapes) on customers by Private Hire drivers over the year 2014-15. 

We are being informed that the results of such searches carry a caveat that these statistics must not be publish, because they could put people off using private hire. 

In 2010, TfL released figures on their website that showed a 54% rise in the number of minicab related rapes and serious sexual assaults carried out by drivers licensed by TfL, bringing the total to 126. 
At the same time, an FOI request showed detection of these attacks resulting in a conviction dropped by 50%, to just 3 convictions.

At that time, there were less than 30,000 PHV drivers. So going on the law of averages and taking into account today's 96,000 PH drivers. 

We can now disclose the statistic which have been posted on Twitter.

Serious sexual assaults, including rapes= 180
Arrests = 112
Licensed PH driver arrests= 68
Unlicensed PH driver arrests= 44

So far, we have no statistics for convictions.

We are told by women's groups that 84% of victims of serious sexual assault do not report attacks immediately and that 60% never do. This could mean the actual number of attacks could be well be over 300.

If TfL and the Met are worried about the true number of rapes and serious sexual assaults becoming public, because it might put people off using private hire....just how high are the number of attacks......And why are the powers that be, covering this up? 
"Because people may be put off using Private Hire !!!...."

Surely our licensing authority and the Met Police have a duty of care to inform the public of the full dangers of taking an unbooked, unrecorded journey in a minicab!
Public safety must be a priority.  

See our video from 2011. This video was removed from YouTube. We fought hard to get this reinstated. 
  's a tough watch.


Chairman Of The United Cabbies Group (UCG) Len Martin, On The CC Mandate.

Legally TfL cannot make anyone take credit without a change in the law.

Ms Chapman said she will change the cab act, well good luck with that, getting a different law for Taxi drivers to every other trade. 

If one of our members (UCG) are reported for refusing to accept cards and TfL try to take ANY disciplinary action, then I have warned her our legal scheme will kick in and they will have a legal battle they cannot win. 

Then the whole thing is going to explode in her face. I warned her but it appears, she knows best.

Our view is: 
"Encourage" yes, 
"Incentivise" yes, 
"Mandate" No.

It was always understood by us, that the ONLY way to mandate it is by Conditions of Fitness, where we would need a fixed terminal. 
Next it would need to be linked to the meter. Choice is then reduced, and prices will rise.
And yet TfL continue to bleat on about the free market.

There are so many problems with this issue they haven't thought through....

If It's linked to the meter what happens if little Johnny jams a lolly stick in the machine in the back at 6pm Friday night ?
What if it just fails due to a technical fault?
Do you get a stop notice?

Liberty have already told us TfL will not win a case if it goes to court.

There are drivers who for whatever reason do not have a bank account (yes that is true). 
You can't be made to have a bank account. 
You may not be allowed a bank account due to some technicality with bancruptcy? 

The United Cabbies Group are NOT anti credit card, we need to encourage drivers to use them voluntairly wherever they can. 

Surely, we can work as a trade to develop a system of front and rear facing signage, once its displayed "NO BROOMING" or maybe another better solution?? 

We are seeing the beginings of how a well intentioned but poorly thought through idea is impacting upon us already.

Personally, I have a hand held Chip and Pin Machine, I have an in cab charger, I have a spare battery and carry a spare till roll. 
I also have an iZettle Pro Device -Which despite all rumours, can print receipts using a star micronics printer- or for the  iPhone, any apple airprint compatible printer

Friday, February 12, 2016

Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that say it misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.

About 25 million customers filed the two class-action lawsuits regarding trips made between January 1, 2014 and January 31, 2016.

They attacked Uber for charging a fee of up to $2.30 per trip for what it called industry-leading background checks on potential drivers. But Uber didn't do the kind of fingerprint checks required of taxi drivers.

Under the settlement, Uber also would stop using certain safety-related advertising language and would rename its Safe Ride Fee as a Booking Fee.

A federal judge in San Francisco, where the company is headquartered, must still approve the deal. 

Uber said its technology does provide safety features, such as track trips through GPS and sharing a driver's photo identification and license plate number before the passenger gets into the car. 

'We are glad to put these cases behind us and we will continue to invest in new technology and great customer services so that we can help improve safety in the cities we serve,' Uber said in a statement.

'However no means of transportation can ever be 100 percent safe. Accidents and incidents do happen,' it said. 'That's why it's important to ensure that the language we use to describe safety at Uber is clear and precise.'

Similar lawsuits filed by the district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles are still pending.

Lyft, one of Uber's competitors, agreed in 2014 to pay $250,000 and to stop claiming its background checks were among the best in the industry. 

Governments around the globe are grappling with how to regulate and monitor ride-hailing companies. Taxi and limousine drivers and companies complain that the app makers should be subjected to the same regulations and fees they face around the world.

The ride-booking companies counter that their drivers are private contractors who use their technology to find customers in need of rides.

In France, Uber taxi driver unions have just claimed more than $67 million worth of damages in a lawsuit regarding UberPop, an app launched in Paris in February 2014, which enabled any registered Uber user to act as a driver in their own car. Uber suspended the app in July 2015 

Uber drivers in New York went on strike earlier this month to protest fare cuts after the company cut its rates. They dropped from $2.15 to $1.75 for the standard UberX service and the basic fare went from $3 to $2.

In January last year, Uber announced it would launch a food delivery app in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago Austin, Washington D.C, Houston Dallas, Seattle and Atlanta. UberEATS should be fully available by March, placing Uber in competition with the popular food delivery website Seamless.

Customers attacked Uber for charging a fee of up to $2.30 per trip for industry-leading background checks on potential drivers, even though it didn't conduct the kind of fingerprint checks required of taxi drivers. A federal judge in San Francisco, where the company is headquartered (file picture), must still approve the deal

Source : Daily Mail 

Repent, For the day of judgment is at I'm Spartacus.

So the absolute CoF says, and it's coming on the 17th March.

That's the date of the next TfL board meeting at City Hall, when the board should reject out of hand the LTPH PH regulation amendments. I won't go into the detail but there are many defects in the methodology that make it unfit.

What's absolutely clear, the Mayor's appointee (remember not ours folks always remember that) from the taxi trade, is Mr Bob Oddy former general secretary and current deputy GS of the LTDA.

His duty to his fellow cab drivers and members is absolutely clear, he has to act to reject this report and lobby the other members of the board to do so.

So we need to be there on foot and in the chamber, 
(Don't give them the chance to eject you) and as the famous signal at Trafalgar said 'England expects'.

Whilst your writing this in your diary, put the "All trade meeting" to be hosted by the RMT at Conway Hall 7th March at approx 6.30 in there too.

A big turnout is expected and if you have something to say or want to listen to the issues come along.

Great turnout in Westminster this week, news blackout from the 'impartial' BBC and the usual pathetic sound bites from TfL.

So see you on the 7th and 17th of next month,  for today we await the Uber executives trail verdict in France.

Let's hope they ejectez le clef.


Bon Chance.

Je suis Spartacus

Be Careful What You Wish For : Trade Royally Rogered Again By TfL's Third Party Stakeholders.

TfL have today issued a press release to the trade, announcing the intended changes to the regulation regarding the mandating of credit card payment acceptance and the conditions attached. 

After much ado about the customer surcharge being scrapped, we were originally informed that the driver would be responsible for any payment processing charge. 

We were also told that in the interests of fairness, any charge would be capped at 3%. We were then told this would be non negotiable on our part.

But it seems it wasn't non negotiable on the part of third party TfL partners who have said they can't survive making a living off the backs of the Taxi trade with just a 3% charge. 

And so our regulator scrapped the cap. 

I recently asked TfL on the open forum of their Twitter Account if the cap had been scrapped....a simple question requiring a yes or no...and was given this:

I then asked the account, what regulation gives them the right to impose the mandate of card payments to self employed small business.

TfL have now given their third party partners, a blank cheque to make a charge to drivers of whatever they like. 10%-15%-20% etc...

TfL' statement on this as being a commercial matter between individuals drivers and the card payment equipment suppliers, is misleading at best, as equipment suppliers can now charge whatever they like and the driver will no longer not have the option to refuse a card payment under these terms.

TfL make reference to the consultation of a 86% respondant wish for card acceptance, but fail to note a similar response to the driver not having to pay the customer surcharge. As usual, more TfL smoke and mirrors to push through a regulation that will effectively cut into drivers earnings and produce large income for third parties living off the backs of hard working licensed Taxi drivers. 

These measures were passed at a recent board meeting on which sits the ex General Secretary of the largest Taxi Trade representative organisation. The issue seems to have been pushed through without properly dotting the I's and crossing all the T's.

No such mandate has been levied towards the Private Hire trade who can still demand cash, who can still charge customers card payment surcharges. 

We have no protection if a supplier changes their terms and conditions to go from 3 times a week payout to monthly. What happens if a supplier goes out of business holding back a months worth of your takings?
Are we expected to soak up this lose as well?
Will TfL guarantee payment in the event of agent bankruptcies?

What happens if the Supplier suddenly puts up their surcharge to 15%-20%?
What protection if any, does the driver have?

Also from the 3rd of October 2016 all card transactions will require a card payment receipt (not just a printed meter receipt). This will render existing printers connected to meter redundant. More expense for the driver.

Just another example of TfL's bias towards the licensed Taxi Trade. 

As we at Taxi Leaks said all along, be careful what you wish for....and now we've been proved right, as the whole trade is about to be shafted by the greed of third parties sucking the financial blood out of the trade, with the total blessing of the board of TfL.

Below is today's Press Release from TfL

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Credit and debit card and contactless payments to be accepted in all London taxis

Credit and debit card mandate

All London taxis will be required to accept card payments, including contactless, from 3 October 2016, making travelling by taxi easier and a more attractive option for passengers.

The acceptance of card and contactless payments was the subject of a Transport for London (TfL) consultation at the end of last year that found 86 per cent of respondents backed card acceptance, with 68 per cent agreeing that passengers should also be able to pay using contactless payments.

TfL also committed to work with the card payment industry to link card payment devices directly to the taximeter in future.

The changes in relation to card payments are as follows:

2 April 2016

  •  The existing card payment surcharge of up to 10% or £1, whichever is greater, will be removed from 2 April 2016. After this date taxi drivers must not charge passengers a surcharge when accepting credit or debit card payments

  •  To help taxi drivers recoup the costs to them of accepting card payments, an additional 20 pence will be added to the flagfall of all taxi journeys making the new flagfall for 2016/17 £2.60 

Any existing signage that advises passengers there is a card payment surcharge must be removed

3 October 2016

  •  All taxis must be fitted with a TfL approved card payment system within the passenger compartment

  •  All taxi drivers must accept credit and debit card payments (VISA and MasterCard as a minimum)

  •  All taxi drivers must accept contactless, Chip and PIN and magnetic swipe. Where a taxi is not fitted with an approved TfL card payment system or found to have a broken or faulty system this may have licensing implications.

    TfL approved card payment systems

    The current list of TfL approved card payment devices and systems are laid out in the table below:

TfL is working with card payment systems suppliers to ensure they are prepared to meet the changes, which include the new requirement that a card payment terminal must be fitted within the passenger compartment. All TfL approved card payment systems must continue to have the facility to print card transaction receipts in accordance with the following:


TfL is designing signage to indicate acceptance of card payments and more information will follow in due course.

Helen Chapman
General Manager, Taxi and Private Hire

12 February 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Two Uber Executives Facing Jail In France Amid Tensions With Taxis

PARIS (AP) — Two top Uber executives appeared today in court in charges that could send them to prison and offer the ride-hailing company one of its most serious legal challenges to date in France.

The San Francisco-based company shut down the low-cost UberPop service, which connected users to non-professional drivers and prompted the criminal charges. But it continues to operate in France despite repeated strikes and sometimes violent tensions with taxi drivers, and is not outlawed entirely as it is in Spain and Italy.

Charges against Thibaud Simphal, general manager for France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, chief for Western Europe, include running an illegal taxi operation, commercial deception and violation of French privacy law by illegally stocking, processing and recording personal information.

They face up to five years in prison and a 300,000 euro ($338,000) fine each if convicted. Uber France is also charged and faces a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) fine.

The two managers were notified of the charges directly by the Paris prosecutor's office just after being held in custody for hours last June.

A spokesman for Uber France, Thomas Meister, said it is "extremely unusual to be summoned to appear in court directly by a prosecutor" after a police investigation. He also questioned the lack of oversight from an investigating judge or the French agency that specializes in privacy violations.

"Our lawyers don't even know what we are exactly blamed for," especially in the privacy counts, Meister told The Associated Press ahead of the trial.

More than 200 UberPop drivers have been fined under fast-track procedures in France and one was handed a 15-day suspended prison term, but Thursday's trial is the first for Uber managers in France. Uber France has already been convicted of commercial deception and fined 150,000 euros ($170,000) over UberPop.

French taxis drivers argue that Uber sidesteps taxes, social charges and licensing fees, and endangers passengers.

Uber calls the French system outdated and says it needs radical reform to keep up with technological changes.

"We are not challenging labor law", said Meister, the Uber France spokesman. "We rather put order into the system. We are the symptom of a problem, not responsible for the problem."

Meister complained critics point the finger only at Uber, not at similar smartphone app-based services like Heetch, a French startup. "There are double standards", he said.

The French government has kept up its offensive with document checks of drivers suspected to be illegally moonlighting for Uber and similar services.

On Thursday, hours before the start of the trial, police teamed up with anti-fraud investigators to check taxis and car services at Paris' Gare de Lyon train station. Several chauffeurs were fined for illegal taxi activity after being caught carrying a single passenger. The drivers have particular status allowing them to carry a minimum of two passengers, but many skirt the regulations and use platforms like Uber to pick up single passengers.

"We are talking about transporting people. So when you are in this business you need to have a qualification and respect the rules," said Laurent Grandguillaume, the new mediator in the conflict between taxis and Uber-like alternatives.

Sean Day Proposes A Way Forward With Two Eminent Measures

TfL's biggest Headache, A United Taxi Trade, Brings London To Gridlock ... By Jim Thomas

They came from every org, lanyards of every colour, from all over London.
Taxi drivers came from Farnborough, Basingstoke, Manchester and Liverpool...

They also came from France, Spain and Belgium. 

A truly United trade demonstration 
A United trade that TfL have always feared. 

              London ground to a halt. 

Speaking with one of the senior commanders, he informed me that the police had estimated around  9-10,000 Taxis actually turned out to protest.

It was amazing to see how many friends and family members of Taxi drivers came along to protest on foot.

Roads around Central London soon became gridlocked. Russel Square, Covent Garden, Victoria Embankment, Fleet Street, Aldwych, Strand, Piccadilly, The Mall, Pall Mall...nothing was moving. 

All around Victoria Street, Birdcage Walk, Milbank, just lines of stationery Taxis. 

Police insisted stationery cabs on Whitehall, switched off their engines. This had the knock on effect of reducing noise levels. 

Because so many Taxis turned up early, traffic cops decided to enforce a special Traffic Management Order restricting admission from Trafalgar Square into Whitehall and many Taxis were diverted along the Mall, where they were Kettled. 

The overflow of Taxis went along the Mall, past the QVM and along Constitution Hill, all the way to Hyde Park  Corner. 

Traffic officers on the Charles1st roundabout, were turning away Knowledge Students, when I questioned why, they became very aggressive, saying they had specific instructions to only allow taxis into Whitehall and were enforcing this to the letter. 

Towards the end of the Demo, I lodged a complaint with the gold commander that the Knowledge Students turned away, had equal rights to protest along the side of Taxi drivers. He said he would push our complaint up the chain of command and said a statement would be made, if and when we have subsequent protests. 

One Knowledge student was arrested by an over zealous traffic officer for wilful obstruction. 
But after protests were made to th Bronze commander and also the Superintendent in charge, the student was un-arrested. 

As the demo drew to conclusion, the UCG's campaign manager Trevor Merrells, told the assembled drivers:
"This is only the beginning....No retreat....No surrender".


Wednesday, February 10, 2016


That's you and me, guys!

This concerns a country whose use of phenomenal innovation is being radically controlled by heavily invested conglomerates. The working man/woman is rapidly being constrained into servitude, all of which is indentured to a global service economy. 

This exchange of labour has seen the private and political elite prosper, leaving the thankful worker to gratefully survive off shared economy scraps! Yes fellow cabbies, that's the trickle down effect in all its glory.

Politicians and the right wing media work symbiotically to promote the myth that the ones who should be held responsible for our Nations insurmountable social and economic woes are those at the bottom rather than the grotesque 1% perched at the top. The Taxi Trade epitomises a position in society that the government needs to subordinate and is currently being subjected to relentless destabilisation. 

Make no mistake, what appears to be gutless passivity by our licensing authority, is actually a very active drive to silence a somewhat influential voice, i.e, the London cabbie. There will be peripheral casualties along the way, but as Travis Kalinik stated, they amount to no more than collateral damage. Of course the government hasn't been able to achieve this alone, so they furtively manoeuvred themselves to facilitate an en masse assault on an entire public service. 

Three years ago the government still could have implemented ground rules, but now, the predatory, heavily financed Corporates (the kind that gets kicks by implanting aggressive virus’ into your laptop) are holding the reins, and the government can be no more than its bitch.

The Taxi Trade is being left in limbo, not knowing who is ultimately responsible or who to trust. But let's be clear, the powers that be are fully aware the Taxi Trade is not an industry that's defunct, an argument that could, with some validity, be levied against the coal miners in the early 1980’s. No, the Taxi Trade remains an extremely relevant, valued, and self sufficient business. 

And therein, brothers and sisters, lies the underpinning to our problem. Britain no longer manufactures anything, most of the middle classes have moved into phoney jobs often endorsed by some bullshit name like ‘Management Consultancy’. Transport for London is awash with this sort of middle class soup, bankrolling over 400 executives on six figure salaries (Sir Peter Hendy is still pocketing £600,000 pa for a 4 day week at Network Rail). TFL’s pot runneth over with faux jobs.

The taxi trade’s independence is viewed by the movers and the shakers as a loose cannon that poses a threat to these self-created elevated positions, and any loose change outside the parameters of the corporate umbrella was always going to be a target for those in Management Consultancy. 

They fully understand that most of the working classes aren't afforded the same financial flexibility as we are to sustain a long enough protest to cause any real damage. To a degree, we can navigate around certain obstacles, that is, unless we let them block off our lifeline. The taxi trade can still- just about- shine the spotlight on the injustices that are covertly being inflicted on Britain’s workforce. It is debatable if the trade has the clout to shift some of the emphasis where it belongs, onto the shoulders of those in power. But whatever, we need to try, we really do need to try.

Have we forgotten the gargantuan effort it took to get through ‘The Knowledge?’ Have we lost the connection with who we did it for and why we did it? Have the toffs beaten us with the stick a few too many times for us to psychologically mount an effective comeback? Really? 
Are we that detached from our resolve? 

No one can ever understand what it's like until they've endured The Knowledge through to completion. As much as some might decry or belittle it, they can never truly understand. Cast your mind back to the day of your REQ. On that day, if you were given the choice of, either winning the lottery or being awarded your Green Badge, which would you have plunged for? 

The process each and everyone of us undertook was equally as rewarding as the result. It's no revelation, that those who go to university, the majority of which will go on to complete their degree, not so with The Knowledge. To see it through to the end really does take Goliath sized resolve.

Uber, yes Uber- the Valdemort of the taxi business- has a controlling capacity goes way beyond anything we have ever known. They control content and are rapidly increasing their control over data flows, user activity, and access on person related data. The opportunity for wide scale surveillance are also taken into account by those in authority if only to control and monitor city traffic. Surveillance capacity was always going to instil the authorities sycophancy to technological controlled service Industries.

The control of contents by Corporations like Uber affords them the opportunity to embed censorship into customer software (in Uber’s case the primary consumer is the driver, not the passenger). Their emerging dominance is already redefining terms and conditions as well as how functional models are used. 

They will continue to remould working directives/ business parameters, including trade regulations, protections, benefits and responsibility. In the short term, one might see the illusion of freedom that these start up platforms offer as attractive, only later to find out that they’ve bought into a lifetime of enslavement. Hook, line, and sinker!

The next time you hear ‘Lets Uber’ give them cause to think on, soon they may not have the option. It’s easy to comprehend too why they would want to be included in what appears as a kind of fascist utopia, only to be jolted awake to the fact that it isn't utopia at all, but a vile regime that we have been complicit in creating, and is now inescapable

They say the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to make us believe he didn't exist. I believe, the Devils greatest trick was to convince us that our neighbour is an enemy. Your neighbour might not have too much sympathy if you, the ‘cabbie’ next door is put out of business, they may gloat even, oblivious that he is just being used as Devil fodder. Tomorrow, it'll be the fella who lives opposite who'll be gloating as your neighbours job now sinks out of existence, and so on, and so on...

The sad truth is, the government will do anything to obtain and hold on to their slice of the pie. 
God isn't going to save us, neither are the Orgs. If we don't at least try to save ourselves, then we are ripe for the picking. 

Somehow, we need to dig down and reattach ourselves to the resilience that it evident in all of us, we just need to vigorously shake it out of its slumber. There is a new kind of destroyer in town. It has the same objective as the old enemy, except this time it has much deeper pockets!

It's either Fight or Die!



Sean Paul 

Meanwhile In Parliament, Andrew Jones (PUS DoT) Says Extra 700 PHVs Every Week OK.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

United Taxi Demo Could Be The Biggest Taxi Demo Ever Seen In Jim Thomas

Carpe Diem : In the Wake Of The EU Taxi Alliance Demo, Tomorrow... It's Our Turn....and this time, we are UNITED.

Many drivers complain that every time we demo, the media say it's about Uber

Well, lets get one thing straight
UBER are not the elephant in the room!
UBER are at the centre of our demise.

If we are scared to mention Uber, then we've already lost.

This demo is directed towards Downing Street, to highlight the fact that the government's no1 and no2 are heavily involved in supporting this company, at our expense.

TfL, on orders from this government have turned a blind eye to existing regulations in order to facilitate the expansion of UBER. You don't have to be a genius to work out their agenda.

We are not frightened of competition and this demo is not about fair competition 

It's about unfair completion.

Watch passionate speech from Trevor Merrells, Campaign Manager of the UCG 


In the media today :


David Cameron left the Tory Ball at the Brewery Last night and was unexpectedly greeted by a cacophony of angry taxi drivers shouting and using their horns, as a flash demo was called over social media.

The RD2 clipboard man was angry as his hoard of touts were kept at bay, as departing guests chose the licensed Taxis plying for hire outside.

Many top Tories were picked up but licensed Taxi drivers who explained in detail what is going on with the interference from Dave and George in regards to TfLs back door deregulation approach to Uber. 
Many of the departing guests were surprised at what they were hearing first hand and pledged their support for the iconic London Taxi trade.  

TfL Press Release : New Tariffs for 2016

Index Component1

Cost Increase


Contribution to Total3

Data availability4

Last Year


Vehicle Cost









November 2015





November 2015

Garage & servicing – premises5




November 2015

Garage & Servicing – labour5




November 2015





Sep – Nov 2015





November 2015






The Knowledge8




Aug – Oct 2015

Social Costs8




Aug – Oct 2015

Total Operating Costs





Average national earnings8




Aug – Oct 2015

Grand Total







1.  The index components are as normally used in the cost formula. Further details are available on request.

2. ‘Weight’ is the proportion that the component contributes to the total cost per mile.

3. ‘Contribution to total’ indicates the importance of each component’s cost change in determining the overall cost change. It is calculated for each component as the product of its percentage cost increase and its weight. The Grand Total is the sum of the individual components’ contributions.

4. The ‘latest’ column under ‘Data availability’ indicates the dates to which data in the ‘cost increase’ column relates.

5.  As agreed in 2011, costs for Parts, Tyres and Garaging will be uplifted by the yearly change in the Office for National Statistics RPI figure for “motoring expenditure: maintenance of motor vehicles” (DOCT) published on 15 December 2015. 

6. The change in fuel costs relates to the change from the average of the AA diesel price for the 3 months to December 2014 to the 3 months to November 2015. This figure will be revised as further monthly data becomes available.

7. As agreed in 2011, costs for insurance will be uplifted by the yearly change in the Office for National Statistics RPI figure for “motoring expenditure: vehicle tax and insurance” (DOCV) published on 15 December 2015. 

8. Provisional Knowledge, Social Costs and Average National Earnings changes are based on the year on year ONS average weekly earnings growth for the three months to October 2015.


TfL Pricing & Forecasting

23 December 2015


Appendix 2 

Details of taxi cost calculations

This table shows the cost per mile of each cost component in 2014 and 2015. 


Component of index

Cost p per mile in 2014

Proportion of costs in 2015

Cost p per mile in 2015

Increase in costs 2015

Contribution to total increase

Vehicle Cost


















Garage & Servicing - Premises






Garage & Servicing - Labour
























The Knowledge






Social Costs






Total operating costs






Average national earnings






Grand Total








Note that increases are rounded to one decimal place in the table, but greater precision has been used in the calculations.

Vehicle Cost


Four strategies have been considered for purchasing a cab:


1.       Purchase new and run to scrap, 

2.       Purchase new and sell at 4 years, 

3.       Purchase at 4 years and sell at 8, 

4.       Purchase at 8 years and run to scrap. 


Table 2 below gives the costs for the 4 strategies (as supplied by LTC in 2015). They relate to TX4 models for all strategies. 


Table 3 shows the corresponding costs provided for 2014.



In October 2015 Vito taxis made up 11.6% of the fleet. Purchase costs for these taxis and the TX models have been weighted using this figure to provide an overall average purchase cost.


The average cost over 12 years in 2014 was £62,652 or 23.73 pence per mile. The average cost for the same strategies in 2015 was £68,257 or 25.85 pence per mile, giving an increase of 8.7 per cent.


Pence per mile rates have been calculated assuming an annual vehicle mileage of 22,000 miles. 


Parts, Tyres, Garaging & Servicing

In 2011 a study was conducted comparing the changes in costs associated with parts, tyres, garaging and servicing incorporated into the cost index over recent years with the yearly changes in the Office for National Statistics RPI figure for “motoring expenditure: maintenance of motor vehicles” (DOCT). The study concluded that the two series were comparable and it was agreed to use this ONS RPI figure to represent these cost index items in future.


In November 2015 the DOCT RPI series showed an annual increase of 1.8 per cent. This gives an increase in the cost per mile of these components from 17.43p in 2014 to 17.75p in 2015.



The Derv price index from Arval, which has been used to calculate the change in fuel price, was discontinued in 2013. In deciding on an alternative source of fuel price data analysis of London diesel prices from the AA (available at shows close correlation with the Arval Derv price index. Based on AA data last used to calculate the index, the average fuel price over the three months to December 2014, was compared with the AA average price over the latest three months to November 2015. This gives a value of 110.6p per litre compared to 126.9p, giving a decrease of 12.8 per cent.



A similar comparison to that made for parts, tyres and garaging costs was made of previous years’ cost index insurance figures versus the ONS RPI series figure for “motoring expenditure: vehicle tax and insurance” (DOCV), and again it was decided to use the RPI figure in future cost index revisions.


In November 2015 the DOCV RPI series showed an increase of 4.7 per cent compared to the benchmark October price level used to calculate the last index. This gives an increase in the cost per mile of these components from 10.53p in 2014 to 11.72p in 2015.



This comprises the cost of hiring a meter, smoke test, vehicle licence and driver licence. The average cost in 2014 was £481 or 2.35 pence per mile. The average cost for the same strategies in 2015 was £485 or 2.37 pence per mile, giving an increase of 0.9 per cent. 


Earnings Related

The latest average weekly earnings data (headline rate ONS series KAC3) show a 2.4% increase for the three months to November 2015, compared to the three months to November 2014 used for the 2015 index. This gives a cost per mile figure for the updated index of 142.5p, representing 59.7 per cent of the total index cost.  


The “knowledge” and “social” costs have also been uplifted each year in line with national earnings. In 2015 these increased to 12.95p and 6.64p respectively, together representing a further 8.1 per cent of the total index cost.


TfL Pricing & Forecasting

23 December 2015


Appendix 3

Tariff Changes – 1.6 per cent average increase[1]


Tariff Changes – 1.6 per cent average increase


Average Fares



Current average

New average

Increase (£)

Increase (%)

Tariff 1





Tariff 2





Tariff 3





All Week 






Tariff Rates – 1.6 per cent average increase




Tariff 1

Tariff 2

Tariff 3









minimum fare[2]







minimum units







metres/unit < 6 miles







secs/unit < 6 miles







metres/unit > 6 miles







secs/unit > 6 miles







Units at lower rate







Metres at lower rate







changeover fare








Example Fares – 1.6 per cent average increase


All example fares assume entire journey charged on distance rates

Tariff times 

·        Tariff 1: Monday to Friday between 06:00 and 20:00 

·        Tariff 2: Monday to Friday between 20:00 and 22:00, Saturday and 

·        Sunday between 06:00 and 22:00  

·        Tariff 3: Every night between 22:00 and 06:00, Public holidays

[1] An increase of 1.6% has been selected as the 1.7% increase in fares calculated this year is offset by the 0.1% decrease calculated last year, which was not implemented.

[2] The minimum fare is increasing from £2.40 to £2.60