Saturday, March 19, 2016

Letter To The Board Of TFL : Shows The Woeful Inadequacies Of TfL's Legal Team.

                    IS THIS TOUTING?
Back in November 2014, the LTDA posted a video on YouTube. An employee of RD2.com was seen asking passers by if the wanted a minicab. The LTDA handed over all evidence to TfL, who took this case to court.

This was a water tight case, the evidence spoke for itself. You would have to find a legal team of complete idiots who could actually loose such a case. But don't take our word for it, watch the video evidence here below and judge for yourself: 

      

As we said, only a team of complete idiots could loose such a case....step forward TfL's legal team.

Below is an extract of a letter, recently sent to the board of TfL by Vijay Khakhria of RD2.com.
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 Your colleague Steve Wright MBE immediately consulted us as an LPHCA member and as the licensed in‐venue PH operator concerned, seeking the facts. The featured individual is a former employee, Mr Dean Back, who was subjected to a wholly unnecessary prosecution on 27th November 2014 at North London Magistrates Court for the alleged touting incident at the venue, One New Change. The case was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS):
1. I have forwarded correspondence with Ms Sonya Foxsmith, the Magistrates Court Clerk in the case, confirming her perceived understanding that the CPS withdrawal was due to Mr Back being situated inside the boundaries of the licensed in‐venue private hire operator centre.
2. TfL Board Members will, no doubt, be aware that “...touting consists of soliciting persons to hire vehicles...” by “...approaching people on the street...”

Far from demonstrating touting as alleged, the real facts are:

The case was tried; after due consideration no offences were found to have been committed and charges were withdrawn;

No enforcement action was taken by TfL against either Mr Back or Ride 2.
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Another shinning example of the wonder team that is TfL's legal team....the case against Diamond chauffeurs Ltd where senior members of TfL's staff were openly touted by a clipboard man
Another open and shut, water fight case???


EDITORIAL COMMENT :
What this whole issue alleges, is a lack of professional representation from the board of our largest representative org, the LTDA. 

Who in their right mind gave the go ahead to send the board of TfL video evidence (from the case lost by TfL, which was said in court to be not a case of touting) to put forward the argument that satellite offices encounter touting???

As Steve McNamara says...."You couldn't make it up".

Friday, March 18, 2016

VERIFONE LAUNCH NEW TfL COMPLIANT DRIVER PACKAGES.


Following the recent TfL ruling regarding card payments in taxis, Verifone have now announced the driver packages that come into effect from 2 April.

A new ‘Capital Package’ fee of 3.95% applies to all transactions. The Capital package features:
Zero upront costs
Zero monthly rental charges
Zero data costs. 
Drivers do not need to use their own mobile phones as a SIM card is included in the Verifone equipment at no additional cost to the driver.

Card fares normally take 48 hours to process and Verifone pay drivers every day during the week, with the option to schedule just three payments per week if preferred. Jon Wheeler and his team at Verifone are confident that the Capital Package provides drivers with a competitive and accountable solution.

 “We looked at numerous financial models before agreeing this package. Drivers don’t want complicated tariffs with upfront costs, monthly rentals or unpredictable extras. Ours is simple, transparent and hard to beat. When you consider the driver support and technical facilities we have too, we really believe that our service is second to none.”

The Verifone transaction rate is reduced to 3.25% for drivers who upgrade to the ‘Icon Package’ with a one-off fee of £299. All Verifone Capital and Icon drivers also qualify for free upgrades to ensure compliance with TfL requirements for equipment to be fixed in the rear and provide passengers who request them with printed receipts.

All services are capable of meter integration, a service that provides quicker job processing and secures customer satisfaction, and is subject to on-going consideration by TfL. Verifone fixed systems have included both receipt printer and meter integration since they launched in London in 2010.

EDITORIAL EXTRA COMMENT:
After initially posting their press release, I received a number of queries I couldn't answer so I gave them a quick call.
 
How frequently do they pay out?
At present they pay into your account 3 times a week. But you can choose the option of being paid every 24hrs if you wish at no extra charge.

What happens if the meter is vandalised?
Unit is insured for criminal damage by VeriFone as long as you report to police and get a crime number for their insurers.

Where are units fitted?
Both packages offered have two new terminals, one in front for driver and one in rear. 

What about receipts?
Driver's unit issues a printed receipt if required by passenger.

Why pay £299 for option two?
The second option is for those users who do mainly cards. The one off payment of £299 reduces the surcharge rate by 0.5%, not a lot, but if you are doing large quantity of cards payments, its well worth looking at this option. 

Can I get out of contract?
There is a one off charge, should you wish to break contract within a 2 year period of £299.

What if I buy a new Taxi?
Changing vehicles (say you buy new cab) no problem, this is currently done free of charge.

No signal to terminal?
One of the best attributes of the new terminals is, if you have no signal, the machine completes the transaction for the passenger, then as soon as a signal is eventually found, carries through the transaction. 
If a card is subsequently rejected (stolen, cancelled, no funds available), as long as the transaction has been put through in the correct manner, the driver won't lose out and will still be paid fully.

Any more questions? 
You can phone them direct on:

Posted On Behalf Of The NPHA



As expected, TfL Board Bottle It Over New Private Hire Regulations...by Jim Thomas

As expected, the board of Transport for London yesterday took a soft approved with plans to curb the soaring number of Uber cars and minicabs. 

New regs on Operator Fleet Hire and Reward insurance and curbing satellite offices with clipboard johnnies, we're not carried through.

Potential minicab drivers will now have to take basic English language and “Knowledge-lite” style geography tests before driving in the capital. The scandal of taking the test in the language of your choice with the answers to the questions in front of you, will now have to stop.

Although Minicab drivers face a crackdown on insurance requirements to ensure passengers are covered for accidents, TfL fell way short of introducing the requirement of fleet operator Hire and Reward insurance.

TfL have been failing public safety by allowing vehicles to be licensed without the correct insurance being in place. This was recently highlighted by an undercover operation by LBC. 

The TfL board approved most of the proposals to crackdown on minicabs at their meeting yesterday afternoon, but plans to scrap “men with clipboards” outside nightclubs who were licensed to provide minicabs have been put on hold.  

The Mayor has come under growing pressure to do more to curb London’s 25,000-vehicle strong Uber, which the black cab trade claims is driving it out of business.

Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the London Taxi Drivers' Association (LDTA), said the changes didn't go far enough.

He said: "TfL has wasted a huge opportunity to improve standards within the private hire industry for the benefit of drivers, passengers and other road users.

"The review of private hire regulations was aimed at improving passenger safety, and most of the proposals were sensible and endorsed by the LTDA.

"We are pleased TfL has committed to taking some of them forward, but as result of undue influence, TfL has not gone anywhere far enough.

"Introducing Hire and Reward operator insurance is the only way to categorically ensure that all passengers travelling in a private hire vehicle (PHV) in London are covered in the event of an accident.

"The failure to take this proposal forward means uninsured PHVs will continue to operate in the capital, putting Londoners at risk. The next mayor needs to address this issue as a matter of priority.

The number of private hire drivers in London has grown from 59,000 in April 2010 to about 100,000 today, contributing to congestion, pollution and illegal parking. 

Boris Johnson has previously failed to persuade the Government to allow him to cap the number of minicabs.

Watch the board meeting :>Click Here<

The video below was recorded in September 2012. He situation here hasn't changed and the open touting is still going on today.

    


The full list of proposals approved by the Board is as follows. :

·         Operators must have the facility to provide a booking confirmation to passengers containing the photo ID and details of the vehicle being used to discharge the booking where passengers are able to receive that information

·         Operators will be required to provide specified information to TfL at specified intervals including details of all drivers and vehicles registered with them

·         Operators must record the main destination for each booking before the journey commences

·         Operators to retain all records for a period of 12 months

·         TfL to control the names under which operators offer private hire services to the public

·         Private hire drivers to be required to demonstrate a certain standard of English

·         Individual licence applicants to provide National Insurance numbers to TfL

·         A driver's private hire vehicle licence to be considered for revocation if their private hire driver's licence is revoked

·         TfL will liaise with the Home Office on introducing DBS checks on private hire operator staff that have face to face contact with the public

·         TfL to stop accepting payment for licence fees by postal order and cheque

·         Drivers to carry or display a copy of insurance details at all times

·         Introduce new operator licence fee structure to better reflect operator licensing costs based on operator size. The specific revisions to the licence fee structure will be consulted on separately

·         Amendment of regulations to give TfL the power to control advertising displayed inside, from, or on the outside of a private hire vehicle

·         Operators will be required to notify TfL before changing their operating model

·         Operators must ensure that customers can speak to a real person in the event of a problem with their journey

·         Private hire operators must provide an estimated fare prior to the commencement of the journey

·         Hire and reward insurance will be required at the point of vehicle licensing, and for it to remain in place for the duration of the licence

·         Working with the Department for Transport to develop guidance on ridesharing

A decision has been deferred on proposal six, which stated that TfL will no longer issue licence variations to private hire operator licenses to add a late-night or temporary event operating centres. More work will be undertaken on this point.

In this statement from TfL, notice not one word about Fleet Hire and Reward Insurance!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM "DADS DEFENDING DAUGHTERS"


PLEASE CUT'N'PASTE THIS LETTER AND EMAIL/POST IT TO YOUR LOCAL MP AND MAYORAL CANDIDATES.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.


Dear .................

It is unacceptable that the government is doing nothing to stop Uber from destroying the licensed London Taxi trade, a national icon.

It has been reported in the press that Uber despite being a $50bn US headquartered company, in reality are displacing business from elsewhere, i.e. companies that would otherwise be paying tax. In the UK they pay less tax than just 4 individual London taxi drivers. I understand from an interview George Galloway did with Steve McNamara (General Secretary of the LTDA) that Uber has a company in the Netherlands where it benefits from lower tax rates. 

There are various OECD initiatives looking at similar tax structures of companies and understand that the UK has recently adopted new tax laws addressing them. It is difficult to understand why the government is so supportive of a company which is taking away business from lifelong UK tax payers when it hardly pays any tax in the UK.

Tfl which sets London Taxi fares argue that Uber is encouraging competition and giving consumers choice but this is at the expense of putting at risk the livelihood and eventual employment status of 25,000+ men and women who are licensed London Taxi Drivers. It is not only the drivers who are being affected but the manufacturers of London Taxis, mechanics, call centre staff and 'knowledge' trainers etc.

Tfl set licensed London Taxi fares high. Uber is aggressive with its strategy. It is offering extremely low prices, a 'race to the bottom '. This, unless stopped will leave Licensed Taxi Drivers unable to compete on price. Price is something which Licensed Taxi Drivers are unable to control. Unfortunately, as things stand, there is an obvious outcome- Uber will price so low until it is the only provider on the market. At that stage, it will be almost certain that Uber will increase its prices.

The Licensed London Taxi trade also supports the concept of Social Mobility. It is a qualification which many men and increasingly women from working class backgrounds go into.

The taxi drivers are hard working, have passed the 'knowledge' which requires high levels of skill, memory, dedication and commitment. The Licensed London Taxi trade provides good role models to future generations that perhaps without academic qualifications you can work hard to have a solid and previously secure lifelong profession. This opportunity for Social Mobility for Taxi Drivers and their families is being taken away by completely unfair competition.

The safety of London Uber customers seems to be a low priority of TfL. Firstly, Licensed London Taxi Drivers are required to have an insurance policy (Hire and Reward) which covers passengers in the unlikely event of any accidents. Uber drivers are not currently subject to the same insurance requirements which is unsafe and irresponsible. They are merely required to have Third Party Fire and Theft policies in order to get a vehicle licensed by Tfl. Such insurance only covers the third party and this lack of insurance protection allowed by Tfl is not in the best interests of the public.

Secondly it has been reported that Tfl are not keeping the public informed of the sexual attacks which are purportedly being carried out by mini cab drivers. By not sharing this information it is not allowing the public to make an informed choice about their transport options.

Finally, does it seem right that the head of our government is associated with senior Uber staff, given the involvement of the government in the support of Uber?

What do you propose to do to support the licensed London Taxi drivers?

Yours sincerely, 
......................................

ENDS.

Important:
Parliamentary protocol dictates that if you are contacting your MP, you must include your full name and address plus a contact phone number.



Totally Failing London : 500 New Routemasters Recalled Due To Battery And Steering Problems

Hundreds of buses were recalled as the power assisted steering may 'become non-functional'

It hasn't been a smooth ride for London Mayor Boris Johnson's flagship New Bus for London, or as it has been more recently rebranded the New Routemaster.

At the moment there are 700 in service. And putting aesthetics to one side, technically there have been problems and now we can reveal there have been more - this time concerning the power steering. 

There were reportedly excessive levels of heat on the top deck and only recently have Transport for London (TfL) bosses given ground to concerns at City Hall and allowed the installation of Windows that can be opened for ventilation. 

Drivers complain the hybrid system does not work "in 90% of buses" and they "don't feel in control"

Driven by diesel or "clean and green".

The 21st Century Routemaster bus is making drivers see red. It's been alleged that at the back of a certain bus depot, there is a large pile of power batteries that no longer work. All have been removed from the new bus for London and are a crucial part of the hybrid system. 

Drivers say that many buses across London are operating without them in place.

This means in some cases, what Transport for London (TfL) claims is "the most environmentally friendly bus of its type" is running solely on diesel.

Drivers also complained the hybrid system was not powerful enough and it had poor acceleration. 

In another embarrassing revelation, we've been told wiring in the power-assisted steering has had to be replaced in 468 of the new buses.

It means a recall notice has been issued by the government's Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA),  as the "power assisted steering may become non-functional". 

The replacements were carried out by the manufacturer Wrightbus at London garages between October 2015 and February 2016. 

'Vanity project'

Critics say the whole New Bus for London scheme is nothing more than a rushed vanity project. 

It would have been far more sensible to buy cheaper existing hybrid buses.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Letter To Editor : Personal Message Of Thanks To The Mayfair Mob And The UCG.

  
  

I would like to add a personal message to my earlier tweet of thanks to the Mayfair Mob and the UCG for their support of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans (more traditionally known as the London Benevolent Association for War Disabled).  
As most of you will know, numerous drivers give up their time to take our veterans on trips to destinations such as Worthing, Arnhem and Normandy among many others. This is a wonderful way of thanking the ex military for their service to Britain.  By the same token, however, we can never overlook the exceptional contribution that the drivers make through volunteering. 

You will be aware that I am not a taxi driver myself. Nevertheless I am all too familiar with the problems that have beset the trade over the last couple of years in particular, and the hard time that is being experienced right now. And this is where you and your amazing trade show your outstanding colours.  

The charity is taking veterans to Ypres in May. As always drivers have stood up to be counted regardless of the current dearth of work and this in itself is extraordinary.  In addition, when I know there are numerous calls on you to make a range of donations, it is marvellous that both the Mayfair Mob and the UCG have each agreed to sponsor a cab for this trip.  It is this vein of selflessness that runs through the cab trade, combined with the justifiable pride that you all have in your calling that leaves me with a sense of awe.

To the Mayfair Mob, the UCG and all the drivers I would like to express my personal gratitude.

Frances Luczyc Wyhowska

Huge Drop In Uber's Valuation Forecast, As Public Market Stops Issuing IPO's

Initial public offering (IPO) or stock market launch is a type of public offering in which shares of a company usually are sold to institutional investors that in turn, sell to the general public, on a securities exchange, for the first time.

Private technology equity in Silicon Valley has experienced unprecedented and uncontrolled growth in past years, resulting in a current correction in valuations as growth slows. This issue may lead to a major crash later this year bearing similarity to major technology crashes in the past.

After a run up of stock valuations of technology companies over the past 5 years, Silicon Valley is in the midst of a major correction. However, this should not be a surprise to many because major corrections similar to this seem to occur roughly every seven years — 2001, 2008, 2016.

One of the most significant crashes in technology history was the dot-com crash of 2001. The dot-com bubble grew from 1997 to 1999 when there was a great surge in equity markets fueled by investments. However, during the years between 1999 and 2001, there was a major decrease in the values of these technology companies, which devastated Silicon Valley.

During this bust, many companies completely failed, and those that did not deteriorate entirely lost a large portion of their market capitalization. During the entire crash there was a loss of five trillion dollars in the market values of tech companies.

As the valuations of the public technology companies have skyrocketed over the past few years, so have the valuations of the private companies that have tried to emulate them. During this time, venture capitalists not wanting to miss out on profits have been more than willing to pay their prices.

As a result, 146 unicorns were created. A unicorn is a private technology company that is valued at more than one billion dollars. The only problem was that very few of these unicorns had the money from investments to support their valuations. 

So when the public market stopped issuing IPOs this quarter, and the valuations of many public technology companies started dropping, the dominoes started falling.

As a result, the valuations of the unicorns trying to piggyback on the success of the public companies by comparing themselves to the successes of the public companies so investors will view them as more successful. And most of these unicorns reside right here in Silicon Valley. Even the seemingly most successful of the unicorns — Uber, Snapchat, Airbnb — have had huge drops in valuations. Some unicorns valuations have dropped by up to 50%.

Recently, the venture capitalists supporting their portfolios have sounded the call to cut expenses because the many venture capitalists may not be investing in companies anytime soon. The venture capitalists are curtailing their investments to conserve their capital so companies will have a possibility of a future. With the IPO market shut down, there are very few places left to get necessary capital.

The crash will cause many smaller privately-owned companies to fail, and there will be far fewer technology companies in Silicon Valley. Many unicorns will likely die because they are losing money too rapidly, so no one will be willing to give them more money to stay alive. Private companies are more affected by this because they have not secured an IPO at this point, so it is harder for them to support their company financially. Many of the companies that have gone public are not in the same situation because they do not rely on venture capitalists for investments to keep their companies alive. The unicorns with more substantial businesses will be able to stay alive, but they will have to slow their growth rate because they will have less capital to use. This will cause layoffs at many private technology companies, especially the unicorns.

If the companies can get financing, it will be at a much, much lower valuation. So we are starting a period where tech companies will start to cut expenses in a bid to get profitable. It will likely take a few years and lead to layoffs, but once profitable the companies will then gain value and the market for IPO’s will eventually open again. Unfortunately, most of the unicorns will likely die in the process.

People should be more aware of this recurring cycle of crashes in private tech companies so that we can work on a solution to this cycle. If we are slightly more cognizant of the process of reevaluations of tech companies, they can be better informed about factors that can affect their own daily lives.

Breaking News : Action For Cabbies Crowdfunding Page Has Just Been Updated To Show 22 Day extension.



Breaking News
Just Checked the Action for Cabbies Crowdfunding site and it appears we have been given a 22 day extension to try to make the £600,000 needed to take TfL to court.

It's now up to the 20,000 drivers who haven't pledged so far. It's completely in your hands now.

We are now waiting for an announcement from Artemis, to confirm the extension. 

 #SaveTaxis Group Meet With Deputy Mayor

Press Release From Hailo : Hailo To Integrate With Google Maps "Ride Services Tab"


Hailo, the Taxi app, has today announced that it is now a Google Global Ride Service Partner, meaning users of Google Maps will now be able to book a Hailo Taxi in the UK as part of Google Maps’ new Ride Services Tab.

The new addition, which goes live today on Android with iOS to follow next week, makes it easy for travellers searching on Google Maps to make a decision about the quickest and most convenient way to get to their destination.  The new ride services tab will be positioned alongside the existing ‘walking’, ‘car’, ‘bike’ and ‘transit’ options in the user interface.

Partnering with the Hailo Taxi App, users will be able to see the estimated availability, price, and travel time to the destination they have requested directions for in Google Maps. Users can then book a Hailo taxi and be taken to their desired destination by one of London’s iconic black cabs – a service recognised and trusted throughout the world for its reliability, speed, accessibility, The Knowledge and, of course, the drivers themselves who are renowned for their witty banter!

Andrew Pinnington, CEO of Hailo said, “Google Maps helps millions of people navigate their way around the world’s cities. Now with the addition of Hailo to the ride services tab, in both the UK and Spain, there are even more ways to book one of the iconic black cabs of London to get customers reliably, safely and quickly to their destination.  Becoming a Google Global Ride Service Partner recognises the key role licensed taxis perform as part of a city’s transport infrastructure.”

ENDS


It's official, you have more chance if. Being sexually assaulted in a TfL licensed Minicab than an unlicensed Minicab.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Questions That The LTDA Need To Answer...Letters From Mike Calvey

Taxi Leaks has been given two letters to publish by a LTDA Com member Mike Calvey.
They make for very interesting reading.

The first on is addressed to Mr Richard Masset, Chairman of the LTDA


The second letter is addressed to Mr Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the LTDA.


Obviously, Taxi Leaks will grant space for any reply that the LTDA naught like to post.

Just incase you where wondering!

Letter To Editor : IF 10K CABBIES CAN DEMO, WHY CANT 10K CABBIES DONATE.



Letter To Taxi Leaks:

So the crowdfunding is falling short. Those who refused to pledge £25 have scuppered the whole enterprise.

Don't dare tell me whether you felt it was a right or a wrong move, or that it would end up costing you an extra £50 or £75 more in the end, I don't want to hear those petty excuses. 
Your Cab license alone costs you a hundred quid a year.

This trade has always been let down by the Sub80 (80% who are subservient to TfL), it has always been carried along by the Pro20 ( 20% who are proactive drivers).

I don't want to hear any more about a dress code, Credit Card Machines, or poxy Uber. 
It's the apathetic Sub80 who are the trades biggest enemy. 

The Pro20 may not get it right all the time, but at least they are willing to fight, trying to save our jobs.

As for any Pro20 LTDA members, stop moaning and leave. 
Leave en masse 
They definitely don't deserve you and you definitely don't deserve them. 

Be Lucky,
Lenny Etheridge 

Sean Paul Day, Speaks Out On LTR, About The LTDA's Crowdfunding Pledge And LTDA enterprises.


At the end of yesterday's cabbie talk session on London Taxi Radio, presenter SEAN PAUL DAY made a special announcement about the LTDA in regards to the Action For Cabbies crowdfunding Judicial Reveiw. 

It seems that many questions have been left unanswered after a phone call was made to the LTDA's Richard Masset, as Steve McNamara was "Unavailable"

Sean also spoke about the LTDA's alleged connection to LTDA enterprise.

This 16 minute 44 second snippet from the show is a must listen, if you an LTDA member.

Sean also announced yesterday that the crowdfunding appeal has been given an extension, in order to give the LTDA time to release a proper statement. 

Tomorrows branch meeting being held in Battersea, looks like being one of the most important branch meetings ever held by the LTDA.

>CLICK HERE TO LISTEN <





Monday, March 14, 2016

Another day, another 5yr delay & £900m budget deficit courtesy of inept management at TfL

Mind the £900m Gap

  • TfL spent £85m to get out of a failed signalling contract
  • It now has almost £900 million less to spend on transport improvements
  • Tube upgrade programme is five years behind schedule

Today the London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee releases the report Transport for London’s Signal Failure – which examines the circumstances behind the appointment of Bombardier Transport to upgrade signalling on the District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.

Transport for London (TfL) ultimately paid £85 million to cancel the contract with Bombardier Transport in 2013, two years after appointment, but the ramifications of the deal are still being felt.   The Sub-Surface Upgrade Programme (SSUP) is now five years behind schedule and is forecast to cost nearly £900 million more than originally expected. 

A culmination of nearly three years’ work scrutinising TfL’s Sub-Surface Upgrade Programme, the report highlights how poor commercial expertise and a lack of IT procurement skills left TfL ill-prepared to appoint a suitable contractor for the project, and vulnerable enough to be duped into a contract which Bombardier was never able to deliver.

It draws attention to a culture at TfL which meant that management was only interested in presenting good news and was in denial about the progress and effectiveness of the programme, allowing it to continue for much longer than it should have.

Appointing Bombardier and then waiting over two years to end the contract has bigger long term costs for TfL and Londoners.  Eleven million fewer journeys than expected will take place on the underground per year between 2017 and 2023: which is estimated will cost TfL another £271 million in lost fares.  

John Biggs AM, Chairman of the Budget and Performance Committee, said: 

“This is nothing short of a disaster for London.  Neither TfL nor Bombardier’s management teams were up to the task of managing the programme, but it is Londoners that will ultimately pay the price in travel delays and inefficiencies.”

What is most remarkable about this affair is that no-one in TfL has been held to account, and the Mayor, who chairs its board, serenely and indifferently acts as if a £900 million increase to the budget isn’t an issue.  In government, heads – political or official – would roll after such financial mismanagement.  At TfL the key players have been promoted and nobody was to blame. It is a scandal. ”

TfL....Still Totally Failing London : A Must Watch Video From Sean Paul.

Pulling no punches again, Sean Paul give it to Peter Blake, Peter Anderson and Leon Daniels.

    
  

Taking Note Of The London Taxi Demos, Italian Taxis Are Planning To Gridlock Rome...by Gerald Coba

The Italian taxi drivers are back on the warpath and promise to block Rome on March 18, when they will strike against the government and Uber. 

The scheme, now, is repeated identically across Europe from London to Paris where Uber has a license. The American company is always in the news with its controversial online application – via smartphone or iPad – offering users a new way of using cars: You only pay by credit card and drivers receive get to rate you. Giving the impression of a computer game.

Traditional taxi drivers have attempted to replicate, but for the time being continue to denounce as unfair competition from Uber. 

In Rome Taxi orgs promise to introduce more than ten thousand drivers from all Italian cities to protest against the deregulation of their sectors, explain the national leaders of the taxi drivers’ unions. Amendments to the law 21/92 (the standard framework of public transport, ed) would favor oligopolies and multinationals, at the expense of the public service “. 

The goal is to gridlock the city, which recently happened in London, where over 8000 Black Cab London paralyzed Whitehall. 


Also, in Paris, just 1500 cars managed to block access to the airports of Charles de Gaulle and Orly, sparking an urban guerrilla war scenario with burning tires and tear gas. 

Taxi groups in Italy, have long been calling for stricter regulation in regards to Uber.

Previously in December last year, the government would had to intervene with the approval of the decree milleproroghe, but then on Christmas Eve, they decided to postpone everything for a year. 

In January, then, the senator of the Democratic Party, Linda Lanzillotta, tabled an amendment to the bill in which she asks to make recording of all journeys on platforms required (including Uber) and the identification “of requirements and obligations for drivers in order to ensure road safety and the safety of passengers. Both with reference to the efficiency of the cars and the suitability of drivers, including adequate insurance coverage for the transport of persons. Plus an intervention that would serve to regulate the service by preventing  anyone who is simply entitled to drive, but does not have a license for hire and reward. 

Simultaneously, the amendment provides for an amendment to the obligations of the car drivers, to have a garage in the municipality which issued the authorisation licence, in short, no cross boarder hirings. 

Taxi drivers protests have been strong enough to push the Democratic Party to reflect deeply. It is expected, that the government will back this. This is a trial of intention, as the government and the speakers have not yet fully announced their intentions.

Uber however, is not expecting any intervention says Senator Salvatore Tomaselli, “the amendments are part of the free, autonomous initiative of parliamentarians. As soon as the issue is ripe, we will present, our proposals are the result of the comparison with the associations of the representatives of the taxi drivers. 

He went on to say: "No one wants to deregulate or impoverish the sector of public service provided by taxi drivers, which is critical. Another thing is to modernize the entire public transport sector, non-scheduled with the aim of creating a more efficient market and better services to consumers."


Sunday, March 13, 2016

EXCITING NEW TAXI TRADE POLITICAL GROUP : DADS DEFENDING DAUGHTERS (3D)

DADS DEFENDING DAUGHTERS IS A STRANGE NAME FOR A POLITICAL GROUP

Especially since it has female members, fathers without daughters, people without children, and a whole diversity of life.


3D came to life through two Licensed London Taxi Driving Grandfathers, who had five daughters. Their concern was for the welfare of their loved ones travelling in cabs.
A fight against a government supported conglomerate 'Uber', brought to light the danger of a poorly regulated system, where rape, sexual assault and physical assaults had gone through the roof, at the behest of those who stand to gain financially from deregulation.

We live on the edge of Greater London, were Private Hire is more prevalent than Black Taxis.
The more we looked into the poorly regulated system, the more we knew we had no choice but to take the fight to the enemy. A powerful enemy, worth billions of dollars, with many governments in their pockets.


It is our opinion that the general public are our strength.
Why would they care about cab law, meters, plying for hire, or even hire and reward insurance?
But like my co conspirator and myself, they do care greatly about the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones.
We are fathers first - taxi drivers second.

#dadsdefendingdaughters