Saturday, March 26, 2016
For those of us not up to speed on the ins and outs of the Luddite procedures of Parliament, these bills (proposed acts of Parliament) are usually introduced to give publicity for a particular issue, the MP has to speak for 10 minutes and then a vote is taken (that's called the first reading) and if voted Aye as opposed to Noe (see what I man about Luddite) it proceeds to a second reading, they are usually opposed by the government but every now and then they do become law.
So let's look at Wes is proposing in outline:
English Language Tests for PH, Realistic insurance, Stronger PH Topo testing, taxation rules.
All good stuff, well maybe but no doubt some of the 250k PR budget of uber will be 'persuading' opponents in the house to fight it all the way, they don't want any regulation here or anyone else.
Osborne, Javid and Cameron are already in the tax avoiding rule breakers hutch, but it only takes 12 fair minded patriotic Tory M.P.'s to stand up and be counted, sorry 13 as Ian Austin Labour MP is already in the uber camp.
We await, but why oh why Wes did you not take this opportunity to define Plying for Hire?
That could have dealt with the illegality of exhibition and availability of an on screen picture and a meaningful pre booking interval, maybe if it gets that far someone will introduce it as an amendment to the Act, some of us will be proposing that.
Expect those who wish to see us gone move heaven and earth against us, that probably includes TfL!
As Mr Al Fayed of Harrods fame once said 'you can 'hire' an MP as easy as walking out of the store and hailing a cab.
So Wes and co. Let's prove for once that he was wrong about the first part so the second part can carry on.
On behalf of us, the wheelchair users, tourists, those without smartphones or postcodes, those who wish a tour or want to avoid a jam, the hard of hearing or poor sighted, those without credit cards, they need taxis, they need expert drivers with real skill, they NEED us.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
A high-profile police unit that investigates sexual offences on the Tube and railways is set to be disbanded.
The specialist crime team was created by the British Transport Police to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport such as groping.
It had officers who actively searched for offenders on the capital’s transport network.
The move comes despite figures showing a huge rise in the number of crimes being reported.
Between last April and December there were 1,603 reports of sex offences on the Tube, trains and buses in London, compared with 1,117 for the period the previous year — an increase of 43.5 per cent.
Last month, Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan urged the BTP to crack down on groping as a top priority.
The unit is being axed as part of a structural review by the BTP, which will also see the team handling assaults against Transport for London staff scrapped.
Two specialist crime teams will remain in London, covering theft of passengers’ property and bikes.
As we look forward to the 24hr night tube, it's comforting to know that although your mother, wife, daughter, sister, may be at risk to a sex attacker on the tube, at least your bicycle will be safe!
"Hello, is that the police....I've just been raped on the Piccadilly line"
"Sorry Madam, nothing we can do, budget cuts"
"But he escaped on my bicycle"
"Stay where you are miss, we have an armed response unit on its way"
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
You can still fight for your trade today.
All you need to do is pledge the 2 hours takings you would have lost today...with £350,000 already in the pot, another 8,000 x £35 would make it happen today.
Certain people have done their best to sabotage this action, after all, there's possibly a spare seat going on the board of TfL when the new Mayor takes office.
But do you really want another 4 years of inactivity at TfL board level?
Let's make them accountable for destroying our trade.
Let's take no prisoners
Never give up....never, never surrender
If you don't get in the ring, you can't win the fight.
Click on this link below and pledge today
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Following a string of deadly terrorist explosions in Brussels, scores of people have been left stranded.
A taxi union has stepped in to try to help get everyone to safety, encouraging taxis across the city to drive people for free.
Federation Belge des Taxis posted a message asking for drivers’ help to evacuate the affected areas.
It later added several photos of relieved customers in the back of cars and thanked the drivers for their “solidarity”.
The Belgian capital descended into chaos following the attacks at the city’s airport and on its Metro service.
A number of similar pages began to materialise afterwards, including Brussels Lift, which connected people looking for transport with drivers
Meanwhile, minicab company Uber has switched off its surge pricing system, allowing people to travel for less.
But a number of people have reported that not a single car was available for hire in the area.
But the company was still criticised by some for failing to offer rides free of charge.
Monday, March 21, 2016
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