Saturday, April 02, 2016
What's happening to the steel industry is exactly what's happening to us- In town and at LAP, unfair competition from someone who does not have to follow the same rules (safety, environment,no human rights, sustainable pricing).
Governments of the political class seeming powerless or more likely unwilling to support anything that does not ensure the 1% of society, leaves us further and further behind.
The reaction is that people are looking to anyone (listed above and there are more all over the world) who offers a different perspective, subsequently the cards will fall where they will.
We the cab trade are up against a licensing authority who are fully signed up to the agenda in paragraph one, seemingly aided and abetted by some of our trade orgs who agree all this without even consulting their members (fixed CC terminals and not insisting on a supplier charge cap come to mind). Expect full page adverts from the fixed terminal suppliers to appear in their trade rags!
Now we have the trade at the airport being undermined by the airport operator after many years of service by us, again the agenda is king.
There will be grumbling and protests by the committed, whilst their 'comrades' do three or four rides on Code Red (remember the gate money issue?).
So it's a big deal, we ain't got much to lose, so when that referendum comes round, just ask yourself what do the 1% want us to do and predict doomsday if we don't, just do the opposite.
They then might just start to think.
Friday, April 01, 2016
At today's meeting, the London Taxi trade's airport representative group the HUTG, were notified that negotiations have been ongoing for three months in secret with UBER, who are now to be given the old feeder park, behind the Heathrow police station.
It appears Uber drivers will be charged by the hour (alleged to be £1 per hour). It's believed they are being allowed the feeder park, to stop them parking around Heathrow, and defecating/uniting in peoples gardens.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
The CC zone operates 24/7 and double yellow lines operate 24/7.
PH can only enter if they have a pre booking, this can be checked by linking the CC APRN with the booking software and the MID database to also ensure the vehicle is insured. The PH industry should have no lawful objection and will reduce touting and many operators will welcome this.
Car parks in the congestion zone closed and given over to housing, those that are left accesibleto disabled drivers with taxi ranks alongside so that the fully accessible wheelchair fleet usage is maximised.
Bus operations reviewed to decrease the frequency of buses in times of low demand.
Increase taxi rank provision in the side streets of Oxford Street stores so that Oxford Street can be considered for pedestrianisation.
As the taxi fleet moves toward ZEC vehicles the situation can only improve if that requirement is accompanied by a drastic reduction in the actual amount of vehicles looking to access the zone often just to effectively ply for hire on an app, it's irrelevant if that vehicle is hybrid or runs on fresh air, it's very presence leads to congestion and pollution.
No doubt paid lobbyists from non UK tax paying companies will be lining up to state it's protecting a monopoly and what about consumer choice.
Those bogus allegations are easy to answer, people will still be able to book a PH vehicle and of course as it's a pre booking as the law requires then those consumers will understand why they have to wait, if they want a vehicle instantly then they can hail or e hail a taxi that will arrive quickly through free flowing streets.
As for the monopoly, quite simply there is none, anyone who meets the standard can become a taxi driver, as for competition each taxi driver 'competes' with every other, there is no pooling of fares!
Whilst we are on about monopoly, is that not what below cost pricing, dubious insurances and the double Dutch and the Irish Sandwich tax mechanisms are designed to create?
This week we had a letter in the Evening Standard from Uber stating that they support the cycle super highway and want more electric charging points installed etc, of course they fail to explain how the money will be found from their pitiful tax contribution!
Still we could always close a hospital or a fire station to help them out.
So Mayor, support London, support this vision.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
A Bradford-registered cab has been seized by police investigating the death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah - who was stabbed after wishing friends a "very happy Easter".
The grey Volkswagen Passat mini-cab with Uber branding in the windscreen was parked opposite "man of peace" Mr Shah's shop in Glasgow, where he was killed just four hours after posting his Easter message to "my beloved Christian nation".
The vehicle - a private hire vehicle registered with Bradford Council, 200 miles from Glasgow - was within the police cordon set up at the crime scene and was removed by police forensic officers wearing white protective suits.
The forensic officers slowly drove a recovery truck into the cordon and winched the private hire saloon cab onto the back of it before driving away.
It's believed the vehicle, which is feared to have transported Mr Shah's killer to the scene, is now undergoing forensic testing.
The vehicle seizure happened at 2.30pm on Friday afternoon outside Mr Shah's shop on Minard Road in the Shawlands area of Glasgow but has only just come to light.
News of the seizure comes just hours after reports that Mr Shah's alleged killer had travelled to Scotland from Bradford. The suspect is understood to be from the Girlington area of the city.
An Uber spokesman said today that the car was registered to a private hire cab driver in Bradford who last used the Uber app on Monday, March 21.
The spokesman said the car had not been used for any Uber trips in Glasgow and said any driver given a private hire licence by Bradford City Council had to pass enhanced DBS disclosure tests.
Police Scotland today refused to comment on the seizure of the vehicle.
A West Yorkshire police spokesman said: “It is a Police Scotland investigation but they have been liaising with senior officers in Bradford about the community impact.”
Meanwhile a crowdfunding site set up to raise money for Mr Shah's family has reached £70,000 thanks to donations from across Britain and further afield.
Police said on Friday that Mr Shah's death was being treated as "religiously prejudiced".
Mr Shah was a member of the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam which preaches peace and tolerance towards other religions.
Speaking today, Dr Mohammed Iqbal, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Bradford, said: "I feel very sad for the victim and his family, for our Ahmadiyya community because we know we face these dangers and for Bradford.
"It is a tragedy not just for those directly involved but also for the wider community because it will bring negativity to Bradford which we don’t want."
Dr Bary Malik, also from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Bradford, said sympathies had been sent to Mr Shah’s family.
He said he was a friend of the victim and had got to know him from time spent in Rabwah in Pakistan, where the shopkeeper had been born.
He said: “I know the man and his family. He was very well-known. Of course we have sent our sympathies from here in Bradford."
He said it was "sad" that such an incident had happened and added that the fact the death was being treated as religiously motivated made it "even more tragic."
He said: "We hope that justice will be done soon.”
Police have arrested a 32-year-old Muslim man belonging to the Sunni sect over the death. The man will appear in court in Glasgow tomorrow (Tuesday).
Just hours before he died, popular Mr Shah had taken to Facebook to say: "Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation."
And he added: "Let's follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds."
In previous posts, he spoke out against violence and hatred and called for "unconditional real love for all mankind".
Mr Shah's family revealed today that they now fear for their lives following his death, which has caused widespread anger and grief.
Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West, said: “Hatred is hatred, and there is no room for people who expect tolerance and respect for their religion but do not think they should give it to others.
“I am absolutely appalled, I have spoken to the Council of Mosques and will be speaking to other people about it, and I will be putting out further statements.
“I had heard rumours the man was from Bradford but I had no idea he was from my constituency."
PC Nicola Elston, a serving Metropolitan Police officer attached to Lambeth borough, has been ordered to pay £1,150 after a jury found her guilty of jumping out of a taxi in Croydon without paying .
PC Nicola Elston, 28, a serving Metropolitan Police officer attached to Lambeth borough, was found guilty following a three-day trial at Southwark Crown Court.
The jury found her guilty of making off without payment of a taxi fare in Croydon on June 27. The driver alleged that when he tried to detain her she assaulted him, but the jury found her not guilty of assault.
The WPC elected to have her case heard in a crown court and had pleaded not guilty to both offences.
PC Elston was sentenced to a £150 fine and £1,000 costs.
A Met spokesman said the officer's duties remain restricted. He went on to say, "Now that the criminal proceedings have been completed, we will be able to complete our misconduct process".
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Let’s take a second to review the situation here - black cab prices in London are extortionate. To take a journey from Covent Garden to Bethnal Green, you’re looking at racking up a fare of around £30 if you’re lucky (I speak from my own experience). This fare price is cut by a third when travelling in an Uber.