Saturday, April 16, 2016
Thank you for your continued support.
Several taxi stakeholders, including LCDC, want to know your thoughts on credit card printers.
The data collected from this consultation will be presented and discussed on Turesday 19th of April at a TfL trade meeting on the subject of credit card printers.
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Friday, April 15, 2016
With Uber’s incredibly deep pockets, aggressive tactics and seemingly unstoppable growth, it’s unsurprising that we are now beginning to witness difficult times for other startups playing in the taxi and private hire vehicle booking space.
Case in point is Minicabster, a UK based minicab price comparison and booking app that raised 2 million pounds in funding since being founded in 2011. We understand that the startup entered administration last month, a voluntary process in the UK when a company has incurred debt that it is unlikely to be able to repay.
According to a regulatory filing, administrators were appointed at the end of February, charged with finding a buyer for some or all of Minicabster’s assets. And, in the last day or so, that’s exactly what appears to have happened.
It's been learned that a company called Transport Innovation, which operates a taxi freephone calling service, the type typically found placed in supermarkets which advertise minicabs as Taxis, has purchased some of the startup’s assets. It’s not clear specifically, what these entail and whether or not they include Minicabster’s user base and contracts with cab firms or just its technology.
Confirming the acquisition, Paul Murray, CEO of Transport Innovation, would say only that the company has bought the “technical assets” of Minicabster not the company itself, declining to provide any further financial details or otherwise.
“We are considering our strategic options,” he wrote in an email when asked why Transport Innovation has purchased some of the startup’s assets.
Minicabster’s assets sold for around £45,000 — so certainly a fire sale if we are to presume that included the startup’s customer base. I also understand that the administrators talked to just about everybody in the minicab booking space, including Taxicode, who were keen on a purchase, and Karhoo, who declined, according to sources.
Meanwhile, Minicabster company director Irshad Khan confirmed that the troubled company is in administration and that a buyer of sorts has been found. “Minicabster was part of a sale process, which completed recently,” he said in a statement, adding that the minicab market is becoming “exceedingly tough with the increased costs towards customer acquisition” and the challenges faced by minicab operators in retaining quality drivers.
I understand the latter is a direct reference to the extremely aggressive tactics and resulting growth of Uber and specifically the high rates it pays at weekends and other periods of high demand when surge pricing kicks in. I’m told that it’s not uncommon for minicab drivers to work for the types of minicab firms listed on apps like Minicabster Monday to Thursday and then to move over to Uber Friday night to Sunday where they can make a lot more cash. This creates a real problem maintaining service levels on competing taxi apps as demand outstrips supply.
Not the same but related perhaps, black taxi app Gett recently announced its intent to acquire a taxi firm of its own in the form of Radio Taxis, presumably to mitigate any future supply-side problem.
“Going forward, I see minicab operators and other minicab apps facing testing times as Uber spends more to gain market share regardless of the CPA/LTV making economical sense,” adds Khan.
Moving on, Khan has launched coach booking app CoachScanner. The coach market, of course, is one yet to be touched by Uber....give it time!
Who Will Be Next?
This has been presented as a way of "re-greening" the Common (though Dr J Ave has been there for centuries) and making the Tooting Bec Road safer.
Last day to complete the Wandsworth Council opinion poll…
Someone has started a 38 degrees petition – useful if only because the bike lobby last year claimed that 2000 people had signed some sort of similar thing voting to close Dr J Ave….
Thursday, April 14, 2016
In the late 50's there was 1 rank space for every Taxi, now it's about 65-70 Taxis to every rank space.
Where do they expect us to go when it's quiet?
Perhaps we should start urinating and defecating in people's gardens around Pimlico and Paddington....and they might give us large feeder parks along Vauxhall bridge Road and North Wharf Road, like they've arranged at Heathrow for Uber.
Why are we suddenly seeing this harassment from the Met, when it's perfectly clear they are turning a blind eye to the increasing amount of illegally parked PH vehicles every evening into the early hours, especially in the Mayfair and Soho areas.
It's alleged these directives are coming directly from TfLTPH.
But as Paul mentioned in his letter, where are our rank and highways reps?
Perhaps we need to see some all trade action, in answer to TfL's unfair harassment.
If the reps can pay themselves to have all trade meetings at Heathrow, then they should also be available to look after the interests of the rank and file members out there on the street.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Illegal Positive Action...Ethnic Knowledge : Tribunal Decision Is Important Trade Win....Gerald Coba.
The real significance of this decision, however, arises from the fact that TfL's excuses for not providing the requested information were identical to the excuses that they have used to deny that their 'positive action' campaign was illegal. Thus it can be considered as a backdoor judgement on that campaign - and its illegality.
TfL had argued that that their campaign didn't constitute 'positive action' because it didn't involve any 'direct support' and because it wasn't 100% exclusive in its targetting. These bogus excuses (which appear to have originated from the cover-up team - rather than legal team) were comprehensively dismissed.
The tribunal's decision has provided a platform from which to advance this important issue. And it will reinvigorate the campaign to bring justice and redress to the victims of TfL's illegal 'positive action'. It's an important step forward, and an important confidence builder - as TfL has been exposed as having no legitimate defence. And we now have something from an authoritive source.
It's obviously not comparable to getting Uber banned, but it's still a legal victory over TfL- and they don't come easy. And by breaking the law, and trying to cover up this problem they have added to the harrassment case against them.
Realistically, this problem can only be solved by means of financial compensation. And that is unlikely to happen without TfL being brought to court. That is the next step.