Saturday, July 02, 2016

Uber's Crashes Are Health And Safety Risk. Plus They Are Driving Up The Cost Of Hire And Reward Insurance.

UBER drivers have come under fire through the #ubered hashtag, documenting the escalation of shocking Uber crashes across London. 


Photos uploaded on social media platforms show overturned motors, battered bonnets and cars crashed into buildings – all reported to be driven by drivers working for the uber minicab firm.

London Taxi Drivers pressure group, #Action4Cabbies are calling for accident statistics to be recorded in separate groups, as at present, all incidents are recorded as Taxi and Private Hire related. 

Insurance premiums for Taxis are being artificially inflated, due to the alleged poor driving from Uber drivers. Recently, a representative from a Taxi trade group, contacted Camden Council to insist fully wheelchair accessible Black Cabs be included in the new Bus and Bike only traffic scheme, set for Tottenham Court Road. 

They were told by Camden, 'Taxis were considered a danger as they are in a group with the highest incidents of road traffic accidents'. 

The truth being that Taxis have one of the best safety records on the streets of London.   

However, Uber's record on safety is appalling:

In one unbelievable image, a white car is seen tipped on its side with the boot open inches away from a flat window.

Over the past few months, there's been a massive increase in the amount of terrifying tweets documenting dangerous manoeuvres, crashes and nail-biting experiences at the hands of seemingly inexperienced drivers, many alleged to have the wrong type of insurance which excludes cover for paying passengers. One Taxi org has a file containing in-excess of  8,000 serious Uber incidents.  

Twitter and FaceBook photos show drivers, reportedly working for Uber, turning the wrong way down one-way roads, knocking cyclists off their bikes and smashing into lampposts.


Uber passenger Melody Kane, tweeted her driver was on the wrong side of the road driving into oncoming traffic.

 

Mark Godden shared a photo under the #Ubered trend this week, of a driver seemingly driving the wrong way up London’s busy New Kent Road. He tweeted the shocking image to TfL with the caption: “One of your drivers (Uber) attempts U turn in busy New Kent Rd, almost killing a motorcyclist.”

Another terrifying image shows a car badly impaled on a bollard with the front smashed in.


Passenger Jeannette Belaouane tweeted a photo of the shocking damage, writing: “Thank you @Uber_LDN for almost killing me!

“Please respond to my emails asap.”

Appallingly many stories shared on Twitter claim to involve uninsured Ubers getting into dangerous accidents.

Many mages show cars mounted on pavements, just inches away from front doors.

Another shows a white car that appears to have reversed into scaffolding on the corner of a road.

Others show mayhem on the streets with cars facing the wrong direction, stopped in the middle of the road or stuck on kerbs.

One incredibly shows a car that has crashed on top of a pile of motorbikes


The images are taken across the capital and show a number of accident scenes with police in attendance.

Tweets are uploaded under the hashtag on an almost daily basis by members of the public.

Others take to social media to complain about experiences inside the minicab.


Many complained about Uber drivers not knowing where they are going and taking one-way streets in the wrong direction.

Gabe Gurnsey moaned on Twitter: “My Uber driver has just passed his test and has no idea where Gatwick airport is. One star before we set off.”


Melody Kane wrote: “My Uber driver was telling me he has only been in the UK and driving for two weeks… While driving the wrong way into oncoming traffic

Uber denied all of the incidents uploaded under the hashtag involved their drivers and claimed it is used by detractors to make false claims.

They confirmed a number of the photos showed Uber cars, but claimed they were involved two-car collisions where the Uber driver was not at fault. 

Well, they would say that wouldn't they. They also claim female passengers are completely safe in uber cars, even in the light of a FOI request to the Met which alleges 32 incidents of rape and serious sexual assault by Uber drivers on passengers (including male passengers) last year alone.

A spokesman said: “On a number of others, we either cannot make out the registration plate in the tweets or do not have reports of any incidents matching what claims to have happened.”

We must remember here that their spokesman was saying many of the reported complaints of RAPE was in fact just a misspell of the word RATE, until the Met Police confirmed the figure of 32 attributed to Uber in just one year.

Wonder what the words 'serious sexual assault' were supposed to be misspellings of ???

Uber have declined to comment further.

Uber Rape is Real...

No minicab company or private hire operator in the past, has ever felt the need to offer their customers a check list of safety features to insure they arrive safely at destination -Uber have.

           

After the recent exspose' of Uber driver's alleged 32 sexual assaults including rapes on passengers (from the Metropolitan police) the company has issued the check list above to all its customers.

Friday, July 01, 2016

The On The Streets Of London Awards....And The Winner Is....by I'm Spartacus.

At last nights 'On the Streets of London Awards' the clear winner as voted by billions of passengers throughout the world in the innovation and service category was:

The London Taxi.


It's innovative idea of having a highly skilled driver with the passenger just having to raise an arm or visit a rank outside every good hotel, railway station or store is a proven success.


Most cabs also take contactless credit cards and all will do so from October, there are also many smartphone Taxi apps and Radio cabs available

Other great features include 100% access for wheelchairs, accessibility and clear pricing.


Everyone can use them, even if you don't have a smart phone. Not sure of the address... the fantastically knowledgeable driver in their purpose designed vehicle will get you there.

The judging panel stated 'no other product even came close'. 

'The total reliance on one form of technology such as Sat Nav with its inability to understand the dynamic nature of the streets, the poor quality driving standards, data security, taxation and personal safety incident records were key factors in ruling out a somewhat ragged group of also rans.'

Will 2017 keep the winning run of over 350 years going? 

Prediction is a certain yes and it will surely be the biggest non event since Boris Johnson who like all uber inflated interlopers just fade away into ignominy.

So Londoners and visitors alike will continue to hail the success that is, The London Taxi

I'm Spartacus. 


Evening Standard Tobacco Dock Awards Protest : TfL Ignore Uber Touting In Street.



With military precision, Dads Defending Daughters marched into Pennington Street Wapping, to protest against Uber being up for awards at the Evening Standard business awards being held at Tobacco Dock.


As the guests arrived, they were greeted by the banners and posters showing the despicable statistics being hidden from the general public by the mainstream media. 

The protestors were very vocal but, apart from making noise, it all went extremely peaceful. See video. 

    

When all the guests we're inside, the protest disbanded allowing the presentations to take place. 
But unexpectedly, just before the evening ended, the protestors returned. This time accompanied by many Taxis, causing completely gridlock the to surrounding area.
 

As guests left, they found they could not access their promotional uber codes, many guests believing it was done purposely as Uber did not receive their expected award.



 Could the judges have been swayed by the banners, posters, leaflets and mega phone sound bites, given out as everyone arrived?



Instead the award for the category Uber were in went to Aldi, the cheap supermarket chain. They didn't even get the Tech award which went to restaurant delivery firm Deliveroo. 

Because the signal outage, the uber app was down.
Uber sent along staff members in bright blue t-shirts with big white squares on the breast pockets. 


These employees were openly touting custom, using hand held devises to sign up new customers offering £25 off vouchers as enticement. 

Amazingly the 6 TfL PCOs who were in attendance from 5pm, were by now nowhere to be seen as the open touting took place. 

Uber cars were seen using the petrol station on the Highway as an impromptu rank. Cars were seen going into the court yard of the garage, waiting to recieve a message then moving out without buying petrol or even visiting the forecourt shop. 



    Tweet of the night award goes to CabbyDenny.




Thursday, June 30, 2016

Female Uber Driver Found Hanged. "Appears to be suicide" Say Police.


Veerath Bharathi, Uber’s first female cab driver in India, was found dead in her rented house in the city’s northwest suburb, police said on Tuesday, June 28.

“It appears to be a case of suicide, as the victim’s (V. Bharathi) body was found hanging by a cloth-like rope from the ceiling of a room by her landlord on Monday night,” Sanjay Nagar police inspector Prakash said.

Though no suicide note was found in her house, police registered a case of unnatural death and shifted the body to a state-run hospital for autopsy to ascertain the cause of Bharathi’s death.

“The landlord went to the third floor of his house where Bharathi was staying in the rented portion to check her whereabouts as he did not see her again since Sunday night and found her body hanging through the room’s window and alerted us,” Prakash recalled.

Bharathi, who hails from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, was staying alone in the house as she was single and orphaned. Her cab was found parked in front of the house in Nagashettyhalli colony.

“As per our records, Bharathi was one of the early women taxi drivers in the city and joined the all-women cab service, Angel City Cabs two years ago and later registered her vehicle with Uber, the online Minicab firm,” Prakash added.

Taxi driver Greg Smith, holds raffle to raise cash to send sick children to Disneyland in Paris.

Magical Taxi Tour convoy of taxis taking sick children to Disneyland in Paris.

A taxi driver is raising cash to send sick children on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland in Paris.

Greg Smith from North Chingford is holding a raffle in aid of Magical Taxi Tour, a charity that sends seriously ill children on an all-expenses paid holiday.

Greg, who is captain of Brentwood Golf Club in Essex said: “I am a taxi driver so it is a cause close to my heart.”

Tickets cost £1 and will be on sale in Costa in Station Road in Chingford from 9am until 4pm on Saturday (July 2).

Prizes include a three course meal at Mamma Mia restaurant in Chingford and a £25 voucher for J and N menswear in Chingford.

The Essex-based charity Magical Taxi Tour will send 200 children in a convoy of taxis to Paris for a three-day holiday September.

Greg will be one of 100 taxi drivers who volunteer their time to make the trip across the Channel.

It costs £1,400 per child to cover all costs including hotel, food, fuel and admission charges.

Brentwood Golf Club will host a golf day on July 19 to raise money for the same charity.

For more information contact Greg Smith on 07749 234926 or gtouchtaxislondon@gmail.com.

Source : This is London Local 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The London Taxi driver, Is Your Knight In Shining Armour.


A Taxi driver friend of mine, recently picked up a young opera singer (Melinda Hughes), who told him about a nightmare date she had recently been on. 

Feeling unsure and unsafe about her companion, she started to worry about getting home.
She tried texting a few friends to come and save her, but no one seemed free that evening. 

It was then she remembered the Hailo app on her smartphone. 

The driver text back within minutes, saying he was outside. 

Telling her date she was going to powder her nose, she slipped unnoticed out of the restaurant, into the waiting Hailo cab, which took home safely home. 

Melinda told my friend she had relayed the story to a professional colleague (Jeremy Lamb) who then wrote a song about her disastrous date. She went on to say, together they had published a promotional version on YouTube. 

After giving my friend an impromptu performance in the back of his cab, Malinda explained all monies raised from the click rights, would be donated to the London Taxi Benevolent Association.

So please watch the video and pass the link on to friends and family. 

Copy and paste link:

Let's support the people who support us.

    


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

They Don't Like It Up Em Gov....Will TfL Stick To Their Promise?


There has been a call to immediately suspend the implementation of changes to Private Hire regulations which come into force yesterday (27 June 2016).

The Chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association, Steve Wright, has called for a halt on the new rules after being “Inundated with e‐mails, calls and other communications from Licensed Operators and Drivers, with grave concerns” since the announcement from TfL of the launch date on 17th June.

In an email addressed to Transport for London, Taxi and Private Hire licensing officials, Mr Wright wrote: “It is clear there is serious confusion surrounding many of the new requirements, not only within the industry but also from the main PHV Insurers, vehicle hirers, accident management companies and others. The trade representatives believe there is the need for considerable dialogue with TfL TPH before proceeding further.”


He added; “We believe the immediate suspension of the implementation is required to avoid unnecessary risks for the travelling public and extreme hardship, worry and stress for licensed operators and drivers. It has been collectively agreed between the signatories that there has not been enough information and dialogue about the finer details of the new requirements. Major regulatory changes need a workable plan to be put in place alongside a realistic timeline for the industry to make the transition sensibly.”

An emergency meeting has been called to bring together London’s main PHV trade associations, insurers, vehicle hirers and accident management companies to establish then discuss the problems.

Source: The Chauffeur.


Editorial Comment:
Find out how easy it is to become an uninsured minicab driver in London.


Great Suffolk Street now open for cheap diesel. 
Please support the businesses that support us.



Monday, June 27, 2016

TfL Press Release : Kew The Music Event Taxi Rank Appointed.


A taxi rank will operate on Kew Road during the "Kew the music" concert in Kew gardens.

The taxi rank will be situated on the Kew Road near the Victoria gate entrance.

The rank will operate between 21:30 and 23:30 on the following dates;

• Tuesday, 12 July 2016
• Wednesday, 13 July 2016
• Thursday 14 July 2016
• Friday, 15 July 2016
• Saturday, 16 July 2016
• Sunday, 17 July 2016
End.

Press Release....Operation No One, Update!

Saturday night, Novikov's rank was rendered unusable as cars had been allowed to park up. 


So, where were the elusive operation neon offices?


They were in Piccadilly hanging around, making sure that no one makes off with the bus stop.

Meanwhile in Bruton Street outside Hakkasan's restaurant, Taxi's having to illegally rank on the bus stop as cars park on the rank. 



Polite warning stickers from the Mayfair Mob, placed on side windows but not a warden or marshal in sight.

This is becoming a regular occurrence, we need Westminster to mark the rank out properly. 

While we are on the subject of TfL's so called anti touting squad (Operation Neon): 

Sohail Masood, was found guilty of soliciting people for private vehicle hire by the act of donning a yellow HiVis jacket and waiting for train passengers to approach him. 


Why is this man from Diamond chauffeurs allowed to solicit for custom on the pavement outside Tiger Tiger.


Why has he not been arrested yet ? 

Could someone from TfL kindly contact Taxi Leaks and explain what part of the PHV act 1998 allows this type of touting. 

It seems that TfL are the only licensing authority in the country that allows this type of touting 



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Uber In Panic As 14 Major Security Bugs Found In Mobile App.



Uber Bugs Allowed Hackers to Gather Details on Rides, Drivers and Passengers

Uber is in the process of fixing a slew of security bugs disclosed by security firm Integrity, who discovered and reported 14 issues it found on the company's websites and mobile applications.

The security firm only published details about six of these bugs, as they're waiting on Uber to patch four more.

The first issue they discovered had the potential to launch brute-force attacks against Uber's promo code feature panel coming from Uber drivers themselves.

Researchers discover 1,000 active promo codes

The researchers found over 1,000 active promo codes by trying countless random promo code combinations and even discovered a ERH (Emergency Ride Home) code that would have added £'s to each driver's fair earnings.

The second issue they discovered allowed researchers/drivers to extract user details via the mobile app's Help section, which, in turn, enabled them to get the victim's email address.

The third bug manifested with UberPool where users share the fare. Researchers said they were able to get the driver and invitee's UUID and then request private information like names, pictures, location, status, rating, phone numbers, and more.

Security firm discovers a method for adding rogue Uber drivers

The fourth problem was in the Uber app's driver activation process. In order for drivers to access a specific area of the Uber app reserved for them, they need to ask the company to activate their account. Researchers discovered that, by toggling the "isActivated" parameter to "true," they could add rogue drivers to the service.

A fifth issue allowed researchers to access a driver's waybill section, from where they had access to the driver's name, license plate, car model, last ride history, and much more. Researchers did not publicly disclose all details about this bug because it also allowed them to list the full path of the driver's previous trip.

The sixth issue is derived from the third. Once the researchers got their hands on a user UUID, they were able to get information about that person's trips, in great detail, enough to plot out a map.


Source: News Softpedia.

Question: When is a meter, not a meter ?


 Answer : When it's an Uber meter.