Friday, September 02, 2016

Make Your Own Arrangement For Credit Card Validation....by greenbadgejohn


It is so clear the conclusively derived dissent which is bubbling up within this trade will eventually explode on the streets of our capital, We all knew how poor the ideology behind compulsory fitting of a Card reader in the passenger compartment of a taxi (whatever model or make)

And after Alan Fleming's post on taxi leaks surrounding the safety issues (read his posting) it beggars belief that a licencing authority does not understand the ramifications in those safety problems and demonstrates in the clearest terms yet how the three wise monkeys came to the decision it did.

If you feel your org or union isn't representing your best interest, stop paying memberships fees! 
Only pay for legal/livelihood cover as those who say they represent you clearly do not. This mandate chaos would have been a dead duck from the very start if brains instead of coercion were the honest processes used ... instead self interests have rule here 100%.

Why is there no pre-validation software in any of the approved Card readers? Are we vetted crooks who cannot be trusted? 
As we are on offer from the first inch of the fare to the finish, and the four dodgy passengers with a potential stolen card have no prior checks made until the service has been supplied unlike uber who use approved surge pricing...all paid in advance... You will be knocked and why? .. Ask TFL, their answer will be hilarious to anyone but you!

Buy yourself a paypal card reader, keep it separate and use it particularly to validate any card you are suspicious about (as any hotel in the whole world does) as credit cards are only valid if you are paid... otherwise they are useless.

Paypal will set you up an account for business (free set up) and you buy the cheapest 'personal' equipment for yourself & call your own business shots and do the advance checks yourself (as a sole trader) not as a taxi driver, why?, because your own Authority has failed dismally to equally protect your interests as it has done for the passenger as it claims under TFL's own statement "Every Journey Matters" but not bothered if you get paid for it.

Remember too, Join the coming drive ins and expose our grief to the media. Publicise TFL's complete cock up by over involvement in card reader choice. We all know and understand the benefits of having card acceptability... just not at any cost including our personal security and theft by deception.

Be Lucky

greenbadgejohn (on twitter)

Editorial Comment:
Please remember, othe suitable handheld CC readers are available at similar price, terms and conditions. 

Thursday, September 01, 2016

INDEPENDENT TAXI ALLIANCE (ITA) ON CREDIT CARD CHAOS.


The ITA believes that TfL's card machine fiasco is a scam.
A scam backed by credit card companies and groups with vested interests in the deregulation of minicabs, and the demise of the Taxi.
Steve McNamara has to hold his hands up and publicly announced he was wrong to agree to such a toxic mandate.
 
Isabel Dedring is gone, but not forgotten.
The old TfL Board, which was infested with privateers, has been dispersed. We have a new TfL Board now.
The unctuous former Mayor of London has been given the task of cocking-up Britain's relationship with the rest of the world.
Most of the people who agreed upon this current TfL Credit Card Mandate are gone.
So please do not use the term 'set in stone', to fob us off.
 
The trade needs every Taxi Organisation to demand a rethink.
Taxi drivers are sick and tired of their Orgs doing nothing, but accepting the 'inevitable'.
We need to hear that the Orgs are willing to take to the streets, if need be.
 
We need the Orgs to publicly state that they believe the current TfL Credit Card Mandate scam is ill thought out and potentially dangerous.
We need the Orgs to state they accept the TfL Credit Card Mandate is unworkable.
We need the Orgs to state they recognise the law of the land over the misguided and unworkable mandate TfLTPH have concocted.
We need the Orgs to listen to their members.
 
 • The ITA wants card machines to be a mandatory piece of equipment for Taxis.
 • The ITA believes the fixed machine in the back of a cab should not be compulsory.
 • The ITA believes the choice of equipment should be that of the Taxi driver, not of the regulatory body.
 • The ITA believes the Taxi driver should be able to shop around for a card machine, and not have to sign expensive contracts.
 
When we revert back to the original reason behind the need for a card machine mandate, we come to a singularity; the need for taxis to accept credit and debit card payments.
All was well until the greedy people got wind of it, and realised they could earn some easy money off the backs of hard working Taxi drivers.
 
Whist PH minicab drivers can saunter around London, untouchable, breaking the law, and terrorising the public; Taxi drivers are being regulated by undemocratic, illegal and draconian methods, threatening their livelihoods and revocation of their licenses.
This has to stop!
 
It is time the Orgs got together and publicly announced their intention of a unified mass disobedience, and ignored the mandate.
Demanding that TfL and all the Orgs returned to the negotiating table and redressed this unmitigated sham.
 
If your Org refuses to act upon this manufactured travesty, leave them.

There are plenty of good Orgs out there who will welcome you with open arms.
 
Posted by,
The Independent Taxi Alliance
Nunquam redono nunquam deditionem


Letter To Taxi Leaks : The Path Of Least Resistance...by Lee Ward.

 
  

How about the London PHV get the same treatment as most of the other PHV up and down the country?

We are licensed to strict conditions, we have a plate in the rear and not a window sticker, we have insurance for the full plate term, we lose our license for plying for hire.

Around the country we are regulated just as strictly as the London Cabs and accept this because its what is needed for the industry.

If Transport for London are scared to upset the PC bregade on what they require for a license, then put conditions on the vehicle. 
I doubt General Motors would kick up a fuss.

Stop being half pregnant and get a policy in place like Sheffield, Leeds or Birmingham... 
Then see how many flock to get a car licensed.

Remember, there's no law on human rights with vehicles!
So make that the target with least resistance. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Letter To Taxi Leaks : Non compliance and double standards by Tfl true or false

Incredible though it seems, Tfl are blind to the fact that Uber and others within the PHV market appear to be above reproach....and the law. Some of these operators have even been handed awards by Tfl for excellence and innovation.

Note to self, more sponsorship next quarter I may even win an award.

So let's accept the fact they are being allowed to ply for immediate hire (electronically), which is illegal.

Let's swallow the fact that they charge their tariff on time and distance basis, using "a meter" with a twist, SURGING the price when busy, which although is not illegal, is immoral. 

Here is the latest scandal:

http://taxileaks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/man-charged-with-manslaughter-after-23.html

There are calls to ban car sharing but one dead victim, a passenger in a Tfl approved car, is just another "Body" perhaps.  

Collateral damage in the grand scheme of things between Tfl and the PHV industry:

We've seen the shocking statistic on sexual assaults including rapes. In addition, there's a plethora of other criminal offences being  committed 24/7 by minicab drivers. Not to mention road traffic acts offences, touting, harassment, personal fraud and the hacking of some individuals or company's accounts.

Uber do not have a suitable operators center in London. They have no landline for bookings, for assistance or complaints, again a non starter for applying for a PHV operators license. 

Fast tracked minicab drivers obtain a London license from Tfl in a heartbeat. By design, our Yellow badges suburban drivers are restricted to work locally, which is there choice and what they've worked to achieve. But when an Uber driver is licensed by Tfl, he can then, under cross boarder hiring rules, work all around the Uk. TfL know this but say nothing. They just keep dishing out the paper and taking in the money.

Here's another fact :

Why do tfl put a "STOP notice" on a Taxi  (takes you off the road, until you comply and represent your Taxi to their testing centres paying even more money into their coffers) for not having three of is it five 'No smoking' stickers in the cab. Yet if you present your cab without ashtrays, you fail their inspection. It just doesn't added up.

Any tolerance here? .... not even 1%

PHV owners pay their money and then do as they please.

Be lucky 

Tom Scullion

Whatever you do, do not get into the back of the cab with a passenger' ....by I'm Spartacus.


Those words ring in our ears as loud today as they did when the head of the PCO gave out badge over many years.

So fast forward to the current passenger compartment Credit Card fiasco orchestrated by TfL which means that's exactly what will be  required if a card won't swipe, or been rejected etc. etc.

Sure it's a great idea that very cab should accept credit cards, most drivers do now with mobile terminals, as in use in millions of shops, restaurants and cabs worldwide, but somehow the world's no 1 Taxi trade can't be trusted.

What's not a good idea is that the driver will have to enter the passenger compartment to resolve a problem or retain a stolen card.

So here are some questions needing answering by TfL:

1. Where is the Health & Safety risk assessment for this proposal and what are the control measures for the increase of the risk?

2. Where are the results of any consultations carried out with working cab drivers, passenger groups etc insisting on a fixed terminal in the passenger compartment?

3. Why did you retreat from your original policy of capping charges to the driver yet insisting we had to absorb whatever any company wished to charge us?


Here's another couple for the under fire General Secretary of the LTDA Mr S McNamara:

1. You have stated  'it's a done deal', quite with who and who did you 'do a deal with?

2. What consultation did you have with your membership apart from those who are retained at Woodfield Road or on stand down at LAP etc?

3. How much advertising revenue is expected from fixed terminal companies in TAXI magazine?

If any of the other UTG (LCDC, UNITE) want to answer the same questions don't hold back, we are all interested.

So before someone is assaulted or a malicious allegation made, We demand the Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross intervenes TODAY, so that full and meaningful consultations and assessments can be carried out before any implementation date.

Happy to comply with the requirement to take CC on mobile units that the trade have used hundreds of thousands of times without query or complaint.

In short 'what was broke that needing fixing'?

I'm Spartacus

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Why Did No10 Told Boris "Go Easy On Uber" : Connecting the dots...Uber Freight...Uber Personal Mobility

     

Unsolicited pop up add on the Uber App. Uber doing the government a favour...but at what cost?

Uber's partner in the voter mobilization initiative, Bite the Ballot, is supported by none other than City law firm Hogan Lovells. This just happens to be the same firm that, in representing Uber, managed to persuade a High Court judge that Uber's measurement of time and distance billing is not, errrmm, a time and distance meter.  Hogan Lovell's Yasmin Waljee is a Trustee of the Bite the Ballot campaign.

We now know why number 10 told Boris to go easy on Uber. Even though they knew that Uber had been licensed illegally, their campaign had intentions to use the App, which has an alleged 1 million down loads, to encourage hipsters to register to vote in the Brexit election. 

Pundits said the more people from this demographic that voted, the more chance the government had of winning the vote to remain.

But don't just take my word for it. See the archived post on the UPHD blog. http://www.uphd.org/number-10-calls-in-an-uber-favour-but-at-what-cost-to-drivers/ 


This is definitely worth a read: Posted on the 28th May 2016.

Uber has started pushing messages to passengers in app to register for eligibility to vote in the upcoming EU referendum. According to the Guardian Uber is partnering with the mega cool Bite the Ballot campaign to get hipsters to care more about politics with messages like: 'But Politics needs rebranding!'

Don't get me wrong, UPHD is far from cynical about the importance of democratic participation and mobilizing the vote but context is key in understanding some of the motives beyond the virtue. Consider the following:

In summary, great work Uber in getting out the vote. We just hope the price of the favour done for Korski and Number 10 does not come at the cost of  upholding worker rights for 105,000 private hire drivers now in a hunger games race to survive on starvation wages due to Uber's business model.


   

Taxi Charity Receives Much Deserved International Coverage.

Recently the press has not been the best friend of the cab trade.  Reporting is often biased and sloppy, and journalists persist in printing outdated stereotypes of the trade, so unlike the trade that we know and love.

However, the press has rallied somewhat in the coverage that has been given to the Taxi Charity and I thought readers might find it interesting to know which parts of the media have written about our veterans, their wonderful skydives and the work of the charity.


The coverage began in France, when Fred Glover and Ted Pieri, both WWII veterans from the Airborne Division, revisited Normandy and carried out a tandem skydive in aid of the Taxi Charity. Interestingly the Evening Standard also carried a piece. 

Fred, Ted, Graham Pike (a Taxi charity committee member) and I followed up the Normandy jump with a skydive with the Red Devils on 25th August.  


Naturally the veterans were again deservedly newsworthy, and we have coverage for both events ranging from the Jersey Evening Post, the Daily Mail, and People magazine’s website in the US.

Yet more publicity has been in the Worthing Herald, Guernsey Press, Irish Independent, West Sussex Gazette, Ouest france, the Celebrity Auction, Forces TV, MOD blog, Belfast Telegraph, Forces TV, BT.com, the Times, Mature Times.

Now we have been able to announce the thrilling news about winning the final of the National Lottery awards, and the Standard has published our entire press release.  Of course everything becomes yesterday’s news in the shortest possible time, but as ever, I hope that some of this coverage will resonate with the public and remind them of all the wonderful things that London’s finest do for them    

-- 
Frances Luczyc Wyhowska

As Evidence Stacks Up Against TfL & Uber.... Our Taxi Orgs Go Sleepwalking Into Oblivion.


Let's just recap for a moment:

TfLTPH's Twitter account frequently post that Uber met all the requirements for licensing, when first licensed in 2012.
And still do....

REALLY?

Uber have never had a required landline for pre booking.
Uber have never had a landline for customer services. 
Ubers were allowed by TfL to operated from premises without a current operators license variation!  

When challenged over Uber's move from NW1 to N1, TfL compliance gave them a six week grace period to sort out a licence, even though the staff manual states their licence should have been revoked immediately there and then (yes I still have the emails Helen).

It's also emerged that they operated from NI premises for 11 months, without a certificate of lawful use. Also a condition of fitness of obtaining an operators licence.  


Leon Daniels states to the GLA Transport Committee, Uber drivers have on/off insurance!
Association of British Insurers state no such policy exists.

Sir Peter Hendy tells GLA Uber has a landline but he didn't have it with him!

Leon Daniels states Uber has landline for bookings, gives number to GLA.
Number turns out to be Jo Bertram's private number!

TfL denfend Uber's phone used as a Taxi meter, in the high court.
Judge declares its not a meter!

Gran Davis states publicly, Boris told him that "number 10 had told him to go easy on Uber".
 
Emails emerge...Daniels alleged to be coaching Uber's Jo Bertram!

FOI request shows serious sexual assaults through the roof. 154 from Feb 2015- Feb 2016 with Uber drivers alleged to be responsible for 32 attacks!

Met Police admit only 10% of all sexual attacks are reported. 

TfL put pressure on LTDA to dumb down statistics on AddVan and remove TfL logo!

Record of multiple phone calls between Daniels and Bertram emerge!

Toronto case: 
Uber admit they don't take required pre bookings anywhere in the world including London. They state on oath that jobs go straight to the drivers phone where the driver then accept the Job!

Uber confirm they've never taken pre bookings by announcing they have future plans to take pre bookings using the app not a required landline!

Hundreds of sexual assaults, thousands of traffic accidents, multiple road deaths and two murders!

And now, Just when you thought there could be no more corroborating evidence that TfL have colluded with Uber's operation.....this!


Complaint made to TfL :

"Today Monday 29 August at 12-55 at Bus stop H Wilton Road by Victoria Station, I witnessed a TFL bus Marshall openly promoting Uber to the travelling public.

A man and his son were asking for information and she asked if he had the Uber app.
I think that this is an utter disgrace as there is a Taxi rank just down the road.

It makes you wonder if backhanders are being dished out from the top of TFL to the bottom.

I await your reply, also I shall consider taking this to the press.

You have seven days to give me an appropriate response".

Complaint posted on FaceBook Save Black Taxis Group
Posted with full permission. 

With all the evidence that's come to light over the last few months, you may like to ask your representative group, why they have been so silent of late

Ask the org or union who take your money for representation, what they intend to do with this plethora of information and evidence that alleges malfeasance.

Use TAXIAPP....Take A Black Cab....Its The Thinking Person's Choice.


Monday, August 29, 2016

TfL Charging Passengers For Using Free Replacement Buses....And They Know They're Doing It.

Kingston and Richmond bus users could have payed out of hundreds of pounds unnecessarily after being charged full fare for free buses — and Transport for London knew it was happening.

The 65 and 371 routes from Petersham Road, between Sandy Lane and Star and Garter Hill, and into Kingston have been diverted or cancelled because of utility works that started on July 31.

Three replacement services, the 565, 571 and 572, are running in their place.

The TfL replacement buses are advertised as free during the five week-long roadworks and posters state: "Passengers will still need to tap in but will not be charged."

But anyone using a contactless Visa card instead of an Oyster card will see the full £1.50 fare come from their account.

Siobhan Pestano, who was travelling to Kingston from Ham, noticed she had been charged after boarding the 371 replacement.

She said: "When I noticed the money had come out of my bank account I rang TfL to complain and was told that it was because I'd used my [Visa] card and not an Oyster.

"Well that really set me off because they knew it was happening. I was completely furious.

"Why are there no posters saying 'Oysters only' if they know other cards will be charged.

"These works are happening in the summer holidays when families tend to use the buses much more.

"There will be people who can't afford the charge if they were expecting not to pay.

"Others will not have time to call up TfL for a refund."

Anyone using a contactless payment card twice a day, five days a week on the supposedly free routes would be eligible for a £75 refund after the five weeks of works. TfL cap all bus journeys in London at £4.40.

Emma Smith also found she had been charged when she used her contactless card on the 565 route. She claims she spent 15 minutes on hold to TfL before giving up on getting a refund.

She said: "It was only £3 so I just thought it wasn't worth my time in the end.

"But I bet there are a lot of people using the buses everyday that are racking up a fortune."

A spokesman for TfL said passengers were asked to tap in for security and data collection purposes.

He added: "We appreciate this matter being drawn to our attention.

"We’re looking into it, but in the meantime customers concerned they have been charged should contact our customer services on 0343 222 1234 or email customerservices@tfl.gov.uk."

Man charged with manslaughter after 23-year-old dies following incident in Farringdon Street

Calls have been made to ban this ludicrously dangerous and unsafe UberPool car sharing scheme, but TfL don't appear to be interested in public safety, just the money from the licenses they dish out like confetti. After a plethora of serious sexual assaults, as predicted, we have the first murder.


A 32-year-old old has been charged with manslaughter following the incident on August 26.

Alexander Bruce Thomson, 32, of Wandsworth has been remanded in custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on August 29.

The victim, who died the day after the attack, was travelling with four other passengers in a mini-cab through the City following a night out. The men got into the minicab near Farringdon station.

We want to hear from anybody who might have been in Farringdon Street and who may have seen what happened as the minicab pulled up and stopped.

– DETECTIVE INSPECTOR KAZIM TOPRAK

At around 11.20pm the driver stopped the car and called the emergency services and the victim was taken to hospital. 

His immediate next of kin are aware, but are in the process of informing other close family members. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.


The City Of London Police have put out his appeal on their website:

A 32-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after a man died following an incident in a minicab in Farringdon Street on Friday, 26 August.

The victim, a 23-year-old man from London, was pronounced dead on Saturday evening, 27 August.

His immediate next of kin are aware, but are in the process of informing other close family members at this time. A post-mortem examination has been scheduled to take place at St Pancras mortuary in due course (date to be confirmed).

Alexander Bruce Thomson (23.02.1984) of Broomwood Road, Wandsworth was charged with manslaughter on Saturday 27 August and he has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday 29 August.

Detectives from the City of London Police continue to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident which happened after a minicab stopped in Farringdon Street on Friday night.

The victim was travelling with four other passengers following a night out having got into the minicab near to Farringdon station.

At approximately 23:20hrs, the driver stopped the car near to a bus stop by the junction with Old Seacol Lane, just north of Ludgate Circus, and emergency services were called. Both police and London Ambulance Service attended and the victim was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Officers arrested one of the passengers at the scene on suspicion of GBH and he was subsequently charged with manslaughter as above. No other arrests have been made at this time.

Detectives are urging any witnesses or anyone with information who may have been in Farringdon Street at the time the cab stopped to get in touch with them.

Detective Chief Inspector Perry Stokes, from the City of London Police said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the victim’s family at this time. This was a tragic incident where a young man has gone to enjoy a night out, but sadly he will not be returning home.

“I would urge anybody who was in the Farringdon Street area on Friday night who witnessed the minicab stopping and what happened after to get in contact with us to help with our enquiries. The area where the cab stopped was not far from Ludgate Circus and there would have been other people making their way home at the time who may have information that could help us piece together what happened.”

Anyone with information should contact the City of London Police on 0207 601 2222 or call Crimestoppers, which is completely anonymous, on 0800 555 111.


Taxi Leaks Extra comment :

Watch this short video made outside the Mayfair Hotel. One passenger in front seat and four bundled into the rear seats. 

   


This from Evening Standard  13 June  2016:


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Economic Terrorism : 'To alter the order of society by non democratic means'


So here we have it, a non domiciled tax avoiding company using the odd bedfellows of Goldman Sachs and Saudi Arabia to fund a financial model that exploits the drivers and the benefit system this company contributes virtually nothing to, to crush all others in the market and when the desired monopoly exists to gouge the passenger.

Otherwise, there would be no other point to it all...would there?

Of course any kind of regulatory requirement to provide safety, adequate insurance or the ability to communicate to a standard, brings forth a lobbying effort and social media campaign on a massive scale, the same story repeats itself over and over worldwide.

So what's to do?
Well for a start, let's have some flyers funded (without any trade org logos) to hand out to everyone you see in an uber car, this needs three bullet points as follows:

1. The driver of this vehicle is likely to be earning less that the minimum wage, driving hours way beyond safe limits.

2. The company you are travelling with is losing billions to subsidise fares to destroy legitimate British tax paying businesses, their intentions are obvious.

3. You might be saving a few pounds today but if they succeed in their plans your ride will inevitably cost much more and you will have NO choice but to pay up.

                              'Think about it' !
                          .………………………………

Of course 90% won't give a monkeys, but some will at least pause and it may change their behaviour.

Every percentage counts and we are targeting the right audience.

I wil be asking my union to get behind this, ask yours please?

I'm Spartacus