Saturday, September 24, 2016
Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th September 2016.
A former mini-cab driver has been jailed for 14 years after raping a woman at knifepoint near a West End club more than two decades ago.
Haci Ibramahain Koc, 53, was caught following a cold case review by the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
The breakthrough came when detectives made a DNA match with Koc, who had provided a smaple for an unrelated matter in February.
Koc, now living in Devon, attacked the 28-year-old woman when she got into his minicab on May 17 1994, at 2.30am.
During the journey, he stopped the car and dropped the passenger seat backwards.
He then pulled out a knife, held it to her face and cut off a lock of her hair before forcing himself on her.
The terrified woman was eventually able to get out of the car and flee for safety.
Yesterday, at Isleworth Crown Court, Koc was finally convicted of rape and jailed for 14 years.
Detective Inspector Keith Braithwaite, of the Serious and Complex Case Team, said: "Despite the overwhelming forensic evidence against Koc, he still denied the charge against him and went to trial putting his victim in the witness box forcing her to relive her ordeal 20 years on.
"Koc has shown little if any remorse for this horrific crime. I hope the verdict and sentence gives some closure to the victim and would like to thank her for her courage and dignity throughout.”
I see Margaret Hodge is looking into the Garden Bridge, well that's good but it's small beer compare to what's gone on at TfL : Cable Car, CSH, Bow Roundabout, Oxford Street's empty buses, Ubergate, Badgegate, Cash for renewals gate, engagement policygate, war criminals driving PH gate and Dear Jo'gate, etc etc
It's a big list of gates and I am thinking that's the "TfL master plan" plan....If there so much on the 'matters arising' on TfL no one will come near.
'Be you ever so high, the law is above you'
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Taxi Leaks Editorial Comment :
Strong words from UCG vice chairman Trevor Merralls.
This is exactly what the drivers want to hear.
But we also want to hear this from all our representative orgs who take our hard earned money in subscriptions.
All this crap we've had about Credit Cards and where to site the PED reader, is not for anyone's benefit, it's been hyped up to keep us divided and fighting amongst ourselves, while Uber's Licence is renewed with as little fuss early next year.
And it's working extremely well...
The trade can no longer afford to sit back and wait, the trade needs to fight.
We want our orgs united in this fight....and to fight for us the drivers.
No longer fighting each other for a place at the engagement table or a seat on TfL's board. This tribal mentality has bought us to the jaws of defeat, and it needs to stop before we are wiped out completely.
We want a public inquiry, and we want it now.
An inquiry into Uber's cozy relationship with certain TfL officials. Plus, let's not forget the damage that was done by the ones who have moved on.
We want these people bought to justice and yes, we want this NOW.
Did TfL Relax Regulation On Landline To Assist Uber's Modus Operandi And Get Daniels Off The Hook ?... By Jim Thomas
Monday, September 19, 2016
TRAUMATISED families caught up in the New York bomb blast have accused Uber of cashing in on the tragedy by charging almost double to take them home.
Furious passengers have taken to social media to slam the taxi firm in the wake of the blast that killed one person and left 24 injured in the Manhattan area of the city.
— Jessica Keenan Wynn (@JessicaKWynn) September 18, 2016
— Wally A. (@whatiswally) September 18, 2016
This is true. My family and I were out in Manhattan and many of our train lines were closed. Uber prices surged up. https://t.co/BjbsWeT1Vy
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 18, 2016
Uber reportedly charged between 1.4 and 3 times the standard fare with one city worker saying he had to pay twice as much as usual.
Mortgage broker Nick Lalli said: “Just trying to get home from the city and Uber f****** doubled the surge price.”
Another Twitter user said: “My $11 usual ride home to Chelsea from Midtown Manhattan was $32 thanks to surge pricing from Uber because of the Chelsea explosion, thanks.”
With authorities turning a blind eye to Uber cars parked up all over the capital, how long before the scenario below, is a stark reality?
They have hit on the technique of basing demonstrative points to balance actionable decisions so bearing that important point in mind:
1. Please Can TFL show anywhere in the whole of the UK (excepting TFL) wherby a licensing authority has forcibly imposed a mandatory card processing requirement and where failure to comply that mandate would directly result in a suspension or revoking your current license entirely on that basis ?
2. Please Can TFL also provide any legal English statutes of law which enforces the acceptance of any card payment against a merchant ( taxi driver) other wise punishable in UK courts?, and separately what basis is a card payment accredited and recognised under UK consumer law in terms of legal tender ?
THESE ARE STATISTICS TFL SHOULD IMMEDIATELY DISCLOSE! (and as they have enough highly paid in-house lawyers to able them to provide this information it could be provided easily)
A simple point of asking the Taxi trade to provide statistics proving taxi drivers are daily being attacked by drunken passengers is a cunning attempt by TFL to "normalise" drunken dissent or violent behaviour as a risk of our job and will therefore be unlikely increase with card processors as being extra risk within the business we do...its a pathetic ploy so im not at all surprised it was asked by TFL in the first place
If TFL does want true statistics about drunken violence against taxi drivers all they have to do is google it,,,, or ask the metropolitan police, so stop wasting our time with this time wasting question and abolish the whole ill dreamt up idea, and concentrate on looking after the licencees who pay their licences to fund their own Licensing authority to act in their interests particularly where safety is concerned, and not for political ideology of the crazy kind.
All drivers must keep the pressure on their MP's Unions and GLA members as any card processors you already have and use should be perfectly acceptable to do your job efficiently and safely particularly as it is fully in your control so not be scrapped for anything else....period!