Friday, February 10, 2017

TfL Complain About Video, Recorded In A Public Place, Showing Badge And Bill Check.... by Jim Thomas.

Screen shot from the Londonist video on YouTube

There didn't seem to be an issue when TfL gave the Londonist, a propaganda video which named the head of compliance and two alleged compliance officers. 

    Screen shot from the Londonist video on YouTube

The video appeared on the Londonist social media outlets and also posted on YouTube.

Screen shot from the Londonist video on YouTube

So it was, that just after midnight, Taxi Leaks posted an article about the fiasco around the London City Airport. 

To emphasise the biased harassment being dished out by TfL COs, we added the YoTtube video made from footage gained from FaceBook, showing a CO trying to take signage from a Taxi driver which they said, had to be removed. 

We believed that if it was good enough for the Londonist to post footage of a compliance operation on social media, then it would be OK for us to do the same.
Just after the video was posted we received an email from YouTube saying a complaint had been received over a privacy matter. It seems there's one rule for them, and a different rule for us...

In our video, the drive refused to handover his signage but removed it on request. When asked why it had to be removed, as he felt the answer written down on the complaint, was not what the first CO (who appeared to be senior to the other two) had originally said. 

The Taxi driver repeated his query, but was told the team was moving on. 

Taxi Leaks has now removed the identification issues and re edited the video... shown below. 

What did the compliance officer do in our first video, that he felt was so wrong, making him not want to be recognised ?

Surely, if you've got nothing to hide, filming in a public place, shouldn't be an issue. 


Drivers are not obliged to 'sign' the devices held by CO's. in fact, our advice is -you should never sign anything that you can't have a copy of immediately- because you can never be sure what's read out to you, is what's recorded, as content can be changed very easily on hand held device

     Conflict of interest?
It seems that TfL are coming down hard on drivers with signs in their cabs telling the passenger they prefer cash. They are not saying they don't take card payments as that would be a contravention of the mandate. The sign is just an advisory sign, in the same vain as the signs we have been ordered to put on our windows advising the fact we take card payments including logos from a number of card companies. 

     So what's the big deal?

Could the fact that a certain board member of TfL (Ron Kalifa), is Deputy Chairman of Worldpay have something to do with TfLs heavy handed attitude towards this harmless signage? 

Previously, Ron was Chief Executive Officer for over 10 years, building and leading Worldpay into the premier global payments company it is today.

Worldpay is one of the largest payments companies globally. 


colin said...

The Taxi trade has been bought,i wonder how much Tfl got for it??????

Anonymous said...

What grounds were there for removal? If it is recorded in a public place then there is not a privacy issue, as your article stated. Put the original video on a file sharing site with a link to it here, and I will post it on multiple websites. Hopefully others will do the same.

Anonymous said...

Alan Wicker said...

so, tfl can give it out, but don't like it, when they get it back

glad, that they now seem to be 'rattled'

somewhere, on a previous POSTING, it said that, the c.os. weren't instructed to go after PH, only us

I can't get my head around that, if they are officers for tfl's LTPH dept. then surely, they should be devoting, at the very least, an equal amount of persecution to PH, or even a lot more, if done on the basis of, numbers

the article, in the paragraph above the photograph of Homer Simpson, refers to, a 'MANDATE'

I've no-idea what that is - but what I do know, I have a copy of the PCO, Abstract of Laws

I only see in them, that the Fare that I have to be paid, is to be paid, ON THE SPOT!

nothing about my, GIVING Credit

plse see:

page 21

section: 52 (3)

(3) A person who knows that payment on the spot for a service done is required from him, but dishonestly makes off without paying, intending never to pay, is guilty of an offence (Unlimited fine and two years imprisonment) (Theft Act 1978 s 3 and Fraud Act 2006 s11).


and before anyone starts jumping, up & down, I am not, anti card - many of my friends can confirm that, I've been taking CARDS, for many years

if this is no longer the law i.e. that I have to be paid, ON THE SPOT, then that means, the law's been changed

thus, if this can be changed - WHICH I DOUBT, THAT IT HAS - then, tfl can have anything else changed

yet tfl are always saying, they can't do this & they can't do that

e.g. just for starters - limiting PH numbers

Anonymous said...

What relevent experience did Anand Nandha have to secure a senior position in compliance?

According to linkedin he's a highly organised paper shuffler

Anonymous said...

maybe Anand!s qualification is a passionate hatred of anyone who is capable of completing the KOL

had he tried & failed the KOL?

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alfie cane said...

Clowns no power and useless . Can't wait till I get stopped .

Tony Casey said...

All Drivers should insist on seeing the compliance officers (Warrant Card)Which they all HAVE.Make a photograph of the warrant card and only then comply with the officers request.
Taxi drivers have a badge,unless it is supported with a Drivers Bill he is not complying with TFL rules and TFL will NICK YOU.
NO WARRANT CARD shown to you including their TFL Badge,you should not recognise their authority.Similar silver badges are available on ebay with cowboy outfits,the milky bar kid.

P Knightlord said...

Ok no signs so do voice (mp3) played saying please put seat belts on and witch cards you would like ha eg halio for shot trips or video on your phone tablit placed in viewing of customer