Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Email to All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG).. by Paul van Nuland

Dear sir/madam

with regards to the APPG inquiry in to the taxi trade and the future, I feel that the feeling of, and the actual demise lays squarely at the feet of the regulating authority. whilst only being a licensed taxi driver a short while, I have worked in other fields where regulatory authority was weak and many things were ‘let go’ until it was too late (remember the LIBOR scandal and the sub prime crisis both a result of, at the time, weak regulation).

Well, as i see it the taxi trade is currently resembling the general public who have suffered through the aforementioned scandals/crisis. We have a regulator who doesn’t regulate, apart from heavy handedness towards the licensed taxi trade.

How can it be right senior members of our regulator have vested interests in other forms of public transport (namely private bus companies)?

How can it be that a current board member had huge interest in credit card payment systems and shortly after the compulsory mandate joins TFL’s board? and how is it that individual self employed drivers were told which system they had to install and pay transaction fees way above market rate? As a regulator they should ensure drivers are fit and proper and offer the facilities anything beyond is, in my opinion, outside the boundaries of their role as regulator.

There is talk that plying for hire needs to be defined, well it has been defined many many years ago, NO PRIVATE HIRE CAN BE SEEN TO BE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE, NOR CAN IT BE PARKED UP NEAR ANY VENUE WHERE THE PUBLIC MAY THINK IT IS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE. Apps are basically eyes, apps showing available private hire in a certain area are in fact plying that car for hire through their app, or the driver is plying for hire using the platform whichever way you wish to look at it, but whatever way you look at it, IT IS ILLEGAL.

there needs, with immediate effect, a total cap on the number of private hire on the streets, various reasons, but mainly London is choking to death through the congestion, and increasing the traffic by up to 600 vehicles every week obviously doesn’t help the matter, also London is beyond saturation point it will damage the economy if all these drivers can’t earn a wage and therefore start claiming benefits, coupled with our regulator licencing companies that avoid VAT and Tax, well you don’t need to be a mathematician to work it out.

Also cross border hiring needs to stop, drivers working outside their licensing area it not safe for the public whatsoever.

The criteria for private hire drivers needs to be raised, minimum 3 years residence in the U.K, thus enabling the licensing authority to obtain a full DBS certificate, full U.K driving licence to be held and an advanced driving test passed.

we seem to be in a situation where our regulator wishes to lower the standard to suit the masses rather than make the rest of the industry raise their standards to that of the worlds best taxi drivers, who are loved and revered around the world, but not by its own regulator it would seem.

As an integral part of Londons transport system licensed london taxis should be granted access to all bus lanes, this may in some way help reduce congestion, in my opinion they are failing as a credible regulating authority and if the Mayor cannot make the changes that are required, then the TPH trade needs to have its own autonomous regulator. 

apologies for the length but as you must be aware by now there are many many issues affecting the taxi trade

yours sincerely

Paul van Nuland

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Anonymous said...

excellent letter - however, it's a complete waste of time, as it's going to those, who know EXACTLY what they are doing & whose aim is, to DESTROY us

Rob said...

Sir well said,coherently presented and endorsed I'm sure by the whole trade .

Joe Renda said...

WEll said Paul, you are right it is the law and in my opinion every Uber driver is stealing our work.
Work that we and we alone have earned the right to have, the right to ply for hire on the streets of London.
This is an absolute disgrace TFL should compensate each and every driver for loss of earnings,
due to the licencing of Uber.
Also how is it possible with the amount of video and photographic evidence available on Uber crashes and the total disregard for the rules of the road that (a) the press don't report it,
(b) the police seem to turn a blind eye.
and how in the hell did Uber get a ruling on NOT having to have 24/7 insurance.
This needs to be looked at immediately and furthermore Insurance documents should be visible, not in the glove compartment.
PH haven't got a passenger bulkhead, so it should be visible, say on the windscreen.

Not only are they allowed to ply for hire illegally they also dodge insurance requirements,
Are employed by a company that pays minimal tax, and their drivers claim tax credits so Uber can take our work at a 60% loss on every job.
This is intended to wipe out the competition, especially us.
I have NO problem with ADD LEE or Green Tomato, or any other legitimate mini cab company that plays by the rules and vets and makes sure that their drivers are insured.

As a London Taxi Driver I have always been vigilant when driving, but it has got to a point that I cannot let my guard down for one second.
If I see a PH roundel in the windscreen of a car in front of me, beside me or coming towards me, I have to expect them do do something dangerous.
I have never in the 17.5 years seen such incompetence let loose on our streets.
Little or no knowledge of the rules of the road.
Roundabouts, beware.
One way streets, are two way.
Red lights are an option.
Ubers name implies something great, here is the definition:-

denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing.
"she's a self-proclaimed uberbitch"
to a great or extreme degree.
"an uber-cool bar"

This could not be further from the truth, Uber are incompetent, Uber are dangerous,Uber do not do laws, Uber do not do rules.
and each and every Uber driver is like a turkey voting for X-mas, as Ubers ultimate goal is to go driverless.
I can only wish and hope that the corruption that led to Ubers licencing is uncovered,
and that Investors will stop investing in what is only a Ponzi scheme.
Ubers valuation is a joke, $70 billion dollars??, they own nothing, they make nothing, but a loss to its investors.

I find it incomprehensible that so many Londoners would be sold this dodge pot of a company,
and I fear that most of them are aware that they could be driven in an uninsured vehicle.
Ubers PR are so good at selling bullshit, they should be working for MI5 or MI6.
All smoke and mirrors, and Londoners have fallen for it.

Be lucky


The olden said...

Those that invested heavily in uber like to be perceived as astute business people, as it became apparent that ubers plan was flawed, it began to sink in that they had been sold a puppy. The only way to salvage their investment was to destroy our noble trade, their tentacles of influence have spread widely.This is why we are being assaulted on all fronts
We must continue to fight and resist this onslaught on our livelihood. Eventually time will exspose the true story and our action and resistance will be vindicated