Friday, January 27, 2017


Whether you’re a fan of the service or not, Sky has defined the way that we consume television in the UK.

It has first and foremost been the satellite dish company, until now that is.

The company has announced that starting in 2018, customers will be able to get Sky Q without the need for the satellite dish.

This is a major step for the company, but one that is not entirely unexpected.

With its release of Now TV offering up Sky’s services over the internet and without the need for a monthly subscription this is seemingly just an evolution of that way of thinking.

Sky haven’t gone into the specifics of how it will be able to offer this service, but it has said it will be delivered over the Sky Q box using broadband.

Sky has once again recorded solid financials for the year however its profits took a hit thanks to the staggering cost of securing the Premier League rights.

The company signed a colossal £4.2bn three year deal which marks a significant increase over the amount paid the last time the rights were up for negotiation.

And It’s All Done In The Interest Of Public Safety.... By Lee Ward.

Let’s look at these public safety interests shall we, I mean, this is what EVERY authority across the land champions on about when it comes to policy changes.

The post only this week in Taxi Leaks (shown here) explains how in York they have dropped the requirement for a telephone number to be displayed on the company signage on the side of a licensed vehicle, and only require a web site should it suit the company it relates to. And yes London, I know that a Private Hire company is not even allowed a sign on the side down in the smoke, but do you now think that was a good idea to fight against? Because I don’t.

So, York have changed the rules and reg’s, but why have they, do we know or just speculate about the whys and what nots…

It’s simple really, so simple it’s laughable, but the joke is on the local authorities and not on us as a trade.
Has anyone looked at Linkeden, or is everyone on Craigs List or Tinder these days for searching for local….. 

Let’s look at a few of Ubers people, for simple examples shall we?

Jo Bertram – General Manager Northern Europe
​McKinsey & Company
Fred Jones – General Manager UK and Ireland (Uber not Scooby Doo)
Mustafa Khanabha
​Uber – General Manager
​Virgin Startup
​Digital Limited

Now, I could go on and on with these profiles, but what’s the point, enough has been shown already.
Let’s look at these people and what they specialise in, and I will assure you now, it’s NOT the Transport Industry that we work hard and take pride in, far from it.
Accenture looks the ideal candidate to start with, it seems a common denominator at this moment in time, so what does Accenture do as a business?
Well, let’s see shall we?
I love a conspiracy theory, so let’s make one from the facts given on Linkeden, to the facts given on Accenture, sorry if I break any copyrights by copy and paste, sue me…oh wait, can you sue someone who has nothing? Well, if you can I put an early plea in and offer 50p per week your honour…
Accenture’s front page on their Website shows this;
Accenture Strategy shapes our clients’ future, combining deep business insight with the understanding of how technology will impact industry and business models. Our focus on issues related to digital disruption, redefining competitiveness, operating and business models as well as the workforce of the future helps our clients find future value and growth in a digital world.
All interesting stuff already, except for the disruption part, I don’t agree with that.
A disruptive advance is something like the combustion engine, or the light bulb, those were disruptive, both of them put the things they replaced out of use (horse and cart and the candle), therefore disrupting that industry… please don’t give credit to Uber by saying that they are disruptive, because they are not, they are simply an app based service attempting to provide what the industry has provided for many a year, I don’t call that disruption, I call it advancement, credit where credit is due, provided it sits within the law of course…
But I digress, lets look at another page from the great Accenture web site shall we..
The page headed LATEST THINKING is a great one, it reads;
Digital disruption used to be about new entrants upending incumbents to re-write the competitive rules. Now the incumbents are back in the game using digital to drive business advantage. Redefining the rules, roles and resources to become giants of disruption.
In other words, it says that Digital Disruption used to be about new entrants winning over the holders of office or post (incumbents) to re-write the competitive rules…erm, ok, but is that not what Uber are doing anyway by talking local authorities into changing their conditions? How is that then as Accenture call it Latest Thinking..or am I getting this wrong?
Now call me sceptical…and I trust a few out there said loudly “Wardy you are sceptical” but what does this all show in real life terms?
Well, to me it shows that Uber have enrolled the finest in selling issues to the authorities, be that on local level or the actual government, yes, they are that good and I tip my hat to them.
The question I would love to ask them is that, when they have finished with this market and left it in whatever state it is then in, where do they go from here, because they are not attached to this as we are, they are purely working the ropes as they are employed to do so, oh don’t get me wrong, I am not expecting them to read this and admit what I say is true then send an email of resignation with immediate effect because I have pulled on their heart strings, if I thought that I would have sent this message much sooner, but I truly would love to know one day when this has all blown over and been dealt with what their thoughts were at this time…. Maybe I will find out, like we will find out the war crimes of the second world war…one day…
The fact of the matter is this, and its very simple, Uber have enrolled the best salesmen that this country has to offer, because they are not selling double glazed windows or second hand cars (and I give no disrespect to the people that do) but they are selling idea’s and statistics to convince the local authority to do as Uber would like nationally and not just as Uber require locally, because the more local wins they have then the more national support they gain.
As Uber says, its easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission….
Unfortunately, we have a lot of local councillors that have no idea of what this industry is about, and love the sales pitch of what they hear as a multi billion dollar company, but like any politician, they only hear what is told them and do not go out and educate themselves on what is being explained to them.
Can we win? Maybe !!
Do we continue? Definitely !!
Do we educate out local councillors? Absolutely !!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

York Council Relaxes Regulation To Suit Uber, Taxi Drives To Demonstrate at Council's Offices.

Taxi drivers to stage anti-Uber protest in York at 5pm tonight.

TAXI drivers are planning to gather outside a city council meeting to protest against rule changes which they say will lower standards in the city.

GMB, the trade union for taxi and private hire drivers in York, is holding a rally outside City of York Council’s West Office jus before the meeting due to start at 5.30pm.

Members are angry that Uber drivers will be allowed to display just a web address, and not a telephone number, on the side of their cars. A telephone number has been mandatory for years and drivers say they are outraged that the change was made without consulting them.

York private hire driver Terry Osborne said: “For as long as I can remember our vehicles have had to have a number on the side for safety reasons.

"If somebody’s mother or father wanted to know if their son or daughter was on their journey home, perhaps stuck in traffic, they could simply ring the taxi or private hire company who would radio through to the driver and reassure them of their children’s safety.

"Now you would have to email somewhere abroad and we have examples of emails not being answered until the next day.”

Mr Osborne added: “I’ve known drivers be declined a licence because the telephone number wasn’t displayed and suddenly Uber come along and standards drop.”

The meeting will see the council’s ruling executive decide whether to adopt new licensing policy

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What Statistics Did The CoL Corporation Use To Excluded Taxis From Th Bank Junction ? Jim Thomas


Below is the recorded statistics for 2016, at least 69 people killed.

Both TfL and the Met refuse to release timely collision data.

Please note that from these statistics we have ascertained that:

18people were killed by Lorry drivers.

9 people were killed by Bus drivers.

7 people were killed by Motocyclists

1 person was killed by a cyclist

And 1 person was killed by a Taxi. 

Remaining 33 were killed by cars. 

Could someone from the City Of London Corporation please tell my what statistics they've  used to determine, it would be safer to exclude Taxis from the bank Junction. 


2016 recorded fataleties:

04.01 Amanda Coppen, 44; killed by a bus driver in Greenwich

08.01 Unknown woman, 72; killed by a motorcycle rider on the Old Kent Road

08.01 Unknown man; killed by a bus driver in Kingston

12.01 Elsie Sprague, 87; killed by a car driver in Leytonstone

17.01 Parmjit Singh Karir, 55; killed by a car driver in East Ham

02.02 Unknown man, 50s; killed by hit-and-run lorry driver in Greenwich

03.02 Unknown man, 58; killed by a motorcycle rider in Harlington

05.02 Johanna Hedger, 85; killed by a lorry driver at Elephant and Castle

07.02 George Beresford, 21; killed by a car driver in Purley

08.02 Unknown man, 59; killed by a lorry driver in Enfield

12.02 Kim Briggs, 44; killed by a bicycle rider on Old Street

19.02 Christian Jansen, 35; killed by a car driver in West Drayton

22.02 Dean Langford, 24; killed by a car driver in Hanworth

04.03 Unknown man; killed by a bus driver on Stamford Hill

07.03 Konstantin Fadeev, 1; killed by a car driver in Kensington

11.03 Unknown woman; killed by a bus driver in Mitcham

11.03 Unknown man, 80; killed by a motorcycle rider in Lee

24.03 Unknown man; killed by a coach driver on Mile End Road

29.03 Osman Ebrahim, 21; killed by a hit-and-run driver on Old Street

30.03 Unknown man, 88; killed by a hit-and-run motorcycle rider in Shepherd Bush

07.04 Mohammad Abdul Muqtadir, 78; killed by a car driver in Redbridge

10.04 Unknown man, 27; killed by a lorry in Brixton

20.04 Unknown woman, 85; killed by a lorry driver in Sutton

20.04 John Still, 67; killed by a car driver in Mitcham

25.04 Unknown woman, 57; killed by a lorry driver in Park Royal

27.04 Herta Groves, 95; killed by a lorry driver on Wigmore Street

07.05 Marie Scott, 75; killed my a moped rider in Holloway

11.05 Christopher Holt, 58; killed by a car driver in Rainham

23.05 Magda Tadaj, 24 ; killed by a lorry driver in Croydon

23.05 Mervyn Sherman 82; killed by a TfL bus driver on Oxford Street

24.05 Marion Lambert, 73; killed by a bus driver on Oxford Street

25.05 Frank Cubis, 75; killed by a van driver in Ealing

31.05 Basant Lal Sharma, 91; killed by a car driver in Wanstead

31.05 Arran Draper, 18; killed by a lorry driver in Poplar

01.06 Unknown man, 50s; killed by a lorry driver in Victoria

02.06 Mircea-Stefan Ivanescu, 3; killed by a car driver in Stanmore

03.06 Unknown woman, 76; killed by a car driver in Queen’s Park

04.06 Paul Weidlich, 54; killed by a car driver in Deptford

04.06 Dan Stephenson, 45; killed by a bus driver at Aldwych

05.06 Shirley Clayton, 81; killed by a motorcycle rider in Croydon

02.07 Unknown man, 47; killed by a bus driver in Chiswick

29.07 Ying Tao Killed by a Lorry driver at Bank Junction 

03.08 Samuel Mtepuka, 86; killed by a lorry driver on Regent Street

11.08 Unknown woman, 67; killed by a car driver in Petts Wood

26.08 Unknown woman, 85, killed by a lorry driver in Southall

31.08 Makayah McDermott, 10; killed by a car driver in Penge

31.08 Rozanne Cooper, 34; killed by a car driver in Penge

13.09 Sheila Karsberg, 79; killed by a lorry driver in Camden

13.09 David Batcup, 64; killed by a car driver in Balham

23.09 Stephen Herrick Requawa, 71; killed by a lorry driver in Earl’s Court

30.09 Aaron Matharu, 11; killed by a car driver in Cranford

01.10 Unknown man, 27; killed by a car driver in Lewisham

20.10 Laura Murray-Woodford, 31; killed by a van driver on Ludgate Hill

24.10 Lucia Ciccioli, 32 ; killed by a lorry driver in Battersea

31.10 Filippo Corsini, 21; killed by a lorry driver in Knightsbridge

04.11 Beryl Chenery, 81; killed by a car driver in Bexleyheath

14.11 Shabanti, 30s; killed by a lorry driver in Woodford Green

16.11 Lord Taylor, 87; killed by a van driver at Millbank

17.11 Joanna Reyes, 37; killed by a car driver at Limehouse

19.11 Brent Franciskilled by a TfL bus driver at Mornington Crescent

25.11 Unknown, 95; killed by a taxi driver in Ilford

28.11 Tim King, 50; killed by a car driver in Sidcup 

29.11 Christine Linda Luscombe, 58; killed by a coach driver at St. Pancras

01.12 Steve Wightwick, 38; killed by a hit-and-run van driver in Buckhurst Hill

10.12 Nahid Islam, 15; killed by a motorcycle rider in Belsize Park

13.12 Unknown man, 63; killed by a car driver in Earl’s Court

16.12 Andrew Lindup, 36; killed by a hit-and-run driver in Enfield

16.12 Unknown man; killed by a lorry driver in Fulham

17.12 Ronald Cardenas, 32; killed by a car driver in Willesden 

22.12 Unknown, 80s; killed by a car driver in Sydenham


National Campaign Save Taxis & Private Hire from unregulated Uber with TFL Public Inquiry

Throughout the UK thousands of unregulated  Uber drivers have been improperly licensed by Transport for London and are operating illegally, putting the Public at risk. 
Customers personal security is compromised and road users are exposed to dangerous driving and accidents causing serious injuries and deaths.

Towns and Cities are gridlocked with congestion which is causing toxic air pollution (putting drivers, cyclists and pedestrians at risk) which has increased because Transport for London have issued thousands of Private Hire Licenses to Uber drivers without proper background, medical or insurance, checks who then operate illegally throughout the UK,ignoring traffic regulations and road signs causing accidents and traffic chaos.

TFL have made many improper decisions in relation to Taxis and Private Hire including the issuance of 2500 Private Hire Licenses each month without proper checks and the London Taxi Age limit and previous failed emissions strategies which have not complied with Public Law.

TFL is  a Public body who receive £11 billion a year in taxpayers money yet are accountable to no one;

There is an urgent need for a Public Inquiry to expose the improper decisions which do not comply with Public Law and have resulted in injuries and deaths. There should be an immediate suspension of TFL Private Hire License Applications and the Uber Operators License pending that Public Inquiry.

This petition will be delivered to:

Prime Minister Theresa May and Chris Grayling MP

There Are Three Types Of Lies. Lies, Damn Lies And Statistics ....................By Semtex.

It was way back in 1970 that I left school as a fifteen year old. My sixteenth birthday was in July during the school summer holiday. Three weeks after my sixteenth birthday in 1970, I had taken the Oath to serve our Queen, and was on my way to Pirbright, to start the gruelling and soul breaking training programme to become a Queen's Guardsman.

Many people do not realise that these highly trained front line troops, are not just National ornaments who stand outside Palaces wearing Bearskins. These five Footguard and two mounted Cavalry Household Division Regiments, are also feared front line Infantry battalions, and are more often than not deployed along with support from The Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines within minutes of Home Office request, to troubled countries all around the world.

By the time I had joined the army, I had had literally no experience with girls. Two years further on at almost eighteen, I was none the more experienced either. Also, by that stage of my life, and with the effects of the extreme physical training, I was strong, incredibly physically fit, six foot three and built like an outside toilet. I could confidently take care of myself with no problems at all.

In spite of these attributes, there was still one thing missing though..............I still had had no luck let alone opportunity, to find myself a girlfriend.

Now bearing in mind that Taxileaks has a wide readership and worldwide respect, I will refrain from being too graphic in what followed.

That said,  you don't need to have too broad  an imagination to understand that this strong, young, super fit, strapping Guardsman...........had certain feelings and natural testosterone fuelled desires. Although I was shy and not at all confident with the young ladies, that didn't mean to say that I didn't want to meet one, and my Englishman's red blood was gushing around my body like a fire tender pump.

To make matters worse, I didn't drink or smoke (and still don't) two favourably social habits  that probably would have enhanced my quest and chances of meeting people, in the little time that I had off from training.  As I had no desire to start smoking or ruin my physique with dreaded alcohol, I decided to pursue a different approach to my target.

Littered around the barrack rooms back at base, and in keeping with all male dominated establishments, were many issues of men's magazines. You all know the ones. And amidst the glossy pages of one of these recreational necessities was an advert for an incredibly beautiful woman. I looked at the picture of her, and even fully clothed she looked stunning. What was even more incredible for me though, was that she was advertising her 'services' for a fee. One of her 'services' was what she described as 'a real girlfriend experience'. 

Now was certainly not the time to put my naivety and virginal chastity underneath the microscope. This deal seemed perfect. Now, as you can imagine, I had saved a few quid up in the couple of years of my initial training, so money wasn't an object. It was my confidence and experience that I lacked. I didn't know what to do, what to say, let alone what to do when push come to shove, pardon the expression.

I slept  on the idea for a while, and realising that unless something changed in my private life pretty quickly I would probably go through life a unconfident, unfulfilled virgin.

Glancing once more at the glossy photo shoot of this brunette goddess in fine French lace and silk lingerie prompted me to go to the barracks phone box, and make the call for an 'appointment' to meet my new girlfriend.

Although more nervous than I had ever been on anything  that the famous Guards training schedule could throw at me, I jumped on the train at Brookwood in Surrey, to make my way to my new temporary first girlfriend's house in London's Sussex Gardens.

Clean shaven, well dressed, groomed and drenched in Brut aftershave, I plucked up the bravado and rang on the bell.

A young Filipino girl answered the door and I announced that I come to see  Priscilla.

Smiling and bidding me in, she offered me a seat in a beautiful Chintz chair overlooking the gardens at Paddington.

I heard the young lady say that Steve was in the lounge to meet Priscilla. Still nervous and visibly shaking I heard the unmistakeable click click of high heeled stilettos heading towards the lounge. This is it, I remember thinking. At last I can become a real man. Mentally reminiscing the glossy photos of this womanly vision, I realised that I was seconds away from real love. I hope I didn't blow it, I hope I knew what to do, I hope she would fall in love with me and maybe we would marry, I hope...................."Good evening, Steve, how lovely to meet you."

My facial expression must have surely exposed my utter amazement. "What's wrong darling, have you never seen a real woman before?"

There standing in front of me, was not my first love as I had so repeatedly dreamed about, and most certainly not the same flawless, curvy, feminine cast of perfection that I had drooled over countless times on the photos..............but mate, this 'thing' that was just about to embezzle seventy five quid from me looked like Lenny McLean with a dress on !

I remember my head being in a haze. She offered me a drink and as she walked over to the drinks cabinet, I took off out of that house making Usain Bolt look like Douglas Bader ! The poor Filipino  girl went over like a skittle, along with about four pictures hanging on the wall as I came out of that door like an England International Prop. And I doubt many people have made it up the entire length of Sussex Gardens, as fast as I did on that summer's day in the seventies.

I can hear our readers saying, all very entertaining, but this is Taxileaks, how is that story anything to do with the London Cab Trade. I will tell you. Regular readers of my stuff always know I eventually get to the point, and here it comes.

 I learnt a lot about life on that visit to Sussex Gardens. But the main thing I learnt...................... was that, sometimes things are not as good as they are made to appear.

I was looking at the Transport For London website today. If you haven't already done so, do me a favour and take a look at it. Full of absolute twaddle. Without doubt, whoever designed it and worked on the pie charts, graphics and list of projections achievements and goals...........did a fantastic job of it. Whatever the website technicians company charged them, it was worth every penny.

If I WASN'T a London Cab Driver and was sitting in say Japan, thinking about coming to work for TFL in London, I would be absolutely over the moon with excitement, just as I was over the moon with excitement waiting to meet Priscilla.

However, I AM a London Taxi driver, and I DO know better and DO know what is happening on our capital's roads and streets. And me and my mates and ordinary Londoner's know only too well, that the well designed, colourful glossy photos and projections on TFL's website......................are as deceptive, dishonest, misleading and as delusional, as the very ones  I had hoped would rid me of my virginity stigma and frustration, all those years ago.

Notwitstanding, and also very similar to the Sussex Gardens rendezvous, Transport For London have become a very seedy, murky, sleazy organisation haven't they ?

Taxileaks have only today published a report stating that TFL themselves use Uber in their day to day business for traveling to and fro London.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not implying that TFL are doing anything illegal by using Uber to drive them about. But its a bit off isn't it ? London has a taxi service who are repeated winners of World Taxi Industry Awards, and yet their own Government Regulators choose to use an inferior dubious, controversial, foreign and morally questionable company.

That said, the two are perfectly matched aren't they. TFL & Uber go hand in hand to me. They are both untrustworthy, they both punch above their weight, they are both deceptive and they both exist day to day up to their necks in controversy. They are both too, run at the top by people both past and present, who I wouldn't trust with my Oystercard slippers or silk kimono. Know what I mean ?

Have a look at Uber and TFL's websites and glossy photos though, and you will get an image of desire and satisfaction, just like I had of the pictures of Priscilla !

I don't mean to be unprofessional or disrespectful, but Mayor Khan has started off pretty useless hasn't he ?

I predict he will go into the history books as just another 'grey' bloke. Just like Obama. Barack didn't really do anything of any outstanding achievement did he ? Just filled in a period of time until somebody comes along with half an idea, and cashes in on the back of a nonentity like Mayor Khan. John Major was the same. I've met him several times. A lovely man. Warm, sincere and humorous, but achieve much professionally ? Not really.

To be fair to myself, I warned well before the election that Khan would do nothing for London, let alone our trade. His brief appears to get the best deal for Muslims, Human Rights and the difficulties of Islam. Nothing wrong with that at all my learned friend, and all very commendable, except that London is at gridlock out there at present, Sir, and people are dying because of toxic poisoning. Look after your own by all means, but the London Mayor seems to be extremely complacent in many matters of extreme importance outside his own priorities, as far as the ORDINARY Londoner is concerned. 

That very same imaginary Japanese student that I mentioned earlier who was bursting with excitement at starting with such a monolithic, renowned organisation, would be devastated when he or she come to London and the reality doesn't match the website ! 

Since Transport For London were appointed by The Greater London Authority almost seventeen years ago, the global image of our once Great English Capital has been ravaged, raped and pulverised.

Look back at any old film footage of our City in the 50's and 60's. You will see an image of decency, honour, bowler hatted gentlemen, London Taxi Cabs and Big Ben. London Red Buses with uniformed drivers and conductors, professionally trained and wearing starched white collars and smart ties.

Now look at the state of it. Corruption at the very pinnacle of Hierarchy, Government and Law & Order.  A Transport Regulator  themselves officially using a controversial American company based in Holland with questionable operating models and mysterious licensing criteria. A City Regulator who are convinced that cheap, cheap, and cheaper still is of benefit to travelling Londoners, despite the appalling safety record of mini cab operator Uber, and despite having one of the most safest and professional Taxi Trades on the planet at their disposal. 

A Bus Service whose safety record has never ever been as woefully abhorrent.  Buses slung around London's roads by inexperienced foreign Nationals, dangerously driving these huge specialist commercial vehicles dressed like rappers and totally aloof of what is happening on the road around them.

Pollution is at a dangerous level, killing people and causing irreparable damage to everyone who ventures or works in our capital.

It is people and Organisations such as Transport For London who are everything that are bad, sad, seedy and cheap for our once Great City. Their mere existence is artificial, unprofessional and clear to everyone who works or travels to London...............Its just not working. TFL's logo and catchy phrase that " Every Journey matters" is quite frankly utter bollox. Every journey does indeed matter, but despite the glossy website, despite the optimistic pie charts, despite the ludicrously deceptive claims and projections..............TFL are making every journey 100 times worse ! That is not my opinion. It is a fact.

40% of the £11 Billion going through TFL's hands are derived from fares. That alone is all the information you need to know as to why they want shot of us. We are nicking their Revenue, and they don't like it.

In my dreams, I have a little scenario that I often play in my mind to myself. A Foreign student as excited as could be about working in our fantastic London, lands at Heathrow. It is a young woman. She is about 23. She is so impressed at TFL's website and talk of Opportunity, Overall Objectives, Delivering More For Less, Every Journey Matters, Educating, Inspiring and Opportunity, Dedicated To Customer Service, Performance Indicators, Reducing Nitrogen Dioxide Achievements, Plans and Promises and loads more nonsensical meaningless shite.

 I pick her up at Heathrow, and drive her blindfolded to City Hall. Once there, she is invited to watch TFL Promotional videos, look at charts, shake hands and listen to the spiel.

And now for the best part ! After all this, and just as our young student lady is almost bursting with admiration, excitement and respect at how amazing London is and how incredibly efficient Transport For London are, I take off her blindfold, lead her to my cab, drive her from City Hall into the West End in my Taxi, and as I do so, pay particular attention to the look on her face.

44 years previously in London's Sussex Gardens, I was sitting on a beautiful Chintz chair in the lounge of a plush apartment. I had seen the glossy photos, and I had read the inviting spiel. However, the vision of reality was about to contort my face into involuntary muscular spasms of shock, horror and disappointment. I often wonder what my face actually did look like as Pricilla appeared around the door. 

In my dream though, I need wonder no longer. For our Foreign student in the back of my cab is showing me.

And I know exactly how she feels !

Be Lucky All.

8829 Semtex.