Saturday, August 19, 2017

What's The One Word Definition Of Irony = Uber.

You really couldn't make it up. An Uber driver was caught red handed -illegally plying for hire- when he stupidly picked up two council enforcement officers outside a pub in Guilford. 

More Irony From Uber, Be Booked Be Insured.

The driver, Ifran Hamid Hussain was found guilty at Guilford Magistrates' court earlier this week and the story has been in most of the papers.

Uber have now 'Slammed down on illegal pick ups'...well they would do wouldn't they, because they get zero commission from an illegal cash pick up. 

On the other hand, Uber actually encourage their drivers to illegally pick up passengers, in areas where the drivers, cars, and uber itself are not licensed to operate (as we've seen in Reading). In some cases they offer,financial encouragements to get their drivers to contravene the terms of their licence.

They've even physically changed the county boundaries, informing drivers they can work the Uber app in Canterbury as this is covered by the London area

And apparently, Swansea is covered by Cardif !!!   

It's only when Uber are not profiteering, they slam down on the illegal pick ups. 

Now, if this had happened to a licensed Taxi driver, he would have immediately had his/her licence revoked. But it seems, TfL are not in the habit of revoking Uber drivers licenses as that would add to the already horrendous statistics stacking up against this company.

In fact the driver in this case is still registered on the TfL web checker, as a licensed private hire driver!

Illegally licensed in 2012, they have been allowed to continue without meeting legislated regulations, been allowed to operate from unlicensed premises and regulations have been altered and relaxed to allow Uber to continue to operate. 

We've seen in the media that Uber drivers are responsible for one serious sexual attack every week, an increase of 50% on the previous years.

Two weeks ago an Uber driver rapist was jailed for 12 years.

This was followed last weekend by the new that a senior Met police officer had 'Slammed' Uber over failing to report sex attacks and other serious crimes committed by its drivers. 

We've seen fake medical scandal

We read about fake topographical tests

We've seen drivers selling drugs from their vehicles

We seen drivers arrested over carrying firearms.

We've seen DBS criminal record checks changed

It just goes on and on. 

TfL seem to be taking no action in order to protect the public. In fact it's worse that that...TfL appear to be protecting Uber at all costs. 

And yes, we have the emails to prove this!

The article below is from

The only reason Uber has hit out at drivers who pick up passengers on unbooked rides is they are not earning.

But hold gets worse!

Following Ifran Hamid Hussain's conviction this week, you would think he would have lost his PHV licence. TfL have said on many occasions that any drivers convicted of illegal touting would have their licence revoked. 

But do they really mean, any driver except for an Uber driver?

An Uber spokesman said: "In the UK all private hire trips must be pre-booked through an operator (but then Uber have been telling us for the last 5 years, they don't do pre-bookings). 

Uber are only interested in app jobs that pay them commission, they care nothing about boundaries. 

Uber went on to say:

"Any driver found to have accepted a job without a pre-booking will permanently lose access to the Uber app and risks having their private hire licence taken away".... But this would apply to every job that is offered to the drivers???

So Uber will permanently banned them from working, but it appears TfL won't!

Hussain, 33, of Honeysuckle Close appeared at Guildford Magistrates' Court Wednesday (August 16) where he was found guilty. 

He was caught in the act on August 28 last year when he parked outside a pub in Guildford to take the council officers for a ride.

Hussain was ordered to pay Guildford Borough Council £1,500 following his conviction.

He was also fined a further £250 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

   Are Uber, A Law Unto Themselves.


Video by London Taxi Driver Marc Turner

Friday, August 18, 2017

UBER Customers Warned, Smartphone App Virus That could Steal Bank Card Information

Crooks are targeting the most popular international taxi and ride-sharing services with malware that can nab credit card details

 UBER customers have been warned that crooks have found a way to steal their credit card details as they use the ride-sharing app.
The tech company is reportedly one of several targets which cyber crooks are using to prey on the public.

Uber’s algorithm means prices are raised when there’s high demand against supply

Kaspersky Labs have said that Uber users are “at risk” of malware dubbed Faketoken, which disguises itself in games and imitates Adobe Flash Player.

Victims might have clicked on what appears to be a prompt to update their Flash plugin while watching a video on their phone.

But they will have unwittingly downloaded Faketoken, which can live-track their apps.

When a victim opens a ride-sharing app like Uber, Faketoken creates a fake window to steal their bank card details when they type them in.

The malware has identical interfaces, with the same colour schemes and logos to creates an instant and completely invisible overlay, Kaspersky said

This kind of overlaying is a common function enabled in many mobile apps.

Callous crooks will do whatever they can to nab all your details and love to target the vulnerable – including stressed A-level students who were struggling to find uni spotsyesterday.

It appears that criminals are targeting several of the most popular international taxi and ride-sharing services with their fraud tech.

Last year, a version of Faketoken attacked more than 2,000 financial apps around the world by disguising itself as various programs and games.

Since then, Faketoken has morphed into a more sophisticated threat.

Viktor Chebyshev, a security expert at Kaspersky Lab said: “The fact that cyber criminals have expanded their activities from financial applications to other areas, including taxi and ride-sharing services, means that the developers of these services may want to start paying more attention to the protection of their users.

“The banking industry is already familiar with fraud schemes and tricks, and its previous response involved the implementation of security technologies in apps that significantly reduced the risk of theft of critical financial data.

“Perhaps now it is time for other services that are working with financial data to follow suit.

“The new version of Faketoken targets mostly Russian users. However, the geography of attacks could easily be extended in the future. We have seen that with previous versions of Faketoken and other banking malware in the past.”

“However, the geography of attacks could easily be extended in the future. We have seen that with previous versions of Faketoken and other banking malware in the past.”

Faketoken has been spotted targeting travel and hotel booking apps, apps for traffic fine payments, Android Pay and the Google Play Market.

Source : The Sun.

Totally Failing London's Night Tube, Close To Collapse... Say RMT.

The RMT is claiming that the night tube service on the Piccadilly line is in crisis with only a third of the trains currently operational and passengers having to wait up to an hour.

The tube union say the problem is due to a lack of trained train operators available to run the service. They say that they have been informed that one weekend this month there were only seven trains running on the line instead of the scheduled 22. The RMT understands that the problems could continue until Christmas. 

The union says the situation is raising safety concerns for their members who have to deal with angry and sometimes intoxicated passengers who have experienced extended delays.

They claim that the lack of drivers is not down to sickness or industrial action but London Underground’s lack of planning in getting enough drivers trained in time and that the issue has been further exacerbated by management’s reluctance to fully take on board a number of concerns raised by the RMT.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, “Tube bosses need to send out a clear signal that they are addressing the driver shortage issues which have reduced the Night Tube on the Piccadilly Line to chaos.

“London Underground also need to urgently address the major safety and customer service issues arising from the Piccadilly Line Night Tube crisis that they have created.

“Instead of dismissing some of the key points raised by our safety reps , LUL needs to listen to the concerns of its workers and implement an urgent solution so that Night Tube trains and stations are staffed and run safely and customers get the service they were promised.”

We have asked TfL for a comment on the situation but have yet to reply

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Taxis In Barcelona, Reported To Be Giving People Free Lifts To Safe Areas.

Spanish police say they have shot dead several suspects while carrying out an operation in response to another terrorist attack south of Barcelona.

The regional police for Catalonia said on Twitter early on Friday that officers are in Cambrils, a seaside resort town about 70 miles from Barcelona.

They called on people in the town not to go out on the streets.

Spain's public broadcaster, RTVE, is reporting that officers have killed four people and injured another.

The broadcaster said police suspected they were planning an attack in Cambrils just hours after a van swerved onto a pedestrian promenade in Barcelona, killing 13.

Spanish media saying the attack was similar to the one in Barcelona and that 6 people have been killed. 

Source : ITV News.

The whole world is grieving again, as tonight, horrific pictures fill our TV screens. Once again we are seeing unfortunate people being killed by another heinous, preplanned terrorist attack, in the Las Ramblas area in Barcelona. 

A Spanish newspaper has said the attack was definitely terrorist related, one suspect had been arrested and is in custody. In another related incident just outside the centre, its alleged another terrorist had been killed in a shootout with Catalan police. Breaking news on Sky at 8pm, say another suspect may well have been arrested!

Police have said 13 have died with over 50 seriously injured. 

Once again, we are seeing Taxi drivers, stepping up to the mark, offering the terrified holiday makers and locals  trapped in the chaos, rides to safer areas free of charge. 

Local Taxis have put signs in their Cabs saying Taxi SOS.

The London Taxi trade look towards our brother and sister Taxi drivers tonight in Barcelona. 
We salute you all.
Our thoughts and our hearts are with you.

Conservative MP, Charlie Elphicke Says Bank Junction Cameras Are Fleecing Motorists.

A Conservative MP has accused the City of London Corporation's decision to ban all vehicles other than bicycles and buses at Bank Junction as being motivated more by a desire to raise money through fining motorists who ignore it, rather than being due to safety concerns.

The local authority that governs the Square Mile began an 18-month trial of the ban, which applies from 7am to 7pm on Mondays to Fridays, in May this year.

The move was welcomed by cycling campaigners, who had lobbied for safety improvements at the junction since the death there of 26-year-old Ying Tao in 2015, when she was crushed by a lorry as she rode to work.

While the City of London Corporation initially sent warning letters to motorists caught flouting the ban, in June it began fining them, with vehicle registrations captured using seven cameras equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (APNR) technology around the junction.

Nevertheless, large numbers of motorists are continuing to drive through Bank Junction outside the permitted hours.

The Daily Star reports that an average of 1,498 drivers were fined each day between 7 June and 17 July, according to a Freedom of Information request.

With a fixed penalty notice of £130 being issued to transgressors, total fines during that period were almost £200,000 a day.

The newspaper extrapolates that to being equivalent to almost £50 million a year – although that figure, equivalent to around 375,000 individual fines, seems to assume that drivers would not change their behaviour after being caught the first time.

Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover, told the Daily Star: “The cameras on this junction are fleecing motorists for £200,000 a day.

“Many people would say this looks like a case of revenue-raising rather than anything to do with traffic safety.

“Cameras are simply there to raise revenue cause big resentment and are incredibly unfair,” he added

Source : Road.CC 

The Curious Case Of The Russell Square Disappearing PHV Registration Incident.

Footage emerged  yesterday on Facebook, showing a minicab driver, desperately trying to drive away, after allegedly causing a collision. The TfL registered private hire car was seen by witnesses to have reversed into a Taxi.

The vehicle sporting TfL licence roundels, drove off at speed almost running over two Taxi drivers who were trying to cut off his escape. 

The Mystery Begins:
Earlier yesterday, Taxi Leaks carried out a registration search on the Transport for London's PHV licence checker website and found that the silver Peugeot FE12LZS indeed had a TfL licence disc number 410629. We took this screen shot below from the TfL site.

Then later in the evening, when we checked again before posting the story, the Peugeot had been mysteriously removed from the website, even though it was only licensed just over 4weeks ago. 

As the incident had been reported to both TfL and the Met Police, we would assume, after viewing the footage, TfL have decided to immediately revoked the vehicles PHV licence.

So (if this is indeed the case) credit where credits due and well done to TfL.

But this doesn't look right and it doesn't smell right...they've never done this before. We've had drivers convicted in court and still on the website!

Is this another TfL cover up?
Are TfL trying to make this look like an out of town'er with app and insurance turned off keep it off the London statistics?
(We already seen proof they massaged the sexual assault stats and are currently holding back the RTA stats from FOI requests)


We now await the fun and games!
Was it an Uber driver?
Did he have the App switch on?
Does he have Hire and Reward insurance?
Was that switched on?
Was the driver, a licensed PHV driver?
Will we ever find out???


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#UBERGATE : Sexual Assaults Increase, As TfL Registered Uber Cars Flood Into Southampton.

Calls have been made for all taxis to carry officially-approved markings to prevent passengers becoming victims of crime.

It follows an incident in which a woman is alleged to have been sexually assaulted and dumped near the M27 motorway after getting into what she thought was a taxi.

The local Taxi union says people are becoming used to getting into unmarked taxis because of all the Uber vehicles that are “flooding” into Southampton.

Taxi driver Perry McMillan, chairman of the Southampton cab association, said Uber vehicles licensed by Southampton City Council, had to carry clear markings but those from other areas often displayed nothing but a small disc in the back windscreen, issued by Transport for London. 

Some of the Ubers were from the New Forestwhile others travelled into the city from as far afield as Basingstoke but most are from London, he said.

Southampton taxi drivers have held talks with New Forest District Council and are also planning to raise the issue with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Mr McMillan has spoken out following an alleged incident involving a woman in Bedford Place, Southampton, last month.

He criticised some of the advice issued by police at the time. Officers said people should book a taxi in advance instead of flagging one down in the street and should always sit behind the driver.

Mr McMillan stressed that people were legally entitled to hail a proper taxi in the street.

“Drivers face increasing pressure from out-of-town Uber cars flooding our city. 

Being hailed in the street helps both them and passengers in a hurry. They get to their destination safely - and all Southampton licensed cabs are fitted with CCTV.”

Police investigating the alleged incident in Bedford Place have charged a 57-year-old Southampton man with kidnap and sexual assault.

Source : Southern Daily Echo 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bank Junction Update : It's Never Been About Safety, It's All About Money, £50m a year

New traffic cameras will rake in £50million a year in fines
About 1,500 drivers a day are being hit by seven cameras monitoring one junction, with revenue topping £16,000 an hour – almost £200,000 every day.

New rules brought in May mean all vehicles except buses and bicycles are banned from using Bank junction in central London.

While signs have been installed, there are no road markings to alert drivers.

The system uses automatic number plate recognition technology.

“The cameras on this junction are fleecing motorists for £200,000 a day”
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke
Figures show that an incredible 41,948 penalty charge notices, with a fee of £130, were issued from June 7 to July 14.

At an average of 1,498 motorists snared a day, that means the traps are taking £16,228 an hour – and £194,740 a day.

The statistics, from a Freedom of Information request, suggest that across a year the total revenue could be as much as £50.5million.

Many Taxi drivers have been caught out going from Leadenhall Street into Cornhil, as the original map didn't show it as part of the restriction. 

A tweet was put out by @Squarehighways saying this was acceptable, but later changed their mind and have now removed the tweet. 

The new map now shows the restriction on Cornhill westbound. 

RESTRICTIONS: All vehicles except buses and bicycles are banned from using Bank junction
Man caught watching racy films during traffic jam on M4

City of London council bosses say the measure was brought in to “improve safety”.

But the Alliance of British Drivers accused the council of using motorists as a “cash cow”.

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said: “The cameras on this junction are fleecing motorists for £200,000 a day.

“Many people would say this looks like a case of revenue-raising rather than anything to do with traffic safety.

“Cameras are simply there to raise revenue cause big resentment and are incredibly unfair.”

The network of cameras is yards from the Bank of England.

Automatic number plate recognition technology has been used to catch cars, taxis, vans, lorries and motorbikes from 7am to 7pm on weekdays.

FINES: The traps are taking £16,228 an hour – and £194,740 a day

The City of London authority, which covers London’s financial district the Square Mile, said the lucrative scheme is to avoid collisions occurring.

They have also said it was brought in to reduce pollution, cut bus journey times and make deliveries easier.

A spokesman said: “Our number one priority for the experimental scheme at Bank junction is to improve safety. For too long it has been one of the capital’s dangerous hot spots.”

Bosses issued warnings to motorists for just a fortnight before they started handing out fines.

Source : The Daily Star

Please Support Fellow Taxi Driver Stripped Of Licence For Criticising TfL.

We╩╝re raising £2,500 to London Taxi Driver, Sean Stockings who had his license revoked 3 months ago by TFL. Please donate 2 help him cover his bills for this period.

Thank you all for taking a few minutes to read about Sean Stockings and the appalling treatment he has suffered at the hands of TFL and Leon Daniels in particular. 

Sean is a Licensed London Taxi Driver with a young family and a super kind heart. Sean cares. Sean cares about bus and tram crashes and Sean cares about pedestrians being run over. Sean cares about how TFL are dealing with UBER and PH ranking outside stations, bus stops and residential streets. He cares about the huge rise in Road Traffic Accidents and the increase in congestion and pollution. He cares about the free for all wild west mentality on our streets. 

Sean is just like YOU, he is PROUD of his job and profession and what it stands for.

Sean has had his licence revoked...this didn't happen immediately, only when TFL failed to provide proper disclosure, forcing Sean's legal representative to send a letter before action on Sean's behalf...this is why The LCDC, are fighting hard to ensure that Sean does not lose his badge.

If Sean had done anything wrong, we would not be asking for your help. So what did Sean do?

On the 17th November 2016, whilst walking to a personal engagement Sean happened upon Leon Daniels, Mike Brown and Vernon Everitt (and others) out for the evening celebrating who knows what on the Eve of the Ladbroke Grove bus crash (when 14 people were injured, some seriously) just over a week after the most deadliest Tram crash since 1917 (7 fatalities and 58 persons injured). The glasses and plates on the outside table suggesting that they had been drinking wine and eating good food - perhaps outside a table chosen so these businessmen could smoke expensive cigars (looking for all the world to be enjoying their expense accounts in the type of posh restaurants that cab drivers cannot afford).

Sean could not understand why TFL with its track record would be celebrating that night. Sean would be first to accept that approaching them hasn't turned out to be his best idea ever - but exactly what did he do? Many of you have seen the video and are surprised that TFL have come down so harshly on Sean, when all he done was take the opportunity to ask Leon Daniels about his track record. Yes he was emphatic but sometimes you have to be when trying to get answers to important questions. As Leon Daniels smirked and Mike Brown looked down, Sean asked the questions you might also liked to have asked these people, who many feel have for the last 5 years slowly but surely destroyed the trade.

Well what happened next? Well within a month he had his licence revoked, without a disclosure. Those who have seen the clip will note that Sean was not abusive, so what has caused such an offence? Who determined Sean was not fit and proper and why? TFL tried to get the Police involved - they refused to arrest Sean (he committed no offence). Then a thorough investigation took place (with no input from Sean). Sean was permanently revoked over 3 months ago and been unable to work since.

There is much more to Sean's story and the involvement of others at TFL, that we simply do not have room here to fully explain in greater detail.

Please support Sean in this difficult time for him, his partner and young family.

Many thanks,

The London Cab Drivers Club

To donate, please click on this link:

Letter From Lee Ward : Pressure Must Be Put On All Local Authorities Who Have Licensed Uber, To Prove Uber Operate Legally

The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.
That’s the Utopian belief of many of us in this trade, or it used to be.
It used to be the reason why many drivers or even companies did not join an Organisation, Union or Association because they believed that everyone was treat fairly and equally so they didn’t need any support.

But times have changed, bank balances are changed and the Authorities carefully choose who to take action against and who not.

Example 1
2010, Sevenoaks
Evidence against Knole Taxis
Operating a licensed taxi and private hire company from an address without planning permission.
​License suspended
Example 2
2017, London
Evidence against Sean Stockings
​Videoed Leon Daniels in a restaurant and posted on social media.
​License suspended

Example 3
2017, Nationwide
Evidence against Uber
1,​Admitted under oath that the driver accepts the booking, this is a breach of Section 56 (1) of the LG(MP)A 1976 that states;
For the purposes of this Part of this Act every contract for the hire of a private hire vehicle licensed under this Part of this Act shall be deemed to be made with the operator who accepted the booking for that vehicle whether or not he himself provided the vehicle.
2,​assisting drivers to accept work when out of its licensing area
3,​Assisting drivers to not take the shortest route possible as defined in Section 69 (1) of the LG(MP)A 1976 that states;
No person being the driver of a hackney carriage or of a private hire vehicle licensed by a district council shall without reasonable cause unnecessarily prolong, in distance or in time, the journey for which the hackney carriage or private vehicle has been hired.

Where its drivers App does not take the shortest possible route as shown below.

Denying the customer from its basic contractual agreement when booking a journey. In the Uber Terms & Conditions it states;
You acknowledge and agree that the provision to you of transportation services by the Transportation Provider is pursuant to the Transportation Contract and that Uber UK accepts your booking as agent for the Transportation Provider, but is not a party to that contract.
This would be deemed a breach of Section 2 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015
Now, points 2 and 3 break the driver’s conditions to which we must all adhere to and I am sure that the Uber faithful are saying that these are nothing to do with Uber but the driver… well, they are wrong.

Point 2 Uber could stop by placing a geo-net on each driver so that they can only accept work in the area that they are licensed, all other data dispatch systems do this and we know Ubers can because they didn’t allow drivers from other area’s to work in Birmingham for some time. The App simply told the driver that he could not work there when he logged on (or words to that effect).

Point 3 Uber give this to the driver to follow the sat nav because most of the time they don’t know where they are going and should a customer disagree with the route taken then Uber use this route to decide if the driver went the wrong way or not, so yes, Uber are guilty of this one.

Now, you guys that love Uber so much and jump to their defence so quickly… I will never figure that bit out…. You are forgetting, or not actually knowing another section of the LG(MP)A 1976 which states…oh wait, sorry, you will be Uber drivers and will know nothing of the actual Acts that control your industry, my bad. 

LG(MP)A 1976 means the Local Government (Miscellaneous) Provisions Act 1976 and Section 72 (1) states;

Where an offence by any person under this Part of this Act is due to the act or default of another person, then, whether proceedings are taken against the first-mentioned person or not, that other person may be charged with and convicted of that offence, and shall be liable on conviction to the same punishment as might have been imposed on the first-mentioned person if he had been convicted of the offence.

So yes, Uber are guilty also of these two offences.

Now, why would Examples 1 & 2 have their respective licenses suspended (and therefore able to appeal through the courts) but Uber’s has not?

The rules and regulations are for all, are they not?

Surely, in this day and age, someone or somebody will not get away with breaching the rules and regulations simply because an authority is scared to death of being challenged in court….that cannot be it, can it?

I wonder, how many drivers out there still read all this and are still a frog in a boiling pond?

How many sit back and wait for someone else to fight it, or indeed how many have given up that fight because they are tired of fighting?

The fact is that each and every one of you are license holders, you pay for the authority that licenses you to protect your livelihood by keeping out the ones who are not playing by the rules. You inform the licensing of Facebook Taxis, you inform the licensing of PHV’s sat on a Taxi Rank, you inform licensing of PHV’s plying for hire, you inform licensing of Taxis overcharging the public or refusing wheelchair work.

You inform and demand authorities to deal with cases such as example 1 & 2, but you bury your heads in the sand against example 3 and pretend example 1 & 2 are the ones that are killing your trade….

I bet you are the same person who gets a difficult customer and backs down to them then spends the rest of the day dreaming of how you kicked them from kerb to kerb like He-Man.

The proof is there, just like in other countries that kicked them out, and it’s our duty to kick them out also.

Technology we cannot stop, but technology that does not work within the intention of the law we can. 
The same as you stop people who also do not work within the intention of the law.

Someone in authority somewhere is going to have to write a cheque and it may be a big one, but they don’t think twice about writing a cheque when it comes to challenging the small man out there.

That’s bullying and has to stop.
It’s every licensed driver and operator’s duty to put pressure on their local authority that have licensed Uber to prove to them that Uber operates legally and does not breach any of the examples that I have given in this post.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Uber To Be Given Another Temporary Licence And Told They Need To Sort Out Their Troubles.

Although we don't know the exact details, it's been alleged that Uber have been given another temporary licence and been told to sort out their present troubles

But that was before Brighton and the Sunday Times expose'....

Where were the voices from our orgs today?
The evidence is there!

We've seen dozens of emails, implementing top TfL directors and management in conspiring against the the Taxi trade, and complicity in covering up Uber contraventions. 

TfL knew about Uber sex assaults, fake medical, fake DBS searches, they said and did nothing.

Rank and file Taxi drivers are now bemused by the silence from our main representative orgs and Unions, who continue to sit in their hands. Only one is out there punching it's weight, fighting our corner and the others are turning their noses up.

We've had the churchillian speeches spouting; "I won't stand shoulder to shoulder with a private hire Union", but then we've still seen a meteoric rise in the membership of the new GMB Taxi branch, drivers get fed up with paying what they believe is money for no representation. 

What's happened over the weekend is massive and we've seen it spread through the national media, with This Times, regarding, the Telegraph, Evening Standard and the Sun as well as BBC news.

Compliance officers who were harassing Taxi drivers on ranks over Taxi news paper, suddenly few and far between. 

The LTDA add van has been out distributing copies to drivers, yet their own marshals don't appear to have a copy with the Uber Rapist headline. Sort of, "we'll supply the bullets but it's for you to fire the gun".

If our orgs don't join together, pick up the baton and run with it, we are in danger of this breaking scandal being swept under the a corrupt, conspiring and collaborating licensing authority.

It's been said many time that our biggest battles are amongst our own trade with orgs refusing to support each other, simply because they want all the kudos for themselves. (All or nothing)

If Uber are eventually given a full 5 year licence, the blame will not lay with the Mayor or TfL, but with the orgs who sit out the final battles. 

One of the best radio interviews ever. From the LCDC's Matt the Cabby. 19:25 into the podcast for Matt's phone call

Start the podcast, then tap the grey bar just by the 's' in August.

Last Word on this goes to Harry Wall