Saturday, September 02, 2017
The Licensed Private Hire Car Association welcomes the London Assembly unanimous call of 6th July 2017 for Transport for London not to renew Uber’s private hire operator licence. We wholly support this motion.
Like many interested groups, as reportedly stated by Mr Kurten AM at the Plenary Session, we have long expressed apprehensions about the poor practices of this business and its structure.
Over the past few months our concerns have been strengthened by numerous publicly reported events. These include:
- Investigation into correspondence between Uber and the Prime Minister’s Office by the Information Commissioners Office on 13th April 2017.
- Competition reduction, attributed to Uber, within the market found by the accountancy firm Moore Stephens on 24th July 2017.
- Allegations of passenger fare exploitation by Uber drivers found by Warwick Business School and New York University on 2nd August 2017.
- Criticism for failing to report serious crimes, including sexual assault, by Uber drivers from the Metropolitan Police on 13th August 2017.
Further to the above, Uber has been subject to ongoing questions about its working practices, driver engagement and payment of tax. Uber drivers have also been successfully prosecuted by Transport for London for carrying passengers without proper insurance.
This followed a complaint, from a Licensed Private Hire Car Association member, that one of their vehicles was being used uninsured by a driver for Uber work. The lack of robust documentary checks raised additional consternation as to regulatory compliance.
Transport for London also successfully prosecuted Uber London Limited on the charge of Causing or permitting a person to use a motor vehicle on a road (or other public place) without a policy of insurance.
Modernisation of transport services is, we accept, a necessary progressive step but it should not risk public safety or the reputation of the wider licensed private hire trade.
In adding our support to the London Assembly motion, the Licensed Private Hire Car Association calls for Transport for London not to renew Uber’s private hire operator licence on 30th September 2017.
Friday, September 01, 2017
The Result Of TfL Licensing Uber Drivers, With Fake Topographical Test Results, Fake Medicals and Fake DBS Checks
It is alleged that Chowdhury, 26, who works as a self-employed Uber driver, had set off from his Luton address about two hours before his arrest and he used his satnav to try to drive to Windsor Castle. After he arrived at a pub of the same name, he drove on and eventually ended up near Buckingham Palace in central London.
He is alleged to have then driven towards a marked police car in a blue Toyota Prius at just after 8.30pm on Friday and stopped. During the incident, he was sprayed by police with CS gas and arrested.
Chowdhury, who wore a grey tracksuit and spoke to confirm his name and address, was remanded in custody. He will next appear at the Old Bailey on 21 September.
Unconfirmed Reports Have Been Posted On Social Media, That The Factory Building The New Electric Taxi Has Burned Down
From The Coventry Telegraph :
The cause of a blaze which saw a 10 metre high fence engulfed in flames in an alleyway behind the LTI factory is this morning being investigated.
Fire crews spent more than two hours tackling the inferno last night which lit up the night sky.
The fire started around 8pm and crews didn't leave until 11pm.
The alleyway is between the factory in Holyhead Road and Duckham Court and the fence acts as a sound barrier between the two.
Pictures have emerged of the fire lighting up the night sky.
New details are emerging this morning of what happened last night.
Stay with us for the latest updates and the morning news and travel.
As daylight emerged this morning, it was clear what damage had been done to the fence.
It is clear from the video how much of the fence has been burnt to a shell.
Piles of debris have now been left on the ground where it fell.
Sparks fly from flames during blaze
Sparks were flying from the flames which were reaching dizzying heights above the houses.
The fence was ten metres high, and there has been a lot of damage to the fence.
Remnants of the fence this morning
The first pictures of the damage done to the fence are emerging.
Around 15-20 metres in width has been burnt to a shell.
There is debris around the site and the cordon which has been set up by fire service is still in place.
Some of the beams are hanging off the frame of the fence.
Firefighters at work
Firefighters worked for more than two and a half hours last night to bring the blaze under control.
Two crews were on scene, one from Binley and one from Coventry - good work to the firefighters who stopped it from spreading.
The second photo shows sparks flying as the fire dies out and remnants of the fence can be seen.
We have reporter Enda Mullen live from the scene.
The fence is already well ablaze by this point but with their quick work, they tackle the growing flames.
How high is the fence?
The fence which has gone up in flames is in fact around nine to ten metres high.
Flames from the blaze towered over the houses on the estate behind the factory at the height of the fire.
The flames have engulfed the area and were reaching heights higher than the houses.
No roads are closed
Although the alleyway is closed, there are no road closures in place that we know of.
We have a reporter going to the scene this morning where we will find out what damage has been done.
Alleyway cordoned off
The alleyway where the fire started is this morning cordoned off.
It is currently being treated as a “hazardous area”.
Watch Commander Forrester said: “We have this morning cordoned off the alleyway where it happened.
“There are metal beams which are hanging down and although they are secure, if there is a big gust of wind they could potentially cause serious injury.
“It is cordoned off as a hazardous area and whoever responsible for the fence will be clearing it up later today.”
Fire treated as suspected arson
A fire which broke out behind the LTI factory in Coventry last night is being treated as suspected arson.
Coventry Fire Station’s Watch Commander Ry Forrester told the Telegraph this morning that the fire started in an alleyway between the LTI factory and the housing estate behind it.
He said: “We got there just minutes after the first crew arrived.
“It started in an alleyway between the housing estate and the LTI factory, but the ten metre fence caught fire.
“We are treating it as arson.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Last week, after the Palce knife attack, the main media failed to make any mention or connection, of the terrorist/attacker being an Uber driver. They also failed to mention he was driving a TfL registered Minicab.
But today the news has finally been posted on the BBC news web spite.
News today that Chowdhury was in fact an Uber driver has now started to trickle through to the Nationals, which is extremely bad news for the eHail app.
So now we have both the Leytonstone slasher and now the Palace knife attacker, both confirmed working for Uber. That's along side the confirmed 48 sexual attackers and rapists.
For the past week, TfL have again protected their partners 'employee', refusing to comment on whether Mohiussunnath Choudhury was licensed as a PH driver at the time of the attack.
Independent checks have shown that TfL had a driver registered by that name on the day after the attack.... but this licence (number 252605, expiry date, 11/04/2020) has now been removed from the TfL licence checker database.
TfL Protecting Their Partners?
TfL Compliance teams (COs) have been demanding Taxi drivers on ranks, remove copies of Taxi newspaper because -in their words- the headline is misleading to the public.
COs at first were insisting that this headline was misleading, but when it was pointed out that this headline was in fact true and had appeared in national newspapers, they switched to insisting that it was unauthorised signage. It was then pointed out that this was not signage, just a newspaper left in the Taxi.
TfL are now pointing to an obscure notice put out in 06/2014. Which dealt with uncomplimentory signage (Totally failing London stickers) aimed at TfL failure towards the Taxi trade.
It's scandalous the way TfL bend over backwards, refusing to answer Taxi trade questions and in some cases refused Freedom of Information requests made on behalf of Taxi representative groups.
In a recent tweet, the London Cab Drivers Club pointed out they had to wait five months for TfL to reply to an email.
The man who was arrested near Buckingham Palace armed with a 4ft sword has now been formally charged with a terror offence.
Mohiussunnath Choudhury, 26, was charged by Scotland Yard following last week's car attack on police near the royal residence.
Three officers suffered minor injuries in the incident after he allegedly drove a vehicle at them just after 8.30pm on Friday and then reached for the sword.
Choudhury, from Luton, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later on Thursday.
He faces the charge of engaging in the preparation to commit an act or acts of terrorism on Constitution Hill.