Saturday, September 16, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
London's Gold Standard Black Taxis have been offering free rides to people caught up in the terror attack at the Parsons Green underground station.
Drivers who had finished night shifts reportedly returned to work to help evacuate terrified commuters.
Parsons Green explosion: BBC's Sophie Raworth describes woman with burns "from top to toe"
London TaxiApp Cabby Gerald Coba said:
"While others seek to profit by increasing their rates (surge pricing) our drivers have again turned out in force to help the public free of charge, it's just what we do.
"We've been doing this for many years. We are London's 4th emergency service and can always be relied on in emergencies such as this.
“Our drivers don't want to make money from other people’s misery, that's not what we do.”
It's been reported that local minicab company Hayber Cars has also been offering free lifts to people undertaking short journeys following the incident.
At least 22 people have been injured by the Parsons Green blast, which Scotland Yard are treating as a terrorist attack.
A manhunt has been launched to find the person who planted the suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Other local residents offered to open up their homes to people affected by the explosion.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
There’s a real chance Uber won’t be allowed to operate in London, with the city’s transport authorities spooked by the firm’s history of poor behaviour.
Three board members at London’s transport regulator, Transport for London, want Uber’s operator licence cancelled, or renewed only with strict conditions, according to The Sunday Times.
They are particularly worried about Uber’s corporate behaviour, predominantly in the US where the firm is being investigated by the FBI for using secret software to evade local regulators.
A leaked letter that TfL board member Michael Liebrich sent questions Uber’s alleged “regulatory evasion”, its passenger safety record, and the way it rates passengers.
The newspaper quotes a second board member as saying: “My position is that we shouldn’t renew the licence. I did raise concerns about the way Uber reportedly ‘games’ its application to deceive regulators, also issues around increasing congestion and private hire vehicle numbers.”
Transport for London is responsible for licensing black cab and private-hire drivers, as well as private-hire operators like Uber.
It’s under serious pressure either to revoke Uber’s licence or to impose serious restrictions on the company when the firm’s licence comes up for renewal at the end of September.
Former Uber drivers, black cab firms, the police, and MPs have all been hugely critical of the firm over the last two years, claiming that drivers end up out-of-pocket, and that Uber fails to adequately report sexual assault.They argue that Uber has unfairly wriggled around existing rules and regulation to the detriment of London’s traditional black taxis.
Uber’s licence actually came up for renewal earlier this year, and TfL granted the company a four-month licence. In the meantime, it launched a consultation on whether to hike up the fees for a private-hire operator licence.
That means that even if Uber wins a five-year licence, it could end up paying more than £2 million for its 40,000 drivers in the city.
Uber said in a statement to The Sunday Times: “Over 3m Londoners regularly use Uber. We want to continue to do so.”
The news comes as Taxify, a cheap rival to Uber, had its licence revoked by Transport for London. The company has appealed the decision.