Saturday, October 14, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
REUTERS : Uber has filed an appeal against the decision by London authorities to deny it a licence to operate in London.
Last month, Transport for London (TfL) refused Uber a new private hire licence, saying the ride-hailing firm was not fit and proper.
TfL said it took the decision on the grounds of "public safety and security implications".
The appeal process could take months, during which time Uber can continue to operate in London.
"While we have today filed our appeal so that Londoners can continue using our app, we hope to continue having constructive discussions with Transport for London. As our new CEO [chief executive] has said, we are determined to make things right," an Uber spokesperson said.
Earlier this month, Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met Mike Brown, who runs Transport for London.
Uber described those talks as "constructive", while TfL said the talks "centred on what needs to happen to ensure a thriving taxi and private hire market in London.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said TfL were unlikely to do a U-Turn over the decision at yesterday's Mayors Question time.
The appeal is likely to be heard on the 11th of December.
Source : Reuters.
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Why did It take TfL so long to take action over Uber. They've known for months about the 50% rise in Uber driver rapes and sexual assaults, the mountain of RTAs, 13,000 drivers with fake criminal record checks and fake medicals, GreyBall, the spying on passengers, the data mining from passenger phones, the hacked passenger accounts .... And yet they waited for Uber's licence to expire!!!
TfL top management have been 'woefully inadequate' over this issue.
WHO WILL BE NEXT TO GO ???
Why didn't they take action and revoke Uber's licence when all this first came to light?
Lyft's Mike Msserman and Raj Kapoor
Another American eHailing app Lyft, Uber’s biggest rival, is eyeing the London market. Currently, they are holding talks with Transport for London (TfL) and City Hall officials, ongoing for the past year, according to a report in the Telegraph, citing freedom of information records.
While the talks don’t actually state Lyft is getting into the U.K. market, they do show it has an interest in that market and in the TfL’s transport policy.
News of the interest came to light j after TfL declined to renew Uber’s licence, dealing the leading ridesharing company a massive blow to the minicab firms credibility.
If Uber’s appeal fails, it will no longer be able to operate in the TfL area, paving the way for a competitor to pilfer its market share.
According to Fred Jones (see video below), Uber has 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in London, but like everything else about Uber, their numbers appear to be fake and don't add up.
The talks focused on the startup’s business model and operations, as well as the London mayor’s new transport strategy for the city.
Lyft met with TfL in London last December and at that the meeting were Helen Chapman, who is in charge of TfL’s taxi and private hire department, Peter Blake (now gone) TfL’s director of service operations for surface transport, and three unnamed representatives of the Greater London Authority.
Lyft isn’t registered as a company in the UK, nor does it have a private hire licence.
A Private Hire operator’s licence is necessary to operate in London, and it should be noted Lyft’s entrance into the London market could face opposition from other PH operators as well as taxi representative groups, as well as the lawmakers.
Those constituents of London may well be concerned that another new service could add massively to the congestion in London.
Lyft have declined to comment on the report, but given Uber’s current troubles, Lyft could soon be emboldened to move forward with a push into London.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
At the Mayors Question Time debate this morning, London Mayor Sadiq Khan face a barrage of sarcastic criticism from GLA member Andrew Boff, over TfL's decision not to renew Uber's operating licence in London. The Mayor went on to say, the city's transport regulator -Transport for London- will defend its decision in court not to renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital.
This comes despite the apology made to TfL by the Uber CEO, when he came to London. Dara Khosrowshahi, who succeeded Uber founder Travis Kalanick as CEO a month ago, wrote in an open letter: “While Uber has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way. On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.
London mayor Sadiq Khan says he welcomed the apology by CEO of ride-hailing app, but added, Uber deserved to lose its licence – Londoners' safety must come first.
Uber has until Friday to submit its appeal and can continue to operate until the appeal process has been exhausted, which could take several months. "The courts now will consider the appeal from Uber and of course TfL (Transport for London) will defend the decision they made," Khan said during a monthly question time session.
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London’s minicab firms threaten TfL with legal action, over PHV licence fee cost increase
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
If the ride-sharing startup’s London subsidiary doesn’t file the appeal in time, it will cease to operate in London on Friday 13 October.
Uber lost its private operating license in the UK’s capital city after the transport regulator raised concerns over the way it had failed to report serious criminal offences and its policy over Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
TfL has concluded that Uber London Limited is not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license.
What has happened since the ruling?
TfL made its ruling on 22 September, giving the startup three weeks to file an appeal. Uber has continued to operate in the city during this time. If it does file its appeal today, it will be allowed to operate during the appeals process.
Last week, Uber’s new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met with the commissioner of TfL, Mike Brown, to discuss ways for the startup to regain its license.
Uber answers to MPs
This week, Uber and other gig economy startups like Deliveroo, were in front of the UK government’s business select committee to answer questions over workers’ rights.This comes after the publication of the Taylor Report, which called for better treatment of self-employed workers.During the hearing, the startup’s head of public policy, Andrew Bryne, said that Uber had shown “the wrong attitude” on a number of issues.Byrne added that there was now a path forward with TfL to address the regulator’s concerns.
The Telegraph reported that the company has hired a “TfL nemesis lawyer” to lead its appeal. The lawyer, Thomas de la Mare, has fought battles on Uber’s behalf against the regulator before
Source : Verdict.co.uk
EDITORS COMMENT:• We know Taxify the company, operated illegally. •We know that Uber have been operating illegally...they've said it themselves in two court cases.•Taxify have had the licence they bought, revoked and have been refused a license by TfL.•Uber have been called unfit to operate by TfL and been refused a licence renewal.•Taxify can not operate as a PH operator in London •But Uber can carry on while/if and when they appeal. How does his work???
The final insult???...by Sean Paul Day.Ex PM Dave Cameron accepts job at First Data, a global leader in payments tech who invests in Uber.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT: BY Jm Thomas.Ex chancellor and editor of the Evening Standard in attempted mugging by an Uber eats biker gang....Karma?
18 year old Claud Parkinson, was jailed today for five years alongside a 16 year old and a 15 year old who can't be named because of their age. The group made the mistake of mugging the wrong person.
While they were picking on ordinary members of the public, they got away with 103 robberies in just a few weeks. But were soon caught after the failed phone mugging attempt of George Osbourne, caught on CCTV outside the Langham hotel.
The phones were bought by 40 year old Chowdhury who sent the gang a price list of what they could expect to get for certain phone models.
Action caught on dash-cam by editor Jim Thomas. Scooter thieves, nicking phone, off a man waiting for an Uber outside Tottenham Court Road tube station.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
Pedestrian fighting for life in hospital after collision with Minicab in Belsize Road....source : Camden New Journal
A man is in hospital with “life threatening” head injuries this evening after a collision with a car in Belsize Road.
Emergency services were called to the scene of the collision, at the junction with Abbey Road, at around midday and found a pedestrian, believed to be his his late-50s, with serious head injuries.
He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, where he is receiving emergency treatment. Police said his injuries are “believed to be life threatening”.
The driver of the vehicle stopped at the scene.
Police have advised motorists to avoid the area, with road closures remaining in place.
Pictures of the scene showed a shopping trolley left stranded in the road.
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