Saturday, October 21, 2017

T-Charge Starts Monday 23rd October 2017. Here's All You Need To Know.

The T-Charge starts this Monday. Here’s everything you need to know about the new tax...

When does the T-charge come in?
The charge will be brought in on October 23, 2017.
It will apply between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.

Where does the T-charge apply?

Who does the T-Charge apply to?
The charge will apply to vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards.
This typically applies to petrol and diesel vehicles registered before 2006.

How do I know if my vehicle is affected by the T-charge?
Your vehicle registration certificate will tell you what its Euro ranking is.
Transport for London also has a T-charge checker you can use to find out if you will need to pay the new fee as well as the congestion charge.

You can check your vehicle >here<.

Who is exempt from the T-charge?

  • Disabled blue badge holders.

  • Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters that are exempt from the congestion charge.

  • Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are exempt from paying the congestion charge and the T-charge when actively licensed with TfL. The exemption for PHVs only applies to private hire bookings.

  • Vehicles with a historic tax class (40 years and older) and/or commercial vehicles manufactured before 1973. These are still subject to the congestion charge.

  • Emergency service vehicles, such as ambulances and fire engines, which have a taxation class of ‘ambulance’ or ‘fire engine’ on the date of travel.

  • NHS vehicles exempt from vehicle excise duty, and Ministry of Defence vehicles.

  • Roadside recovery vehicles and accredited breakdown vehicles registered for a 100% discount from the congestion charge.

  • Specialist off-road vehicles such as tractors and mobile cranes (that are exempt from Low Emission Zone).

There are also a number of other exemptions and discounts available - check here for the full list.

While the charge has been welcomed by many, it has also had some critics.

Conservative London Assembly environment spokesman, Shaun Bailey, said the charge would inflict “crippling additional costs on small businesses”, as well as “expense, disruption and bureaucracy for London residents.”

    Assembly member Shaun with Dodgy Dave

According to the BBC, he also claimed it would not produce “any significant results” when it came to the battle against air pollution.


So, all taxis licensed by TfL are exempt at all times.

All private hire vehicles licensed by TfL are exempt, but only applies they have a booking.....How is this workable, how will TfL know if a PHV has a pre booking on board. They don't even have a proper definition of pre booking or plying for hire now. What's going to be different on Monday?

Obviously, space will be made available, should TfL wish to clear up this confusion over pre bookings, straight away bookings, immediate eHailing and plying for hire.

"All I Am Concerned About".... Sean Paul Day....In His Own Words

All I am concerned about, is the dereliction of duty by those whose remit it is to act as arbitrators of the law. Facilitating an unprecedented attack on tens of thousands of individuals (and their families).

All I am concerned about, is a government that values privilege over endeavour; disregarding stringent regulations put in place to protect and honour the safety and liberty of the travelling public.  

All I am concerned about, is policymakers that think it’s okay to disregard our democratic constitution, but then claim they are the torch bearers of free enterprise and consumer choice. 

All I am concerned about, is those who wilfully and knowingly, permit the illegal activity of predatory pricing, and then claim the 'markets will prevail'.  

All I am concerned about, is the gross misrepresentation of a product that is redefining employment laws,  legal rights and data protection policies. 

All I am concerned about, is everything we deemed to be of primary importance just a few years ago is now a distant second. Disability rights, concerns for the sight and hearing impaired, zero hour contracts, and regulation. 

All I am concerned about is, the ‘effects’ of deregulation. Despite their assurances, there is evidence in abundance, that the vulnerability of those traveling in a vehicle with a stranger, still poses the same threat as it once did?

All I am concerned about, is phenomenal technology being monopolised by corporations and the government and used ultra-virally to determine outcomes that favour vested interests.  

All I am concerned about, is advocates of the above have never considered conducting impact data to determine the detrimental effect of the State assisting the decimation of workers lives.  

I am concerned about all of the above, and if you endorse Uber -or even passively advocate their return- then you no doubt are happy to represent everything mentioned here.  

With that, I trust you accept, that we should all have concerns about you. 

The shared economy is a euphemism for incomes not keeping pace with the cost of living. It’s solely concerned with the working and lower-working classes. It is then wrapped up as empowering to rent your second bedroom or hire out your car. Surely, we have always been able to do that? 

But now the money men have found a way to take a cut. After all, I don’t see them sharing the bedrooms at Balmoral or Chequers, do you? 



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time For Mayor To Honour Pledge And Publish Taxi & PH Collision Data !

Taxi and Private Hire personal collision data


Mayor's Question Time


Thursday, 12 October 2017


Question 2017/3868 

Main question

Caroline Pidgeon

You have in the past stated that taxi and private hire collision would be reported separately by Spring 2017.   In answer to Question 2017/2252 you then stated it would be published 'later in the Summer'.   Please provide an update as to when this information will be published and an explanation for the delays in publication.

We are informed that....

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Oxford leads the world in zero emissions (as long as everyone walks!)

With the government’s new aim to stop the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, towns and cities around the country are looking at ways to reduce traffic and pollution. Oxford claims to be leading the way with its aim of being the world’s first zero-emissions zone. However, is the promise really all it seems?

The scheme

Oxford’s proposal aims to slash air pollution, which has risen to above legal limits in some areas due to the amount of harmful nitrogen dioxide in the air. The plans are currently undergoing consultation. They involve prohibiting any non-zero emission taxis from the centre of the city, followed by light commercial vehicles and then buses by 2020.

Critics of Oxford’s rather grandiose plan to host the world’s first zero emissions zone might well latch onto the fact that banning traffic from a city centre is not really a viable way to reduce emissions – not unless our cities are prepared to roll out fleets of electric taxis, buses and delivery lorries in the very near future. 

Additionally, the map of the proposed scheme’s boundaries (PDF) demonstrates the rather small scale of the initial zero emissions zone, which covers just a handful of streets.

Nevertheless, Oxford is going ahead with the consultation for its ‘world first’ plan. The city aims to have a zero-emissions zone that will cover all non-electric vehicles, including HGVs. This zone would expand to cover the whole of the city centre by 2035, according to plans created jointly by the city and county councils. This would result in a 75% reduction in the levels of nitrogen dioxide by the time the scheme completes in 2035, as most of these pollutants come from vehicle exhausts.

Changing position

The plan comes after Oxford was one of 11 cities to breach the (so called) safe limit for toxic particles known as PM10s in a study by the World Health Organization last year. It also breached the limits for PM2.5 particles.

The city council has secured some £500,000 worth of government funding in order to install electric charging points for new taxis, along with a further £800,000 to create 100 electric vehicle charging points for residents. However, officials admit more will be needed to deliver the planned zero-emissions zone.

Problems around the country

Many towns and cities around the UK are facing a similar problem, but the Oxford model doesn’t work for everyone. Part of the reason for this is that the university city already has a high percentage of pedestrianised areas where no vehicles travel. This means there is less traffic in the centre of Oxford than in many other cities of a similar size.

Other cities have already tried. London operated a scheme until 2015 that aimed to create a low emissions zone. Founded in 2008, the scheme saw vehicles that failed to meet a low-emissions standard having to pay to enter the city. The aim was to dramatically reduce the polluting gases and particles that Londoners were being exposed to daily.

Unfortunately, the scheme had little impact. The predicted 10% drop in oxides that was expected by 2012 didn’t happen and, three years later, the air quality had not improved at all.

Understanding the problems

According to experts, one of the problems was that the scheme came alongside the growing realisation that diesel vehicles were much more polluting than everyone thought. The scheme has now been replaced with the Ultra Low Emission Zone, along with a plan to convert all double-decker buses in central London to hybrids and all single decker buses to zero emissions by 2020.

Yet this doesn’t deal with the problem of taxis, delivery vehicles and HGVs, which are still polluting the air space. The Oxford model of simply banning these vehicles certainly wouldn’t be feasible in London. It seems that further work is needed before we have a model that can work in all of the UK’s cities and help improve the air quality for everyone.

Source Lisa Edwards


What else can we do to reduce air pollution in our cities? 

How long will it be before we have a plan in place that’s both realistic and effective? 

Leave a comment to share your views. 



Khan's Uber Ban UNDER THREAT ? : Can Drivers Register With Deregulated Councils ?

Under private hire regulations, drivers can get a licence in one city but pick up trade in a completely different one.

The loophole has been highlighted in Wolverhampton, where Uber began operating last year, leading to a surge in the number of minicab licenses.

And it is claimed that minicab drivers are coming from all over the UK to get registered, before operating in other parts of the country, including London.

This week, councillors in Coventry said they were furious about Wolverhampton Uber drivers flooding into their own city.

But the issue affects the whole of the country and could potentially hit London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s bid to ban Uber from his city.

Fareed Baloch, Chief Operating Officer of Zoom.Taxi said drivers were concerned that badges were being handed out “too easily and without stringent tests which used to be a hallmark for the industry.”

London transport chiefs are currently lobbying the Government to close the loophole allowing so-called “cross border hiring”.

Sadiq Khan SLAMS Uber for 'refusing to play by the rules'

A spokesman for Transport for London said: “A national change is required to address issues of cross border hiring which will otherwise further contribute to enforcement, congestion, pollution and parking issues in London.

“We do not have powers to restrict this type of cross border operation and we continue to raise our concerns with government to ensure we have appropriate controls.”

Source : Express 

Read full article -Click Here-



TfL Licences issued
Information about the number and type of licence issued will be updated regularly. The following figures cover the week ending Sunday 15 October 2017:

Private hire driver licences - 116,067: a decrease of 94 on previous week, 159 licences are new.

Private hire vehicle licences - 88,493: a decrease of 100 on previous week, 466 licences are new.

Private hire operator licences - 2,409: a decrease of 7 on previous week.

Taxi driver licences - 24,117: an increase of 6 on the previous week, 14 licences are new. Of those taxi drivers, 21,015 hold All London licences, and 3,102 hold Suburban licences.

Taxi vehicle licences - 21,177: an increase of 15 on previous week, 33 are new.

With thanks to Patrick Lynch 

Saul’s Breakfast Show Thursday 19-10-2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Another Rat Deserts Uber's Sinking Ship

Uber’s European policy chief just quit

In another blow to the company, Uber’s European policy chief Christopher Burghardt has left the company, the Financial Times reports. 

Burghardt’s departure follows the departure of Uber’s U.K. boss earlier this month and comes in the middle of Uber’s battle with London over the future of its services there. Burghardt is leaving to become managing director for the electric vehicle charging network company Chargepoint in Europe. 

His role there will begin in November. Burghardt told the FT his decision to move on was “independent of anything that is happening at Uber.” He also noted:

For me this is a choice because I really believe in Chargepoint and the advent of the electric vehicle. Europe at the point of getting to mass market adoption of electric vehicles, and Chargepoint is at the forefront of that.

“I’m still a great believer in what Uber does. [New Uber CEO] Dara [Khosrowshahi] really has vision that will take the company into a bright future.”


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hull On The List Of Councils Where Uber Will Not Apply For A Licence.

Uber will not be operating in Hull as it scraps expansion plans in nine cities.

Taxi-giant Uber has abandoned its plans to expand into Hull after losing its license in the capital earlier this month.

Earlier this year, Uber announced its plans to launch in nine new cities including, Hull, Oxford, South Tynesyde and Bournemouth.

But now it has withdrawn its applications for the use of its cars in these locations, reports the Times. 

The decision to withdraw the applications was made after Uber was asked a series of questions by the Local Government Association (LGA).

The LGA wanted to determine whether the company’s claim that it “does not provide transportation services” and simply operates using an app connecting “independent contractors” with passengers are true.

It would appear that every time Uber's operating system is questioned, they back down.....what is it about they way they operate that they are determined to keep secret?

Questions included: “If Uber has no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver of the vehicle, who accepts the booking? 
If Uber accepts the booking, how does it have no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver?”

In the UK, it's totally illegal for a Private hire driver to accept a booking directly from a customer which is exactly the case with uber, as they've already explained it two recent court cases.

Uber is already in danger of losing its license in Brighton after it was revealed it had broken its promise to only use local drivers and vehicles.

Uber has also been refused a license in Reading and has been told it will not be granted one in Southend-on-Sea.

Transport for London also refused to renew the company’s license last month, although Uber still continues to take bookings in the city, pending an appeal. The decision was back by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Hull City Council has confirmed Uber has withdrawn its application to use its taxis in the city.

Uber said: “Uber has been granted more than 80 licenses by councils. Over the last year a small number of licence applications lapsed while we focused on other areas.

“On rare occasions we’ve not pursued applications as proposed conditions didn’t fit with how our app works.” really couldn't make that up lol.

Source : Hull Daily Mail.

Taxi leaks Extra Bit :

The Knowledge, featured on Saul's breakfast show, London Taxi Radio.

Click on this link below :

Sadiq Khan’s ‘40,000 pollution deaths a year’ is a zombie statistic and isn’t true, says respiratory physician.

At last the truth about London's pollution.

Sadiq Khan’s figure on pollution deaths is a “zombie statistic and it’s simply not true,” according to a respiratory physician.

Figures have been released claiming pollution causes almost 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. Air pollution is also said to cause a total 340,000 years of lost life in the UK.

Figures originated from a Royal College of Physicians report and Mr Khan has cited the figures in announcing measures to cut pollution in London.

But Tony Frew, respiratory physician at the University of Brighton, told Julia Hartley-Brewer this is merely an example of a “zombie statistic”, meaning “however much you try to kill it it comes back and it’s simply not true.”

He explained that the 340,000 life years figure doesn’t equate to real life, and in reality each person loses only about three days from their lifespan as a result of pollution.

Frew also said that the 40,000 deaths a year figure is “a guess” using information about two pollutants which overlap.

He added that pollution levels are “illegal because we made it illegal, not because it’s dangerous.”

Source : Stemorris . com

Stop The Conservative Party Trying To Interfere With Lawful Licensing Decisions...PETITION.

All around Chelsea these leaflets from the Conservative party, are being hand delivered to every household. Absolute Disgrace!

I have never in my entire career known of political interference such as this in on-going litigation.

The question has to be asked...why is a political party so interested in this foreign non tax paying company. 

Just how far do the  tenticles of lobbying money run?

Has this anything to do with top job offers made to and accepted by former top Tory MPs, by companies who heavily invest in Uber?

The Conservative party have been commenting and petitioning the public in relation to a licensing authorities decisions to refuse granting a license to Uber a company that does not respect Workers rights, pays its tax via a second company off shore and most importantly has safety issues.

The fact the companies CEO has had to apologise for their behaviour as a company as well as a director admitting publicly they failed advise the authorities in relation to sexual assaults as well as other events is wrong.

It is not the job of a prime minister or their party to interfere with a legally made decision especially when it is of a licensing nature.

The Conservative party must desist immediately and remove any petition.

Why is this important?

It is wrong for a political party to question the decisions of licensing officers. 

This is akin to rejection of the law to suit political ends rather than protection of the public or workers.

This is important also because it shows an unashamed attempt to garner suppol.p.rt from a voting section of the public.

Moreover it does not represent the Local authorities inhabitants alone and cannot be proven.

A political party should not be lobbying to obfuscate the work of those carrying out licensing.

You know the drill....please sign  :



Monday, October 16, 2017

Jeremy Corbyn's Speech To Young Labour: An Uber Co-Op Run By The Drivers, Sharing Profits.

Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Co-Op party (the one the United Cabbies Group [UCG] have alined themselves with) ahead of the Young Labour Policy Conference.

"Labour is thinking radically about how we can use the power of new technology in the coming decades to make our economy work for us all.

"Technology of the digital age should empower us as workers and consumers, allowing us to cooperate in a way that wasn’t possible in the past.

"Imagine an Uber run co-operatively by their drivers, collectively controlling their future, with profits shared or re-invested."

And again! No mention of the high number of rapes and sexual assaults from this company who enabled it's drivers to work with fake DBS criminal record check certificates!!!

Jeremy, we've all ready got that....a collective of professional highly regulated drivers non dependent on foreign multi billion dollar slave drivers, controlling their own future in line with government legislation and local's called the Hackney Black Cab Taxi industry!!!

Jeremy, imagine a London devoid of the traditional Black cabs...25,000 full tax paying drivers put out of work by a foreign Non-dom tax avoiding company who uses slave labour, most drawing state benefits, many with fakes criminal record checks on its drivers, fakes medicals, allows the hacking of customers accounts, spies on its customers and doesn't report complaints of sex attacks by its drivers on customers to the police??? 

Is this the future Labour wants for the UK Jeremy?

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit :

London also has one of the largest and most comprehensive bus networks in the world, with 9000 buses running on 700 bus routes, as well as 20 tube lines providing a 24hour service at weekends and around 100,000 non-Uber Minicabs and Taxis.

Even if Uber are not relicensed, no one will find themselves stranded in London. 

If TFL capitulates to public and political pressure based on the arguments being made, that they have 3.5 million users, it could set a very troubling precedent. 

If a company can get away with illegal and unethical behaviour simply because it has a lot of customers, it would send out the message that the richest corporations are above the law in London. 

Let's get one thing straight....uber drivers are self-employed as Minicab drivers!

If uber lose their operators licence, the drivers still remain self-employed Minicab drivers....they haven't lost their licenses.

They can work as self-employed Minicab drivers for anyone of the other 2,500 fit and proper TfL licensed operators in the capital.

Brakes Put On Uber, But Has UberRape Been Bought Off And Swept Under The Carpet?

According to the Sunday Times, the minicab instant hail app Uber, has abandoned its plan to expand into at least nine cities and towns around Britain.

Uber are also in danger of losing their licence in Brighton, which expires next month...after breaking promises to use only local drivers and vehicles. But then that's their philosophy is, "it's easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission".

Uber is currently battling big time for survival in the capital following the decision by TfL to refuse to renew their operators licence. 
However, the company are continuing to accept bookings, pending the appeal, lodged at Westminster Magistrates court on Friday....So we can expect UberRape and sexual assaults to continue for a while yet!!!

Uber have also decided to withdraw applications for operating licences in Oxford, Hull, Bournemouth, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sandwell in the West Midlands.

The Sunday times article stated:
The decision was made after Uber was asked a series of questions about its business drawn up by the Local Government Association.

The questions are designed to challenge the company’s claim that it is merely an agent that “does not provide transportation services” and simply operates an app connecting “independent contractors” with passengers.

The questions include: “If Uber has no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver of the vehicle, who accepts the booking? 
(If the drivers accepts the bookings, then the app is illegal)
If Uber accepts the booking, how does it have no involvement in the contract between the customer and the driver?”

The Article went on to say:
Oxford city council said Uber’s application had lapsed after it had failed to provide “vital details” of how its service would operate. The other councils confirmed that Uber had withdrawn.

The company has been refused a licence in Reading and told it will not be granted one in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
However, it continues to serve some of the areas using cars it sends in from other places where it does hold a licence.

Source : Sunday Times 

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit :

Funny, is it just me, or have you noticed too, that virtually all the TV/Radio news and national media have missed off the bit about the 50% rise last year in UberRape and Uber sexual assaults....13,000 Fake Uber driver DBS criminal record certificates....the fake Uber medicals and topographical test's??? 
TfL knew for over nine months, yet took no action!!!

It's suddenly become all about a mythical 40,000 self-employed drivers losing their jobs. 

These are self-employed drivers, that will remain licensed and can carry on working for any one of the other 2,500 private hire operators currently licensed by TfL. No ones lost their job....

TfL have said Uber are not fit and proper to hold an operators licence...Were the issues above not enough to get Uber closed down for good???

I wonder how much of the investors money it took to get all the news editors to drop the UberRape and fake criminal record checks from their stories ???

Andrew Boff (conservative assembly member) says, Uber's CEO came to London and apologised and that now the Mayor and TfL should do a u-turn. 

Does Andrew Boff believe that rape against women is fare game to an Uber driver ?
Are our wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, little more than collateral damage by Mr Boff?

Would Andrew Boff like to meet with the UberRape and sexual attack victims...the ones who's lives, and the lives of their families have been shattered by these attacks....and let him explain to them why they should accept an apology from Dara Khosrowshahi.

Many of these rapes and sexual assaults could have been prevented if only TfL management had insisted Uber abide by the legislation plus had the appropriate genuine DBS certificates. 

          Almost all gone....but not forgotten 

Perhaps the victims of the sex attacks should be looking towards one of these aggressive PPI lawyers to put together a 'no win no fee' class action, against TfL's directors and managers who swept scandal after scandal under the carpet over the last 5 years.

How many rapes and sexual assaults could have been avoided if TfL had 'done the job we pay them to do' and acted accordingly, when the fake DBS certificates first came to light back in January?

Helen Chapman gave assurances that all Uber drivers had the same enhanced DBS checks as Taxi drivers.....Helen Chapman lied.