Saturday, November 04, 2017

MetroCab Join The Market For London's New Generation Of Taxi Cab. But What About Driver Health Issues?

After their appeal was upheld by the court against Geely, MetroCab are back in the running to supply the next generation of Taxis for London. 

MetroCab is an electric vehicle with an internal combustion engine (range extender) powering a matched generator, charging the battery pack, also providing energy directly to the electric motors.

Although Metrocab is fully self-charging while in normal operation, a Portable Electric Vehicle Supply Extension (EVSE) is also available for ‘home’ charging from a domestic mains socket.

A ‘Digital Differential’ replaces the mechanical differential and eliminates the mechanical losses associated with conventional internal combustion and hybrid drive trains, giving improved motor control, traction and performance - with zero maintenance.

Hybrid & Electric Cars: Electromagnetic Radiation Risks

However will still haven’t had any comprehensive report from the manufacturers, TfL or the Mayor, to put our minds at rest over driver health issues, in regards to radiation emissions from the electro magnetic field produced by the bank of lithium batteries that power electric vehicles. 

Hybrid and electric cars may be cancer-causing as they emit extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic radiation (EMR) or magnetic fields. Recent studies of the levels of EMR emitted by these automobiles have claimed either that they pose a cancer risk for the vehicles' occupants or they are safe. 

Unfortunately, the little research conducted on this issue has been industry-funded by companies with vested interests on one side of the issue or the other which makes it difficult to know which studies are trustworthy. 

Meanwhile, numerous peer-reviewed laboratory studies conducted over several decades have found biologic effects from very limited exposures to ELF EMR. These studies suggest that the EMR guidelines established by the self-appointed, International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) are inadequate to protect our health. Thus, even if EMR measurements do not exceed the ICNIRP guidelines, occupants of hybrid and electric automobiles may be at increased risk for cancer and other health problems.

Given that magnetic fields have been considered "possibly carcinogenic" in humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization since 2001, the precautionary principle dictates that we should design consumer products to minimize consumers’ exposure to ELF EMR. This especially applies to hybrid and electric automobiles as drivers and passengers spend considerable amounts of time in these vehicles and health risks increase with the duration of exposure.

In January, 2014, SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, proposed manufacturing design guidelines that could reduce the magnetic fields in electric vehicles (see below).  All automobile manufacturers should follow these guidelines to ensure their customers' safety.  

The public should demand that governments adequately fund high-quality research on the health effects of electromagnetic radiation that is independent of industry to eliminate any potential conflicts of interest. In the U.S., a major national research and education initiative could be funded with as little as a 5 cents a month fee on mobile phone subscribers.

Following are summaries and links to several studies and news articles on this topic. 

Note that many experts believe the ICNIRP guidelines for maximum general public exposure to electromagnetic fields do not adequately protect the public from health risks

Statement from MetroCab, Wednesday 1st November  

Green light for production of world leading tech in Metrocab following case dismissal  Bid to block production of the Zero-Emissions Capable Metrocab, designed & manufactured in the UK, fails again after original High Court decision is upheld  Ecotive’s Metrocab is now in a position to bring their tried and tested world-leading British innovation into production following the Court of Appeal decision to uphold the original verdict made in 2016. 

Mr Justice Arnold, from the London High Court, dismissed the case, in January 2016 which claimed the design of Metrocab copied the shape of “iconic” polluting diesel black cabs on the road. 

The judge concluded that there was little similarity between the new Metrocab and conventional TX4 and earlier TX model taxis made by London Electric Vehicle Company (formerly London Taxi Company), owned by the Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely. 

The Court of Appeal upheld Mr Justice Arnold judgment in full, determining that the London Taxi Company trademarks should never have been registered because they were not inherently distinctive and rejecting the passing off claim. 

The Metrocab electric vehicle, which will be manufactured in Coventry, will help improve air quality by tackling emissions of diesel fumes, allowing cities like London to meet international air quality standards.  

The Metrocab became London’s first licensed zero-emissions capable taxi in 2014 and took part in a two-year Trial in London, covering hundreds of thousands of miles with 75% zero-emissions operation, substantially enhancing air quality, reducing emissions, and delivering significant fuel savings to drivers. 

The Metrocab is fully ready for the introduction of London’s Ultra-Low Emissions Zone and in 2014 introduced a host of new features never before seen on a London taxi, including all-LED lighting; 
the London taxi market’s first panoramic glass roof for the passengers; 
USB charging; and zero-emissions capable operation. 

Following the success of the trial, Metrocab can proceed with production which will bring enormous environmental benefits to London.  

Speaking on behalf of Metrocab, a spokesman said: “Metrocab are delighted that the Court of Appeal have upheld Mr Justice Arnold’s original decision. 

It is a great pity that unnecessary time has been wasted on a false accusation, especially when we could have been contributing to the improvement of air quality for Londoners, with our innovative and game-changing technology.

 We have continued to trial, improve and develop our technology over the last three years with taxi drivers in active service and are extremely proud of our decision to design and develop the entirety of the Metrocab here in the UK. 

We are looking forward to getting production up and running in Coventry following the court’s decision.”   

The Court of Appeal awarded the following terms for the order: 

 The Appellant is refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court  

 The stay of paragraphs 3 and 4 of the Order of the Honourable Mr Justice Arnold dated Tuesday 9th February 2016, which stay was continued by Order of this Court date 7th February 

2017, is extended until disposal of the said appeal to the Supreme Court/disposal of the Appellant’s application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court;

  The Appellant shall pay the Respondents’ costs of and occasioned by the said appeal, to be assessed by way of detailed assessment if not agreed; and 

  The Appellant is to pay to the Respondents the sum of £125,000 on account of costs such sum to be paid within 14 days. 

For further information please contact:  Newgate Communications 020 7680 6550 

Let's just remind ourselves that the Cornish Tin Mines were closed down decades ago because of the risk to miners health, as lithium is to be found next to the Tin. 
Believe it or not, they are actually considering reopening the mines again to harvest he lithium, using miners wearing lead lined spacesuits.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Denying Cabs Access To Bank Junction, Is An attack on our jobs. Please Take This Survey.

Denying Cabs part of TFL's transport infrastructure access to Bank Junction, is an attack on our jobs. 

Please complete this simple survey.

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What Is It That Mayor Khan Has Been Telling The World.... London’s Open !!! Lol...

From 12:00 until 16:30 on Saturday 4 November, there will be closures between Mayfair and Parliament Square including Grosvenor Square, Oxford Street, New Bond Street, Old Bond Street, Piccadilly, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and approaches, and Whitehall. This is for a march.

From 11:45 until 23:59 on Sunday 5 November, there may be closures in the Central London area including roads within St James's Park, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square. Further road closures in the vicinity may also be in place. This is due to a demonstration.

From 09:00 until 16:00 on Saturday 4 November, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to an event.

Oxford Street
On Tuesday 7 November, between 00:01 and 23:00, there will be phased road closures on Oxford Street. This is due to an event.

Central London
From 08:00 until 18:30 on Saturday 4 November, Regent Street will be closed between Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus. This is due to an event

Central London
Until 05:00 on 3 November Tower Bridge will be closed in both directions to enable overnight maintenance work. There will be lane closures from Monday 6 until Friday 10 November, between 22:00 and 05:00. 

Source : TfL 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Private Hire Driver Jailed After Sexual Assaults On 4 Female Passengers

A private hire driver who groped four female passengers in three incidents over a four year period has been jailed for 24 months.

Hussain Rahman, who is said to be religious with a ‘deep faith’, abused his position as a Minicab driver to prey on drunk women as he drove them home in his car at night.

And on the final occasion the 51-year-old picked on a woman who was not drunk, making obscene, suggestive, comments to her as he stroked her leg.

Rahman, of Lansbury Drive, Upper Stratton, pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault but was convicted by a jury following a trial at Swindon Crown Court.

He first targeted one of his fares after picking up three friends who had been out on the town in November 2012.

The 18-year-old victim, who he had seen being sick, got in the front while her two drunken pals were arguing in the back, leaving them unaware of what he was up to.

Rahman put his hand on her chest, squeezing her breast over her clothing, leaving the teenager traumatised for years.

Just over two years later, in January 2015, he was driving two women home after they had also been drinking heavily, one so much so that she could recall nothing.

The defendant put his hand inside her trousers and touched her friend’s breast under her clothing as the victims were trapped in the cab.

His final victim, who has worked in the past as a carer, was picked up in the early hours of Saturday August 6 last year from a friend’s house.

Soon after pulling away he said ‘You need a man with a big penis’ as he rubbed her thigh close to her groin area.

The woman, who had only had a couple of beers, said she was repeatedly pushing him away and would have told him to stop the car and let her out were it not the early hours of the morning.

Colin Meeke, prosecuting, said all four of the women had suffered as a result of the ordeals they had been put through.

Referring to their victim personal statements he said one told how she could not use public transport, let alone Minicabs, as a result of her ordeal.

Another said she had been a victim of a sex attack in the past and feared he was going to be taken away and raped.

A third spoke of how she was horrified to have been accused by him of being racist and damaging his car, when in reality she was the victim.

James Tucker, defending, said that his client had been regarded as a low risk of reoffending and would never be able to work as a private hire driver again.

Although the case passed the custody threshold he urged any jail term to be suspended saying he has diabetes and had done a good job raising his family.

Jailing him for two years Judge Robert Pawson said “You are now 51 years old. You are a religious man with a strong faith.

“Over the course of four years or so when you were working as a Minicab driver, you used your position and the vulnerability of drunk women out late at night to sexually assault them.

“You as a Minicab driver driving members of the public around at night are in a relationship, an ad hoc relationship it may be, of trust to your fares whether there is one of them, two of them or three of them: but particularly when one.

“I have considered you case very, very, carefully but it seems to me given all the circumstances it would be quite wrong of me to suspend the sentence.”

As a result of the two year jail term he will have to register as a sex offender for the next 10 years.

Source : Swindon Advertiser. 

It appears there has been a misprint in the recent copy of the LTDA's Taxi paper, in regards to the next LTDA branch meeting. 

The meeting will take place at the Horse Shoe, 24 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R OAG at 7pm on the 8th November. 

Source : The Real LTDA

BREAKING NEWS : Uber’s Brighton licence renewed – but only for six months

Brighton and Hove City Council has extended Uber’s licence to operate a taxi service in the city – but only for a further six months while it monitors the implications of the loss of its London licence.

The decision on the length of the extension, which was made yesterday by licensing officers, was taken to allow the council to monitor the outcome of the Transport for London Uber decision, and consider whether any of the information arising from the case had direct implications for the operation in the city.

It also allows the council more time to negotiate with Uber about a number of proposed conditions for operating in the city.

The Minicab hailing app’s operating licence in London was not renewed in September after Transport for London said it showed “a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications”.

These including driver security checks, dealing with serious complaints and the possible use of software which bars public officials from using the app to monitor how the company complies the licence.

Brighton and Hove taxi drivers had urged the city council not to renew the lift-sharing company’s licence here either, partly on the basis it is breaking a verbal assurance made at the original licence hearing to use only drivers licensed in the city.

A council spokesman said: “In making this week’s decision, council officers studied reports and written submissions from interested parties. While there was no evidence to suggest that public safety had been compromised, there are a number of concerns and Uber are working with the council to address these and reassure residents and visitors about their safety.

“Under national law, licensed drivers can operate anywhere in the country, so drivers licensed elsewhere are allowed to operate in the city. Many authorities have fewer conditions attached to their licensing than is the case here.

“When licensing operators, Brighton and Hove City Council work with them to maintain and enhance standards of safety, which includes trying to ensure that drivers not licensed locally can be as accountable as possible.

“We’re working with Uber to ensure safety standards are maintained and address the challenges brought about by technological changes.

“All Brighton and Hove private hire and Hackney Carriage drivers in the city operate under the same licences and the same guidelines contained in the Blue Book, whichever company they drive for. Likewise, all drivers undergo the same background checks.

“Following the council’s standard procedure for renewing taxi operators’ license renewals, the decision was taken by officers under delegated authority.

“A decision on the process to look at the licence at the end of this six-month period will be taken in the new year.”

Councillor Lynda Hyde, the Conservatives’ lead member for licensing, was one of three councillors present as an observer when officers, advised by lawyers, reached their decision.

She said: “I wanted the decision to be made at a public meeting, not behind closed doors.

“The consensus seems to be coming round to my view that the next decision should be made openly and transparently in public.”

Much has changed since the council settled on its current process for licensing taxis and private hire drivers, vehicles and operators, including national laws and the entry of app-based operators into the market.

Some councillors believe in the light of those changes that it is appropriate to take a fresh look at when decisions should be taken by elected councillors and when they should be delegated to officials.

The initial decision to grant Uber a licence was taken in public by a licensing panel made up of three councillors.

The decision to renew Uber’s licence was taken by officials with lawyers in attendance and was observed by Councillor Hyde, the Greens lead member for licensing, Councillor Lizzie Deane and Jackie O’Quinn, the Labour councillor who chairs the Licensing Committee.

Source : Brighton and Hove News Org.

Lost TradeMark Battle Could See London Taxi Market Open To Other Manufactures.

It was all over the trade news outlets yesterday that LTC (now calling themselves LEVC) have lost their embittered trademark battle with MetroCab. 

And yet when the eye watering news came out that LTC's parent company Geely would be making a zero emission electric vehicle with the intention of offering it to Uber.....not a word appeared in our trade media. 

But then again, I suppose it was only to be expected with all the advertising revenue flying about. 

Funny how a few quids worth of advertising can change values in the Taxi trade. 
Let's go back to 14th June 2016, and have a little look at what was published in the Automotive News China.

'London Taxi Co., a U.K. subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., 
showed the TX5 prototype in Paris last Thursday.
The rollout of the TX5 is part of a $400 million program that includes a new factory near Coventry, England. 
In addition to targeting traditional cabbies, London Taxi also plans to offer the car to ride-sharing apps such as Uber and its competitors.' 
Source Automotive News China. 14th June 2016.

I don't recall reading this in any of our Taxi trade publication. 

Now Coventry's London Taxi Company have lost the black cab trademark battle, we could see both MetroCab and Nissan undercutting LTC's retail pricing. 
The battle has only just started to warm up, with other manufacturers waiting in the wings.

Two Court of Appeal judges ruled that the shape of a traditional London black cab is not distinctive, which has now opened the doors for other manufactures to pitch for a slice of the London Taxi market. 

Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Floyd upheld a ruling on Wednesday that was made last year by a High Court judge.

The London Taxi Company, wanted to claim an exclusive right to the shape. But n January 2016 Mr Justice Arnold ruled that the shape was not a "valid registered trade mark" after a High Court hearing in London. 
He said the shape lacked "distinctive character".

Two appeal court judges have now dismissed the taxi company's challenge to Mr Justice Arnold's ruling, following a Court of Appeal hearing in London in July.

Sharon Daboul, a specialist in trademark disputes at law firm EIP, said the ruling would clear the road for the launch of a similar-shaped "eco-friendly" taxi.

At present we are looking at three definites who will be entering the London Taxi zero emissions race ...LEVC, MetroCab and Nissan. Waiting in the wings are Toyota and this little beauty below from Turkish manufacturer Karsan. 

London Taxi from Karsan 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

MPS Roads And Transport Police Have Had A Busy Start This Week.

After a follow up visit to the Minicab operators office by the Met Police from Richmond, a licensed PHV driver has been reported for lending his licensed Minicab to an unlicensed Minicab driver to pick up a booking in Euston Station. 

The driver was arrested and awaits court date for fraud and other offences. 

An hour later, central Traffic decision seized another Prius with no insurance, driven by a driver with no licence. 

This Prius in Camden insurance and unfit to drive the vehicle was seized, put onto a low loader and taken away 

But my Favourite Of The Week
Stopped in Soho (on a licensed Taxi rank), captured by the Met's Cab Section, accompanied by TfL....vehicle owner had failed to remove unlawful livery. Vehicle was pronounced unfit to work as a private hire vehicle 

These ongoing instances of illegally signage, are a direct result of TfLTPH failure to deal with the Addison Lee Rugby World Cup livery. As far as we know (confirmed by TfL), no action was taken against Addison Lee who ignored TfLs order to remove signage until after the contract ended. 

Another one, spotted over the weekend....even after Taxi Leaks went to the trouble of giving TfL the contact details of the company supplying the illegal signage....compliance are still dragging their feet.

Now every Tom dick and Minicab owner believes they can ignore TfL at will.

Mind you, the Met still haven't come up with an effective way of dealing with the scooter scum...

Meanwhile in the City, this is the contempt they have for the Taxi trade.

Their CCTV camera car is actively blocking the point of our rank, in order to issue tickets to vehicles using Lime Street. 

It seems that stopping Taxi drivers earning a living has now become a habit with the City of London.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Redressing The Balance... Letter To TfLTPH From A Grateful Passenger

The piece below is an extract from a letter sent to TfL by a grateful passenger. Taxi Leaks would like to thank TfLTPH for passing this on to us by way of their Twitter account. 

My taxi driver and I got talking during the journey and he asked me where I'd been. I told him that I'd come from visiting my mother for the final time, she being 82 and living in Plymouth, me being towards the end of the terminal illness and living in East Yorkshire.

He told me that his sister in law had recently been diagnosed with stomach cancer and was struggling emotionally. He wondered if I had any advice to give. 
The traffic being heavy, I was able to tell him my story and give him as much advice as I could.

When we got to King's Cross he very kindly waived the fair. We shook hands and parted. I wish I'd taken his name or the cab number, as I wanted him to know that the fair I should've paid will be donated to the Dove House Hospice, which I attend regularly and I shall never forget his kindness.

All too often London cabbies get bad press. I would like to redress the balance a bit.

Institute of Licensing writes to Government To Highlight The Failures In The Taxi Licensing System.

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has written to the Government to raise concerns about failings in the taxi and private hire licensing system that is putting public safety at risk.

IoL President, James Button, said in the letter: 
“We are aware that there is currently much discussion ongoing in relation to the licensing of taxi and private hire drivers, operators and vehicle owners, including the recently established working party by Minister of State John Hayes MP. We are conscious that any discussions must seriously consider the adequacies of current arrangements concerning criminality checks, data sharing and ability of licensing authorities and police practitioners to identify concerns relating to licensed individuals and those seeking to be licensed with a view to maintaining public safety and taking appropriate action as necessary.”

The letter addressed to the Home Office, DfT, National Police Chiefs Council and the chairman of the newly established Taxi and Private Hire Working Group, outlined the result of its member’s survey about the level of checks undertaken, data sharing with the police and other similar issues:

• Less than 25% of respondents consider the current data sharing arrangements are satisfactory
• More than 50% of respondents agreed that changes to the Notifiable Occupations Scheme affected information sharing between police and licensing authorities
• 72% of respondents said that do not receive immediate notifications from the police when a taxi licensee (driver, operator or proprietor) is under investigation, arrested or charged
• 42% of respondents said that the Data Protection Act used as a reason for not sharing information
• A substantial 80% of respondents agreed it would useful would it be to have a single point of contact within the police for taxi licensing issues

Mr Button continued: “The IoL has raised concerns previously with the Home Office in relation to data sharing between police and licensing authorities in relation to taxis. In March 2015, we put on record with the Home Office our concern over the then imminent changes to the Notifiable Occupations Scheme and the proposed removal of Home Office Circular 006/2006 which provided guidance to police forces about the disclosure of convictions and other information in relation to people in professions or occupations which carry additional trust or responsibility (notifiable occupations). In summary, the concern at that point was that the changes would increase uncertainty and inconsistency in data sharing.”

The IoL is currently leading on a project to develop a national model convictions policy for licensing authorities to consider adopting locally. It has been working with the Local Government Association and the National Association of Licensing and Enforcement Officers on the project and the aim is to consult on the draft document imminently. This project has been undertaken with the sole purpose of providing a potential national minimum standard endorsed by the relevant organisations with a view to raising consistency across England and Wales.

Decision Later Today on Uber's future in Brighton and Hove, could result in disappointment

THE future of taxi-hailing app Uber in Brighton and Hove is to be decided in a closed-door meeting today, according to local paper The Argus.

Cab companies have fiercely criticised the secrecy surrounding the relicencing decision, in the wake of Transport for London’s move last month not to renew Uber’s licence to operate in the capital.

The Argus understands the decision will be taken by council officers in conjunction with the three councillors who are their party leads for licensing.

A vote between councillors Jackie O’Quinn, Labour, Linda Hyde, Conservative and Lizzie Deane, Green, resulted in the decision to hold the meeting behind closed doors. Sounds extremley suspicious.... 

And yet, Cllr Hyde has consistently and publicly said she was in favour of an open meeting.

An announcement on the future of Uber in Brighton and Hove will be made after the meeting concludes.

Cllr Hyde said: “All I wanted to be clear about was that there should be a public meeting.
“That doesn’t mean I have already made up my mind one way or the other.”

Officers are due to present evidence on the fitness or otherwise of Uber to hold the licence to provide taxi services in the city.

In a letter to council officers, Streamline Taxis’ vice-chairman John Streeter said: “The licensed trade here in Brighton and Hove are bitterly disappointed that council officers and councillors have apparently decided not to hold a public enquiry into Uber’s application to renew their current licence here in our city.”

A previous letter from the city’s three largest taxi firms, Streamline, Radio Cabs, and City Cabs, alleged: “Uber Britannia Ltd is not and cannot be a fit and proper person to hold such a licence.”

The firms said Uber had broken its promised to use only locally-licenced drivers. The letter added: “We remain also very concerned that such an operator attempts to dilute, if not ignore altogether, the very high standards prescribed by the council’s Blue Book.”

In September, a petition with more than 1,000 signatures was presented to the council, asking them to re-examine the licence.

Rob Lawrie, a Brighton taxi driver, said: “Originally, Uber told us they would only use Brighton and Hove vehicles. Since then, Uber has paid drivers to come in from out of town and promised them at least the minimum wage.

“Every weekend we have 200 to 250 out-of-town drivers coming in, which is reducing the income of all Brighton drivers by 25 per cent.”

Uber launched in the city on October 28 last year, after being given a licence in October 2015 after four days of deliberations by the council. The licence will expire on November 4.

The company was granted its licence on the condition it abides by all the conditions in the Blue Book – a set of guidelines for the local cab trade.

Taxi Leaks Breaking News : 5:35pm
It's just been announced that after all the evidence has been considered, Brighton and Hove Council say they will announce whether or not app-based cab company Uber will be allowed to keep its licence this Thursday.

Beleaguered app hires PepsiCo’s Tony West as chief legal officer

Just a month after Uber drafted in Hogan Lovells to launch a legal challenge to Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to not renew its private hire licence, the US-based ridesharing company has hired Pepsico’s Tony West as its new chief legal officer.

Considering where he's come from, he should fit in nicely with Uber's business model...

In a company email, Uber’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said that West, who served as PepsiCo’s executive vice president for public policy and government affairs, general counsel (GC) and company secretary, was ‘exactly what Uber needs now’.

‘He has public company experience leading a global team of lawyers across more than 200 countries. As a former federal prosecutor and senior Department of Justice official in the Obama administration, he’s well equipped to handle the investigations into our past practices. And at Pepsi, he has emphasised diversity on his team and across the company.’

Khosrowshahi added: ‘Perhaps most importantly, Pepsi has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies 10 years in a row. Under Tony’s leadership, I’m confident that we will one day join this list.’

Before working for the Obama administration West was a partner at Morrison & Foerster for over seven years. He will begin the role next month and replaces Uber’s current chief legal officer and GC Salle Yoo, who confirmed in September that she would be leaving the company after five years.

West will have his hands full as the company is facing several legal challenges over the coming months, including a legal challenge to TfL after the transport provider revoked Uber’s licence to operate in London in September. According to TfL, Uber’s approach to reporting serious criminal offences and how medical certificates are obtained were among the reasons it came to the decision.

‘Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications’, the statement read.

Hogan Lovells regulatory partner Charles Brasted is advising Uber, and has instructed Tom de la Mare QC of Blackstone Chambers.

The firm has previous history advising the company, as it acted for Uber last August on its legal challenge against new guidelines proposed by TfL. The regulations included written English tests for drivers and insurance for drivers for the entire time that their vehicle is licensed. In that matter, TfL was represented by its in-house team and instructed Martin Chamberlain QC of Brick Court Chambers.

Paul Dacam, who has since retired from the firm, led for Hogan Lovells and instructed de la Mare QC alongside Hanif Mussa of Blackstone Chambers.

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit : English Tests 

Is it that these two Uber Prius don't understand English....or are they just illegally touting, by plying for hire from the licensed Taxi rank in Russell Street Covent Garden???

Source :

Monday, October 30, 2017

Uber Accused Of Not Disclosing The Full Picture : Tories Accused Of Keeping Quiet Over Sex Pest Claims

Downing Street said Prime Minister Theresa May was being kept up to date with developments.

Uber Technologies Inc are under attack again, this time for its financial reporting and have drawn criticism from accounting experts, who say it may even contradict the company’s own auditor’s published advice to clients and investors. 

Uber Technologies Inc said it believes it has the blessing of the Securities and Exchange Commission to report financial results without the portion of rider fares that goes to drivers, reported earlier this week by MarketWatch.

On Wednesday, MarketWatch reported that after consultation with the SEC and auditor PwC, Uber adopted new accounting rules that allow it to report only the net revenue that goes to the company when a transaction takes place, leaving out the drivers’ take completely.

Uber said it requested the regulator’s approval in what’s called a “preclearance” letter to the SEC’s chief accountant and noted PwC agreed with its conclusions. The SEC declined to comment on whether Uber had precleared its revenue-recognition approach.

Uber declined to provide to MarketWatch with a copy of its letter to the SEC or the regulator’s response.

“Uber is an accounting opportunist, and it looks like PwC is trying to accommodate them instead of pushing back as they should.” 
Tom Selling, author and professor emeritus, Thunderbird School of Global Management

J. Edward Ketz, an associate professor of accounting at Pennsylvania State University, said Uber is foolish to not report what it pays drivers even if it doesn’t have to. 

“That statistic is an important data point for investors in the evaluation of how well the company is doing because it helps in the estimation of future business,” Ketz told MarketWatch. “Some investors will walk away from the firm if Uber does not allow them to understand and quantify its business model.”

Uber, the preferred choice of the Tory party ???

PM Theresa May REFUSES to voice confidence in minister as 'dirty dossier' lists THIRTY-SIX 'sex pest' Tory MPs including one branded 'handsy with women' - while ex-No10 aide says whips hold material to help control votes

  • A Cabinet minister is alleged to have placed his hand on the thigh of a female journalist and said 'God, I love those t*ts';
  • Anonymous reports suggested a second senior minister had an affair with a junior female aide who is also now an MP;
  • A Liberal Democrat peer was rumoured to have invited female journalists to lunch, telling them to wear knee-high boots and short skirts;
  • MPs were said to be sharing stories about a Conservative who allegedly takes pictures of young men in compromising positions and uses them to extract sexual favours;
  • It also emerged that women working at the Scottish parliament have been victim to a 'catalogue' of sexual harassment incidents, according to a high-profile lawyer;
  • Mrs May's former communications chief said whips often kept incriminating evidence to push MPs into following the party line in votes.  

Last week Mrs May described the sex pest claims as deeply concerning and encouraged victims to report their allegations to the police. Overnight she wrote to Mr Bercow to demand the establishment of a grievance procedure to deal with Westminster harassment complaints.

The Prime Minister said: 'It is important that those who work in the House of Commons are treated properly and fairly.'

36 Tory MPs are engulfed in these sex pest claims, compiled yesterday by Conservative researchers. That's more than 10% of their sitting MPs in the commons.

Source : MarketWatch, Twitter, The Times and DailyMail.