Friday, November 17, 2017

Calls For Uber Licence To Be Revoked After Sexual Offence Figures Published By TfL.


Sexual offence figures from the Met police, compiled by Transport for London, show that the number of taxi and private hire journey-related sexual offences hit 164 in the capital last year. It was also pointed out that there were none reported in Taxi journeys.


The figures on the TfL website are alleged to have been dumbed down (again) as they are lower than the figures gained by FOI request and published earlier this year.


What TFL's figures actually show, is that over half of all offences were committed by Uber drivers.



Back in August, emails in the Sunday Times showed alleged offences include causing death by dangerous driving, careless driving, drink-driving, driving without insurance and speeding.

In the emails, which were written on July 7, Met Inspector  Neil Billany raised 'concerns with Uber as an operator. 


In a letter obtained by The Sunday Times, Inspector Billany, head of the Metropolitan police’s taxi and private hire unit, said he had “significant concern” that Uber seemed to be “deciding what crimes to report”, telling police only about “less serious matters” that would be “less damaging to [its] reputation”.

Billany accused Uber of “allowing situations to develop that clearly affect the safety and security of the public” by keeping from police crimes committed by drivers — including at least six sexual assaults on passengers, two public order offences and an assault.

In at least one of the sex cases, Uber continued to employ the driver, who went on to commit a more serious sex attack against a second woman passenger.


Billany said: “Had Uber notified police after the first offence, it would be right to assume the second would have been prevented.”

The victims complained to Uber and were left “strongly under the impression” it would tell police, but it did not do so, he added.

In the year to February 2017, Scotland Yard recorded 48 allegations of sexual assault involving Uber drivers, mostly reported by passengers but some made via the regulator, Transport for London (TfL).

Billany said Uber’s failure to report the public order cases meant the Met learnt too late to prosecute.

The letter — dated April 17 and sent to Helen Chapman, head of taxis and private hire at TfL — was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the chairwoman of the London Assembly’s transport committee, Caroline Pidgeon.

She said she was “deeply concerned”, adding: “This apparent cover-up of reports about such serious criminal activity is shameful.”

Convictions (11) are a sad reflection of the true number of offences (164).
Plus we must never forget that 90% of sexual attacks (80% of actual rapes) are never reported....that's the true cost of a cheap ride home.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :

Also in TFL's release today, under the title 'Action against offenders', they state: 

Where the suspect is a TfL licensed taxi or private hire driver, and we are notified by the police of an allegation, we immediately assess whether there is a risk to public safety. We may immediately suspend the driver's licence prior to charge or conviction, if we believe that is required in the interests of public safety.

We would take if from this that a prison sentence for theft and fraud isn't enough to see an Uber drivers TfL Licence revoked after five Uber drivers were convicted and sentenced last week. All five are still registered on TfKs website as PH drivers.


Patience Has Run Out : Taxi Org Calls For Week-long London Shut Down Action In New Year.

Mayor Khan Says Time's Run Out For The 13,000 UberDivers With Fake DBS. 
He Went On To Say: "They Shouldn't Be Working". 
TFL's Not Listening???


Mayor’s Question Time 16th November 2017.
TfL are again walking all over the Taxi trade. Legislation is in place to protect the public. If the Mayor and TfL consider uber to be unsafe, not fit to be an operator, then that legislation can and should be invoked.
But again, the weak Mayor, fronting for a weak TfL, in the face of weak representation from the Taxi trade engagement orgs have given uber a blank cheque to carry on being unsafe and not fit and proper. 

At MQT yesterday, question 4 came from assembly Member David Kurten asking the Mayor to clarify the situation in regards to Uber relicensing and the appeal process. 

The Mayor gave a wishy-washy scripted reply, then added they are seeking leave to appeal, followed by the appeal process itself, which could take a couple of years. 

According to Khan (under current legislation), Uber are legally allowed to continue to operate. 
If that is the case, then how did TfL manage to shut down Taxify ???


Assembly member Kurten’s went on to question (3:28 into the video) the scandalous situation of 13,000 Uber drivers, who were given 28 days to re-present genuine DBS certificates by TfLTPH. 

Sadiq Khan said "those drivers who haven’t now re-presented should not be working !!!"

There you have it HELEN CHAPMAN, from the mouth of the Mayor.....it’s now over to you at TfLTPH !!!

What are TfL planning to do, to ensure the 10,000+ who haven’t bothered to re-present aren’t working for Uber or any other operator ?

David Kurten then asked how many drivers, Uber actually had registered on their books.

It was clear that the Mayor didn’t know the answer to this question and could only point to the total given by Uber in recent press releases, so we are none the wiser.

Another issue that's been swept under TFL's carpet:
Why has there been a complete news blackout about the Exhibition Road Alleged Uber Driver. It's been leaked that the driver -arrested at the scene- was not the driver registered on the App. The driver had picked up two female passengers who have suddenly disappeared.
First reports from on the scene witnesses said the driver appeared to deliberately attack them....all information dried up within hours..... 

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
It seems patience has run out amongst the rank and file drivers who looked towards their representative orgs and unions, only to find silence. 

We are now looking forward to a "Winter Of Discontent". 

In the statement below, the driver led ITA, have made their intentions crystal clear. 

NOTICE OF INTENT : From the ITA
In light of recent events and incongruous statements by Mayor #Khan and #TfL, we find no other option, but to call a series of week long disruptive protests in the New Year. 

5 different effective targets on separate days to close London. 



The Mayor of London's statement re Uber continuing to operate while not licensed is totally Unacceptable. 

They have been refused because they are a danger to public safety, that fact alone should mean they stop operating with immediate effect! 

NOT GOOD ENOUGH!


See David Kurten’s questions to the Mayor in the video below 

    

Also, if you have the time, you can watch the whole MQT using this link below. Helpful if you're having trouble sleeping. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Uber Executive Said The Company Would Spend ‘A Million Dollars’ To Shut Sarah Lacy Up


Journalist Sarah Lacy was personally targeted for writing critical stories about the company

Years before Susan Fowler came forward with her story about the mistreatment she suffered as an engineer at Uber, journalist Sarah Lacy began calling out misogyny within the startup’s culture. As editor of the tech website PandoDaily, Lacy criticized Uber for its mixed record on background checks, its tracking user data on one-night-stands and then-CEO Travis Kalanick’s comments about his own sex appeal. 

In 2014, she declared in a post that she was deleting the app. Uber took notice; at a dinner in New York City, executive Emil Michael told Buzzfeed Editor Ben Smith how he’d like to get revenge on critical members of the media, particularly Lacy. (Michael later apologized and Kalanick condemned the comments, both stating they weren’t representative of true plans.) 

In her new book, A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman’s Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy, Lacy details what it was like to do public battle with Uber. 

On a drizzly London night in November 2014, I received a call from BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith telling me that Uber, the largest and most misogynistic private company in tech, had reportedly just put a $1 million price tag on shutting me up. 

From about 2012 on, my website PandoDaily had been one of the lone critical voices amid a global business press that was enamored with Uber. When we reported a story on passengers getting assaulted in Ubers, executives told our reporter that one of the women attacked was drunk and “dressed provocatively.” This from the company that told regulators it should get special treatment because it was helping women get home safely if they’d been drinking. 

I explained in a post on Pando why I was deleting the app. I didn’t care whether Uber’s (never backed up) claim that it was safer than cabs was true or not. I knew from experience: Uber went after victims. It wasn’t worth my safety or the safety of the women I loved.

Like a lot of our past reporting on Uber, this story was widely picked up. We weren’t meaningfully hurting their downloads or their ability to raise money, but we were hurting their brand in Silicon Valley and their ability to hire. And talent is lifeblood in the Valley. Uber finally decided there was only one way to silence me: to try to destroy my personal life and reputation by any horrific means necessary. 

At a dinner filled with journalists in New York, then-CEO Travis Kalanick was attempting to reboot his image in the press. It didn’t help that at the other end of the table, an Uber executive named Emil Michael was detailing to Smith a plan he had to silence journalists, starting with me. 
(The dinner was believed by some to be off the record, but Smith says Buzzfeed was not alerted.) 

From Smith’s account:

Over dinner, he outlined the notion of spending “a million dollars” to hire four top opposition researchers and four journalists. That team could, he said, help Uber fight back against the press—they’d look into “your personal lives, your families,” and give the media a taste of its own medicine.

Michael was particularly focused on one journalist, Sarah Lacy, the editor of the Silicon Valley website PandoDaily, a sometimes combative voice inside the industry. . . It was suggested that a plan like the one Michael floated could become a problem for Uber. Michael responded: “Nobody would know it was us.”

Michael tried to brush this off later as “blowing off steam” and “a drunken rant.” Yet for a drunk man supposedly blowing off steam, he detailed to Smith a pretty precise plan, including the types of things he would try to spread into the media to silence me, in particular by going after my family. He even said I should be held responsible if women who had deleted Uber got sexually assaulted in cabs.

I paced outside an Indian restaurant in London, my phone pressed to my ear, as Smith detailed all this to me and asked if I had any comment. I had spent my career pissing people off in Silicon Valley and working with other brilliant journalists who did the same. And yet, I had never heard of anyone proposing anything this evil.

I thought of my children Eli and Evie. Right about then, they were probably wrapped in kitten and dinosaur pajamas, giggling and running through the house in a last-ditch effort to fight bedtime. If this “oppo research” plan was what the executives were bragging about at a dinner with journalists, what would they do to silence me that they wouldn’t brag about?

I had two choices when Smith published his story and seemingly every media outlet in the world was hounding me for comment. I could do what I usually did when scandal erupted around me — let my work speak for itself and wait for it to blow over. Or I could fight back.

It was clear to me the only way to be sure Uber would never go through with this plan was if everyone in the world knew what they’d threatened. That was the only way my family would be safe. Be so loud and so omnipresent that in their war room meetings (yes, they really called their meeting room “the war room”) someone would tell Michael, “She isn’t worth it! Just walk away!”

I had another motivation, too. Michael had made it clear that I was only the first reporter he wanted to go after. I knew I had a megaphone others didn’t. I was also lucky that I worked for myself, and I controlled my board. I had no boss who could tell me to stop. Odds were the next woman this company attacked wouldn’t have those luxuries. If another story like this ever came out, I wanted the victim in question to immediately get the benefit of the doubt. My maternal rage extended beyond my family to every single woman this company might target next.

I did dozens of TV interviews. My story was written up in USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post. I went on the attack on social media whenever anyone would try to defend or normalize this behavior. I called out Uber’s investors by name for pretending to support women in our industry and being dead silent now. Some of those were Pando’s investors, too. And I made it a story beyond just me: It was proof of the toxic, misogynist culture that had made me delete the app to begin with.

Nothing about this was fun. One of my investors sent his security team to my house as the story exploded in the first 24 hours and my face was everywhere as the enemy of Uber. After an initial security assessment, it was determined that armed guards would follow my children and me for two weeks. I even had to take armed guards to Yo Gabba Gabba! Live. 

A lot of “friends” and even investors turned on me. Some of our mutual investors would not even respond to my emails. Uber’s surrogates — including, not joking, the actor Ashton Kutcher — called me a “shady journalist.” 

I have essentially spent two years (and counting) in a macro-hostile work environment when it comes to covering this company. But I have continued to report on Uber, exposing the depths of the fraud and struggles in their Chinese operation a full year before the company finally pulled out of the country completely. We were one of the first publications to raise questions about whether their core business model even worked. 

Anything short of continuing to doggedly report the truth about Uber, no matter the consequences, would have been doing Michael’s dirty work for him, the way guilt does the patriarchy’s dirty work in women’s minds. If my own fears over security, safety, and reputation self-censored me, it would have been just another version of Uber’s plan working. You don’t get to threaten my company, my children, my integrity, and win. 

In 2016 a judge backed up my instinct that this was more than just some drunken rant of a single executive. Despite Uber’s denials at the time that they would never hire covert oppo researchers to smear critics, Uber did exactly that to Spencer Meyer, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Uber, and his attorney Andrew Schmidt. 

Uber hired a private investigative firm and launched an unethical investigation into the personal and professional lives of Meyer and Schmidt, calling people they knew and lying about who they were in order to dig up information they could use against them. As shown in court documents, the Uber contact wrote via email: “Would like to keep any communication about it encrypted or over chat to avoid potential discovery issues.” It was the fourth time Uber had hired the firm, according to a deposition.U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said at discovery, “The court cannot help but be troubled by this whole dismal incident,” adding that the tactics were possibly “criminal” in nature. 

But a lot of journalists swept that scandal under the rug. It took until 2017 for my original claims about Uber’s dangerous misogynistic culture to become widely vindicated. Susan Fowler, a female engineer, exposed systematic and blatant misogyny at the company, from sexual propositions by management to HR cover-ups. It was shocking that one person had experienced so much sexism in one year at a company.

When her story came out, Fowler was absolutely 100% believed by the press and the wider public. And the next woman who comes forward in Silicon Valley will have even better odds of being believed. It was Fowler who finally got justice. As a result of a corporate investigation she triggered, the once untouchable Michael was finally forced to leave, and Kalanick was finally forced out.

Speaking out is not fun. But this is the only way this sh-t ever ends. One woman at a time standing up to a hostile environment, and all of us supporting her. There’s a pro-woman management theory that’s popular right now called “Shine Theory,” where women are encouraged to amplify other women when they make a smart point in a meeting . . . the kind of points men typically take credit for. This is the more aggressive form of counteracting that. When a woman comes forward, you stand up and take the arrows with her.

Source : Motto.time.com

Lawyer Orders, Turn Over Data On Rape And Sexual Assaults Reports From Uber Passengers.


A new lawsuit is (again) calling into question Uber's background check policies and how it monitors its drivers. 

On Tuesday this week, two anonymous women filed a complaint in California against Uber claiming the ridesharing company had falsely presented its service as safe to passengers. Both women say they were raped by Uber drivers. 

They state that they ordered the service after a couple of drinks, believing it would be safe.

"Uber's advertising campaigns make the assertion that it provides the best option for a safe ride home after a night of drinking," the suit alleges. "But what happened to These two victims, is happening to women across the U.S. Shockingly, it is happening with greater frequency." 

The new suit is seeking class action status to include individuals who have alleged or reported "rape, sexual assault or gender-motivated violence or harassment" by Uber drivers in the past four year. (This is action that needs to happen in London, after it was discovered 13,000 of Uber's drivers had submitted fake criminal record checks.

The lawsuit claims that "thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers" over the past seven years.

In a statement, Uber said it "received this complaint today and we are in the process of reviewing it. These allegations are important to us and we take them very seriously." A statement we see time and time again after major complaints. 

Attorney Jeanne Christensen from employment law firm Wigdor LLP, who brought the case, is calling on Uber to release data (if they have any) that proves to customers that it is, in fact, statistically safe to ride in an Uber. 

Ms Christensen said: "They should be forced to report, on some kind of periodic level, how many reports of assault, rape they've had. And based on the reports, were there investigations that actually resulted in the termination of a driver?" Christensen said in a call with CNN Tech.

Her firm has been following the issue of alleged rape and assault by Uber drivers since 2014, when it filed the New Delhi driver rape case. "I'm not asking for anything crazy. It's not crazy. If they don't have an issue, then they should be waving that data around."

The suit asks for an injunction that would direct the company to make changes to its screening process, as well as implement new monitoring of drivers to protect riders from rape, assault, and gender-based harassment.

Uber has in the past shunned the idea of fingerprint-based background tests in most markets, saying the checks can be costly and slow, and impact the company's ability to constantly bring on new drivers. But public safety should be paramount.

Questions about how the company screens its drivers were raised again earlier this month after the suspect in a terror attack in Manhattan was revealed to be a driver for both Uber and Lyft. 

Both Uber and Lyft said they were in contact with law enforcement authorities over the New York attack. 

In general, Uber says it searches records for the past seven years. But according to the suit, for drivers who moved to the U.S. less than seven years ago, the company doesn't seek to obtain records in their previous country of residence.

The 58-page complaint filed Tuesday details 17 safety measures that the company could implement to make riders safer. Those include requiring drivers to install GPS tracking systems in their cars rather than relying on the app which can be turned off, as well as performing criminal background checks every six months.

Source : CNNMoney

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 

How many times have we heard Uber passengers say they feel safe because their journeys can be tracked by the GPS within the app!

Here we have it, from an independent third party who has stated the obvious....THE APP CAN BE SWITCHED OFF

Uber has stated time and time again -backed up by statements from TfL directors and managers- that Uber drivers go through the same enhanced criminal record checks as Taxi drivers!

We now know this isn't the case.

In London, where we've seen 13,000 uber drivers allowed to carry on picking up passengers after in was discovered as far back as January that they had submitted fake criminal record check certificates. After this bought to the media's attention by a team at the London Cab Drivers Club, and Helen Chapman's assurance that it would be sorted out within 28 days, three months later we find that only 2,700 drivers have been contacted by TfL to submit new DBS certificates.....

This is a scandalous dereliction of responsibility by Chapman.

We must also remember that this has happened in Mike Brown's watch !

Why hasn't the TfL commission insisted that Uber drivers be suspended for presenting fake documents?

Especially after an FOI request revealed that UberRape had increased this year by 50%.

Any victim of rape or sexual assault from drivers who are on the list of those presenting fake DBS, would well be within their rights and should be encouraged to sue not only TfL... but also Chapman and Brown. 

If protocols had been adhered to as legislation demands, these attacks may have been prevented.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TfL Caught With Egg On Their Face Over #FreeBalochistan Campaign


After being caught napping, Transport authorities in London (TfL) have issued instructions today to remove “Free Balochistan” advertisements from more than 100 buses on the ground that they did not comply with guidelines, but Baloch activists contended they were being taken off under pressure from Pakistan. 


Bit like our Government putting pressure on TfL to go easy on Uber, even though we had the admission in two court cases that they operate illegally. 



The advertisements – first seen on London taxis and billboards – highlighted alleged human rights abuses in Pakistan’s restive southwestern province and evoked a sharp reaction from Islamabad. The buses with the advertisements have been criss-crossing the capital for more than a week.


A spokesman for Transport for London (TfL), which runs the capital’s transport network, told Hindustan Times: “This advert does not comply with our advertising guidelines".


Funny, Uber drivers accept the job offers direct from the customer in contravention of the Private Hire Act 1998, but TfL said nothing about this for the last 5 years.


The spokesman went on to say: “It was accepted in error by our advertising partner and was not referred to us for our consideration. We have instructed that all such adverts must be removed immediately.”

It's such a pity TfL didn't act this quick with Uber, they could have saved hundreds of rape victims having their lives shattered. 


The instructions to remove the advertisements did not surprise Baloch activists.



Funny how quickly TfL acted when an Uber driver was convicted for rape, and a trade publication which carried the headline, was found displayed in many London Taxis. COs were overstepping their remit and were video'd illegally removing the papers from the Taxis!


Bhawal Mengal of World Baloch Organisation (WBO) said TfL is cooperating with Pakistan authorities, and added that “the message has already gone across”.



According to him, the buses carried the large advertisements for more than a week, and it will be another week before they can be taken down from each of the buses. Except for two billboards on TfL property, he said others had not been taken down as of Wednesday.


Similar advertisements on London’s iconic taxis were taken down recently following complaints through diplomatic channels in Islamabad and London. WBO said it had challenged the earlier TfL move to remove the advertisements on taxis.


 The signs on buses have these slogans in large letters: “Free Balochistan”, “Save the Baloch People” and “Stop Enforced Disappearances”. Pakistan called the campaign “sinister” and “malicious”, but WBO said it would peacefully speak out against alleged rights violations in Balochistan.





What’s Good For The Goose : One Rule For Taxis And Another Rule For TfLBuses



Just over a week ago, we saw TfL step in and banned super side adverts on a number of Taxis. But we now see the weakness of this licensing authority who are not fit to do the job as the adds appear on a number of London buses. 

More than100 buses have been criss-crossing London with advertisements for “Free Balochistan” as part of a campaign by Baloch nationalists against Pakistan’s alleged human rights abuses in the resource-rich province. 
The campaign was launched days after a similar drive on London’s taxis was stopped by authorities. The advertisements on the buses have the slogans “Free Balochistan”, “Save the Baloch People” and “Stop Enforced Disappearances”.
Transport for London (TfL), the body that runs the city’s transport network, removed similar advertisements on taxis by the World Baloch Organisation following complaints by Pakistan, which described the campaign as “sinister” and “malicious”. 
However, WBO said it would continue to peacefully and respectfully speak out against rights violations in Balochistan.
Bhawal Mengal, a member of WBO, told Hindustan Times: “We have delivered our message through taxis, billboards across London and now on over 100 buses. So far the buses are carrying the adverts but we can expect pressure again from Pakistan authorities.
“We are in touch with TfL to challenge the removal of our adverts from taxis, and will do it again if they are removed from buses that are actually owned by TfL. This is the third phase of our campaign after taxis and billboards.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Again we see TfL being selective in their administration. 
 • We’ve seen them do nothing when Addison Lee refused to take off Rugby World Cup livery
 • We’ve seen them fail to suspend the 13,000 drivers with fake DBS certificates, and probably the same number with fake medical passes
 • We’ve also seen TfL fail to suspend or revoke Uber drivers convicted of fraud and sentenced to jail. All five Uber drivers who were convicted of theft and fraud are still registered on the TfL website as licensed Private Hire drivers.
   Licence no                                      Name                                               Expires 






But in their defence, their COs did remove copies of a Taxi trade publication from sight in the rear windows of Taxis. 
Well done Helen, you must be so proud that our customers won’t be advised about the risk of UberRape.  
Source  : Hindustan Times, London.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Deliveroo Wins Landmark Victory Against Union Claim....But Will It Affect Uber's Case?

Deliveroo has won a major legal victory in a union battle over its drivers' employment status, in what will be seen as a boost for the "gig economy".

The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) ruled that the food delivery app's couriers are self-employed, rather than workers, dismissing a challenge from the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) union.

Deliveroo had argued that if riders were classed as workers, they would lose their current flexibility, which allows them to pick up orders as they wish, and be paid by the delivery, rather than working in shifts.

It is a major victory for Deliveroo, which greeted the decision as a victory for riders, and comes just days after Uber lost a key appeal over its drivers' working rights.

The IWGB had sought to have Deliveroo drivers in Camden and Kentish Town recognised as workers, which would have granted them rights such as the minimum wage and sick pay, as well as allowing them to unionise. While the case only covered a small area, it was seen as a test case for Deliveroo riders and the wider gig economy.

However, the CAC declared that since drivers have the ability to "substitute" - allow other riders to take their place on a job - they cannot be classed as workers.

"We find that the substitution right to be genuine, in the sense that Deliveroo have decided in [its new contract] that riders have a right to substitute themselves both before and after they have accepted a particular job; and we have also heard evidence, that we accepted, of it being operated in practice," the CAC said.

"Since we have found that the riders are not workers, we cannot accept the Union’s claim for recognition and for rights to negotiate on pay, hours and holidays with Deliveroo."

Dan Warne, Deliveroo's managing director for the UK and Ireland, said: "This is a victory for all riders who have continuously told us that flexibility is what they value most about working with Deliveroo. We welcome the decision of the Committee.

"As we have consistently argued, our riders value the flexibility that self-employment provides. Riders enjoy being their own boss - having the freedom to choose when and where they work, and riding with other delivery companies at the same time."

The company has previously argued for changes to employment law that would allow it to give riders benefits while allowing them to continue working when they choose.

Last week Uber lost an Employment Appeals Tribunal case on whether its own drivers were workers, and said it would appeal the decision.

Will the Government, TfL and Mayor mind signing a liability document covering every driver? 60 hours per week sitting on batteries.


Letter to Taxi Leaks : From Lenny Etherige 
Has the Government invested £300m in Geely, without checking if drivers are being used as guinea pigs? 

 If the new eTaxi has been deemed safe;
Will the Government, TfL and Mayor mind signing a liability document covering every driver? 
60 hours per week sitting on batteries.

We are all in favour of clean air. But on a personal note, I don't wish to swap COPD for Cancer. If the new eTaxi is safe; we need a signed recommendation that our families have a legal recourse. 

Comment From The GMB :

We are preparing a formal letter to London Electric Taxi & the Secretary of State as they have ignored our informal requests. (Something to hide???)



TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT: 


The question needs to be asked ;
Why haven't our representative orgs and unions checked this massive driver health issue out?
Why haven't they confronted TfL or the manufacturers?

Taxi Leaks has been on about this problem since electric vehicle were first mentioned. 
Our concerns have consistently fallen on death ears and we've never had one sensible reply from either our orgs or TfL. 

We did manage to get a sentence once (off the record in a Taxi Drivers Forum) from one of the manufacturers. When asked about the dangers from electro magnetic particle radiation, they replied;
"It will probably be OK"

When You See What Other Countries Are Doing, You Realise How Weak TfL Really Are.


(Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested 21 Uber drivers for illegal car-hiring as part of a clamp down against Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] operations in the Asian financial city. 

The arrests marked the latest upset for the San Francisco-based technology company, which in March said it would help five convicted Uber drivers to appeal their court case in Hong Kong.

Police said they began an undercover operation in May and on Tuesday arrested 20 men and one woman between the ages of 21 and 59 for illegally driving a car for hire and driving without third-party risk insurance.

"I would like to stress that our law enforcement action is ongoing and we do not rule out further arrests," said Lau Tat-fai, a chief inspector of police in the Kowloon West district.

"We would like to say to the operator of the mobile phone application, as a responsible organization, you need to ensure cars for hire are equipped with a permit as required by Hong Kong laws. This is a basic responsibility to passengers and (shows) respect for Hong Kong laws," Lau said.

He said those who assist or instigate drivers might also have to bear legal responsibility.

A Uber spokesman said the company was "extremely disappointed" by the police action.

"We stand together with the twenty-one driver partners and their families, and will continue to provide assistance, including legal support, during this difficult time," the spokesman said.

Uber said it has a ridesharing insurance policy of up to HK$100 million per trip for riders and third-parties, which complies with local laws including Hong Kong's insurance regulations.

"Ridesharing should not be a crime. Hong Kong is an international city known for its embrace of global economic trends and new technologies, but current transportation regulations have failed to keep up with innovation," Uber said in an emailed statement. 

Uber said it is committed to working with Hong Kong authorities, especially the incoming administration, to resolve the matter.

A court in March had found five Uber drivers guilty and fined them HK$10,000 ($1,287.91) each. It also revoked their driving licenses for a year, but that punishment was suspended upon the drivers' appeal.

Uber began a fierce publicity campaign following the verdict, posting advertisements on newspaper front pages and giving out plane tickets and Manchester United football jerseys to a few passengers.

The embattled technology company pulled out of Taiwan this year over mounting fines from regulators, but said last month it would resume services.


UBER TYCOON AS TOXIC AS THEIR DRIVERS : US billionaire used secret legal system to gag "The Sun" identifying him


US billionaire used Britain’s secret legal system to gag The Sun from identifying him after arrest for rape

A US billionaire used Britain’s secret legal system to prevent The Sun identifying him after his arrest for rape.

Major Uber investor Shervin Pishevar, 43, spent £100,000 to win a legal injunction blocking us on privacy grounds.

Shervin Pishevar spent £100,000 to win a legal injunction blocking us from naming him on privacy grounds
He went public about the case last week when his lawyer confirmed the arrest at a top London hotel to US magazine Forbes.

But The Sun could not report it, or even identify Mr Pishevar, until the weekend when we challenged the High Court order.

Top media lawyer Mark Stephens said last night it was stupid somebody arrested over an allegation of rape in the UK could be reported by the American media but not the British.

Mr Stephens, of London-based Howard Kennedy, warned such court orders were paving the way for secret arrests.


A woman alleged Mr Pishevar raped her at The Ned in the City hotel in May


He added: “It is potty that you try and hermetically seal jurisdiction in this country from the rest of the world.

“This is one of the most abusive injunctions that I have ever heard of a rich and powerful person taking out in recent times.”

A woman alleged Mr Pishevar raped her in the £3,500 a night penthouse suite at The Ned in the City in May.

Cops arrested the Iranian-American Silicon Valley venture capitalist and he was led out of the hotel in a private lift.

This allowed his lawyers to argue his arrest took place in private.

Mr Piveshar went public about the case after his lawyer confirmed the arrest
Forbes claimed to have a police report confirming details. But The Sun was told it was not genuine.

The police investigation was dropped in July, shortly after we published an article limited to revealing that a billionaire was arrested for rape.

The divorcee, estimated to be worth more than £2billion, has invested in more than 60 companies including Airbnb.

Mr Pishevar is also executive chairman of Hyperloop One, a futuristic high-speed train. He was Barack Obama’s top fundraiser on his two Presidential campaigns.

Mr Pishevar’s lawyer Mark Fabiani said: “In May, Mr Pishevar was detained briefly in London in connection with an alleged sexual assault, an allegation he categorically denied. In July he was informed that no further action would be taken against him.”

Source : The Sun

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Don't forget, only 20% of rapes and sexual assaults ever get reported (source, Met Police Clapham P.O.P. Report)