Saturday, December 02, 2017

Letter To Taxi Leaks : When Uber takes over the city this will be a typical standard fare



Brighton & Hove Licensing Committee

Brighton & Hove Licensing Offices

Brighton & Hove Legal Department

Trade Members

News Media

When Uber takes over the city this will be a typical standard fare

We are providing this information to ensure that all councillors are aware of what Uber is charging in the city.

This was on Friday December 1 2017 at 18:30 from the Hilton Metropole to the University

The standard Brighton & Hove tariff which all the companies use would be around £16 which is via controlled metered fares set by the council to ensure that the public receives a standard rate of travelling by cab in the city

The Uber surge price is ‘estimated’ at between £37 to £48

The argument from Uber is always that this is customer choice as to whether to use the service or not.

However... when Uber takes over the city as it tries to get Brighton & Hove ph drivers to leave the current companies with such promises of high earnings like this... which will force those long standing established companies that also provide wheelchair accessible vehicles on demand and proper pre-bookings... unlike Uber... to close down... then this will be the standard fare in the city and the customer will have NO choice.

It is also very important to keep in mind that even if a customer is prepared to pay such an extortionate price that anyone under 18 is barred from using Uber... a point which was raised by the GMB in its objection to Uber being relicensed by the council but ignored and thus presumed acceptable practice by the council.

So when all the companies in the city fold no one under 18 will be able to order a cab whether they can afford these prices or not....

CC Brighton & Hove Licensing Committee – Brighton & Hove Licensing Officers – Trade Members – News Media

Andrew Peters

Secretary

GMB Brighton & Hove Taxi Section

Uber To Staff: I Know You're Not Spying On Anyone, But Please Do Not Spy On Anyone



Uber has historically gotten an edge on its competition by deploying some unsavory practices—like spying on individuals. But the company’s new chief legal officer has a message to employees who may still be surveiling humans to get ahead: “Stop it now.”

The new executive, Tony West, who just filled one of the company’s vacant leadership spots, sent an email to Uber’s security team asking that they make sure that they are no longer spying on individuals as a means to outpace rivals, according to an email obtained by Recode. Uber confirmed to Gizmodo that the email was sent from West. In the memo (shown in part below), West also notes that he believes Uber’s staff is no longer engaging in this type of recon today.

“Dara [Khosrowshahi, Uber’s new CEO] and I are still learning the details about the extent of these operations and who was involved in directing them, but suffice it to say there is no place for such practices or that kind of behavior at Uber,” West wrote in his email, which Recode obtained. “We don’t need to be following folks around in order to gain some competitive advantage.”

“My understanding is that this behavior no longer occurs at Uber; that this truly is a remnant of the past,” he continued. “And I have not learned anything in the last couple of days that suggests otherwise. But, to be crystal clear, to the extent anyone is working on any kind of competitive intelligence project that involves the surveillance of individuals, stop it now.”

Two Uber security execs—Mat Henley and Nick Gicinto—testified this week that the company did closely surveil its competitors. Henley revealed that he asked staffers to gather intel on the routes taken by a rival autonomous car manufacturer. Gicinto said he got an audio recording of employees at rival ride-hailing companies overseas.

West’s email signals that the company is not only publicly trying to clean up its image, but also attempting to ensure its internal practices are more wholesome.

Aside from these instances of overt surveillance, Uber has also come under fire recently for grossly incompetent security practices. It was revealed last week that the ride-sharing service had kept a major 2016 data breach secret, one that affected 57 million accounts. The company paid the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about the breach.

Friday, December 01, 2017

UberEats' Europe Chief Jumps Ship As Business Practices Face Further Scrutiny


The head of UberEats in Europe has become the latest senior executive to leave the company, as the ride-hailing arm of the business faces further pressure over its working practices in the UK.

Jambu Palaniappan quit to join a European venture capital company in London, said Uber, which recently lost its licence to operate in the capital. 

The news came on Thursday as Uber faced questions from the business, energy and industrial strategy select committee over the hours worked by its cab drivers. The committee has demanded more information after the company failed to disclose how many drivers were working more than 70-80 hours a week.

Rachel Reeves, the committee chair, said: “Passengers booking journeys through Uber will want to know they are safe and secure. Uber needs to provide reassurance on these issues by setting out when it will introduce driver hour limits for its workforce and spell out what these limits will be.
 
Jambu Palaniappan speaks at an event in Cairo. Photograph: Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP
“Drivers working long hours risk compromising the safety of both themselves and their passengers. It is strange that a data-driven business like Uber appears unable to answer our question on how many of its drivers are working more than 70 and 80 hours a week. We expect them to now respond with the missing figures.”

Uber said: “Drivers spend an average of 30 hours a week logged into our app. However, this is not the same as the number of hours spent driving since drivers can log in while on a break or doing other things. We take the issue of tired driving seriously, which is why we regularly remind drivers to take rest breaks and will shortly be introducing hours limits in our app.”

Uber’s head of public policy, Andrew Byrne, and one of the company’s drivers were questioned by the committee last month.

On Wednesday, it emerged that 2.7 million people in the UK were affected by a 2016 security breach that compromised customers’ data, including names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers. 

The Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating the breach and could fine Uber. 

Palaniappan joined Uber five years ago and became head of UberEats for Europe, Middle East and Africa in August 2016, as the company was rolling out the food delivery service in the UK, going head to head with Deliveroo. He will depart at the end of January. 

In a memo circulated to UberEats staff on Thursday morning, Palaniappan said leaving Uber was an “extremely difficult decision”.

“When I joined this company in 2012, Uber was just a small startup with 75 employees focused primarily on the US,” he said.

Uber is appealing against Transport for London’s decision in September to withdraw its private-hire licence, when the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, accused the company of failing to “play by the rules”. It has recruited the former Bank of England adviser Laurel Powers-Freeling as chair of UK operations. Uber says it has 5m customers in the UK, served by 50,000 drivers.

The GMB union has instructed the law firm Leigh Day to apply to intervene, or be listed as an interested party, in the appeal being brought by Uber London against the TfL decision. 

In the application to Westminster magistrates court, GMB said it would like to participate in the appeal proceedings as it is concerned that Uber’s business model puts public safety at serious risk.

GMB claims that Uber encourages and incentivises drivers to work excessive hours. 

London Uber driver Syed Khalil, told the the Commons work and pensions committee in February that it was usual practice for drivers to work as much as 100 hours a week and claimed the company did not prevent drivers from logging on to do so

To retain their account status, Uber drivers also have to accept at least 80% of trip requests, according to the union.

Something You Won't Be Reading In Today's Evening Standard Or Viewing on @SkyNews Or On @BBCLondonNews #taxiwarmclothing 2017


 Open Letter To Everyone Who Helped make this year's  #taxiwarmclothing 2017 a success. 
From Dean Thomas. 

I would like to say a big thank to the save our black taxi family for all your donations of clothing and toiletries, we were all truly humbled by your generosity. 

The lady pictured below, in the new green ruck sack, given to her by the #markmasonhall Freemasons, filled her sack with jeans,jumpers, tops, underwear, toiletries asked me to blow you all a big kiss and so did the other 200 men and women.


Big thank you to ladies and gents at #mytaxi who came down and were handing stuff out to the homeless community with big smiles on there faces.

Big thank you to the #ltda whose staff were so kind to us and the use of there storage facility was crucial in this whole effort in coming together, and frank who drove the advan to meet us in time with all the goods on board in St James Sq.

Big thank you to the lovely Zelpha and her staff at #eat the sandwich chain who give out sandwiches, rolls, baguettes, wraps, tea and coffee, from the back of Anton Haynes taxi every Wednesday at 6.30pm, and if you do want to give any clothing ,toiletries this is where you can give them.

Big shout to Dan Heath of the WCHCD and of the Mark mason hall for planting the seed that led to 100 brand new ruck sacks and 100 brand new Sleeping bags and 5 bags of ladies and gents underwear.


And lastly massive thank you to the taxi drivers, #londonsfinest, who gave up their time and the use of their taxis to serve the homeless community from the backs of their cabs with such warmth and passion. 
Dave clements and his partner Louise, Scott Daniels, Ian Gray, Debby young, DJ Orion Salsa, Johnny Carrot, Steven Crisp, Alison Henry .

Big love to my partner Helen who put a lot of time and love into this as well.

Big love to you all xxx

Dean Thomas.

Parliament UK: Chair Of BEIS Writes To Uber For Details On Limiting Drivers Hours.


Rachel Reeves, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, writes to Uber for details on their efforts to introduce limits on the number of hours its drivers work amid concerns over driver and passenger safety.

Letter from the Chair to Andrew Byrne (EMEA Uber) relating to driver working hours, 28 November 2017

Inquiry: Taylor Review of modern working practices
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

The BEIS Committee Chair has also pressed Uber for more information on the hours worked by its drivers, following Uber's failure to disclose details ( PDF 153 KB) to the Committee relating to how many of its drivers are working more than 70 and 80 hours a week.

Uber had previously appeared before the BEIS Committee on 10 October as part of its joint inquiry on the Taylor Review of modern working practices.

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

"Passengers booking journeys through Uber will want to know they are safe and secure. 

Uber needs to provide reassurance on these issues by setting out when it will introduce driver hour limits for its workforce and spell out what these limits will be. 

Drivers working long hours risk compromising the safety of both themselves and their passengers. 

It is strange that a data-driven business like Uber appears unable to answer our question on how many of its drivers are working more than 70 and 80 hours a week. 

We expect them to now respond with the missing figures."

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :

UBER has been asked to tell MPs how it plans to limit the number of hours its drivers work amid concerns over safety.

The minicab app, which lost its licence to operate in London in September, has received a letter from the business select committee chair, Rachel Reeves, following its ‘failure’ to disclose how many drivers are working more than 70 hours a week. She said: ‘Passengers want to know they are safe. Uber needs to provide reassurance by setting out when it will introduce driver-hour limits and what these limits will be.’


She added: ‘It is strange that a data-driven business like Uber appears unable to answer our question.’ Uber’s head of public policy Andrew Byrne replied that 21 per cent of UK drivers are logged into the app for fewer than ten hours a week and 26 per cent for more than 40 hours. Less than six per cent work more than 60 hours. He said drivers were reminded ‘about the importance of getting enough rest’.


Mr Byrne said Uber has ‘made progress’ on a tool which counts hours on the app and, once the limit is reached, stops drivers working until they have been offline ‘for the required period of time’.

That's one thing about Uber, you can always count on them to produce 'Tools'.



Thursday, November 30, 2017

Google Sued For Illegal Data Breach: UK iPhone Users Could Get £300 In Compensation


British iPhone users could get £300 compensation as Google is sued over illegal data ‘sharing’.

It is alleged that Google’s algorithms allowed them to 'trick' people’s iPhones into releasing personal data from the phone’s default browser Safari.

GOOGLE is facing a massive lawsuit over claims it illegally took personal information from up to 5million British iPhone users.

The action is brought by campaign group Google 'You Owe Us', led by veteran consumer champion and former Executive Director of Which?...Richard Lloyd.

It claims that between 2011 and 2012 Google used algorithms to bypass default privacy settings on the iPhone.

Lloyd said yesterday: 
“I believe that what Google did was quite simply against the law. Their actions have affected millions, and we’ll be asking the courts to remedy this major breach of trust. Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we’re not afraid to fight back if our laws are broken.”

Lloyd went on to say :
“In all my years speaking up for consumers, I’ve rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own,” he added.

Source : The Sun

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See the 'You Owe Us' story on their website, click this link below:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Geely Looking To Overseas Markets To Sell Half Its Production Of Taxis.

 London’s black-cab maker could strike a deal soon on the second overseas market for the new electric version of its famous taxi, the boss of the Chinese Geely-owned firm told Reuters on Wednesday. 

An electric cab belonging to the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) is seen in London, Britain, November 29, 2017.

The London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) picked Amsterdam earlier this year as its first foreign destination, where around 225 vehicles will be used as part of a service which transports the elderly and disabled. 

Chief Executive Chris Gubbey told Reuters the firm was hoping to conclude talks with a second European location soon, potentially by the end of the year. 

“Quite soon hopefully there will be an announcement on the second one after Amsterdam. We’re getting very close now,” he said. 

LEVC is undergoing a major expansion plan which they hope will see it sell around half of around 10,000 vehicles abroad by the turn of the decade, including a new delivery van. 

Source : Rueters 

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Letter To Taxi Leaks : Uber Breach Of Data : Andrew Peters Secretary GMB Brighton & Hove Taxi Section


Simon Court
Senior Solicitor
Brighton & Hove Council
Town Hall 
Norton Road
Hove

November 25 2017

Dear Mr Court

Uber Breach of Data 
I write to you with reference to the serious matter of Uber concealing a breach of data and the councils continuous support of Uber being ‘Fit and Proper’ to hold a Brighton & Hove Operators licence. 

Reports have stated that some 57 million account holders and some 600,000 driver details were stolen in 2016 .

It is one matter having such a breach of security in the first place but it is an entirely different matter that such a serious breach in 2016 was never revealed to the public or regulators until one year later in November 2017  when it was revealed that it had paid 'hush money' to the hackers.

When it is considered that Fred Jones of Uber immediately ‘reached out’ to the public to condemn TfL and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for refusing to re-licence Uber and yet remained absolutely silent with no warning to the public when data was stolen... such inaction can clearly demonstrate the fitness of an organisation that is fully supported by the council.

It is presumed that Mr Fred Jones gave no indication to the council that Uber tried to hide this serious data breach when applying for the renewal of the Uber Brighton & Hove Operators Licence when presenting the company as ‘Fit  Proper’ to hold such a licence.

TfL Investigation
We have since learnt that TfL are now involved in the investigation and on the principle that Brighton & Hove Council Hove have based the recent re-licensing of Uber on how TfL are managing the refusal of the Uber London Licence we now call on Brighton & Hove Council to act in the same way as TfL and carry out its own investigation into the breach of data and the implications of Uber remaining silent about this for over a year.

We also require the council to justify to the trade that it still considers Uber to be ‘Fit and Proper’ to hold a Brighton & Hove Operators Licence.

For clarity:

Evening Standard - TfL investigates whether massive Uber cyber attack impacted Londoners
“The ride-hailing firm admitted this week to concealing a cyber-attack that affected 57 million customers and drivers last year.
Security services and the information watchdog were left scrabbling to assess the scale of the damage on Tuesday, amid warnings Uber's secrecy could result in "higher fines".
The firm hid the breach by reportedly paying hackers a ransom of £75,000 ($100,000) to delete the data and keep the security lapse quiet.
While Uber said it could not confirm how many customers in the UK had their details compromised, TfL said they are working to establish whether the hack affected Londoners. A TfL spokesman said: “We are working to gain clarity from Uber on whether any of the issues seen in the US have occurred here. 
“We are pressing them for the full details of what has happened so that we can be satisfied that all the right protections are in place for the personal data of drivers and customers in London.”
Stolen information included names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers, in addition to the names and number plates of 600,000 drivers in the US
Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said: "These are obviously concerning reports and the National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with domestic and international agencies, including the National Crime Agency and the Information Commissioner's Office, to investigate if and how this breach has affected people in the UK. "It is a worldwide incident and it is unclear at this stage which countries were affected by the hack.
"What we do know is, based on current information, we have not seen evidence that financial details have been compromised." He added that Uber "did not notify individuals in the UK, the UK Government or UK regulators" at the time the hack was discovered in October last year.
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) warned Uber it could face fines, saying the incident raised "huge concerns around its data protection policies and ethics".  The tech company reportedly tracked down the hackers and pressured them to sign non-disclosure agreements so news of the incident did not become public.
Company executives had then dressed up the breach as a "bug bounty", the practice of paying hackers to test the strength of software security, according to The New York Times. James Dipple-Johnstone, deputy commissioner of the information watchdog, said: "Uber's announcement about a concealed data breach last October raises huge concerns around its data protection policies and ethics.
"It's always the company's responsibility to identify when UK citizens have been affected as part of a data breach and take steps to reduce any harm to consumers.
"If UK citizens were affected then we should have been notified so that we could assess and verify the impact on people whose data was exposed.
He added: "Deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines for companies."

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/tfl-investigates-whether-uber-cyberattack-impacted-londoners-a3698696.html

Please note that I have supplied a copy of this email to various organisations...publications ....individuals  and interested parties and with respect your reply will be made publically available unless you specifically refuse permission.

I look forward to your early reply on such an important matter.

Andrew Peters
Secretary
GMB Brighton & Hove Taxi Section

Uber's Data Hack Affects 2.7m Of Their Customers, Not For The First Time.

Uber's Data Hack, Has Affected 2.7m Of Their Customers And Also Their Drivers. 


In October 2016, Uber experienced a data security incident that resulted in the hacking of information related to riders and drivers accounts. 

For riders, this information included the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers related to accounts globally. 

Uber said their outside forensics experts have not seen any indication that trip location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or dates of birth were downloaded, but customers have been all over social media, saying they've been charged for expensive journeys they never booked.

This is a global issue, but in the United Kingdom alone, this involves approximately 2.7m riders and drivers. 

Uber again say this is an approximation rather than an accurate and definitive count, because sometimes the information we get through the app or our website that we use to assign a country code is not the same as the country where a person actually lives. 

Again proof that this company takes little regard of complaints made on Twitter or Facebook. As they don't have a complaints land line number (a requirement for operators, under the PHV act 1998) this would be the majority of camp,aunts made. 

When this happened, we took immediate steps to secure the data, shut down further unauthorised access, and strengthen our data security.
They also decided to say nothing to regulators or customers and have Bly spoken now as this breach has been publicly exposed. 

DO I NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION? 
Best advice to customers is to delete their account and contact their bank, informing them not to pay any Uber trips charged to their account. 

Uber have made a statement that they encourage all users to regularly monitor their accounts for any issues. 

They say customers should let them know via the Help Centre if anything unexpected or unusual related to your Uber account. You can do this by tapping "Help" in your app, then "Account and Payment Options" > "I have an unknown charge" > "I think my account has been hacked".

Funny they should put this out after stating that no customers (to their knowledge) have been hacked! 

It also appears that their own drivers are now complaining that money has been taken from their accounts!

NCSC advice for Uber customers and drivers

The NCSC has also provides guidance which can be found below..


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Mayor Khan has turned a blind eye to all the scandal that's hit the media over the past few weeks. The rise in UberRape, the escalation of road traffic accidents, the allegations of industrial espionage of competitors and the Data hacking. 


Khan made his feelings about Uber clear in Osbourne's Evening Standard




THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME UBERS CUSTOMER SERVERS HAVE BEEN HACKED !

In addition to failing to notify users and the public about the information that was exposed, the company paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and subsequently had them sign nondisclosure agreements. The city further alleges that the ride-hail company failed to correct security vulnerabilities that led to a previous data breach in 2014. 

The complaint reads:

“After the details of Uber’s May 12, 2014 data breach were revealed to the public, Uber was investigated by a number of state and federal regulators that were concerned about its inadequate data security practices. Uber ultimately promised to bolster its data security policies by, inter alia, adopting protective technologies for the storage, access, and transfer of private information ... less than a year later the same failures led to a breach that was one thousand times worse.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Uber’s Claim, That Hackers Have Fully Deleted Stolen Data Is “Nonsensical”



Uber's been sued at least 11 times in just 1 week, faces new scrutiny from Senate.
It’s now been a full week since the jaw-dropping revelations that Uber sustained a massive data breach in 2016, which affected over 57 million people.

Since November 21, the company has been hit with 10 federal lawsuits (including the two Ars reported on last week). On Monday, the City of Chicago and Cook County also sued Uber in Illinois state court, while numerous senators are now demanding answers as well.

The cases allege substantial negligence on Uber’s part: plaintiffs say the company failed to keep safe the data of the affected 50 million customers and 7 million drivers.

Uber reportedly paid $100,000 to delete the stolen data and tried to keep news of the breach quiet by having the hackers sign non-disclosure agreements.

In the case of City of Chicago v. Uber, city and Cook County lawyers wrote that in October 2016, then-CEO Travis Kalanick was contacted by two hackers who claimed to have millions of individual Uber customers’ records.

"In striking resemblance to the 2014 breach, the hackers had accessed a private GitHub repository and found database login credentials," Chicago's attorneys argued.

"While the repository was password-protected, hackers were still able to breach it—indicating either a very weak password or the fact that the user credentials for the repository were found in a previous unrelated data breach. And even though Uber specifically promised regulators that it would use two-factor authentication on services like GitHub, it clearly failed to implement that promise. Once inside the GitHub repository, the attackers once again found AWS login credentials, which the attackers then used to access and extract the personal information of over 50 million people, including Chicago and Illinois residents."

Last Tuesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote: "None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it."
According to the Wall Street Journal, Khosrowshahi learned of the breach two weeks after he took over the company’s top job on September 6, and yet he kept quiet for over two months.

Chicago attorneys also wrote that the company’s claims that the stolen data has been fully expunged is "nonsensical."
"It has not demonstrated, in any way, how or why it knows the data was actually deleted," they wrote. "No matter what documents the hackers signed, or representations they made, Uber is saying little more than that they trust the word of criminals."
"Integrity"

The broadly-similar proposed 10 class-action suits were filed in several federal courts across the country: in San Francisco; Los Angeles; Allentown, Pennsylvania; Portland, Chicago; and even Huntsville, Alabama.

On Monday, a group of senators, lead by Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), specifically asked for a "detailed timeline" of the incident, among other demands due by December 11.

Similarly, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) also had an even more damning question.

"To the extent Uber had lawfully acquired information enabling it to identify the hackers who had compromised its systems, ensure they would abide by agreements to delete the data and not to disclose the breach, and transfer them $100,000, it conceivably had enough information at hand to assist law enforcement in the apprehension of these criminals," he wrote.

"Why did Uber choose not to provide relevant forensic information to law enforcement and has this information been provided to law enforcement in the last week?"

Uber spokeswoman Molly Spaeth sent a statement to other media, including the Chicago Tribune, which read: "We are committed to changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make, and working hard to regain the trust of consumers."

Uber has not responded to Ars’ multiple requests for comment.

Source : ars technica 

TfL, Architect Of It's Own Demise: None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See.

There's and old saying, which has never been truer than today.....none so blind as those who will not see!


Instead of looking closer to home, as passengers choose Uber over buses and trains, TfL has put the blame of an unexpected fall in passenger numbers on .... Brexit. 

TfL said:
We have seen lower growth in demand for our services than previously forecast for this year, largely owing to economic factors affecting the whole of the UK, including the uncertainty of Brexit.

Lower consumer confidence, GDP growth stagnating, real wage growth and a softening housing market are all affecting services and retail in London, leading to lower than forecast passenger numbers.

Current patterns in rail journeys show a year-on-year reduction in trips within Zone 1, which TfL said was reflected in its lower passenger income, and that the economic headaches had also buffeted its commercial revenue.

Operation Horizon back on the table.....

With Uber allegedly expanding its fleet of minicabs to over 40,000,  plus private hire licenses dished out like sweets to all comers -even those without adequate criminal record checks!- TfL are expecting negative pressure on demand for London's public transport to continue for the first half of its five-year business plan. 

The transport body's overall income for 2016/17 was £6.8bn, and for 2017/18 it is expected to drop to £6.5bn, while passenger income is expected to dip from £4.7bn for 2016/17 to £4.6bn for 2017/18.

Added to this, TfL is also having to contend with its  Department for Transport grant reduced by £2.8bn from 2015/16 to 2020/21.

Mayor Sadiq Khan said in the plan: "Our spending decisions become even more important in today's economic climate. While all other major transport operators in the world receive some form of central government subsidy, the government has taken £2.8bn away from TfL's operational funding."

TfL announced last month that upgrades for the Jubilee Line and Northern Line have been shelved after a surprise dip in passenger numbers on the Tube.

Out of desperation, TfL have flooded central London with an excess of buses, many remain empty most of the time, with the Tube the only part of the network still making a small profit. The transport body has been left facing an "investment prioritisation process".

The Mayor's fare freeze has had a major impact.

Critics have pointed their finger at mayor Sadiq Khan's fare freeze, with London Assembly Conservative member, Keith Prince, saying earlier this month: “In just 12 months, Sadiq Khan’s con of a ‘fares freeze’ has eluded millions of travelcard users and cost TfL hundreds of millions of pounds."

But in its business plan, TfL said early indications were that the fare freeze "has helped to dampen the effect of these negative economic factors". Putting up fares will encourage more people to Use cheaper services such as Uber.  

Where fares have been increased on the National Rail network, this has led to "much sharper reductions in passenger numbers for those operators", TfL added.

TfL are hoping people will turn away from cars and Taxis. They are hoping to bring new passengers from outside London in on the Tube.

In their planned fight back, TfL have fully backed plans to disrupt surface transport with pedestrianisation of major streets in WI, unreasonably quick green light phasing, segregated cycle lane's congestion, numerous unmanned road works...etc, banking on the Elizabeth Line to bring a considerable much needed boost to their economy. 

TfL also plan to ramp up income from commercial activities such as interactive advertising at bus stops as well as Tube and Coach Stations.