Sunday, December 31, 2017

Demonisation Of Diesel Is Leading To The Biggest Rise In CO2 For 14 Years

Figures obtained from the Department of Transport by selling site show the average new car sold in 2017 emits more toxic CO2 than new cars sold in 2016, which is the first time in 14 years that an average new car emits more CO2 than older cars. As more and more drivers desert diesel cars discouraged by tax rises, toxicity charges, parking surcharges and crashing car values, the unintended consequence is that CO2 greenhouse gas emissions are back on the rise again.

Unintended consequences

The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is where the actions of people and especially Governments, always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended.

In 2008 under the Labour government led by Gordon Brown, they made an announcement in the Budget which they thought was good for the environment, which was to discourage people from driving petrol vehicles due to the carbon dioxide (CO2) they emitted and so created a car tax system based on carbon dioxide emitted to encourage people to buy “lower polluting” diesel cars instead. In response, sales of new diesel cars and the British motoring industry itself boomed off the back of the decision.

Demonisation of diesel begins

By 2016 with a Conservative government in power, it became apparent that levels of toxic nitrogen oxide (NOx) had increased in major towns and cities, contributing to 40,000 deaths a year. The Government was not meeting its own NOx emissions targets set by the European Union, leading to the threat of fines and court action. Diesel cars were pinpointed as the main culprit for these rises and it was then that the process of demonisation of diesel in all forms began in earnest, led by environmental pressure groups and the new Mayor of London.

Fast forward to the end of 2017 and diesel car sales have plummeted by 16% year on year. All the major manufacturers are running diesel scrappage schemes where you can trade in a diesel car bought in the last 8 years and receive up to £8,000 towards buying a new car. In 2017 the average value of a used diesel car fell by 26%, for many the choice of switching away from diesel cars seemed like a no brainer, but it wasn’t.

What the Government wanted people to do was buy new hybrid engine or fully electric cars and Taxis en masse. The problem here is they’re too expensive to buy or run and there is no used car market for hybrid or electric cars. Reason being, battery technology moves so rapidly that the battery in a two-year-old electric car is inferior to a new battery powered car, so they don’t hold their residual value for it to be worth buying an older hybrid or EV car. 
This is going to have a huge impact to the second hand electric Taxi market.

The Mayor wants all Taxis and Private Hire Cars to be zero emmisuon capable by 2033.

The new unintended consequence here is that while people are moving away from diesel cars as the Government wanted, they’re not buying lower emissions vehicles, instead they’re buying high polluting, big engine petrol SUVs, which is leading to an unprecedented rise in CO2 emissions. Further bad news is that the Government also have a CO2 emissions target they need to meet by the European Union as well.

Official CO2 figures show a rise in 2017

Official statistics for the first ten months of 2017 from the Department of Transport show that the average new car sold this year produces 121.1g of CO2 per kilometre. The average CO2 output of new vehicles sold in 2016 was 120.3g/km. With diesel registrations widely expected to stall further in December, it will spell the end of a 14-year reduction in CO2 emissions, which have declined by 4.02g/km annually since records first began.

How on earth did we get in this mess?

The greatest irony in all of this is that the most likely solution in reducing both NOx and CO2 to meet European standards over the next few years is buy a new super low diesel emission car. One would have hoped that the market would have naturally gravitated towards buying a new lower emitting diesel, instead demonisation has made them buy high polluting petrol SUVs.

As is often the case, the Government has again intervened and targeted the wrong area and not tackled the real problem.


Dave Davies exposed this scandalous, corrupt, political agenda years ago. He exposed Boris Johnson as a emissions liar. 

The government spent millions of pounds and charged Defra to produce a report on the subject. It categorically proved that the so called newer cleaner diesel engines polluted more than the older vehicles proposed for scrapage. 

The London Taxi Trade got politically demonised as the major pollution culprits in London - The Defra report got broomed under the carpet, and still the politicians ignore the fact that the major cause of pollution in London is down to TfL's abysmal management of the road traffic network.

Why was, and still isn't the Defra report being acted upon?

Saturday, December 30, 2017

China's Solar Expressway Meets Light Of Day In Shandong, As Shenzhen Electrifies 16k Buses.

Vehicles run on a solar expressway in Jinan, capital of east China's Shandong Province, Dec. 28, 2017. 


China on Thursday opened a 1-km section solar expressway for testing. Solar panels are laid beneath part of a ring road surrounding Jinan. 

The road surface is made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate. The panels, covering 5,875 square meters, can generate 1 million kwh of power in a year, enough to meet the everyday demand of around 800 households.(Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

JINAN, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday opened a 1-km section solar expressway for testing.

Solar panels are laid beneath part of a ring road surrounding Jinan, capital city of Shandong Province in east China. The road surface is made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate.

The panels, covering 5,875 square meters, can generate 1 million kwh of power in a year, enough to meet the everyday demand of around 800 households, according to Qilu Transportation Development Group, the project developer.

"The project will save the space for building solar farms and shorten the transmission distance," said Xu Chunfu, the group's chairman.

Electricity produced by the test section will be used to power highway lights, signboards, surveillance cameras, tunnel and toll gate facilities. Surplus power will be supplied to the state grid, Xu said.

Future functions to be developed include mobile charging for electric vehicles and providing internet connection.

The road has a designed life of 20 years. It has three layers -- a concrete layer pervious to light on top; thin amorphous silicon panels in the middle; and a waterproof insulate protection layer at the bottom.

"The top layer has good flexibility which can both withstand the pressure of large vehicles and protect the fragile amorphous silicon boards underneath," said Zhang Hongchao, chief scientist with Shandong Pavenergy company which was involved in the development of the project.

Xu did not reveal the cost but said it was half of similar projects in foreign countries.

"With the development of solar power in China, the cost can be further reduced," he said.

China leads the world in solar power development. Its annual increase of new installed generation capacity has been the largest in the world since 2013. As of the end of September, China's installed photovoltaic capacity hit 120 gigawatts.


London is far from the forefront in adoption of electric buses: China's Shenzhen shows the world how it's done, electrifies all public transit with massive fleet of 16,000+ electric buses 

Click link : 

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Truth And The Lies Behind Britain’s Speed Cameras by Lisa Edwards.

If you drive carefully past a speed camera, adhering to the speed limit and think you are safe, then you might be wrong.  Most of us don’t realise that some of those big yellow boxes can do a lot more than just register our speed and send information that gets us a speeding ticket.  
But just what are their full abilities?

The offence camera

The speed camera should rightly be called the offence camera because it can record many offences other than just speeding.  They include not wearing your seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving and even having illegal number plates.

According to statistics for the north east of England, between August 2015 and November 2015 there were a total of nearly 700 drivers who were caught for not wearing a seatbelt through a speed camera.  This is an offence that does seem bizarre – not only is it the law to wear one but they can also save your life if you are involved in an accident

Speed camera spotting

Another big problem is the use of mobile phones while driving.  To highlight how serious it can be, the fine was increased to £200 in March this year and now comes with six points on the license if you are caught.

Now you can be caught by speed cameras when on your mobile phone and receive a fine just the same as you would if you were spotted by a police officer.  This also includes mobile speed cameras which are now recording a range of other offences in the same way as the stationary version.

The most common device used for mobile speed cameras, that can record various information, is the LTI 20.20 UltraLyte 1000.  
This device uses a laser linked directly to a DVD system that is running the whole time that the enforcement is in operation.  

It can collect an image from cars up to 1000 metres away and includes information such as the time, date, speed, distance, site coding and whether the vehicle was travelling towards or away from the camera.  
This is all detailed on the image of the driver.

The mobile phone problem

The reason for the higher penalties and the use of speed cameras to catch drivers using a phone behind the wheel is because it remains a huge problem.  In one crackdown last November, police caught around 40 drivers per hour on their mobile phones, handing out 7966 fixed penalty notices during a one-week long campaign.

This was an increase on previous periods of enforcement on ‘distraction driving’ where a crackdown had been in place.  In May 2016, they had caught 2323 drivers, in September 2015 the figure was 2276 and in May 2015, the number of drivers caught was 2690.

During the same period, where 36 forces around the county participated, there were also hundreds of verbal warnings issued along with 68 court summonses and 117 other ‘distraction’ offences noted.  The figures were part of the reason why the new fines and points system was brought in the following March.

Mobile phone law

The current law on mobile phone states that it is illegal to drive a vehicle and use a hand held mobile phone or a similar device.  It is also illegal to supervise a learner driver while using a mobile.  The definition of ‘driving’ is also one to watch – you are driving if you have the engine running so merely pulling into a layby without turning the engine off won’t save you from a fine.  Stopping at traffic lights also still counts as driving.  You can use a hands-free kit but if you are shown to be not in ‘proper control’ of the vehicle while using it, you can be prosecuted.

Source : Lisa Edwards PetrolPrices.comLtd


Mobile Phone In Vehicle Use....New Penalties Jason Clauson

See article by clicking link below:

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Collusion? Corruption? Malfeasance? It's All In The Letters : We Need An Inquiry Now Jim Thomas.

We've heard quite a bit about the letter from TfL giving the reasons why Uber would not be relicensed.

But there are far reaching implications that haven't yet been explored by our trade orgs. 

The letter (signed by Helen Chapman) points to the fact that an audit of Uber's operating system, wasn't carried out until late 2017!

If Uber's operating system wasn't  fully audited, why did two top TfL officers sign and release a statement to Managing Director Leon Daniels, back in 2014....saying the app was legal?

See this document, click link below;

Reasons given for the decision by this dynamic duo were:
a) ULL (as the licensed operator) does make provision for the invitation or exceptions of bookings and also accepts private hire vehicle bookings in London. 
{This we now know to be a lie, Uber have admitted on oath in two court cases, this is not the case.}

b) Neither Uber BV (A related but distinct company based in the Netherlands) or Uber drivers, make provision for the invitation or acceptance of private hire vehicle bookings in London, or accept such bookings.
{This has now been proved to be another lie.} 

The letter went on to say :
Therefore, ULL is not in breach of it's licence obligations, nor is it guilty of a corporate structure that facilitates other parties breaches of ULL's licence obligations.

They then go on to say that ULL's licence shouldn't be suspended or revoked.... 

The letter to Leon Daniels, was then signed off by chief operating officer, surface transport, Garrett Emmerson and TFL's General Council Howard Carter.

The question need to be asked as to why two prominent TfL officers signed Uber off as legal, without a full system audit?

There is now a mountain of evidence in the form of letters, emails and phone calls, obtained under freedom of information requests, mainly by the LCDC team, which shows collusion between senior TfL managers and directors, and Uber's management. 

Another question that needs to be thrown into the mix:

Back in 2014, Chairman of the UCG Len Martin wanted an approval system for all apps Taxi and private hire, to ensure they complied with the law. This demand was included in demonstrations carried out by the UCG.

Why did Helen Chapman, general manager of TfLTPH, refuse point blank to have such an approval system for apps ?

LTDA's Uber Driver Prosecution Thrown Out By CPS On Request Of Mayor's Night Time Commissioner.


The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) brought a private prosecution against Uber driver who was licensed as a private hire driver by Tranmsport for London (TfL), claiming that he was plying for hire. The Taxi Association had employed two private detectives in what they claimed was a “sting” operation.

The basis for the sting was that one of them booked the driver through the app and then took a ride, while the other filmed the operation. The gravamen of the prosecution was that the ability to see a car on the app meant that the car was plying for hire.

The defendant’s case was that driving in accordance with the Uber app is obviously not plying for hire.

The defendant’s legal team then requested the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to take over the prosecution and discontinue it. 

This power is given to the CPS under section 6(2) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985. It is very rarely exercised.

In this case, however, the CPS did decide to take over the prosecution and discontinue it. The prosecution was, therefore, nipped in the bud.
In light of the new evidence uncovered by the LCDC team, will the LTDA appeal this decision?
Or is this now the end of the drawn out case the LTDA had put all their hopes on while dismissing any action from other Taxi trade orgs?

Surely the Taxi trades powerful union’s legal teams (ho, ho, ho) will be all over this decision. 
After all, it’s been shown twice, in two different court cases, on two different continents that Uber’s operation is not legal under current London regulations. 

Again, as in Cambridge, it was licensing barrister Philip Kolvin QC who acted for the Defendant, instructed by Woods Whur Solicitors. 
In December 2016, Mayor Sadiq Khan appointed licensing barrister Phillip Kolvin QC as night time  commissioner.

Funny, the LTDA haven't said anything about their case being chucked out yet....perhaps they will email their members later. 

LBC recently accused the Mayor’s night time commissioner of having a conflict of interest, because he is representing drivers in a number of cases, where the company ‘Uber’ are picking up the bill.

Conservative MP and former Transport Minister Theresa Villiers says the London Mayor now needs to review the appointment. 

She told LBC: "I have concerns about what I've heard bout Philip Kolvin's involvement in defending Uber drivers in court.

See article click link:

"Philip stands by his undertaking not to carry out any work for Uber in the capital and that is not breached by acting for this individual" 
Has he breached his undertaking? 
Is this a London case? 
If he has breached, will he resign?? 
What next?

From the above article.

Source : Cornerstone Barristers and LBC Website.

by LTR’s Sean Paul Day

On 3/07/2015 Uber admitted under oath that they played no part in the booking process between passenger and driver. The case is significant as Uber’s operational model is replicated around around the globe. 

Correspondence was subsequently sent to The Mayor, Deputy Mayor with copies forwarded to TfL. The cover letter was later posted as an open letter in TAXILEAKS. 

No doubt other trade organisations sent correspondence to TFL also. 


CITATION: City of Toronto v. Uber Canada Inc. et al., 2015 ONSC 3572 COURT FILE NO.: CV-14-516288  DATE: 20150703



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Invites Go Out To Investors To Invest In Pollution Free Pod Taxis

A high-level panel has recommended inviting fresh bids for the project conforming to the strictest safety standards on the lines of those prescribed by an American body.

New Delhi: Imagine being air-dropped to a desired place without having to worry about traffic and pollution. 

This will soon be a reality in Delhi-NCR with the much-awaited pod taxi project — India’s first — crossing another checkpoint. 

A high-level panel has recommended inviting fresh bids for the project conforming to the strictest safety standards on the lines of those prescribed by an American body.

The pod taxi scheme, estimated to cost Rs 4,000, is a dream project of Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, and the NHAI has been mandated to execute it on the Delhi-Gurgaon pilot corridor (12.30 km) from Delhi-Haryana border to Rajiv Chowk in Gurgaon on a PPP (public-private partnership) basis.

The ambitious project has been plagued by delays as government think-tank Niti Aayog raised some red flags, asking the highways ministry to direct initial bidders to prepare a 1-km pilot stretch as all the technologies were unproved. 

Subsequent delays were caused due to formation of the high-powered committee to lay down safety and other specifications.

Pod taxi, also called Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), is an advanced public transport using automated electric pod cars to provide a taxi-like demand responsive feeder and shuttle services for small groups of travellers and is a green mode of uninterrupted journey.

The automated people mover (APM) standards in the US as recommended by the committee for the maiden PRT in India have been prepared by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and these constitute the minimum requirements for an acceptable level of safety and performance for the PRT.

These include vehicle arrival audio and video visual warning system, platform sloping, surveillance/CCTV, audio communication, emergency call points and fire protection, among other advanced systems, it added.

The pilot project, to be taken up on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis is meant for a 12.3-km stretch from Delhi-Haryana border on NH-8 (near Ambience Mall) to Badshahpur via Rajiv Chowk, IFFCO and Sohna Road.

The model is in place in London's Heathrow airport, Morgantown and Masdar city.

Earlier, three global companies, including New Zealand's Metrino Personal Rapid Transit, which later called off its joint venture with Indian partner Gawar construction, were picked during initial bids for the project.

What are pod taxis?

Personal rapid transit (PRT), also known as pod cars or pod taxis, is a public transport system developed for travelling swiftly in congested areas. They operate much like the traditional rail and streetcar network and are built above busy roads and highways. They are automated driverless vehicles and can carry four to six people in at a time.

Pod taxis are futuristic transport concept which is environment-friendly and can be run on solar power and other renewal power, bringing down pollution in densely populated areas. 

According to one estimate, a solar powered pod taxi could cost one-tenth of an ordinary running car.

The first pod taxis were run at West Virginia University (WVU) in the 1970s. The other cities where pod-taxis are currently operating are Masdar City, Abu Dhabi running on CyberCab system known as METRINO and London's Heathrow airport. It covers a distance of 3.8 km operational since 2011. The average speed of pods is 60 km per hour.

There are numerous PRT systems that were proposed, but they didn’t get implemented. In India, around six states are looking to add pod taxis in some big cities to decongest traffic.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

More Good News As UberEats and Deliveroo Restaurant Clients Face NewRules

Westminster City Council is to force restaurants to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps. 

Businesses will face formal enforcement if their deliveries reach too high a volume and disturb local residents.

Local cabinet member Daniel Astaire said the services will lead to "traffic chaos" in London if left unchecked. 

The council recently ordered a Nando's outlet to stop deliveries through the apps after it received more than 25 complaints about noise and congestion. 

Council officers reportedly observed large numbers of delivery mopeds parked outside the chicken chain's Westbourne Grove address, over several weeks. The delivery vehicles caused noise and congestion in a busy residential area, according to the council.

"The amount of Peri-Peri [sauce] fans in the Bayswater area meant that the popularity of the delivery service grew very quickly in a short space of time," a Nando's spokesman said. 

"Because of the location of the restaurant, at the junction of a busy residential road, this caused some disruption and the service was stopped at the request of Westminster Council."

Any restaurants found to be using deliveries as more than an incidental service will have to apply for a change in planning permission and prove that they minimise disruption in local neighbourhoods. The policy will be included in the council's City Plan next spring. 

Mr Astaire said that with nearly 3,000 restaurants in Westminster, the council needed policies "to keep up with new technologies". 

"It is a popular, much needed service but we can't allow the city to be swarmed with delivery drivers," he said. 

A council spokesman said that under the new rules, the volume of deliveries would determine whether a restaurant's deliveries constituted an incidental use or not. 

UberEats said: "We'd welcome the opportunity to meet with Westminster City Council to discuss how we can work together to support local businesses and address any concerns they have." 

Deliveroo said: "Deliveroo always works with communities and local authorities to ensure our service benefits restaurants, residents, riders and customers alike."

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The London Taxi Trade Has Been Given A Fantastic Christmas Present.

News has broken that Uber’s top managers lied on oath (perjury), to allow them to operate. 

This is part of the article which was published in today’s Sunday Times authored by Andrew Gilligan:

Taxi drivers want to bring proceedings for perjury against Uber’s senior UK managers after Transport for London (TfL) accused it of lying to the High Court.

In a 21-page letter to Uber seen by The Sunday Times, TfL says it refused to renew the company’s operating licence in September because Uber had given it “materially false and misleading” information many times.

Had Uber told the truth, its operating model would probably have been found “unlawful” in a 2015 High Court action, TfL writes, accusing the company of giving “false” evidence to win the case.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA), which represents drivers of black cabs and was a party to the court action, said last week it would apply to overturn the judgment and bring proceedings against senior Uber managers for perjury.

TfL’s previously secret letter to Uber explaining its licence decision was obtained during the tech giant’s appeal last week against the ban. The letter’s strong tone means that prospects for compromise seem less likely. Uber drivers continue to operate in London pending the appeal decision.

The TfL letter accuses Uber of a “lack of regard to the safety of its customers”, citing disclosures in the press that Uber failed to report to police a series of sex attacks by its drivers. It also says Uber conducted medical examinations of new drivers over the internet, and helped conduct criminal checks on its own drivers, a process that was supposed to be carried out independently.

The 2015 court case arose after the LTDA brought a private prosecution against Uber, claiming that the smartphones used by its drivers acted as taximeters, which only licensed black cabs may have by law. The case was taken over by TfL and the High Court ruled that drivers’ smartphones were not taximeters.

Uber had told the judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, that its central computer systems, not individual drivers, handled all bookings and fares. It had told TfL the same thing many times. However, TfL’s letter reveals that this year it asked the consultancy firm Deloitte to examine Uber’s IT systems. Deloitte found the company’s central computers accepted a booking only after a driver had done so.

TfL’s letter states that it believed that “the point is determinative and that Uber’s current operating model is accordingly unlawful”.

It says that, even if it is wrong about this, the “materially false and misleading” information it and the court had been given by Uber was one of three factors that made the company “not fit and proper” to hold an operator’s licence.

The other factors were that Uber had failed to protect customers from harm because of faulty medical, criminal record and crime reporting checks, and that it had not been “open and transparent” about its use of Greyball, software that TfL has said could be used to defeat regulators.

Uber — which maintains it has not used Greyball in London — says the software denies ride requests to users it regards as “fraudulent”.

The letter describes Jo Bertram, Uber UK’s then general manager, as “unsatisfactory and unhelpful” about her role in Greyball. For four months, the letter says, Bertram avoided answering TfL’s direct questions about whether she had used it.

Only on August 24 this year did Uber admit that she “was party to correspondence relating to the use of Greyball technology to evade enforcement in other jurisdictions for which she had personal responsibility”. A week later she resigned.

Uber said: “Uber London accepts bookings as a licensed private hire operator and always has. We continue having constructive discussions with TfL in order to address the issues they raised in the letter.”

TfL did not respond to requests for comment.


Something else we have to look at, and that’s the way TfL dealt with the damning evidence, supplied to them by a team from the LCDC two years ago. 
Only now, have they decided to use this evidence against Uber’s operation, with a refusal to relicense the company.

The question needs to be asked, why are they dragging  their feet?
Why did they ignored evidence sent to them?
Why they waited till most of the top managers at TfL left, retired or been replaced?

TfL are allowing Uber to continue to operate while they appeal. 
As we now have solid evidence that Uber’s MO is illegal, the whole operation should be shut down. And TfL -contra to popular belief- have the power to do this. 

Another issue we mustn’t drop;
•  Why did TfLTPH play down the 13,000 fake criminal record checks?
• Who was responsible for putting this on the back burner for 7 months until it was discovered and published in the media? 

Malfeasance and corruption mustn’t be allowed to be swept under the carpet. All those responsible, must be bought to book. Many drivers are asking if our orgs and unions could combine and bring about a case for compensation for loss of earnings over the last five years. 


Below is a letter to Taxi Leaks editor Jim Thomas from a prominent Taxi Driver in Manchester. 

Dear Jim
I think we have had a fantastic year really, after 5 years or more we have exposed much graft and corruption around all licensing authorities.

You decision to allow Lee Ward (Alpha) to guest post on Taxileaks was inspired, many other orgs would have shunned a Private Hire driver from posting.

Lee's performance in front of York Council was inspirational and won the day when getting York to refuse Uberk in their area.

As we write Parliamentary draftsmen are preparing the Licensing of Taxi safety Bill. It should be ready in the written form on or around 2 Feb (5 weeks away)

We will then have to Lobby MP's, not Cllrs, in all wards where we have driver's living. if we get this right, we will eventually win the day.

I wish you and yours a Lovely Xmas and new year, I also look forward to working with you again in the coming year.

Your Pal



Saturday, December 23, 2017

JCB Co Ltd Partner iZettle, With Awareness Campaign Using The Iconic London Taxi

JCB International Co, the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co. Ltd, has partnered with iZettle, the award-winning Swedish fintech company, with an awareness campaign using the iconic London Black taxis.

The campaign aims to reinforce the message that JCB and iZettle merchants across Europe accept JCB Cards. 

This is good news for JCB's 106m Cardmembers that may visit London and want to hail London taxis equipped with iZettle payment devices or make a purchase at an iZettle merchant. 

iZettle revolutionised mobile payments in 2011 and has rapidly moved beyond payments to become a small business commerce platform, offering tools to take payments, register and track sales and to get funding. 

For JCB, the deal forms part of its strategy to increase its acceptance footprint across the SEPA region by expanding its merchant acceptance network to support its growing global Cardmember base. 

The London taxi partnership will see ten London black cabs co-branded with JCB and iZettle acceptance awareness for the next six months, ending in May 2018. All London Taxis with iZettle payment devices will accept JCB Cards

Taxi Leaks Extra Bit : 
There’s been a lot of controversy over the siting in the rear compartment of the credit card reader.

Many drivers are worried that their safety can easily be compromised by dodgy passengers asking the driver to get in the back to sort a problem out with the machine.

Also female drivers are worried about their safety regarding the same aspect.

But a new problem has now come about.
A taxi breakers in Manchester which salvage cabs from online customers, have just bought a Euro 6 which burned out.
It’s alleged that the fire started from the area of the fixed credit card machine.