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.

Friday, December 22, 2017

What A Fantastic Christmas Present....Sean Stockings Licence Reinstated By TfL.

               CARRY ON CABBY

We have been informed today by the LCDC legal team that even though, Leon 'the Liar' Daniels raised further objections, TfL have seen fit to reinstated Sean Stockings' license. 

Taxi Leaks would like to thank Keima Payton and the LCDC who made this happen.

Sean Stockings, said today he wishes to thank all you guys & girls who have supported him over the last 7 months. 

Merry Christmas Sean and a Very Happy New Year. 

Let's Not Forget Who Made This Happen, Cab Drivers Made This Lenny Etheridge.

Before we start tripping over ourselves to congratulate #TfL on their twenty one page refusal notice to Uber....let's not forget who licensed Uber in the first place.

It'd be like thanking the man who pushed you in, for saving you from drowning. 

They're all  now trying to distance themselves.

Below is the link to the 21 pages based upon educational graphs by @InThePinkTaxi and fact finding research from @Sammyscarf and @TootlestheTaxi of the @The_LCDC, given to #TfL two years ago.

Click here for TfL submission

Taxi drivers made this happen. 

 TfL had no choice but to refuse Uber, since the #Bellany emails were made public.

Is it merely coincidence that on the very day Leon Daniels scurried away into forced retirement in Wapping, our days in London began to get longer, the future looked brighter, and a new year full of hope beckoned?

Now that Uber’s Modus Operandi has been investigated impartially and independently and shown to be working outside the regulations, will @HeathrowAirport take steps to close the AVA Car Park to Uber Drivers without a pre-booked job?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gett chief expects ‘more than $1 billion’ in revenue by next year

Shahar Waiser, Gett's CEO, hopes the company will be first to launch on-demand self-driving cars
Shahar Waiser, Gett’s chief executive and founder, said the rideshare Israeli start-up expects revenue to “be more than $1 billion” by next year and hopes to “have the privilege to be the first to launch” self-driving cars-on-demand.
“There is a consensus that by 2020 there will be the first autonomous cars on the roads in most of the cities, and now with the help of Volkswagen we have a privilege to be the first to launch those cars on demand, including in Israel and other places,” Waiser told an audience during a presentation at the Israel Mobile Summit 2016 in Tel Aviv.
In May, German auto giant Volkswagen (VW) made a $300 million investment in Israel’s Gett, which has a presence in more than 60 countries worldwide including London, Moscow and New York. More than half of London’s black cabs run on Gett today.
The deal with VW is a strategic partnership between the two companies that will allow them to share data and explore collaboration for future projects. Volkswagen will offer Gett’s services to business customers, while Gett drivers will be able to buy discounted VW cars to use as taxis, the two companies said at the time. Volkswagen said the deal was part of a move toward modernizing the company’s technological and business platforms.
VW made the investment in Gett because it recognized “the new opportunity” of on-demand rides that has grown alongside traditional car ownership, 40-year old Weiser, dressed in a black T-shirt and chinos, told The Times of Israel in an interview at the sidelines of the conference. And as “the space of on-demand is rapidly growing and as VW leads the car production, they want to be significant in leading in the on-demand space as well.”
What Gett brings to the relationship is its “most important asset,” Weiser said: the technology, the big data, the artificial intelligence, the heat maps and the predictive algorithms that Gett uses in directing and locating its taxis in an efficient way.
“It is the core – the same exact technology we use today to run our cars effectively across different cities, exactly the same technology will be needed for self-driving cars,” Weiser told the audience. “It is not just enough to produce the car but you also need a layer, an operational layer that will be running that asset in the most effective way and this is what we know to do.”
Gett will not be producing the self-driving cars, but once they are developed and are available, then Gett’s technology is “exactly the type of technologies that are needed to position those vehicles effectively. And this is where we again can contribute good value to each other,” he said in the interview.
There are almost 20 million rides-on-demand a day globally, Weiser said, compared with none just five years ago. There is a consensus between automakers that autonomous cars will be available by 2020 and there is a McKinsey & Co. study that says that by 2030 half of all new cars will be autonomous, he said.
Gett, formerly GetTaxi, was developed by Israelis Waiser and Roi More – without inspiration of US competitor Uber. The Tel Aviv and San Francisco teams both hit upon the idea independently during 2009. Uber got to market first, premiering in June 2010, while GetTaxi was released in Tel Aviv, its first market, in mid-2010. Uber made an estimated almost $2 million in revenue last year, Fortune said on April 18.
Weiser did not rule out additional funding rounds or an IPO for Gett. “Going forward we might raise more capital,” he said in the interview. “As any company that shows financially good results in absolute terms and in growth terms and profitability, it is reasonable to expect that such a company might attract additional capital” from companies that will want to be part of the new market being created.
As long as the company demonstrates growth, revenue and profitability, it has a variety of funding choices, he said. “One of them might be IPO, one of them might be staying private one of them might be any other option,” Waiser said. “Right now we are focusing to demonstrate growth, but mindful and disciplined growth, that is what Gett is famous for.”
Source :

Lebanon Urges People Not To Use 'Unsafe' Uber After British DiplomatMurder

The Uber driver who allegedly confessed to strangling Rebecca Dykes had a criminal record, Lebanon's government says.

Lebanese people have been told not to use Uber but to flag down "traditional" taxis instead after an Uber driver was arrested over the murder of a British diplomat.
Lebanon's interior minister, Nohad Machnouk, called Uber a "virtual" entity which is "not safe".
He urged Lebanese to use "traditional" taxis.
Mr Machnouk said the driver, who has allegedly confessed to killing and attempting to rape Rebecca Dykes, had a criminal record.
The body of Ms Dykes, 30, who worked at the UK embassy in Beirut, was found next to a road in the east of the Lebanese capital on Saturday.
The interior minister did not reveal what the driver had been convicted of.
Lebanon's Al-Nahar newspaper said the 29-year-old driver was sentenced to six months in prison a decade ago for stealing a motorcycle.
Ms Dykes' body was found by the side of the Metn highway in Beirut
A Lebanese judicial source also earlier told AFP the suspect has a criminal past and was arrested twice for alleged harassment and theft related to customers - a claim denied by Uber.
Mr Machnouk's warning came on the same day the EU ruled Uber should be regulated like a transportation company and not a technology service.
US-based Uber said it was "horrified" by Ms Dykes' murder and it is assisting in the investigation.
The company said its drivers in Lebanon must be licensed taxi drivers with no criminal record.
A local forensics officer said multi-lingual Ms Dykes was strangled with a rope after leaving a night out with work colleagues in the Gemmayzeh area at about midnight on Friday.
Lebanese media initially said choke marks had been found on her neck and that she had been raped. It was later claimed she had a piece of string around her neck.
The Lebanese government has urged people to stop using Uber.
According to Ms Dykes' LinkedIn profile, she had been working as a programme and policy manager for the Department for International Development (DfID) on the UK government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) programme in Lebanon.
She was a former pupil of Malvern Girls' College and Rugby School, and had spent time at a Chinese international school in Hong Kong where she grew up.
Uber finally named Barney Harford as its new COO on Wednesday, six months after founder Travis Kalanick was forced to resign following accusations about sexual harassment and the company's workplace culture.
Last week a US judge unsealed a letter from  a former Uber security specialist accusing the company of stealing technology from Waymo, Google's driverless car unit

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Breaking News : Leon Daniels Replaced By Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell came to TfL from Atkins where he was a senior consultant. 

He joined TfL as Head of Business Performance in September 2003.
He then became Director Of Business Planing and Performance in 2007.

Three years later he became Director Of Transformation where he oversaw the infamous Project Horizon. 
(Who can forget the harrowing suicide of the TfL manager, who jumped from the roof of the Riverwalk building at Greenwich, allegedly as a direct result of Project Horizon).

Gareth moved department again in 2011 to become Director Of Strategy and Service Department London Underground and London Rail. 

As Director of S&SD, he had a wide-ranging brief which included the planning and specification of the organisation’s £billion investment programme. 

In 2013 Gareth’s portfolio was extended to include operational responsibility for London Overground, the Docklands Light Railway, London Trams and the Emirates Air Line.

In April 2016 Gareth joined the TfL Executive Committee with responsibility for TfL’s overall strategy.  This role was expanded to include responsibility for TfL’s bus network alongside its commuter and light rail networks.

He now takes over the role of Managing Director Surface Transport from the departing Leon Daniels with immediate effect. 


The Uber London Model is not Lawful... By Gerald Gouriet QC

TfL has finally released the full reasons for its refusal to renew Uber’s London licence. 

In a letter to Uber dated 22 September, which the regulator had not made public until yesterday (19 December), TfL sets out in detail how Uber had misled it, and also misled the High Court, as to the order in which bookings are accepted through the Uber APP.  TfL say that Uber’s answers to questions were “materially false and misleading”.

In the same letter, TfL express the view that the current Uber model does not comply with the 1998 Act and is unlawful.

In September 2017 TfL announced that it had not renewed Uber London’s licence: but the full reasons were not made public. When the LTDA asked to see those reasons TfL replied that the LTDA “was not entitled to them”.

The LTDA made an application to participate in Uber’s appeal to the magistrates’ court: its application was strenuously opposed by Uber. At a hearing on 19 December the Senior District Judge allowed the LTDA’s application and gave it permission to participate in Uber’s appeal. 

TfL’s 22 September letter was released on the afternoon before that hearing, as a direct result of the LTDA’s written submissions to the Court.

  Gerald Gouriet QC


Read the whole TfL submission here:

EU rules that Uber is a transport service, not a digital company

Uber is a transport company, according to a landmark ruling from Europe's highest court.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that the U.S. ride-hailing app is a transportation firm and not a digital company. The verdict is a long-awaited judgment expected to have major implications for how Uber is regulated throughout Europe.

"Any ruling will not change things in most European Union (EU) countries where we already operate under transportation law. However, millions of Europeans are still prevented from using apps like ours," an Uber spokesperson said in an email ahead of the decision.

Uber has long-considered itself an "information society service" which connects drivers and passengers through inter-mediation via their app. This subtle classification has helped to protect the multi-billion dollar start-up from national regulations and means it has been treated as a digital service operating across borders in the EU's single market.

However, several European governments have argued the U.S. company should be considered a taxi firm, and just like thousands of others, it should have to comply with European transport laws.

The ECJ's decision means Uber now faces national regulation in up to 28 member states.

Greg Marsh, co-founder and CEO of onefinestay, told CNBC on Wednesday that the majority of Uber drivers "really value" the company and the ride-hailing service was clearly "wildly popular" among consumers.

"If the majority of people want to use it as consumers and if a large proportion of the people who want to participate in it as drivers want it to exist then it seems a bit illiberal to say that we should be preventing it from operating," he added.

In 2014, a group called Elite Taxi in Barcelona asked a court in the city to impose penalties on Uber's operations in the country. The association claimed that Uber was engaging in unfair competition towards Elite Taxi's drivers, particularly with its UberPop service, which allowed non-licensed drivers to pick up passengers via the app.

The case was escalated eventually to the European Union's highest court – the ECJ – for advice.

Advocate General Maciej Szpunar said in May that, in his opinion, Uber is not an "information society service". To be considered such would mean the part of the service which is not made by electronic means is "economically independent" of the service. In Uber's case, the drivers would need to be "economically independent". Another factor to be considered is whether Uber provides the entire offering. For example, an online retailer has a website or app as well as shipping the goods it sells. In Uber's case, this would mean it essentially employs the drivers. Uber has said that its drivers do not work for the company and are independent.

The ECJ advisor said that Uber does not meet either of these two conditions and is therefore a transportation company.


As a result of the Court Ruling and assuming Uber can't be allowed to appeal an illegal licence, do Tfl by allowing Uber to continue accept responsibility for all Uber drivers, their insurance and any claims made against them, extending this to Tfl issued Badges around Country..???


The day the few proactive members of this trade brought down Uber, the DDD and their like minded friends went out and celebrated in the Prince of Wales.

But UberExit has gone sour. 
The exact same way Brexit has.
The victors have been royally screwed.
The refusal by TfL (Transport for London) to deny Uber a license, is no more than a ruse.

A ruse to cover up the fact that Uber conspired with TfL to destroy their competition...the Taxi and Private Hire industry.

Sadiq Khan is a holographic metaphor of a London Mayor.
If he isn't taking selfies with every living person on the planet (bar Trump of course), he's promising affordable housing to millionaires.

Khan is very good at shutting down police stations, but has no appetite for taking on huge companies – who continue to walk all over him.

It is now considered that Khan is a worse mayor than the infamous Boris Johnson. At least Boris spoke out against Uber. That is until he was bought-out and reined-in by Uber flunkies; Cameron, Osborne and Javid.

The only time you will hear Khan utter the 'U' word, is in reply to Caroline Pidgeon or David Kurten during Mayor's Questions. Sadiq Khan and TfL stand by and allow Uber to fleece Londoners and visitors to London every single day. Hundreds of thousands of Uber passengers are being ripped off via surge pricing.

Uber drivers are scamming thousands of Uber customers daily, by purposefully cancelling a job and collecting the five pound 'scrub' fee.
Why do Khan and TfL allow this to continue?
Because we don't matter, and they don't care.

The Conservative Party has nailed its colours to Uber's mast. Not only has most Tory MP's lobbied in favour of Uber. The Party itself campaigned for this criminally complicit company to be relicensed.

The Tories even went on to compound their obvious admission of wholesale bribery, by having leaflets printed up to plead Uber's defence.
Was it Theresa or Dara who paid for those flyers?

Wes Streeting MP has campaigned on behalf of all Taxi and Private Hire drivers, who have been unwitting victims of a TfL and Uber attempted takeover. Tom Watson MP has shown great concern and interest in Uber's illegal coup d'etat.

Unfortunately our unions have been slow in coming to our rescue. Is it because Taxi and PH branches are too small?

Or is it because London has a Labour Mayor, and the unions cannot find a compromise between taking down TfL and embarrassing our ineffectual mayor?

Sadiq Khan’s apathy is ultimately losing votes by the ton for Labour in London.

Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, apologised to TfL’s Mike Brown, and vicariously to Khan, 
• for all the rapes and sexual assaults
• for all the thievery
• for the refusal to help police with a sexual assault inquiry, culminating in the Uber driver reoffending 
• for the hacking of customer accounts
• for the attempted deformation of a rape victim's character
• for all of Uber's institutionalised sexual discrimination and lechery
• for Greyball, for all of Uber's bribery and corruption
• for internet theft and industrial espionage
• for hacking their own drivers' phones 
• for their fake insurance certificates 
• for the fraudulent DBS background checks
• for the bogus medical tests
• he was even kind enough to apologised for Uber terrorists and murderers.

Brown and Khan feel that the hands on confession by such an important and influential man, is enough for them to reconsider Uber's Operator's License application.

It is a shame that our very own Sean Stockings wasn't as important or as influential as Uber's 'born again' CEO. If he was, he might have been allowed to work whilst his appeal was being considered.

Uber are allowed to continue unlicensed for as many years as it takes for them to 'Masada' the Taxi trade.

Mind you, Uber didn't film TfL staff - including Leon Daniels and Mike Brown, eating in a public place, whilst doorstepping them on issues such as the Croydon tram crash - as Sean Stockings did. I recently read the victims and their families are still awaiting compensation, over a year on.

No I didn't forget Uber's Hackgate.
And neither did Dara. He decided to keep that information from Brown and Khan. Much the same way he kept it from the FBI and the fifty seven million Uber customers and drivers who were victims of this crime. So much for contrition, hey?

The real enemy of Licensed London Taxi drivers and legitimate Private Hire drivers, is TfL.

TfL are guilty of misfeasance in public office, and corruption. TfL licensed Uber in 2012, knowing that the app transgressed all TPH regulations.
In laymen's terms, the app facilitated the act of putting the potential passenger in direct contact with the prospective driver, bypassing the Operator.

No Uber PH driver possesses an Operator's License. Therefore TfL and Uber not only facilitated a crime, but they profited from it too.
The Licensed London Taxi trade has a strong case against TfL for misfeasance and grave malfeasance.

Uber have admitted on oath and in public, that their app puts the passenger in direct contact with the driver. TfL have lied to the GLA, using made up terms to try and qualify their illegal decision to license Uber.

It is not about instant hail or nano pre-bookings - time is irrelevant.
The order in which the process is administered, is the keyfactor - Uber back-fills, after the event.
TfL cannot plead ignorance, ignorance is not a defence.

TfL are our government appointed regulator.
TfL not only colluded in this illegality. They actively changed regulations to fit Uber's work model.
TfL and Uber really are partners in every sense.

Our unions seem reticent about their lack of will to do anything proactive against TfL. And our Orgs do not have the muscle.

We can propose a Judicial Review and cite ourselves as an "interested party". But as our flaccid mayor pointed out, Uber could drag this appeal out for another four years, and still carry on regardless.

Most proactive individuals in this fine trade see our path as an obvious one.
We need to take out a class action.
It is not difficult to prove TfL's collusion. Uber have done most of our work for us.

Compensation can be across the board.
TfL are guilty and the trade should seek recompense. Drivers have suffered a huge drop in available work, due to TfL's illegal policy. Therefore drivers have suffered a loss of income, suffered physical and mental torture, by having to work slavish and ungodly hours to make ends meet.

Drivers have also suffered emotionally from stress caused by TfL's inaction to regulate correctly and their conspiracy to decimate our trade.

The Taxi trade must claim for damages and remuneration.

TfLTPH's misfeasance, and malfeasance by some individuals at TfL, has cost drivers money, their mental health, their marriages, their homes, and even their lives.

It doesn't matter which union a driver belongs to or what organisation they're affiliated to...
TfL either pays us out or pays us off.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Union And Taxi Drivers' Groups Can Participate In Uber's London Appeal

IiTfL, Using the same lawyer who lost the meter case against Uber

LONDON (Reuters) - A British trade union and a taxi drivers’ trade body can take part in Uber’s appeal case against the decision by London’s transport regulator to strip the taxi app of its operating licence, a judge ruled on Tuesday. 

The GMB Union and London Taxi Drivers’ Associations, which represents the city’s black cab drivers, had asked to be “interested parties”, meaning they would be given access to documents and could make submissions. 

However some of their access may be restricted due to commercial sensitivities and the judge at a preliminary hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday said she couldn’t take a final decision on the London Taxi Associations role just yet. Regulator Transport for London (TfL) refused to grant Uber a new licence in September, citing its approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers. 

The substance of Uber’s appeal is due to be heard over five days from June 25 with a preliminary hearing due to take place before then in April to discuss further administrative matters.The Silicon Valley firm, which has faced bans, restrictions and protests around the world as it disrupts traditional rivals, can continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted, which could take several years. 

At Tuesday’s hearing, TfL also said it had “one or two” issues regarding the accuracy of details provided by Uber.“The decision letter says, well, there are one or two issues about the extent to which the information given to TfL was correct,” TfL lawyer Martin Chamberlain told the court. “That is one of the points that the decision is based on."

After Uber was stripped of its operating licence, the firm’s boss Dara Khosrowshahi met TfL’s Commissioner Mike Brown and promised to make things right in the British city, its most important European market.


We've already seen the calibre of TFL's defence team. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

As QC Philip Kolvin Tells Cambridge Council Uber Is Safe, Another Uber Driver In Old Bailey Charged With Rape

A passenger allegedly woke up to find an Uber driver assaulting her in a car

Najamulhassan Qureshi, 35, allegedly put his hand up the skirt of a woman, 22

A court heard the alleged victim initially thought the man was her boyfriend. Qureshi denies assault by penetration and trial at the Old Bailey continues

A passenger woke up in the back of an Uber car to find an Uber driver kissing her neck and putting his hand up her skirt, a court heard. 

Najamulhassan Qureshi, 35, allegedly climbed into the back seat with the 22-year-old woman and assaulted her. 

When she came too, she first thought it was her boyfriend and asked him ‘What are you doing, baby?’ and ‘Why are you speaking in an Asian accent?’, it is claimed. 

The alleged victim eventually realised what was happening and managed to escape from the car parked near her home in the Isle of Dogs in east London.

A passenger woke up in the back of a taxi to find an Uber driver kissing her neck and putting his hand up her skirt, a court heard today.

Qureshi later denied sexually assaulting the woman and claimed that she got ‘very angry’ when he sneezed on her mobile phone.

The Old Bailey heard the woman had enjoyed a night out drinking cocktails with her boyfriend in Islington, north London, on January 22 this year.

They ended up going to a late-night diner and appeared to be ‘somewhat intoxicated’, jurors were told.

She decided not to go back to her boyfriend’s home because he was staying with his parents that night and booked an Uber to her home at around midnight.

Prosecutor David Povall said: ‘There is no dispute that the Uber that arrived was a black Ford driven by Mr Qureshi.

‘She got into the back of the car and very quickly fell asleep.

‘It was some time later that she became aware there was somebody next to her kissing her neck and his hand was under her skirt.

‘She was confused. Her first thought was that person was her boyfriend and she responded by saying "What are you doing"”

Najamulhassan Qureshi, 35, allegedly climbed into the back seat with the 22-year-old woman and assaulted her, the Old Bailey heard
‘When she heard the response in an Asian accent it took her some time to work out what was happening.’

Once she had got out of the car she realised it was parked close to her home and ran to the front door.

The alleged victim called police and gave a statement the next day.

When Qureshi was questioned by police he told officers that she alternated between abusing him and trying to climb into the front seat during the journey.

He claimed that when he arrived at the destination she wanted to hug him and refused to be taken inside.

‘He said she dropped her phone and he picked it up and sneezed. She called him a motherf***er and she got very angry,’ said Mr Povall.

‘He said he had not got into the back seat and he did not sexually assault her.’

Qureshi, of Hounslow, west London, denies assault by penetration.

The trial continues

Source : MailOnLine.