Monday, October 08, 2018

Exclusive : The LTDA COM Have Expelled Members Who Belong To The RealLTDA Group.


News just in that the Council Of Management for the London Taxi Drivers Association, have taken the unprecedented step of expelling members who choose to stand up and speak out against existing COM members and association policy. 

Is this the LTDA’s own brand of democracy ?

We received reports there could be as many as 16 members of a driver led group "the Real LTDA", who have received letters explaining why they have been expelled from the Taxi association. The drivers allege they are victims of trumped up charges, such as...they ‘retweeted tweets from other drivers designed to hurt the LTDA. 
The accusation has been used to facilitate their expulsion.

Who will be next?
* Members of the Dads Defending Daughters?
* Members of the Mayfair Mob?
* or perhaps the more militant members of the ITA? 

You couldn't make it up....actually it appears they have!

@hippyjohnoc said on Twitter that the COM have ruled that retweets (below) made by him, were enough to get him expelled. 




Previously:
Over the last few months the COM delayed the upcoming elections for the only Green Badge branch....alleging that people standing for election had been victimised. 

Taxi Leaks spoke to most members up for branch elections and all of the ones we spoke to said that no such threats had been made. They even made a public statement that no threats had been received by the candidates. 

In a move that would have impressed Kim Jong-‘Un, we then heard that the branch itself had been suspended indefinitely.

Recently:
Members who attended the LTDA AGM felt their democratic rights were being eroded as only one delegate at the meeting had the right to vote on matters and that was the Yellow Badge branch secretary. This one driver was the only one who could vote on issues pertaining to the Taxi trade organisation as whole. 


With the words from Chairman Massett “you’re gonna like this one”, his one vote was then used to pass a motion to make all future votes by written secret ballot. 

Many members of the LTDA spoken to, are worried that the association appears to have become undemocratically run, mainly by people who do not drive Taxis for a living. 

One member John, from Hackney said "I believe they are scared of change and are making provisions to protect their own gravy train".
Maurice from Gants Hill said "this is no longer a democratic cooperative, it's now a dictatorship".

Many members were shocked to hear that the association no longer have the war chest, which they proudly advertised on the front page of Taxi. 

At a recent all trade meeting, General Secretary Steve Mcnamara said the org had no money to challenge the Uber Arbuthnot verdict appeal.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : it's a done deal.....again.


Saturday, October 06, 2018

Uber Drivers Work Together To Create Price Surge Plus Kalanick Mounts Comeback

Uber drivers are deliberately going offline in unison so that prices surge and they can charge customers more when they log back into the app.

Uber’s so-called dynamic pricing model means that it responds to supply and demand, increasing the cost of a trip at busy times such as when bars are closing or it is raining.

One London driver wrote on an online forum : "Guys, stay logged off until surge," according to academics who carried out the study.

A second driver replied: "Why?" to which the original poster replied: "Less supply high demand = surge".

A third driver warned that, "Uber will find out if people are manipulating the system".

But the first driver was seemingly unconcerned. "They already know cos it happens every week," they responded.

During the study, academics from Warwick Business School and New York University interviewed Uber drivers in London and New York and analysed 1,012 posts on the Uberpeople.net site - a forum for drivers which is not affiliated with the company.

The researchers said drivers using the forum colluded to ensure that the number of cars in a given area would go down, causing the price to surge, potentially to several times the normal rate.

The researchers, Dr Mareike Möhlmann and Ola Henfridsson, of Warwick Business School, and Lior Zalmanson, of New York University, said the findings showed the limitations of management by algorithms rather than people.

They said that drivers have the feeling of working for a system rather than a company, and that this is exacerbated by the fact that they have "little, if, any, interaction with an actual Uber employee".

Dr Moehlmann said: "Uber uses software algorithms for oversight, governance and to control drivers, who are tracked and their performance constantly evaluated.

"In response, drivers have developed practices to regain control, even gaming the system.

"It shows that ‘algorithmic management’ that Uber uses may not only be ethically questionable but may also hurt the company itself."

Dr Lior Zalmanson, of NYU, said: "Uber’s strategy is not at all transparent . . . and this creates negative feelings towards the company."

Drivers are also playing the company’s Uber Pool cab-sharing service, which one forum user nicknamed "uberpoop", according to the research.

Instead of picking up one fare then driving to pick up another on the same route as the first, some drivers are simply ignoring the second customer or turning off the app, the academics found.

The authors of the research said drivers were, "under constant surveillance through their phones. 

"Drivers’ behaviour is ranked automatically and any anomalies [are] reported for further review, with automatic bans for not obeying orders or low grades," the academics wrote.

The drivers behaviour could therefore be seen as an understandable way to break free from "algorithmic management", Professor Hendrison said.

The ride-hailing app, which operates in hundreds of cities worldwide and is valued at $69bn according to Bloomberg, has been plagued by controversy about its questionable management practices.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT: Kalanick Mounts Comeback.


Founder and former chief executive Travis Kalanick left the company in June after a series of scandals including allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

A number of news outlets have reported this week that he is trying to mount a bid to return to the company.

Oxford Street Update : Westminster City Council Tell Sadiq Khan To Take A Hike !


A scheme not just for Oxford Street but the whole Oxford Street District.

Early October has seen a flurry of announcements concerning Oxford Street. Westminster City Council have continued to honour their election pledges and listen to the West End, residents and businesses. 

The Council Leader has personally confirmed again that they are no longer supporting the Mayor’s plan to pedestrianise and that they are going it alone with a bold scheme to put £150 million over three years, not just into Oxford Street, but into a scheme which is genuinely for the improvement of the whole Oxford Street District-  Leaders Update October 2018

In this they now have the support of all the West End amenity societies, who are already being actively consulted by Westminster as part of their engagement process. The Council now understands the importance of protecting the iconic neighbourhoods around Oxford Street: Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho. They are aiming to unveil their scheme at the end of the month, and go out to public consultation on it in November for 6 weeks.

At that stage Westminster Council will be seeking the views of those who live, work or have an interest in the area on the new Oxford Street strategy and to that end a new website has been launched at https://osd.london/   This will provide details of proposals for the Oxford Street District as well as information about the forthcoming consultation and how the public can give their views. We would urge all those who have shown so much interest in the future of Oxford Street to visit that website and use this opportunity to help develop the scheme with their constructive views on the area.

Westminster have also launched an Oxford Street District newsletter to keep people updated which can be subscribed to from the Oxford Street District website.

All good news so far and we will keep you updated. 

The next key date is the meeting of the Westminster Council Cabinet on 25th October where the decision on the draft 'Place Strategy and Delivery Plan for Oxford Street' will be formally set out and sanctioned.

Source Marylebone.org 

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 
KEEP UPTO DATE WITH WESTMINSTERS NEW OXFIRD STREET DILIVERY LONDON WEBSITE:

Click this link : https://osd.london/ 


Friday, October 05, 2018

In Just The First 3 Weeks Of Their Probation, 97 Uber Drivers Were Suspended/Dismissed.



In ‘just’ 3 weeks of Uber London new licence conditions, ULL were in a position of having to suspend or dismiss 97 ‘ninety seven’ drivers

Below is the court terms and conditions to Uber’s probation:


An FOI request has been made for the amount of drivers who were notified to TfL, with regards to  suspension or dismissal by Uber London Limited. 

Here below is the result:


Where is Sadiq Khan’s one hit and you’re out policy, that he bandied about during his election campaign ?

Where are TfL on this?

Why are Uber London Limited still Licensed ?

97 of their employees have been reported for crimes such as Rape, serious sexual assault, fraud, violence against the customer, offensive weapons etc. 

What is it they can’t get away with ????

SOURCE : @Sammyscarf. 



TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : by Donald 

So, Jo Bertram is made a director of Uber 18/08/2017. 

The Deloitte report on Uber is sent to TFl in August2017, that’s the report no one is allowed to see section 43.

On the 30/8/2017 Bertram resigns, as she lied in two previous court cases.

Jo Bertram caught with her pants down Uber and out. Possibly fearing prosecution for perjury, she moves abroad. But TfL don’t follow up (strange that one Mike Brown!).

Taxi drivers prosecuted for using their mobile sat stationary on taxi ranks, but TfL fail to prosecute Uber Director on two counts of perjury? 


You couldn’t make it up.

Funny how we don't see these Freedom Of Infomation results reported in any LTDA friendly media platforms?
Mustn't upset Mke Brown I suppose !

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Violent Crime Out a Of Control : Khan And Dick Have Totally Failed Londoners



In the last 24 hours in Sadiq Khan's London. 
Posts from the @999London Twitter account.

21 Hours ago:
BREAKING: A man has sustained slash injuries having been attacked in broad daylight at around 1.30pm on Bethnal Green Road.

A 30 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and is in Police custody. 



A crime scene remains.

15 hours ago:
were called to Upney Lane to a male going ‘mad’ in the street attacking people armed with a weapon and damaging vehicles. 

Police arrived on the scene to detained the male, in which he assaulted both Police Officers and was arrested for multiple offences.
He threatened officers with the knife and was disarmed when challenged by Taser Officers. 

13 hours ago:
BREAKING: A man in his late teens has been stabbed several times on Randolph Avenue #MaidaVale #W9.


Scotland Yard confirm that they were called at 9.24pm. The victims injuries are non life threatening.

Efforts to trace the suspect(s) are ongoing
The male punched one officer in the face. 
The suspect was arrested for multiple offences.


12 hours ago:
BREAKING: A 15 year old boy has been stabbed repeatedly in a brutal attack on Derby Road at around 8.15pm. 

Scotland Yard confirm that they await an update on the victims condition who has been rushed to a Central #London Hospital. 
A crime scene remains
MORE: One man has been arrested at the scene for possession of an offensive weapon but he is not believed to be involved in the attack on the victim. 

Efforts to trace the suspect(s) are ongoing. 
On Saturday 23rd September two boys were also stabbed in Enfield.

4 hours ago 
@kayleighharr_ describes being woken up just before 5.30am this morning by Police forcing entry and raiding a property opposite her address. 



The raid took place on Huxley Road in the #Leyton #E10 area. 

1 hour ago :
A 24 year old man has been stabbed multiple times at around 03.30 in the early hours of this morning on Southern Avenue in #Feltham. 

The victim was rushed to a Central #London Hospital - his condition is non life threatening. 

There have been no arrests as yet.

HOW THE HELL ARE THESE TWO, STILL IN THERE JOB ?


TOTALLY FAILED LONDONERS !!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

PHV Driver Caught On Video Driving Wrong Way Round Portmanteau Square


A London Cabby sitting on the rank outside the Churchill Hotel sat in disbelief as a Private Hire car displaying TfL roundels approached, not only driving the wrong way into Portman Square, but also on the pavement. 

The video, shows the car Volkswagen Sharan as it past by on the pavement opposite the rank. 
The driver told Taxi Leaks he felt comfortable sending the footage to TfL which was clearly shot on his phone, as he'd removed the keys from his ignition first, before grabbing his phone.


I’m ranked on Churchill this clown comes the wrong way down Portman Sq then decides to mount the pavement and continue till he can do a U turn. 
@TfLTPH your putting lives at risk

TfLTPH replied:-
Please confirm the time and date of this incident so I can report the driver of LM64UWW. 
Please also report unsafe driving to the police using this online tool: met.police.uk/ro/report/rti/…


The driver then replied:-
Time & date as posted! You licensed him you report him...
To which TfLTPH answered, Thank you. 

Watch the full video sent to TfL here..click the link below.

So now, (according to TfL) we are not just expected to be  just Taxi drivers, but also the eyes and ears of the police. 
You couldn't make it up!

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 

Meantime, where are the eyes and ears of TfLTPH...???


ITS GETTING VERY DANGEROUS OUT THEIR ON THE MEAN STREETS OF OLD LONDON TOWN! 


Tuesday, October 02, 2018

UTAG’s JR Is Now A Sealed Court Order. Plus Chris Johnson Hits Target.


The UTAG team yesterday served papers to all parties in the forthcoming action. 
The Judicial Review is now a sealed court order. 

Below is the latest statement from the UTAG team. 

Last week the intention to lodge a Judicial Review was put into HIgh Court. 

Yesterday all parties; 

• Westminster Magistrates; 

• TfL 

• Uber lawyers Hogan Lovell 

have been served with the legal documents and the Judicial Review is now a Sealed Court Order.

And please add the website link





TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : by Jim Thomas.

GREAT NEWS, We Did It.

It is with great delight that we can now announce that the first phase of Chris Johnson’s crowdfunding has reached the post with 3 days left to go.

Well done to all the drivers who donated to fight for driver's rights and protection against third party, investor owned App companies. 

Monday, October 01, 2018

The United Trade Action Group (UTAG) Website Is Now Live.


UTAG has been formed by Licensed Taxi Drivers to manage the legal process and action against Westminster Magistrates Court, Transport for London and Uber.  We are in the process of raising funds to pay for these legal challenges to save the Licensed Taxi.

MISSION

* To Judicially Review the decision of Westminster Magistrates to grant a license to Uber on the basis of conflict of interest and flawed reasoning.

* To hold Transport for London to account under multiple causes of action including its failure to regulate the statutory regime.

* To hold Uber to account under multiple causes of action including economic torts and the interference of the trade's exclusive right to ply for hire

The UTAG website is now live. 

For more information, click on this link below. 

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :

This action has definitely got a certain org rattled as their trolls are out in force.
Promises of vouchers in the offering, and jobs for the boys is resulting in an avalanche of discussing comments being left on this post. 

Using our StatsChecker program, we have collated a list of IP addresses of the anonymous posters, which can be compared to lists we have from a number of online forums and other sources. 
All threats of violence will be past on with our evidence to the appropriate authorities.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Chris Johnson Answers The Most Frequently Asked Questions


Dear All

I'm going to start by thanking everyone who has been so supportive over the last 3 weeks since we embarked on this journey to bring a limb-b worker rights claim for taxi drivers who work on the MyTaxi App.

We have just over £800 to raise within the next 7 days - I reiterate the "we" because this employment case affects everyone, it affects me, taxi drivers, our children and our children's children - these corporate companies who operate Apps in every sector imaginable simply want to undermine the employment laws as set out by parliament and exploit ordinary working people for their own benefit - this cannot be right, and this is why I believe we must speak out.

I am so disappointed that the taxi trade organisations & unions have failed to support our efforts, one would think that protecting drivers working conditions would be high on the agenda of these organisations & unions, but alas, it seems not to be the case, so we must seek basic employment rights and worker protections alone.

None of this happens without your support, therefore, I'm humbled that you should be so kind with your pledges and overwhelmed by the messages of support.

I hear some of the concerns that have been rightly raised, and I will try to address some of the questions.

Q. Why do we want to lose our self-employed status?

A. A limb-b worker is a category of self-employed, therefore, as taxi drivers we won't lose our self- employed status, we simply gain worker status should we win.

Q. Would it damage "our" Apps [taxi apps]?

A. I’ll answer this with a question, by suspending and terminating drivers without giving any reason are MyTaxi damaging drivers’ livelihoods?

Q. Would MyTaxi be subject to VAT on the full taxi fare if I win an employment tribunal?

A. Potentially yes, but if MyTaxi were to win an employment tribunal it’d be unlikely that they are making the VATable supply, so they would need to argue really hard that they don't control the driver and they don't suspend or terminate drivers without reason - this is a very tricky argument for MyTaxi as I have been terminated without reason and so have many other drivers

Q. Would taxi drivers face additional costs (i.e. an increase in the procurement fee that is currently 10%)?

A. Doubtful, the employment tribunal regarding Uber determined that drivers are workers for all of the time the app is switched on and the driver is available (less the time the driver is unavailable because of other work). Therefore, if a driver has the app switched on for 10 hours per day then MyTaxi are potentially liable to pay drivers the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for the drivers’ available hours plus expenses - If a driver isn't being paid the NMW now at the 10% MyTaxi procurement rate, drivers certainly wouldn't be paid NMW if MyTaxi increased their procurement fee.

In short, claims that MyTaxi could "jack up" their procurement fee to cover basic worker rights and NMW payments is scaremongering.

Q. Is it crazy to bring an employment tribunal claim for basic worker rights against MyTaxi?

A. No, I allege that I was terminated for blowing the whistle on public safety, what employment protections do taxi drivers currently have for unfair dismissal when working on the MyTaxi App?

Q. Does Daimler own MyTaxi?

A. My understanding is that Daimler invests heavily in MyTaxi and minicab apps Taxify, ViaVan and Blacklane – Taxify & ViaVan minicab drivers don’t have worker rights, but Uber drivers do – work that one out – why doesn’t Daimler grant worker rights to these minicab drivers or any associated companies?

In summary.

• There is still another funding round to go as we need to raise £18k in total – but we have time on our side.

• I’m confident that collectively we can make MyTaxi and other app companies aware of their responsibilities to ordinary working people.

• Finally, protecting drivers livelihoods should be the responsibility of Orgs & Unions, not individual drivers.

Please feel free to ask any questions or concerns that you have on Twitter my account is: @InThePinkTaxi and I will endeavour to answer as best I can.

Once again, thank you for your continued support. 

Best wishes

Chris.


TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 

Is this the future that Taxi drivers really want....working for a third party investor owned App company, boasting about how many minicabs they have on their app???


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sadiq Khan...Take Heed : Netherlands To Ban Cyclists From Using Mobile Phones


Dutch cyclists are going to be banned from using their mobile phones while riding their bicycles. Sadiq Khan, please take note!!!

Anything but the hands-free use of mobile phones will be illegal in the Netherlands from July next year. It's about time something was done about the attitude of cyclists in London too, who believe there's no law they can't break. 

The ban will extend an existing law from 2002 making it illegal for car and lorry drivers to use their phones out of hands-free mode. In London, the Met police have been having a crack down on Taxi drivers using their mobiles while being stationary on Taxi ranks......you couldn't make it up. While Private Hire drivers are illegally plying for hire opposite the Kings Cross Taxi rank, undercover police officers with body cams are recording stationary Taxi drivers checking their phone messages/emails and other heinous crimes. Apparently unless you remove the keys, you are still classed as driving, even with the engine turned off. An easy Nick ???

The Netherlands transport minister, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, told the Algemeen Dagblad ​newspaper that the draft legislation will make it an offence "to hold a mobile electronic device while driving all vehicles", including bikes.  

The maximum fine for breaking the current law is €230 (£205).

"This decision sets a clear standard: if you drive a vehicle in traffic, whatever the vehicle, you do not need to hold a mobile electronic device," Ms van Nieuwenhuizen added. 

Surprisingly, bikes outnumber people in the Netherlands.

Last year, the transport ministry said one in three 12 to 21-year-olds use their mobile phones while cycling.

Phones reportedly played a role in 20 per cent of bicycle accidents involving under-25s, the ministry said.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Appeal : Volunteers Needed For PoppyCab's Remembrance Sunday Centenary


Are you willing to help PoppyCabs this year? Please let me know.

Because this message is sent to several recipients who are unknown to each other when you reply can you please let me know
Name
Phone number
Your location (area)
TX / Vito /TXe 

You can also let me know if any member of your family is willing to help as a marshal or if any of them (older children usually) will be travelling with you to assist in your taxi

If you want to contact me you can do so by email to mike@mikehughes.org.uk, or by SMS to 07973 430022.
You can also follow on Twitter @PoppyCabs

Look forward to seeing you all again this year.

Finally I've attached a copy of this year's flyer which has already been printed. If anyone can help get these out to various locations please let me know.
-- 
Mike Hughes 
A taxi driver licensed for London and Brighton living in Worthing, West Sussex 
Member NMRA British Region sharing know-how

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Who Are The Legal Team From 6 Pump Court Chambers Behind The UTAG Action?


Robert Griffiths QC and Stuart Jessop have been instructed through Chiltern Law LLP on behalf of a trade association representing Hackney Carriage drivers in London to commence Judicial Review proceedings against the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in respect of a decision by the Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot on 26th June 2018 to grant Uber London Limited a 15 month licence.

On 18th August 2018 The Guardian published an article claiming that the Senior District Judge has recused herself from hearing any future cases involving Uber after it was discovered by an Observer investigation that her husband had links to the Private Hire Vehicle Operator.



The claim, issued today, has been brought on the grounds that the decision made by the Senior District Judge to grant a 15 month licence to Uber LL is tainted with bias. It will also be argued that the judge made no finding that at the time of the decision on 26th June 2018 Uber was a fit and proper person according to the legislation.


The claim is the start of a series of legal claims which will challenge Uber’s working model and commercial practices as well as the failure of TFL to effectively regulate them.

Uber Among Gig Economy Firms To Face Parliamentary Investigations.


Frank Field MP launches inquiry examining law and enforcement as firms still ‘evade justice’ on worker rights

Uber and courier firms including CitySprint are to be called to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into gig economy companies that have continued to deny workers employment rights despite tribunal rulings.

Frank Field MP, chair of the work and pensions committee, is to see if changes to legislation and enforcement are needed to ensure workers have their legal employment rights.

The new inquiry comes after a string of tribunal rulings against companies, including Uber, eCourier and CitySprint, which ruled that couriers and taxi drivers should be classified as workers and be entitled to holiday pay and the minimum wage. The companies failed to deliver those rights across their workforce, and argued that their drivers and riders were self-employed contractors.

“The inquiry will, I hope, shine a bright light on the extent to which justice is being evaded in the gig economy,” said Field, who resigned the Labour whip late August. “We will be looking to suggest any immediate changes that are required, both to the law itself as well as its enforcement, to ensure no company is able to evade justice.”

The inquiry launches as Uber continues to fight a 2016 tribunal ruling that said its drivers were workers and not self employed. The latest round is expected to be heard at the court of appeal late in October. Since the tribunal ruling Uber has offered some improved conditions for UK drivers, including limited insurance, limits on working hours and a 24-hour phone line for support.

Uber has repeatedly insisted that most of its drivers wanted to retain the flexibility to choose their own hours. However, the firm continues to face criticism over conditions. Couriers working for its Uber Eats takeaway delivery service this week protested outside the company’s London head office over a change in pay structure, which they said left them out of pocket.

In November 2017 CitySprint was accused of making a mockery of Britain’s employment rights system after changing couriers’ contracts rather than giving them the minimum wage and holiday pay, despite losing an employment tribunal case on the issue.

In May 2017, eCourier, a subsidiary of Royal Mail specialising in same-day deliveries, admitted it had incorrectly classified a London-based bicycle courier as an independent contractor and had wrongly denied him standard employment benefits. The company immediately announced a review into how it could implement the same worker status “for colleagues where it reflects their actual working arrangements with us”.

Ian Oliver, chief executive of eCourier, said: “We did carry out a review of our fleet of drivers and identified a group who we felt could be ‘workers’. Accordingly we changed their contracts to provide benefits such as holiday pay. They were also offered a workplace pension.”

But the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain said it was frustrated that there had been no sign of significant change. Jason Moyer-Lee, general secretary of the union, which has been involved in a number of tribunal actions on workers’ status, said: “For a couple of years now we have been winning tribunal claims against courier and private hire companies. Yet despite this somehow these workers are still not getting the rights they’re entitled to. The enforcement system is clearly broken and this inquiry will shine a welcome spotlight on its abject failure.”

Field will be gathering evidence from individual workers, legal experts, enforcement specialists, trade unions and companies, with a view to publishing his findings alongside a series of recommendations before Christmas. The government’s director of labour market enforcement, Sir David Metcalf, will also be invited to contribute to the inquiry.

Source : The Guardian 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Press Release : United Taxi Action Group Launch Judicial Review Of Uber Decision


London taxi drivers have commenced a JR of a court decision to allow Uber a licence. 

The High Court action is based on a conflict, bias, apparent bias and flawed reasoning. 

It seeks to quash the judgement which allowed Uber to operate for a further 15 months. 

The action seeks a re-hearing with a newly constituted court. 

It is the first part of a three-phase legal action which will include TfL and Uber.

Papers have been filed for a judicial review of the decision by Westminster Magistrate Court to give Uber permission to continue to operate despite the company admitting that it had repeatedly failed to conform to the law. The action is being bought by the United Cabbies Group (UCG) on behalf of the United Trade Action Group (UTAG).

It’s solicitors, Darren Roger of Chiltern Law, has instructed Robert Griffiths and Stuart Jessie if 6 Pump Court Chambers. 

The claim which was filed Yesterday is based on the admission by the courts Chief Magistrate, Emma Arbuthnot, that she was conflicted in the case. Last month The Guardian reported that her husband worked for one of Uber’s biggest investors. The revelation printed Ms Arbuthnot to rule herself out from future cases involving Uber. 

“By admitting it was big enough to stop her hearing future cases, it shows that she had no right to sit in the case in which she gave Uber a green light” said Angie Clarkson of the United Trade Action Group. 

The High Court action will challenge Ms Arbuthnot’s decision on the basis of actual and apparent bias. The claim will also look at the reasoning behind her decision to renew Uber’s licence for 15 months. It will argue that the extension resulted from unreasonable implausible and illogical reasoning. 

It will also highlight how the judge made no finding that Uber was a “fit and proper person” according to the legislation. Despite this, she still granted the licence. 

The claim is the start of a series of legal actions which will challenge Uber’s business model and commercial practices as well as the failure of TfL to effectively regulate them. 

“The legal storm clouds are gathering over Uber. It’s reckless approach to the law is finally catching up with it” said Trevor Merralls of the United Cabbies Group. 

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : by Lenny Etheridge. 

A dozen or so tried and trusted proactive Taxi drivers attended a United trade meeting yesterday, all came away with big smiles and a positive spring in their step.

This is the big one, the one Taxi drivers on social media, around tea stalls, in greasy spoons and sat in cab shelters have been calling for and dreaming about.

  

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA COMMENT : from Jim Thomas.

We know this isn't going to be easy, because there are far too many drivers out there who are totally disinterested with trade matters. They don't do social media, they rarely read taxi trade printed media and don't mix much with other drivers. These are the ones we have to reach!

There will soon be leaflets available which volunteers will be distributing at most ranks. Don't just read them, pass them on. Tell the next driver to read and pass on.

You can also help by spreading the word.
While you sit on a rank, talk to and discuss UTAG's action and try to get as many if your trade friends interested as possible. 

As Trevor Merralls  said in his interview on LTR, the more drivers who sign up to this action, the cheaper it becomes individually.

A Touch Of The Dunkirk Spirit...
Last night a line was drawn in the sand, every moan, every criticism, all past baggage was left behind as the most proactive drivers and stakeholders stepped over the line, came together and formed the Untied Taxi Action Group. 


This isn't about if....this has already begun, the papers have been served.....And now it's your turn, to become proactive, support your trade, your livelihood, after all... it's what puts the food on your table for your family.

Or, are you going to sit back and watch everything you worked for on the knowledge of London disappear before your very eyes? 

TAXI LEAKS LAST WORD : by UTAG
We are thrilled to announce that as a result of the meeting with stakeholders yesterday, a total of £100,000 has been pledged toward UTAG Legal action by four of them. 

Three more have confirmed they will be donating even though they could not make the meeting. Wonderful generosity.

Naturally we cannot name them for confidentiality reasons.

We hope eventually we can name them as they have been absolutely superb and deserve our total support toward their businesses.

A founder stakeholder and true UTAG supporter has already put his head above the parapet 
 

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Task And Finish Report We've All Been Waiting And Seeing For....Read It Here For Yourself.


Below is the independent report re: 
Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing... 
Recommendations for a safer and more robust system

This report is said to set out the Task and Finish Group's recommendations on taxi and private hire vehicle licensing.

Click on this link below to download the report:

This report presents the views and recommendations of the Task and Finish Group’s Chair on taxi and private hire vehicle licensing.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 
This weeks Staristics from TfL :

Taxi and Private Hire
Information about the number and type of licence issued will be updated regularly. The following figures cover the week ending Sunday 23 September 2018:

Taxi driver licences - 23,493: a decrease of 8 on the previous week, 13 licences are new. Of those taxi drivers, 20,559 hold All London licences, and 2,934 hold Suburban licences.

Taxi vehicle licences - 20,519: a decrease of 11 on the previous week, 28 licences are new.

Private hire driver licences - 109,042: a decrease of 150 on the previous week, 101 licences are new.

Private hire vehicle licences - 87,576: an increase of 91 on the previous week, 480 licences are new.

Private hire operator licences - 2,315: an increase of 2 on the previous week, 6 licences are new.

Knowledge of London 
The number of candidates studying the Knowledge of London is currently;
1,349 at Stage 3 (down 4 from last week).
410 at Stage 4 (down 5 from last week).
281 at Stage 5 (down 3 from last week).

In addition, as of August 2018, there were 4,252 candidates that had not yet reached Stage 3 (this figure may include inactive candidates).


Fantastic News As High Court Judge Blocks TfL Appeal Over Westminster Council Blockage Of CS11


High Court judge Sir Ross Cranston, who last week blocked Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to begin building the CS11 cycle superhighway in Swiss Cottage, has denied TfL permission to appeal his judicial review ruling.

The judge has also ordered TfL pay Westminster Council’s legal fees. They must agree a figure or pay £50,000 within 14 days of the order, which was made today.

Campaigner Jessica Learmond-Criqui, who was a named party in the judicial review proceedings, told the Ham&High: "Have TfL learned nothing – rather than reading and absorbing the comprehensive defeat from last week, reviewing their processes and learning from the judge’s criticisms, TfL just went for an appeal. How clear does the judge have to be about his decision?"

A TfL spokesperson called the judge’s decision "procedural". They said: "We can still apply to appeal at the Court of Appeal, and we remain in discussions with Westminster regarding payment of legal fees."

Source : http://www.hamhigh.co.uk

Saturday, September 22, 2018

London Taxi Caught In A Hail Of Bullets Sitting In Traffic On Essex Road Islington.


A London Taxi Driver has been left shaken, after being shot at multiple times in Essex Road, Islington.

London Taxi driver Mike White, was left shaken after being caught by a hail of bullets, as he sat in traffic  on Essex Road.

Mike White posted these shocking images on Twitter of the incident which showed bullet holes which shattered his rear window and punctured his tyre. 

He was sat in traffic on Essex Road when the shocking incident happened, a parked car was also hit and a young lady was seen running screaming along the road with blood pouring from an arm injury.

"I was adjacent to this parked car when it went off. Apparently the bullet is still on the front seat. Thought i was made of strong stuff but i feel like throwing up" said Mike



He posted on social media: “Lovely, sitting in traffic, suddenly 4 or 5 gunshots very close behind me.”

“One shattered back window, one flat tyre and a very lucky passenger. Police here in force.”
No more work for me tonight.”



Mike hit out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter and said: “Thank-you for failing on this city Mr. Mayor.”

An hour ago my taxi was in the wrong place at the wrong time when gunshots rang out just behind me in Islington.”

Mike said both he and his passenger were injured but was unable to comment further on the incident due to Police advice. 

London totally out of control, more akin to the Wild West....
    Is it time for these two to be replaced 


TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :  by Jim Thomas.
It's not pleasant being caught up in this type of incident. I can speak from personal experience. 
It's only after that the horror of the situation can suddenly hits you for six.

It was just befor Christmas 1978, I picked up a smartly dressed Irish man in Edgware Road. On the journey to Southgate, he produced a revolver from his coat and held it close to my head. He said don't look at me just drive. I truly  thought I was never going to see my wife and children again and had come to terms with the fact that this would be my lot. 

We got to Bourn Hill Southgate and he directed down towards Green Lanes. Approaching the lights, I what the hell.... and decided to take the chance to jump ship. I ran off as fast as I could along Green Lanes leaving the chap in the cab rolling over the lights down the hill. 

It's a long story and I won't go into detail, but the man escaped and the police weren't happy with my actions. But I know I did the right thing for my, because I'm here today to talk about it...

The incident affected my confidence quite a bit and took me a good few weeks before I got my nerve back again and was able to pick up passengers late at night. 

Taxi Leaks would like to take this opportunity to wish Mike all the best and hope he's back at work soon.