Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sajid Javid Has Phone Stolen By Moped Thieves, As He Calls For A "Taxi" At Euston.


Sajid Javid said he was lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up after moped thieves stole his phone.

He had reached for his mobile to call a 'taxi' outside Euston station in north London, when criminals appeared ‘in a flash’ and grabbed it.

Knowing what we know about Sajid Javid (he was party to the Tory Chumocracy that licensed the illegal instant hail app) and how he feels about London's Licensed Taxi trade....it would be a good bet that the Metro has it wrong (not for the first time) and that Sajid was actually calling an Uber.

‘It was brand new. Before I knew what was happening, it had gone. They just rode up, grabbed it and zoomed off,’ the Home Secretary said.

‘I was angry and upset but thought myself lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up like many other victims who fall prey to these vicious criminals.’

What they are saying on Social Media :


Michael McIntyre was also targeted by moped thieves for his Rolex watch.
Mr Javid said: ‘It happened in a flash. I was walking out of Euston station and reached for my phone to call a taxi.’


He spoke about the incident after Michael McIntyre was robbed of his watch by moped-riding thieves.

The comedian was on the school run in his Range Rover in north London when thugs smashed the windows before stealing the Rolex.


Sajid Javid, who is in charge of the nation’s policing and security, said the incident happened during his previous role as Communities Secretary.

The revelation comes amid concerns of a wave of violent crime in some parts of the country, particularly in London and other big cities.

Mr Javid, who has four children, admitted he worries about them if they are out late and his parental concern drives him to tackle the problem.

‘Our streets should be safe at all times, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like knife or other crime,’ he said.

Theresa May has acknowledged concerns about moped gangs, but insisted police were being given the powers they need to crack down on crime.

Earlier this month the Prime Minister was challenged about the Government’s response to criminals using mopeds to carry out robberies and other crimes.

She said former home secretary Amber Rudd held talks with police to make sure they had the powers they needed to be able to chase moped-riding criminals.

‘This issue of moped crime is one that is of concern for people,’ the PM said.

Source : Metro.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
The footage below was shot by DashCam, a few weeks ago. Just 29 seconds from the moped spotting the victim, doing a U-turn, mounting the pavement, and taking the phone straight out of the young ladies hand. 


I tried to warn her but she was too engrossed in her phone. 

Click this link to view DashCam video...

Saturday, June 16, 2018

CMT Problem Sorted, Try This Configuration Check Or Change To Landscape Unit.


Wednesday night, something weird happened to my CTM tablet...As I past Half Moon Street on Piccadilly, the unit switched to 'signed out' mode. I rebooted and it appeared to be OK. 
But later that night, as I again past Half Moon Street, it signed off for a second time. I asked on Twitter if anyone else had trouble in this location but no one replied. 

On Thursday the United became very unstable and kept crashing. This time after asking on Twitter, I received quite a few replies from drivers saying they were experiencing similar problems. 

So when I git up on Friday, I took myself over to Kendal Avenue, to report the problems I was experiencing.

I spoke to Jason who told me there was a problem with the older portrait style tablets, as Google had recently made an update to their maps which was memory hungry. This was causing problems with the older units. He asked me if a wanted a different mapping system loaded or....a landscape Unit which comes without maps. I opted to the latter as I have an iPhone and can access Google maps on that. 


The problem is now sorted but I must say I was very impressed at the service from CTM, who couldn't do enough to get me back on the road again. The fitters in the work shop even worked through their lunch brake (although I did say I didn't mind waiting).


If you are experiencing similar problems, before you make your way to CMT,  there is a fix you can try yourself:

I have been asked to post this config check below, to see if that helps...it might just save you a trip to the work shop!
 
• Menu>configuration>about>config check in bottom right hand corner. It should now say "refreshing". 

CMT are trying a different mapping version to see if that stops the unit crashing. 

Please let them know at @cmt_uk_ltd if this has helped. 

Thanks!

While I was their, I asked Jason for an update on the Arro app that works with the unit. He said they have had to concentrated on updating the tip option software on all their units, so had delayed the launch. He said at present about 12 jobs a day are being dispatched and everything is running smoothly. They intend to do a large media launch within the next few weeks

The ARRO app extremley popular in the USA and Canada.

Apparently, there are still quite a few drivers who haven't had the software update, if you are one of these drivers, you should try to get it done as soon as possible. 

Jason also told me that the new units have a tracker system embedded, and they have recently been able to trace and return a stolen taxi to a very happy owner driver.

Union wins first stage of High Court challenge over Deliveroo riders


A union has been given the go-ahead for a High Court challenge over the employment status of Deliveroo riders in the latest “gig economy” case.
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) wants the court to overturn a ruling which confirmed the “self-employed” status of those working for the delivery firm.
Mrs Justice Simler gave the union permission for a full judicial review of the ruling, given by the Central Arbitration Committee in November last year.
The CAC, which considers union recognition and collective bargaining cases, rejected an application by the IWGB to represent drivers in parts of north London.
The committee concluded that because riders are able to pass on a job to a substitute, or to abandon a job, they were not obliged to provide a “personal service” and therefore could not be classified as “workers”.
The union said that, as independent contractors, the riders are “denied basic employment rights” including a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and collective bargaining rights.
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Crowdfunding for the legal costs of the case has reached £23,000 so far.
Deliveroo claimed a victory after the CAC’s ruling and called for a change in employment law so it could offer benefits such as sick pay to its riders, while “maintaining flexibility”.
Mrs Justice Simler rejected a number of the union’s arguments, but said it was “arguable” that the CAC should have considered the right of the Deliveroo riders to bargain collectively – as enshrined in Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
No date was set for the case, which will be heard over a day and a half.

Source ITV.com 

Friday, June 15, 2018

TfLTPH Says You Can Fly Your Flag During The World Cup.


There’s been a lot of news, most hyped up PR or fake, about whether or not we can fly the fag of any particular country, (including the St George Cross) on our Taxis during the World Cup. 

This was the headline in yesterday’s Daily Mail. 
"Now taxi drivers are told they can't display England flags during World Cup as council joins Royal Mail in banning them amid fears they could distract other motorists".

We asked TfL for an update on this issue and have now received clear and concise information.


We asked @TfLTPH:
Can we fly the England flag on our Taxis during the World Cup ?

And they replied :
You can. Just make sure that it is secure, doesn't obstruct the windscreen or windows and is not in the passenger area.

They were also asked this by another driver:
as u allow all kinds of marches with all kinds of flags every weekend..can I put a st George's cross in my back window to support my team in the world cup.thanks in advance

And they gave this advice:
Flags must be secure, and not obstruct the windscreen or windows. They must not be in the passenger area.


So... as long as it’s secure and doesn’t obstruct the windows and is not physically in the passenger compartment, you can display the flag of St George on your Taxi. 
But we must stress this is London's regulator TfL. There are one or two councils around the UK that have banned the flag of St George on Taxis and Private Hire vehicles. 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Safety In Black Cabs....The Differential....by Sean Paul Day.




London's Taxi Orgs And Unions To Meet, Hosted By The RMT At Unity House.



Senior reps from all orgs, will be attending a meeting today, hosted by the RMT at Unity House. 
But there is only one org that actually had funds to make a sizeable bent in the fight against the TfL/Uber's strangle hold on our trade.....and the sad fact is, they held on to their 'War Chest'. 

The evidence was always out there:
Time line in this months red hot Badge, from the LCDC...page 3

THIS FROM GERALD GOURIET QC 

PAGE THREE OF THE BADGE :

Mayor Sadiq Khan City Hall
The Queen’s Walk London 
6th June 2018 
SE1 2AA 

Dear Mayor Khan, 
Thank you for your letter dated 30th April in reply to our letter I sent to you on the 5th April.
Having read your response, although at the time one paragraph (see below) was seemingly correct, subsequent events prove that this was not the case. 

“ Turning to the concerns you have raised about Uber, as I have made clear on several occasions, all applicants for private hire operator licences are required to demonstrate that they comply with Private Hire legislation and Uber London Limited (ULL) was licensed as a Private Hire Operator in London 2012, having met the same pre–licensing requirements as any other applicant for an Operator’s licence at the time.” 

2012: At the time of licensing TFL were made aware of concerns regarding the recording of bookings. Why didn’t TFL check their systems instead of relying on Uber assurances? 

2013: Clifford Chance on behalf of the LPHCA writes to TFL stating that it is the driver who accepts the bookings - this is a precursor to the TFL model investigation. 

2014: TfL conduct Uber model Investigation (approx. 7 months). At no stage did Uber demonstrate to TFL that their systems were compliant, they just accepted assurances. 

2016: The LCDC were given transcripts of the Toronto case involving Uber on the 25th May and we put it straight out on social media. TFL would have been aware of this at the time and later they used it on their Uber refusal letter. 

2016: (October) Employment Tribunal Hearing, it was again stated that the driver takes the booking, this was also used in the Uber refusal letter from TFL 
2016: (October) Helen Chapman writes to Uber just after the Employment Tribunal Hearing to discuss how bookings are managed. 

2017: (16th May) TFL writes to Uber requesting permission for an I.T systems architect to visit ULL and review the way the technology and booking process works. This is SIX MONTHS after the Employment Tribunal and a full year after the Toronto case became widely publicised. 

2017: (26th May) Uber receives a four-month licence (under the 2012 licensing criteria), although it is abundantly clear that TFL have STRONG suspicions that Uber systems were not compliant. 

2017: (7th August) Deloitte’s report states that Uber systems are non-compliant. 

2017: Uber licence refused. 

As you can see Mayor Khan, there were many occasions where TFL could and should have accepted their legal responsibility of a Regulator and revoked Uber’s licence. 

One can only hope that the Law Courts do a far better job of the law than TFL have over the last six years.

Yours sincerely 
Grant Davis 
Chairman LCDC 

At one stage, Taxi Leaks pointed out to TfL that Uber were operating from unlicensed premises in N1, with their operators licence issued to an addressed in Old Marylebone Road (Winchester House).


TfL gave Uber 6 weeks grace to get a licence variation. Any other operator would have been shut down immediately under the standing legislation. 
And yet the truth was, Uber weren't operating from any address in London, but from servers in Holland!!!

We had the lies from TFL's 'Leon the Liar', it's not a meter, they have on/off insurance, they have a customer help phone line....

The Times and Sun, simultaneously broke the story of Uber driver's fake medicals.


Last year the Sunday Times broke the news that 13,000 Uber drivers had fake DBS certificates and TfL had known but swept it under the carpet

We were told all drivers would have to reapply, but this didn't happen.
Then at the employment tribunal, it came out again, that Uber's bookings are taken by the driver in vehicle and TfL never so much as batted an eyelid! 


If/when Uber lose their appeal, the orgs will be falling over themselves shouting "it was all our work". 
But the truth is it was the hard work a just handful of ordinary, unpaid militant drivers, supported by those who actually turned up at demos, who fought tooth and nail to expose the corruption. 

Our full respect must go to the unsung (unpaid) heroes, such as the three drivers who acquired and sorted through the hundreds of FOI requested emails, showing TfL knew exactly what was going on and bent over backwards to help Uber cover up its compliance issues. With the help of a supportive journalist they managed to get Inspector Bellany's letter published in mainstream media.

This evidence has been put out there and yet the trades most of the trade's orgs have gone along with the instruction of let's wait and see....

As we run out of time, we can only hope that this meeting will be the springboard to take the orgs together in the same direction.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Let's also look at the wonderful 'done deal' over the mandate of CC acceptance.

On average, Taxi drivers are currently paying between 3.5 and 4.5% in transaction charges, with news that charges may soon be going up....and yet TfL, who insisted we take cards, and can only use TfL approved service providers, pay only 1% on their contactless transactions on Tubes and buses. [Who can forget deputy Mayor Isabel Dedring's words "the Taxi trades transactions will be handled by our gold standard partners].

The TfL/Gett Email Paradox. They Can't Answer, Otherwise TheyCompromise Uber's 5 Year Operation.

   Gareth a Thomas MP    Caroline Pidgeon AM 

Approximately four weeks ago, on the 18/05/2018, I sent an email to Graham Roberts (TfL) asking two questions. I believed at that time as I do no, there was no way he could give a truthful answer, as it would incriminate TfL in a conspiracy of bias against the London Taxi trade. 

My suspicion has now come to fruition, as I have had no reply, even after resending the email twice (29/05/2018... 07/06/2018). In all three emails, I also copied in my MP Gareth Thomas and London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon.

The email, to TfL suggested:
According to the abstract of law, all Private Hire work must be dispatched by a private Hire operator and cannot be dispatched by an unlicensed operation. We know as fact that Gett do not hold a PH licence for their Gett a Taxi app although they have another company One Transport that does. Gett have had a recent promotion, where Privat hire vehicles could be booked by customers on the Gett Taxi app.

I went on to ask the question:
By dispatching work through their Black Taxi only smart phone app, directly to Private Hire drivers, driving TfL licensed Private Hire Vehicles (Porsches), are they in contravention of the Private Hire Vehicles Act 1998?



If Graham Robinson answered in the affirmative, then all jobs dispatched in this manner are/were illegal, then this surely compromised the Porsche drivers PH hire and reward insurance, making every journey undertaken, illegal. 

Many complaints have been made to his department, so I asked Mr Robinson why had TfL allowed this operation to continue knowing full well that the jobs being undertaken were in contravention of the 1998 Act....but Graham hasn't answered and to be fair he can't answer!!!

TfL couldn't stop Gett dispatching Private Hire work without a licence because that's exactly what Uber have been doing for the five years (2012-2017) and are still doing today....with TfL's full blessing!!!


     Italy Showing London The Way Forwad 

Under Peter Hendy and now Mike Brown TfL have knowingly let Uber dispatch illegal jobs through an unlicensed Dutch company, for five years. The public have been using a service that is in contravention of any H&R insurance, yet TfL's directors have covered Uber's back (and on multiple occasions).
Now that Uber have confessed they were acting illegally all along and after making sweeping changes to their modus operandi, they are begging to be forgiven (in their usual manner of its easier to ask forgiveness than permission). 

By answering the email, TFL's Graham Robinson would have compromised TFL's past performance, also confirming the bias and lies from their senior employees.

I have now written to my MP and various London Assembly Members asking them to take up this issue with TFL's Mike Brown.
I will post updates as and when I get replies back.  

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Mayor Tells London's Public, THEY Should Police The Streets Themselves.


As governments around the world are advising their nationals to avoid coming to London, due to the high level of violent street crime, Sadiq Khan FINALLY bothers to notice London’s crimewave. 

He tells the public THEY should catch gangs themselves. 

The London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who is already under fire for posting on social media about more fashionable causes, has now addressed concerns over the 'increase in serious violent crime'

He’s now told Londoners they have "to be the eyes and ears of the police" and help catch these gangs themselves 
(Pity the Mayor, TfL, Met and CoL Police have treated the London Taxi trade so bad, they would have another 24,000 pairs of eyes out on the street)


Is this what we pay our taxes for.... Policing on the cheap?

Best friend of murdered teen Stephen Lawrence, Duwayne Brookes, said “Khan as Mayor is weak and ineffective”. 

The Mayor said: "Londoners have responsibility too.

"We (meaning you) have got to be the eyes and ears of the police - if you see something that you think is a criminal event, ring 999.

"We've got to help the police do their job in these difficult circumstances, keeping us safe."

Quite a hard call as you just don’t see officers in central London that often. Victims of crimes complain that calling 999 doesn’t mean anyone will turn up!

Khan went on to repeat the claims that the police don't have enough money. He said it would be "naive" to say that cuts had not had an effect.


This from the Mayor who sold off police buildings, closed police stations and cut numbers to finance the £bn cycle super highways. 

Mr Khan said: "Our police - and it's worth just saying this again, are cancelling their rest days, they are working overtime. 

Truth is there’s just not enough manpower anymore to keep citizens safe. The Mayor has again put profit before public safety. 


    TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:



Following on from yesterday’s statement by the Mayor

Listen to this clip from a London Cabby

http://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/ian-collins/black-cabbies-bruising-message-sadiq-khan-london/

Friday, June 08, 2018

Press Release...Second major awards success for London Taxi PR

    

London Taxi PR is delighted to announce that it has won a second major award this year, having been crowned Best Transport PR Agency 2018 – London, in the Business Excellence Awards organised by Acquisition International (AI) magazine.
 
This second major awards success follows London Taxi PR’s previous win earlier this year for The Best Public Transport Promotions Group – England, in the Air Transport Awards, which subsequently resulted in the company being nominated for this latest award category, which they also won!
 
Both awards validate the significance and importance of the work that London Taxi PR are doing in promoting their trade through the media and other outlets.
 
Acquisition International is a monthly magazine renowned as the voice of corporate finance. With a circulation of 108,000 in over 170 countries, it contains editorial from some of the biggest players in the corporate landscape, including KPMG, EY PwC and Deloitte.
 
This latest award recognition went through four detailed stages for a company to be declared a winner.
A voting form was placed live on the magazine’s website for just over 3 months. Notification was then sent out to its readership base (108,000+ worldwide) to let them know voting was open and in addition it was also posted on various social media platforms to help encourage the voting form to be shared. An in-house research team then compiled a case file to help support London Taxi PR’s case in front of the judging panel. The case file contained various information found online such as; company history, services, articles, press releases, client testimonials and more. Once the case files were completed they then got passed to the judging panel who discussed and deliberated in order to decide who they believe deserved to win.
 
This latest achievement also follows the culmination of London Taxi PR’s latest campaign, which involved street level advertisements at some 80 Bus Stop sites across Central London in conjunction with JCDecaux, together with a social media campaign, #lookforthelight, alongside the advertisements.
 
Since their formation, London Taxi PR has undertaken a series of targeted media campaigns, which are being used by London Taxi PR to promote the benefits, advantages and safety of using the iconic London Taxi to a wide audience.
 
London Taxi PR was established in March 2015 by two licenced London Taxi driversof many years standing - Lee Sheppard and fellow cabbie Gary Long, London Taxi PR is seeking to raise awareness to the public, tourists and visitors to the capital by illustrating the advantages that can be provided by using the iconic London Taxi’s.These Taxis are affectionately known as London’s Pride, and this has been used to significant effect as a catchphrase in their campaign material.
 
All the campaigns and publicity that has so far been generated by the company has been funded by fellow London Taxi drivers, many of whom have signed up to donate to the cause on a monthly basis, indicating how passionate they all are about their industry and the cause.
 
The aim of the campaigns, which have already achieved significant publicity, is to illustrate that licenced London Taxis are not only safe, distinctive, instantly recognisable, and incredibly easy to hail, either by hailing traditionally from the street, or now through Taxiapp, but that they also have a fantastic historic profile, dating all the way back to the 17th Century.
 
Since its launch, London Taxi PR has achieved the following campaign and promotional success stories; Digital Taxi rooftop advertisements that were provided by Verifone Media; an advertising campaign through JCDecaux on telephone kiosks situated around London’s West End; two campaigns with British Airways involving advertising in their High Life magazine and posters in Terminal 5 Business Lounge, followed by a full-page advertisement again in High Life; a full-page advertising campaign in The London Magazine (high end property and residential title); a 3-month digital billboard campaign in conjunction with 8outdoor media, showcasing the London Taxi trade on three digital billboards in and around West London; and finally with Clear Channel UK which involved advertisements on phone boxes and digital pop up banners. There has also been a full-page advertisement and editorial campaign run within the leading Travel and lifestyle magazine, Inspired Travel.
 
London Taxi PR. Passionate about promoting and preserving the iconic London Taxi trade and funded by London Taxi drivers who care about their industry. 

  
  
 
For more information on London Taxi PR and their campaigns, please visit their website 

Uber Apply For Patent To AI System That Could Be Used To Source Victims For Driver Predators

It’s been alleged that Uber may soon be patenting a system of artificial intelligence (AI) with facial recognition, which will distinguish whether the passenger is a regular rider or a licensing compliance office....a bit like their previous GreyBall system. 

They hope to get this under the radar by announcing the system will  identifying drunk passengers with artificial intelligence, according to information published on Thursday. 

They are saying with the technology, Uber could better tailor its ride options for customers, but opponents believe it’s another system to deceive the regulators. 

The patent application describes a system that learns how you typically use the Uber app, (as did GreyBall) so that it can identify unusual behaviour (like compliance perhaps)  

The system relies on an algorithm to weigh a variety of factors, including typos, how precisely a user clicks on links and buttons, walking speed, and how long it takes to request a ride. The time of day, and where a ride is requested may also be considered. In other words Uber will be spying on and collecting masses of data from its users. 

For example, it's a good bet that a person walking down a street at 1 a.m. Saturday in a nightlife district while clumsily typing probably isn't sober.

Uber driver have a history of serious sexual assault on drunk passengers. Will predators working for Uber who haven’t had proper DBS checks be using this system to source new victims? 

The patent also says that the service Uber provides to the user could change, as a result. More secrecy !!!

Uber states: Drivers may be warned of their passenger's state and riders in an especially unusual state may only be matched with drivers with relevant experience or training,.... but it’s generally felt that the system could well be used by  drivers with unsafe previous!!!

At best victims could be sourced by unscrupulous Uber drivers, to be charged unnecessary cleaning fees of up to £100. Uber has recent from for this practise used by drivers to inflate their earnings.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT 


Uber’s Panic Button Wont Stop The Sexual Assaults.  Click link below!

https://qz.com/1298182/why-ola-and-ubers-measures-for-womens-safety-is-just-not-working/    

PAM ANDERSN SAYS: If you're a rapist, you can be an Uber driver...

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Mayor And TfL Told Plans To Pedestrianise Oxford Street, Scrapped By Westminster Council.

STATEMENT FROM BETTER OXFORD STREET CAMPAIGN 

The Future of Oxford Street

I am writing to update you about our plans to improve Oxford Street and the surrounding district.

As you know, two consultations have taken place in the past twelve months and after listening carefully to what local people have told us, we can now make Westminster City Council’s position absolutely clear.

What is very apparent is that the majority of Westminster residents who responded to the consultations did not support the proposals to pedestrianise Oxford Street. We also know that in the recent council elections, local people also essentially rejected pedestrianisation through the ballot box. Therefore, we believe there is a very strong democratic mandate that the pedestrianisation scheme that was under consideration is not what local people want. As a result, Westminster City Council has taken the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street off the table for good and we have informed the Mayor and TfL of our decision.

However, we do think that most people, ourselves included, feel that doing nothing is also not an option. We need to make the street and surrounding roads safer for everyone to accommodate the increase in people coming into the West End via the Elizabeth Line, which opens later this year. We also need to future-proof the Oxford Street District in a rapidly changing business and retail environment. We need to make sure that the experience of visiting Oxford Street and the surrounding area is fit for the future to ensure it maintains its crown as the nation’s high street for many, many years to come. Today’s news that House of Fraser will be closing their Oxford Street store only reaffirms our view that we have to help the retail industry to grow and evolve in line with changing consumer behaviour.

In doing this, we must also ensure that residents’ quality of life is enhanced with any improvement plans, with local amenity and cleaner air the absolute priority. For example, we want to continue to work with the Mayor of London, as many of the ways air quality can be improved are within his gift, such as the reduction in buses and introducing cleaner taxis. We will also ensure that the street and surrounding district is accessible and easy to navigate for everyone.

Moving forward, the council will now work on completely new proposals and come back to you after the summer break with some thoughts as to how we can proceed with improving the Oxford Street District. We also give you our absolute commitment that we will keep you informed at every stage and try to engage with as many people as possible throughout this process.

Only by working together can we help to ensure that we deliver a transformation of Oxford Street and surrounding district that is as inspiring for those who live, work and visit the area now as well as for future generations.

If you would like to be kept up to date with future Oxford Street updates could you please e-mail robincampbell@westminster.gov.uk to register your email address. If you have any questions please also direct them to Robin.