Monday, June 25, 2018

The Court Case Of The Year ... TfL v Uber... Let Battle Commence...Case a Updates As a They Come In.


TfL’s refusal to grant Uber an operating licence last September not only sent shockwaves through the company it ignited a political battle with govement ministers who had heavily campaigned for Uber to be given an easy ride. 
But so far, its customers would hardly have noticed, as the company has been allowed to continue operating in the capital, having appealed the decision immediately after. 
This morning, that came to a head....as Uber, TfL and London’s media descend on Westminster Magistrates Court for the appeal hearing. 

It kicks off what is expected to be a three-day hearing during which Uber will try to argue that it is no longer the bad boy of the tech industry.

Uber will argue they have made a series of changes to its app, changing the way the company operates in London since September, including flying chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi into London for crisis talks with TfL commissioner Mike "on side" Brown. (Funny though, Mike "on side" Brown has refused point blank to meet with Taxi trade and recently ignored a Scheduled quarterly Commissioners meeting wit senior Taxi trade representatives.
The company will hope the changes - such as improving the way it deals with complaints - are enough to not only convince the court that it has turned over a new leaf, but TfL itself. Having the regulator onside will be a big help in this court battle. 

One the table today is Uber's record number of rapes, sexual assaults, customer accounts hacked, overcharging, discrimination towards customers, road traffic accidents and incidents, fake medicals, 13,000 fake criminal record DBS checks to name but a few.
Uber have operated illegal from day one! The big problem being that certain senior TfL officials knew this and covered Uber's back.

For Londoners who have come to rely solely on Uber (until the price surges), this week’s appeal could have big implications, but it is just as important for the company itself.
London is one of Uber’s most profitable markets ' the Jewel In The Crown'...and its continued operation in the capital is crucial to the ride-hailing app as it seeks to stem losses and prepare for an initial public offering next year. 
It is also a pivotal moment for Mr Khosrowshahi himself, who has sought to reform the company under his watch. A stamp of approval this week would burnish his credentials significantly.

But can TfL be trusted. 
Look at the mess their legal teams made of the meter case.
They've had evidence which should have shut the company down from day one and they've done nothing with it.
They knew in January last year about the fake DBS certificate and under Helen Chapman's watch they buried this by October. 

Just received the following information by FOI of Badges surrendered: 
Last year 1144 GB, 193 YB. This year so far 483 GB (that's approx 80 per month), 60 YB. V concerning! This does not take into account those who have left the trade but still have a bill. 
(With thanks to Matt the cab)

Source : Telegraph, Sunday Times, Mirror : Image Orion Gotch.

TAXI LEAKS COURT LIVE UPDATES from Twitter.
  In the dock Jo Bertrams replacement General Manager Tom Elvidge

Tom Elvidge appeared to be, uncomfortable and nervous a founding to tweets from the LTDA, when asked to confirm that the app used to send bookings straight to Car! “Yes”

TfL QC “ but that means that around 2 million offences were committed every week by drivers using your app?”
Elvidge “yes”

TfLs QC “ it wouldn’t be unfair to say that in the past “ Uber have said whatever suited it to say in any given particular circumstance ( referring to HC & employment cases)!

Magistrate to Elvidge re GreyBall, “ Are you saying Uber employed someone who did not understand how the system worked?”

Elvidge said, “I regret our actions re the communications around Greyball”!

TfLs QC to Elvidge “ a cynic might say Bertram was replaced to enable you to re apply for s licence?”
Elvidge “ it’s regrettable that TfL had to find out about Ripley from a news report”

Elvidge now being crossed on data breach:  
TfL QC“you said ULL were only given limited information on data breach by Uber in San Fransico .
Elvidge replied “ it ( the data breach) was handled in a totally appropriate way”

TfL QC to Elvidge “ the handling of this ( the data breach) was not a good start to your new reformed system, was it”?

Up till now Elvidge has been given a tough time, but then TFL's QC started to put ideas into the throw.

TfLs QC Isnt it true Uber’s culture was one of ‘tell the regulator as little as possible?’ Elvidge “ it was a corporate culture under previous leadership

Tfl QC to Elvidge “ is it possible that in just 9 months Dara has changed this culture?

Looks like all those meetings between Mike Brown and Dara K have paid dividends 

   Fred Jones And Laurel Powers Freeling

Fred Jones now in the box, looks slightly more confident than Elvidge

Fred, Jones is being walked through his evidence by Uber’s QC.
He's mentioned ‘ Metropolitan Police Service 23 Times so far! 
Keeps on about the ex ‘ Metroploitan Police Service’ person they've employ now!
It's obvious he's been rehearsing in front of the mirror.
His lawyer, obviously embarrassed, says MPS, but Fred keeps on referring to them as the Metropolitan Police Servce”. !!!

TFL QC “ your previous reporting ( of crimes) policy was not good enough, was it?” 
Fred tried to go on about “Metropolitan Police Service” but QC says, never mind MPS and TfL what’s yr opinion?

Fred withdraws a comment that a 2nd sexual assault could not have been prevented had Uber reported the 1st allegation against their driver! Not a great move from Fred!

Fred try's to defend Uber's failure to report serious allegations as a failure of process, not policy-!!!

Next  it's Uber non exec director Laurel Powers Freeling, not surprisingly tells the court how Uber want to change!
TfL QC takes Laurel through the long long list of companies she works ( and is paid for!) “what percentage of your time do you spend on Uber?”
She answers “lots” - But when pushed, Laurel conceded it’s only4 days a month with Uber!

TfL QC asks Laurel, “ it’s fair to say you don’t have a lot to do with the day to day running of Uber?”
“Yes as a non exec director I don’t”

TfL QC to Laurel, "What would you say to someone who says, your new protocols have only been in place for 4 months, how can you be sure they work?"

Well that's it for today....more to come in day two, tomorrow...Chapman expected to give two hours of evidence on day 2


Judge says she will be able to give decision tomorrow. 




TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :

Last week, LCDC chairman Grant Davis sent these pictures to Tfl showing a PH Uber licensed by TfL with a light on the roof and he ask what the hell is going on here???
They came back to him saying, "the picture sent really doesn’t look like proof"....... 




The very next night the LCDC  sent them another picture that hopefully Tfl can act on!!
But don't hold your breath!!!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

i wish uber would make me an offer for my badge and cab, buy me out and they can have it all, fed up with the game!

Anonymous said...

Jim do you really think anything will happen you have seen from day one that TfL let uber run riot with total disregard for any rules what really baffles me is not one trade org did anything despite taking all our subs here is my prediction uber will be relicened and I can see a 1 teir System being put in place from next year even the examiners are getting worried for there jobs as no one is doing the Knolwedge

Anonymous said...

we2ve been ubered by the con-servative cnuts!

Anonymous said...

What a load of boll@@@ uber complying with regulations TFL. Check records for how many pickups made from Ascot last week!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nothing about the fact that the Uber model is not complient as the drivers Ply for Hire !

Anonymous said...

Nothing about the fact that the Uber model is not complient as the drivers Ply for Hire !
And again Uber is allowed to give assurances about their app.This is how they fraudulenty obtained the licence under John Masons incompetent watch !

Anonymous said...

Now that Birtram has been identified by Uber as the person that Lied in court. Question is - will she be charcged with perjury ?

Anonymous said...

Hello, I enjoy reading all of your article.
I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

Rob said...

Men and women, there is hope yet. We have seen through the last 6 years and the trade still exists. There are people in prominent positions which support us. The are elements of the media becoming vocal. On Radio there is Theo Usherwood , Ian Dale and Collins on Lbc who are big believers. In the press The mail and guardian have 'written to our support'. The gig economy is being looked at far more closely than ever before. The Hermes courier decision may have far reaching ramifications. These tech companies portray an almost dream like vision that simply is not reality. A pretence where 'part time, choose when you like employment ' is not financially viable. Dressing up the language where almost dickensian like labour practices are commonplace, and trying to pass off serf like employees as 'partners' is unravelling and being exposed as fabrication. There is still a living to be made. Forensically, go through your accounts. Cabs will have to be driven to their full age limit. This is not a trade that can support such an expensive vehicle as the levc. Regrettably, the ride share apps have driven the job into the gutter. It's made working life irrevocably worse at many levels, not least the way in which people view what we once thought was a highly professional trade. However,Let's look at ourselves/appearance and try to be the best we can. As we always have. Arguably, this trade may have a shelf life,but remember every day you come out to work Uber will keep losing money. Estimates of loses so far seem to vary between 10 and 20 billion. It's fact that they have lost more than any other start up in history with no sign of this haemorrhaging ending soon. Perhaps Governments are scared that huge public pensions have been invested in uber via investment portfolios and this is a reason for their laissez faire approach. Look at your hourly rate gross and net. It's holding up despite near catastrophic blows we have had to absorb. Congestion,cross rail( soon) increasing permanent road closures, 24 hr tube, a discredited and dishonest regulator, illegal apps and a vehicle which the trade cannot rely on. There is some light at the end of the tunnel. We have to believe. I hope employment regulation will,ultimately, clearly define where these kafkaesque apps belong. Not in a civilised first world country. It's morally unsupportable. A handful of billionaires with their lickspittles ( yes like Osbourne) to profit at the expense of thousands and a trade with history as far back as 1625/1851whichever date you find more applicable. We must believe

Rob said...

Men and women, there is hope yet. We have seen through the last 6 years and the trade still exists. There are people in prominent positions which support us. The are elements of the media becoming vocal. On Radio there is Theo Usherwood , Ian Dale and Collins on Lbc who are big believers. In the press The mail and guardian have 'written to our support'. The gig economy is being looked at far more closely than ever before. The Hermes courier decision may have far reaching ramifications. These tech companies portray an almost dream like vision that simply is not reality. A pretence where 'part time, choose when you like employment ' is not financially viable. Dressing up the language where almost dickensian like labour practices are commonplace, and trying to pass off serf like employees as 'partners' is unravelling and being exposed as fabrication. There is still a living to be made. Forensically, go through your accounts. Cabs will have to be driven to their full age limit. This is not a trade that can support such an expensive vehicle as the levc. Regrettably, the ride share apps have driven the job into the gutter. It's made working life irrevocably worse at many levels, not least the way in which people view what we once thought was a highly professional trade. However,Let's look at ourselves/appearance and try to be the best we can. As we always have. Arguably, this trade may have a shelf life,but remember every day you come out to work Uber will keep losing money. Estimates of loses so far seem to vary between 10 and 20 billion. It's fact that they have lost more than any other start up in history with no sign of this haemorrhaging ending soon. Perhaps Governments are scared that huge public pensions have been invested in uber via investment portfolios and this is a reason for their laissez faire approach. Look at your hourly rate gross and net. It's holding up despite near catastrophic blows we have had to absorb. Congestion,cross rail( soon) increasing permanent road closures, 24 hr tube, a discredited and dishonest regulator, illegal apps and a vehicle which the trade cannot rely on. There is some light at the end of the tunnel. We have to believe. I hope employment regulation will,ultimately, clearly define where these kafkaesque apps belong. Not in a civilised first world country. It's morally unsupportable. A handful of billionaires with their lickspittles ( yes like Osbourne) to profit at the expense of thousands and a trade with history as far back as 1625/1851whichever date you find more applicable. We must believe

Anonymous said...

Jim, you had better get busy writing a eulogy for the cab trade. Everthing is pointing toward Uber being allowed to continue in London. Chapmans performance this morning and what the magistrate has said points towards a stich up. IMO Chapmam is working hand in glove with Ubers QC. Its a done deal !

Anonymous said...

Probably already decided behind closed doors and court case fake show. Nobody in right mind will spend 4 years on knowledge then £70k on taxi without exclusive ply for hire rights, hence Hackney carriage trade finished like in New York.

Anonymous said...

Well said post above, Someone must slip a note to the cross examination and questioning TFL QC's regarding how many London licensed tfl yellow roundel vehicles were directly and instantly "hailed" at Ascot last week and in particular their location on private hire location when the job was supplied, because that will surely highlight Uber's current model and future position of supplying services without a correct mandate of either locational positioning within a Cab act licensing authority and only continues to show how far this bottom feeding company will go to secure its pieces of silver whatever the Law of the land (particularly London) states.

Be lucky

greenbadgejohn

Anonymous said...

Uber and TfL come out of this with a clean bill of health, both as a regulator and a responsible operator. This is what this three ringed circus was really about!

Anonymous said...

cause we,re getting shafted but lets not forget,who introduced a "london mayor" and the consequent tfl ?why tony blair,prime minister of the LABOUR PARTY,who sent us all a circular wanting to know every black cab drivers name and race--? ken livigstone the london labour mayor,so perhaps some one could advise me as to who i should vote for?