Saturday, January 13, 2018

Protesters Demand London Mayor Sadiq Khan Arrested As Raheem Kassam Blasts Sky News:

Protesters paid £35 each to attend the Fabian Society in London, and demanded a citizens arrest of London Mayor Sadiq Khan


Khan was about to start speaking to the Fabian Society in London when he was disrupted by protesters, who shouted pro-Trump and pro-Brexit slogans.

It came after a tweet by Khan on Friday, in which he said Trump had "got the message" that he was "not welcome" in London after the President cancelled a planned visit to open the new US embassy.

In a video posted on social media, one protester could be heard saying: "Ladies and gentlemen, we're here today to make a non-violent, peaceful citizen's arrest."

As security began to appear, those in the audience started to heckle and slow-handclap.

But a demonstrator, unperturbed by the reception, said: "We stand under common law jurisdiction.

"If you touch us, you'll be done for common assault. Please stand back, do not touch us.
"We're not leaving, we've paid for a ticket."
The demonstrator also accused the Fabian Society of "subverting" the constitution.

Khan sat down and flicked through a newspaper while police escorted the demonstrators away.
Sky News political correspondent Laura Bundock said the protesters had been sitting "right at the front of the room", and delayed the start of Khan's speech for 15 minutes.

The group told her that MPs had "broken their oaths of office", adding that they were "employed by us, the people" and "should do as we say".

After paying £35 to get in, they said they were "heading to the pub afterwards".

Khan has called Donald Trump's policies "divisive", describing them as the "polar opposite" of London's values of "inclusion, diversity and tolerance".

When Khan resumed his speech he made light of the disruption with a reference to Theresa May's Tory conference speech last year, saying: "On the plus side, I wasn't served with a P45."
But then, surely that day grows closer every week Sadiq.

Earlier on Sky News :
Raheem Kassam laid into the Sky News yesterday saying they were not telling their viewers the whole truth about Khans London which he first called the acid attack capital of the world. 
See full interview below : Kassam's attack on Mayor Khan comes 3:38 into the video.


The Future....The End Of The Road For Those Who Will Not Stand Up And Dave Davies.

Any Taxi drivers who thinks that their job is not at risk and does not protest next week might as well start looking for a new job now.

The cycle lanes are a perfect fit  for these vehicles. Strange coincidence that isn’t it?

Uber wiil overcome all its issues with employment laws because they won’t need drivers or have employees.

They wont need a Private Hire Licence  because there is no driver to engage in a Private Hire booking.

They will have enough money to buy politicians and change the rules to suit their needs.

The London Taxi trade has sat back and let bent politicians and TfL unlawfully license Uber for more than 5 years, building their market and decimating the Taxi trade.

Every Taxi driver needs to ask themselves if they are pleased that they have ignored the message of corruption that I have been banging on about for the last 10 years. No support for Cabbies Against Boris. No support for anything. No backing to expose the corrupt TfL.


I have said its now or never many times before but it really is the end of the road for those who will not stand up and fight and instead choose to lay down and die

This is what is being planned. This is what the future could be. Read this article about Toyota and Uber. Watch the video.


Toyota e-Palette To Use A Mazda Rotary For A Range Extender




Toyota e-Palette To Use A Mazda Rotary For A Range Extender

JAN 12, 2018 AT 1:59 PM 


Toyota has revealed that its e-Palette Concept will use a Mazda-sourced rotary engine as a range extender.

Unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the e-Palette Concept imagines a future where Toyota could partner with other companies to develop purpose-built vehicles and mobility solutions. Brands named as partners in the ‘e-Palette Alliance’ include Uber, Amazon, Pizza Hut, and Mazda.

Speaking with Green Car Reports at the Consumer Electronics Show, spokesman for Mazda North America, Jacob Brown, said Mazda’s engineering team will aid in the development of the vehicle’s powertrain, including supplying a rotary range extender.

“Mazda will provide technical information on a (rotary engine) range extender to be used in the vehicle being developed. We will reveal more details at an appropriate time," Brown revealed.

By using a compact, light, and quiet rotary engine, Toyota could fit a smaller and less-expensive battery into the vehicle. If this happens, it would come on the back of admissions from Mazda that its rotary engine could eventually be used as a range extender in electrified vehicles.

As for the e-Palette itself, Toyota imagines the vehicle as being highly customizable and finding use as a package delivery van, ride-sharing vehicle, and a mobile e-commerce vehicle. 

Toyota intends on conducting tests with the vehicle in the early 2020s and could use it as a mobility service for athletes during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.


Watch this clip



Friday, January 12, 2018

Is Your Satnav Illegal? Police Reveal The Only Location Where You Should Put It

For many people, a satnav unit is a crucial part of getting around, offering those well-timed tips and directions. However, does the position of it on your car windscreen make a difference? It might make it easier to reach but what many drivers don’t know is that there is only one ‘correct’ location according to police forces.

Police advice

The issue was highlighted following a post by Greater Manchester Police’s traffic unit. The Twitter post contained an image of where drivers should be putting satellite navigation units.

In the image, the unit was positioned at the bottom right-hand side of the windscreen. According to the accompanying tweet, this is the ‘only legal place’ to put it. If you put a satnav unit anywhere else, you are breaking the law.

Twitter users were quick to raise issues with this statement, with many saying they place theirs near the rear-view mirror. GMP later confirmed that this is legal as well – providing it doesn’t obstruct the driver’s view ahead.

Clear view

This stipulation comes from the Highway Code which states that windscreens and windows ‘must be kept clean and free from obstruction to vision.’ However, there is no actual legislation available that states where the devices should be located, merely that their placement should follow this code.

Further, it is unlikely that drivers will be pulled over for ‘incorrect’ positioning of a satnav unit unless they are placing it somewhere ridiculous – like straight in front of them as they drive.

Many drivers make use of specialist holders for the units, that attach to the air vents, to prevent obstruction. While others may place it on the windscreen, in the bottom right or left corner, meaning it is out of the driver’s general view. Also, make sure that the wires are not trailing across either the steering wheel or the handbrake.

Set and forget

Drivers can also get into trouble for messing around and tampering with a satnav while they are driving. Instead, you should either set it before you leave, and not touch it while driving, or pull over, turn off the ignition and then make the necessary changes to the settings.

Other tips in the code regarding how to use technology safely include not ‘relying on’ cruise control or lane departure warnings. You should use them to assist you but not to reduce your concentration levels while driving.

Satnav tips

The AA has created a list of tips to help you make the most of your satnav unit without running into any trouble with the local police force. The tips include:

• Don’t blame the satnav if you have an accident because you are still the one in complete control of the vehicle – it just gives you instructions.

• Use your eyes first – just because the satnav says there is a road ahead, and all you can see a river, use your initiative and don’t keep driving because the satnav tells you to.

• Remember to account for the size of the vehicle you are driving – satnav units only advise you on the route. For example, if you are towing a caravan, the satnav won’t register this information and therefore you may encounter tight corners, low bridges etc.

• Never watch the satnav – listen to what it says but always keep your eyes on the road.

• Check the route before you leave – satnav units are smart but sometimes they may suggest directions that aren’t practical for one reason or another. So, always check before you set off rather than trying to amend the route while driving.

• Make sure you regularly update the unit – as roads change; the satnav will only register these changes when it is updated.

Satnav units are a useful tool and have stopped many a driver from getting lost, but can also cause problems. 

You only have to look online at the escalating mountain of crashes involving Uber cars who have no idea where hey are going and constantly take their eyes off the road to watch the SatNav screen. 

Use common sense when utilising them and you should steer clear of the local police.

Something this Uber driver failed to do.

More Khanage About To Hit The Streets Of Marylebone (Just Up From WhereThe Air Quality Monitors Are)

Just when you through there couldn’t be anymore Khanage, TfL unleashes itself on the unsuspecting motorist.  

Until late May 2018, one lane in each direction will be closed along Marylebone Road, between the junctions with Balcombe Street and Baker Street. This is due to the second phase of works to convert Baker Street and Gloucester Place to two way traffic. Find out more at 

During this period, one lane in each direction will be closed along Marylebone Road, between the junctions with Balcombe Street and Baker Street. During peak hours, motorists can expect delays of at least 20 minutes on the approaches to the works.

If you need to drive, please allow more time for your journey. Alternatively, consider using public transport.

Why on earth do TfL carry out consultations. 
They take no notice of the results and just carry on regardless.
Just look at these results from the Baker Street two way system consultation. Note how few people bothered to reply. 

Look at the dodgy way this graph has been laid out 
Notice the way they have over complicated the fact that in total 43% strongly opposed and only 20% strongly supported. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

As Gett App Grows More Powerful, Israel's Cab Drivers Become Increasingly More Worried


Seven years after its launch in Israel, the taxi-hailing app Gett’s metal flag flies from more than a third of the country’s taxis and close to 30% of all rides in a year. But as the company grows bigger and more powerful, drivers are getting worried.

About 8,000 of Israel’s 25,000 cab drivers now use Gett, an Israeli company once known as Gett Taxi that operates in the United States, Britain and Russia as well as Israel. 

As a closely-held company, Gett doesn’t reveal numbers about riders and usage, but sources estimate it accounts for about 20 million riders annually. That would add up to 28% of all rides, based on official figures from the Transportation Ministry.

In any event, it comes to a big chunk of a 5 billion-shekel ($1.4 billion) a year industry where the average fare is 69 shekels. Gett doesn’t employ drivers or own taxis, but collects a fee for linking drivers with passengers and acting as a conduit for payments.

Riders have benefited because Gett’s system is transparent, so drivers can’t overcharge naïve customers and they can pay by credit card. The authorities are happy because it is harder for drivers to evade taxes by taking cash off the books. Central dispatchers haven’t disappeared because most drivers prefer to use the app and a dispatcher to maximize their revenues.

Still, Gett sent shock waves across the industry earlier this year when it won competitive bidding, together with the old-line dispatcher Hadar-Lod (much like their partnership with Radio Taxis in London), to provide taxi service out of Ben-Gurion International Airport, Israel’s main airport and a source of more than 1 million rides annually

Their bid – the only one that was submitted – promised to reduce fares out of Ben-Gurion by 31% from the current level, a much bigger cut than officials at the Israel Airports Authority had expected. 

But the bid ran into fearsome opposition from Hadar-Lod’s drivers, who insisted that discounts like that would cause them to lose money on every fare. 

The partnership broke up and the tender was rescinded and will be issued later this year.

The affair not only left a bad taste in the mouths of Hadar-Lod but has raised concerns across the entire industry that the steep fare cut Gett had proposed was a way of testing the waters for future fare cuts nationwide.

Avraham Fried, chairman of the Taxi Owners Association, has since retained Tzahi Yagur, an antitrust attorney, to lobby for declaring Gett a monopoly and even tried to have the tender itself canceled before the bid unraveled.

They employed Section 26 of the Antitrust Law, which relates to businesses that don’t control a majority of a particular market but have a strong presence. “The extreme and unprecedented discount offered in the framework of the winning bid was given by a ‘monopolist’ as defined by Section 26 of the Antitrust Law,” Fried contended in a letter addressed to the Airports Authority tenders committee and Antitrust Commissioner Michal Halperin.

Fried said the bid was tantamount to predatory pricing because it would not be profitable for drivers. “It will be financed by Gett’s external sources and over time Gett will exploit if ‘single dominance’ in the taxi market and taxi hailing to compensate itself for money-losing fares,” the letter said.

Are London Cabbies Sowing The Seeds Of Their Own Obsolescence ?

Article below from the Auto Express paper suggests that Black Cabs on eHailing app Gett, will be the architects of their own demise.

• Will you allow them to fit the kit in your cab???
• Will you allow them to make you part of this experiment ???
• Perhaps they won't tell you what they intend to do!!!

Virtual maps created by London taxis will pave way for future self-driving cars on the streets of the Capital.

London cabbies will soon be taking to the capital’s streets with state-of-the-art data-logging systems, creating a dynamic and high-definition virtual map for future autonomous vehicles.

The announcement comes following a series of agreements between tech and ride-hailing companies as well as government authorities, and will see around 500 black cabs in London kitted out with mapping equipment.

By using cutting-edge advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) fitted to London taxis, a network of “high definition crowd sourced maps” will be created, detailing streets and key infrastructure in the capital for autonomous cars to use, while also helping London itself become ‘autonomous ready’.

The mapping hardware and software, developed by Intel-owned tech company Mobileye, can be fitted to any vehicle, and comprises a single windscreen-mounted camera. As well as building up a dynamic data picture of city streets, the company’s equipment could bring extra safety features, thanks to its collision prevention features.

The project, due to start in early 2019, will also see Uber drivers in New York and cabbies in Düsseldorf help shape the self-driving future while, in the US, up to 2,000 trucks are expected to be kitted out with the necessary equipment.

Is this a case of London cabbies sowing the seeds of their own obsolescence ?


How Come The Majority Of Our Orgs Aren't Demanding Uber's Full Suspension Under Section 26 (2), PHV Act 1998 by Gerald Coba

What exactly have our trade orgs and unions been doing ?
They seem to have accepted that Uber have the right, under the act of 1998 to carry on regardless!

Have they (the orgs and Unions) not read the act?

Where are these fantastic lawyers we've been promised ? 
What is their very expensive opinion?

It doesn't take a genius to read through the act, and find section 26 (2).

Why is it that only the LCDC have taken up this issue regarding sec 26(2), why are the rest so complacent ?

Let me lay it out for you, section 26 org the act reads:

 Effect of appeal on decision appealed against.

(1)If any decision of the [F1licensing authority] against which a right of appeal is conferred by this Act—

(a)involves the execution of any work or the taking of any action;

(b)makes it unlawful for any person to carry on a business which he was lawfully carrying on at the time of the decision,

the decision shall not take effect until the time for appealing has expired or (where an appeal is brought) until the appeal is disposed of or withdrawn.

This is what we've been led to believe is the legislation laid down by the act and we've been told there's nothing we can do.

But there is a caveat that we are not being told about .... It's in subsection (2).

Effect of appeal on decision appealed against.

(2)This section does not apply in relation to a decision to suspend, vary or revoke a licence if the notice of suspension, variation or revocation directs that, in the interests of public safety, the decision is to have immediate effect.


Isn't this the reason TfL have given for not renewing Uber's operating licence....or are we not being told the full story here?

How come our orgs and Unions are not banging down the doors at Windsor house and Palestra demanding uber be immediately suspended from operations under section 26, subsection (2) of the Private Hire Vehicles Act 1998.

Find out more by phoning your representative org or Union today, and ask them!

Taxi Drivers To Sky Dive With Red Devils, In Aid Of The Taxi Charity For Military Veterans.

On 26 July 2018, 'Team Be Lucky', made up of four London cabbies, a war veteran and a Taxi Charity committee member, will be undertaking tandem skydives with the Red Devils to raise much needed funds for the Taxi Charity.


Team Be Lucky to skydive for the Taxi Charity
On 26 July 2018, Team Be Lucky, made up of four London cabbies, a war veteran and a Taxi Charity committee member, will be undertaking tandem skydives with the Red Devils to raise much needed funds for the Taxi Charity.

Team Be Lucky is made up of cabbies Michael Calvey, Dean Euesden, Jon Southcott and Brian Heffernan; veteran of the Korean War, Bill Parr; and Taxi Charity committee member and vice president, Frances Wyhowska.

Donated Total raised so far
Target total:

If you would like to sponsor 'Team Be Lucky' by making a donation, please click on the link below:

You can also donate through the charities Facebook page. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lewis Norton Branch Secretary of RMT London Taxi Branch has resigned tonight:

*RMT London Taxi Drivers 0930 Branch*

Notice of resignation:

Unfortunately due to 
both personal & professional reasons I have decided to stand down from the post of branch secretary. 

This has been a very difficult decsion to make but one I believe that is right for me. 

Please may I take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and for giving me the opportunity to represent the RMT within the licensed taxi trade. 

An election will be held on;
*Tuesday 13th February*

*7 - 9pm*
*Savoy Tup*
*2 Savoy St, WC2R 0BA*

For nominations please email assistant branch Secretary Andy Nicholls;

Please copy in regional organiser John Leach 

In Solidarity 
Lewis Norton

Branch Secretary 
RMT London Taxi Drivers

Ubers Defence Lawyer Quits As ‘24-hour London’ Commissioner

A lawyer appointed by Sadiq Khan to help save London’s 24-hour economy has stepped down, accusing City Hall of failing to deliver on its promises.

Philip Kolvin QC, a licensing specialist credited with saving Fabric nightclub, claimed the Mayor’s team had not given his Night Time Commission the independence it required.

He also said City Hall had failed to publicise the body’s work or provide sufficient administrative support. In a letter to members of the commission, Mr Kolvin said that as a result he had “no option” but to leave the role. His contract ended this week but he has decided not to carry on.

Mr Kolvin’s departure will come as a blow to the Mayor, who appointed him just over a year ago to help deliver his vision of a 24-hour London. City Hall said the work of the commission would carry on. The post was created after the Mayor’s night czar, Amy Lamé, was criticised for her lack of business experience.

The commission was tasked with consulting Londoners on how to make the capital better for all at night. It was supposed to report back later this year with recommendations.

“I regret that I cannot allow my professional independence to be compromised. Nor can I serve on a commission which lacks independence,” he said.

Administrative support from City Hall had been “found wanting” and it “remains unclear” whether the mayoralty would meet reasonable requests in future, which would “frustrate” the body’s progress. “Minimal” work had been done on building public awareness, which was key to the commission’s success, and he had “insufficient assurance” this would change. 

Tory London Assembly member Susan Hall said: “Sadiq Khan has been more interested in gimmicks and cheap headlines than in genuinely delivering an improvement for Londoners.”

City Hall said: “Philip Kolvin QC was appointed chair of the Night Time Commission on a 12-month contract. Over the past year the commission has made great progress under Philip’s leadership. The important work of the commission will continue and a new chair will be appointed in due course.”

No one is irreplaceable. 

Was Phillip just a poor choice by Mayor Khan, or could there be other reasons for his sudden departure?

It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Mr Kolvin has spent quite a bit of time defending Uber on licensing hearings and also defending their drivers from prosecution. 

Perhaps it was better for him to stand down as he obviously has a conflict of interest after being in the employ of Uber. 

Lenny (The Pen) Etheridge, In Reply To Taxi Leaks Post On Uber Credit Cars Fraud

Why are Uber's credit card fraud complaints being dealt with by Uber and not the Met Police  or UKSFO?

If someone is being charged for a journey on a different continent, why are Uber not informing the police?

Why are the police not dealing with this?
Is it because the card fraud crime figures would go through the roof?

Have the Met police been told not to get involved by Number 10 or the Mayor of London, to keep these embarrassing escalating crime stats down?

If this were any company other than Uber, they would be investigated.

Uber have form for keeping criminal offences secret from the police....are they doing again?

Make no mistake, credit card fraud is a crime

If you have been the victim of fraud, don't allow the instigator to deal with it, inform the proper authorities.

It's a crime every time a card is cloned, or used fraudulently.

But Barclays won’t be investigating this, they don't want you reporting it either.
Because Uber are their partners.

The banks as a whole don't want you knowing how easy it is to steal your money, because banks are meant to be safe.

Uber Are Complaining Pam's PSA Advertisement Is Continuing To Mislead.


Pamela Anderson claims Uber is not safe for women

The “Baywatch” star is the latest to raise questions about the safety of rideshare apps

After complaints from RideHailing app's about the nature of her latest PSA video, Pamela Anderson gave this statement to MarketWatch 

“When I first embarked on my quest to raise awareness about the safety risks associated with ride-hailing apps, I had no idea of the frequency or disturbing nature of the incidents,” Anderson said in her PSA.

These apps are optimized for predators and will remain so until common sense safety measures are put in place.” 

Anderson is best known for her role on the 1990s TV

After Pam's PSA aired Uber went on to say they have a responsibility to contribute to safety, help fight tough issues and mitigate any incidents. That's why we focus on safety before, during, and after every ride through technology and stand with top organizations in the fight against harassment and assault of women.

Unfortunately the facts appear not to back up this statement. 

In London sexual assaults by Uber Customers who have experienced problems with driver advances say complaints have not been passed on to authorities. Uber London has no landline for customer feedback. 

"Pamela Anderson is back to taking aim at ride-hail apps and the drivers she believes aren't properly vetted ... now tying them to the #MeToo movement.

Her observations are backed by the fact that in London alone, 13,000 of Uber's drivers have submitted fake enhanced criminal record check certificates, along with many drivers submitting fake medical passes. These incidents have been hurriedly swept under the carpet by the licensing authority Transport for London's Taxi and Private Hire department. 


Pam stars in a new ad/PSA in which she's surrounded by headlines about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and the #MeToo movement, when a rideshare app driver pulls up.

The tension rises as the driver ominously stares at Pam through the rear view mirror and locks the doors -- all while #MeToo flashes on her phone. 

Pam released a similar PSA last year, but this one definitely ups the ante, and has certainly upset Uber bosses and drivers alike.

Pam has released a statement about her new ad, saying in part ... "Ride-hail apps are a haven for predators. It’s scary how many #metoo tweets are linked to ride-hailing."

Again her claims are backed up by the sexual assault statistics of Uber driver attacks on customers in London, up 50% on last years stats, equating to one attack a week.

Horrifying video has captured the moment a man was dragged by a car down a busy Chelmsford road in the middle of the night.

The footage shows an Uber driver proceeding down Baddow Road while a passenger hangs from a rear door before falling onto the ground.