Saturday, March 24, 2018

No One Is Above The Law Says Mayor Sadiq Khan...Unless It's An Uber Prius Says TfLTPH.


If ever there was an article that alleged the Mayor &  TfLTPH are in the pockets of Uber... it’s this! 

What’s happened to the London’s clean air policy when it comes to Uber's main stock Prius then?

Where are the Clean up London's air campaign protestors?

The article below from 

"New CO2 figures for the updated Toyota Prius have pushed the car out of the London Congestion Charge exemption zone, which dictates that cars must produce less than an average of 75g/km CO2 in order to enter the area free of charge".

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesman confirmed to Autocar that it won't be re-evaluating existing cars, however, the main stock in Uber's arsenal, the Prius, which is now listed as producing 78g/km of CO2 according to Europe's latest emissions testing procedure, will keep its free pass into the capital's Congestion Charge zone even in its latest form.

The adjusted numbers are a result of changes to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test. European regulators are now using this evolved process that adopts some parts of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which will come fully into force next year.

It's a tougher test, therefore it has edged the Prius range's official CO2 output to 78g/km for the most efficient variant on 15in wheels, representing an increase of 5g/km. Models equipped with 17in wheels now have CO2 emissions of 82g/km, up from 76g/km.

Everyone is equal under the law, it’s just that Uber appear to be more equal than others.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Sean Paul Day : Open Letter To Credit Card Equipment Provider CMT.

I write with reference to the attachment included in this email. 

On the 23rd of February the CMT device and meter were both removed from the aforementioned Taxi, reg:@@@@@@. 

The removal being carried out at Taxi World, Tottenham Hale.

Although CMT’s property has already been removed, I read with interest your accompanying letter.  For the record, I consider CMT- the payment system provider- to have violated the terms laid out in the Consumer Rights Act 2015 

The equipment supplied was intended for a particular purpose but failed in its consistency to meet that requirement. Had it been fit for that specified purpose I would have been contented to process all payments through the CMT payment system. I was, however, not prepared to accept its continual malfunctioning. 

I have accepted Credit Card payments for five years prior to the credit card mandate. In fact, it is my preferred method of payment, but the fallibility of your system makes the service provider appear both unreliable and unprofessional. 

To date, I consider CMT to owe me within the region of £120 in lost revenue due fo the system freezing and subsequently rendering the transaction incomplete.

In closing, you’re welcome to inform TfL that I have substituted my fixed terminal with a handheld card reader but the information will be secondary as I have already done so.

I trust you have now updated your files accordingly.


Sean Paul Day


This is not a great PR expose for CMT, it's not the way the trade expects to be bullied. 

Most of the drivers I've spoken to, like myself feel they have been mis-sold this CNT contract. 

When I had my equipment fitted by Taxi World at Mitre Way East Acton, I was asked to enter my bank details on a form so they could pay me. I was then asked to sign the form on the bottom and at no time was I told I was signing a contract. 

I was never asked to read terms and conditions and I was never give or sent a copy of a contract. 

When I asked the fitters if there was any minimum usage stipulation, I was told there was none. 

Personally I have been very happy with my equipment having only had one experience of no signal (Bromley by Bow). Until now that is:

I find the new tip option on the contactless payments annoying, time consuming and not worth the extra few pence it brings in. 

I've only had the upgrade 2 days and have already had to compromise my safety by getting in the back to sort out the machine 3 times. 

Also m not happy with CMT sticking ArrowPay stickers on my already crowded front and rear windscreens. Do they really expect me to encourage my cash customers to pay using ArrowPay so CMT can then grab 3.75% +20p of my payment???

For far too long the trade has been bullied by garages, manufacturers, regulators, councils and trade suppliers...great after sales service is almost an impossibility to find in this trade. 

I've used the same garage (North West Taxis) for over 15 years because I get great service and I trust them. Same with Hendon tyres. 

If businesses want to attract and keep trade, it should be done by offering a first class service, a keen pricing structure and great after sales service. Not by trapping drivers into a contract they have no idea they've signed!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Uber London Not Operating In Chelmsford...Oh Dear How Sad, Never Mind!

Putting aside the fact that Uber have been operating illegally with the full knowledge and permission of TfL for he last 6 years....Just when you thought it couldn't get more crazy...

Uber come up with a plan to geofence the TfL Greater Metropolitan Police District. 

This is the area that TfL licensed Taxis are allowed to openly ply for hire. It's also the area where TfL licensed private hire operators are allowed to operate within....

Uber, as we all know have been operating a boarder less system and have recently decided to woo TfL with the idea of a geofenced area. 

Sounds ok...but have a look at their interpretation of the area covered by TFL's Greater London. 

Since when has Gatwick been inside the GMPD?

Since when has Stansted been inside the GMPD?

When was Luton in ducted into the GMPD?

Also Basildon, Chatham, Tilbury, Gilford, Slough???

Uber still operating the policy that it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission still reigns supreme. 

If they can't get London right, what chance does the rest of the U.K. have for Uber working inside current legislation and abiding by local regulations?

Shock horror (according to Chelmsford MP, Tory Vicky Ford) Uber, which allows passengers to book a journey at the click of a button, regardless of legislation or local regulation, has appeared to have changed its 'geofence', effectively limiting where its drivers are allowed to work, and has exclude Chelmsford. Funny enough Vicky, they've also excluded Aberdeen from their London platform!!!      

 The fact that all the journeys Vicky Ford's constituents have taken commuting to and from London have been totally illegal doesn't seem to matter to this Tory MP. No one is above the law said Sadiq Khan one, except Tory backed Uber!

What do local taxi drivers think about Uber?

Ian Vernon, former Chairman of Chelmsford Taxi Drivers' Association and current owner of claimed that the changes made by Uber will still cause problems for local taxi firms.

He said: "This particular region that Chelmsford now falls in is not a region chosen by the powers that be in government, but is a region created by the company itself.

"It is the same principle if you are licenced in London - by getting a TfL licence you should want to work in London.

"Why should you go and work in Chelmsford and take money away from people who work there?

"This is a problem a lot of taxi firms face in the country.

"If people want to start a business in Chelmsford then good luck to them. We live in a free market and you should be able to start a business but they need to be playing by the same rules.

"At times, getting an Uber is cheaper because the operating costs are lower and the drivers are one a lot less - but would they be able to offer the same service under the same restrictions as cab firms?

"What I would say is that we have been here for many years across Essex providing a private hire service for all - please support your local business."

In rebuttal, a representative from Uber stated that as a private hire operator, the company accepts bookings before allocating a driver , but as we all now know, this is a lie on many levels. 

First the Uber London Ltd company that is licensed by TfL doesn't take or dispatch any bookings, this is done by Dutch company Uber BV, which in itself makes all Uber apps journeys past and present illegal. 

Secondly, it's been disclosed in court that Uber journeys are offered directly to the driver before Uber BV back file the jobs. 

Two points conveniently overlooked by the Uber representative. 

LCDC Chairman Grant Davis Emails Mike Brown/TfL Over Shocking Uber Driver Video.

London Cab Driver Club (LCDC) Chairman Grant Davis, has emailed TfL Commissioner Mike Brown along with many others at TfL, over yesterday's Daily Mail story regarding the Uber driver who terrified his passengers by trying to reverse along the motor way after missing his turn off. 

Subject: Uber driver filmed reversing on a busy road in terrifying footage

Dear All,

As a taxi driver for the last 29 years, I must say that though I'd had seen most every level of bad driving.... I was wrong.

Tonight on the Daily Mail website, it has this story, to say I am shocked is an understatement.

I read with interest that our Commission has stated he has meet with Dara from UBER a couple of times and that the attitude from the app is encouraging?

I will answer this in the next edition of the Badge, but what I will say is that the banning of UBER from the streets of this once Great City cannot come a week too soon.

Yours Sincerely 

Grant Davis


We're going to get hit!': Terrified passengers shout at London Uber driver as he REVERSES the wrong way down a busy road just inches away from speeding lorries

  • Jaw-dropping footage was taken by terrified passengers in London in February
  • Uber driver took the wrong slip road - then decided to reverse in the busy road 
  • Cars and lorries speed past just inches away on the pitch black, icy road
  • The driver ignores them and keeps reversing as passengers fear for their lives



Why are Uber still operating?

Tim Fenton has exposed and published evidence, that all Uber journeys past and present have been dispatched by unlicensed Dutch company Uber BV and not Uber London Ltd. This means every single job has been illegal. 

Mike Brown Knows this.

Sadiq Khan knows this.

Worst of all.....TfL have known about this since 2013, but decided to sweep it under the carpet and allowed Uber to carry on regardless. 

It's been obvious to most of the Taxi and Private Hire Trade in London that something wasn't right at TfL with regards to Uber's licensing.

After six years of increasing road traffic accidents, sexual assaults including rape of passengers by Uber drivers, terrorist attacks, credit card fraud, possession of firearms, possession of class A drugs and the data hacking scandal, TfL have never to this day carried out a safety assessment or due diligence of the Uber platform.

  • If you'd like to speak to grant or any of the clubs proactive team, please come along to the Astral Cafe' tonight between 8 and 10pm. 

Click here to see message from Grant:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Did You Believe The TXe Was Designed To Be A Bespoke Taxi... Well Think Again


Most electric vehicles go from home to work-work to home, maybe an hour or so each way!

Most Taxis normally work 8-10 hrs shifts, some a bit more! 

Question: Have Geely built us a bespoke Taxi?

Or with a potential production line of 25,000 vehicles pa, were they looking to get their new electric delivery van, inner-city road tested for free?

We’ve been told that Geely designed and built a bespoke Electric Taxi, designed to suit best needs the Taxi market.

But is the new TXe no more that a converted delivery van?

It will be interesting to see the retail price of the van (up against the £63k unsubsidised TXe) which will not be operating in a restricted marked! 

      Oh dear, how sad, never mind !!!

This post from Auto Express:

LEVC, or the London EV Company, announced a zero-emissions commercial van some time ago, and a disguised test mule has now been caught testing in the Scandinavian winter. 

The story with LEVC is long and it dates back a hundred years; once, there was a company called Carbodies, which manufactured those classic black taxicabs everyone associates with London streets. After a number of ownership and name changes, the company was liquidated in 2013 and the Chinese carmaker Geely formed The London Taxi Company out of it. Last year it was rebranded the London EV Company, and part of its rebirth was the introduction of an electric London cab called the LEVC TX. They are manufactured in a new facility near Coventry, England, and plans include branching out from making just taxicabs. 

This light commercial van version, about the size and shape of a RAM Promaster City, is designed for urban deliveries. It is a range extender hybrid, and running the test mule's plates at the British DVLA's site showed the late 2017-registered test vehicle's fuel type as "Hybrid Electric (Clean)". We are also detecting a cloud of exhaust in the last photo, as the vehicle guns away from the photographer; if that's not just powder snow, that'll be the range extender working. The camouflaged vehicle's front will most likely resemble the taxi sibling, just as a more workmanlike version; the rear end loses the detailing that reminds onlookers of the classic taxi and gains a more van-like shape. 

LEVC CEO Chris Gubbey announced the vehicle earlier, saying: "This is going to be the future proofed 'white van' that people have been waiting for. Designed solely for the urban commercial sector, dedicated to the people who keep our cities working, it will be clean, competitive and ready for cities of the future." 

Company chairman Carl-Peter Forster added: "In addition to our brand-new taxi, the manufacturing of this all new light commercial van is a transformative step for the company as we will move from a single product, single market organization to a multi-product, multi market organization." Information of the van's sales in the U.S. has not yet been given.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Fraudsters are using the app to create entire networks built on rides that never occur to extract real cash from stolen credit cards

RUSSIAN fraudsters are hijacking Uber in collaboration with crooked drivers to launder dirty money.

The intricate scam sees the tricksters act as middlemen for clients – organising “ghost rides” through the Uber app that never take place.

The client pays for these non-existent journeys using stolen credit cards.

And – once Uber takes its standard cut from what it thinks is a legitimate ride – the customer, the con-artist and the driver make away with the now clean money.

Several Russian forum posts, spotted by The Daily Beast, detail how the dodgy plot works.

They also include ads seeking corrupt Uber drivers, according to The Next Web.

The technical part of the scam sees the trickster use an emulator (a piece of software that allows them to run a virtual Android phone on their laptop) as well as a virtual private network (VPN).

The latter switches their machine’s location to the same city as the client/passenger.

Now, the trickster is essentially ready to act as the ‘ghost Uber’ dispatcher, with a roster of crooked drivers on his beck and call.

He then orders trips through the app, while communicating details of the ride outside of it.

Typically, the fraudulent middleman uses the Telegram app to chat with the passenger, who provides the pickup and drop-off locations.

The scammer then replies with the details of the corrupt chauffeur (including the make of car, driver name, and license plate).

Judging by forum posts, the client forks out for the illicit service through Russian payment sites, such as Qiwi, Yandex.Money or Sberbank.

In one of these online threads, a trickster boasts that their service runs in 20 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as Kiev in Ukraine and Minsk in Belarus.

Another post indicates that similar ghost rides have been set up in New York and Portugal as well.

We reached out to Uber for comment and will update the article with its response.

A similar, but albeit less complicated, Airbnb scam was uncovered by The Daily Beast in November.

It involved con-artists extracting cash out of stolen credit cards through fake Airbnb bookings with the help of complicit hosts.

In both cases, fraudsters are manipulating online maketplaces – which are much harder to monitor – to launder money digitally.

Source : the Sun

Over the past year or so, we've seen many videos made by drivers, showing Public Carriage Officers (PCOs) refusing to show their photo ID authority card. Many will only show their badge. 
We have now been informed by TfLTPH that all PCOs must show their photo ID authority card on request by the driver or membe if the public. 

Make Sure You Have Your Say: TfL Taxi Fares Consultation 2018

Click link to take consultation


We are seeking views on proposed changes to taxi fares and tariffs in London.  


Transport for London (TfL) licenses and regulates taxi and private hire services in London. As part of this, we set the maximum fares that taxis (black cabs) can charge. These fares are determined by tariffs that are reviewed each year and normally updated to reflect changes in a Cost Index which tracks year on year changes to the costs of operating a taxi in London.

We are interested in your views on the following:

·         Whether the minimum fare of £2.60 should be increased and if so by how much

·         Whether Tariff 1 and Tariff 2 should be increased

·         Whether Tariff 3 should be frozen

·         Whether the tariff rate for journeys over six miles (Tariff 4) should be changed

·         Removing the social costs element from the Cost Index

·         Adding transaction costs for card payment devices to the Cost Index – this would be in addition to the 20 pence minimum fare increase introduced in April 2016

·         Continuing the present arrangement that allows taxi drivers to add an extra charge of 40 pence to the fare if fuel prices increase significantly and reduce fares by 40 pence if fuel prices fall significantly 

·         Whether there should be an increase to the additional charge for taxi journeys that start from a taxi rank at Heathrow Airport and, if so, by how much

·         Reviewing options for fixed or capped fares to or from Heathrow Airport

·         Increasing by 50 pence the fares for the fixed fare, shared taxi schemes that operate from Euston Station

·         Adding fares for six passengers sharing a taxi to the shared taxi conversion table

·         Updating the card payment device requirements for taxis so that all drivers accept American Express as well as Visa and MasterCard


Please go to our consultation website: You will find more information about the background to these proposals, as well as a questionnaire seeking your views. Responses must be received by 27 April 2018.


We are seeking the views of anyone with interest in these matters on these proposals. Please pass this message on to others who might be interested.


If you have any questions about this, please email: with ‘Taxi Tariff review’ in the subject line.


Yours faithfully

 Tom Moody

Head of Policy and Service Development

Taxi & Private Hire

Transport for London



This is what Khan's Met Police buget cuts have done to our once caring capital.... 

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Second Oxford Street Consultation To Be ReOpened After Mistake By Deanyb71

You couldn't make it up (as they say) in the same spirit of the Brexit vote and the interference from multimillion air MAp's who are speaking a second referendum, the second 'Oxford Street Pedestrianisation' is to be reopened...

Will they just keep reopening until they get the result they want....or like in the pas just do what hey want to do regardless???

The Better Oxford Street Twitter account announced today:-
Oxford Street Consultation Reopens after TfL error "because we published this address, by error, on our consultation web page as one method of submitting a response. We apologise unreservedly for this." 

Reopened because the result didn’t go the right way (for them)... stop wasting time and money because we all know what’ll happen regardless of the consultation....

It's All Going Pete Tong For Uber Drivers In India As They Go On Indefinite Strike From Today Over Low Pay

Mumbai:  The transport wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has called for a strike of drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola starting from today.

The strike has been called by the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena which has claimed that several drivers are not being able to cover costs due to falling business.

"Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs. 5-7 lakh and were expecting to make Rs. 1.5 lakh a month. But drivers are unable to make even half of this because of the mismanagement by these companies," Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena told PTI.

Union leaders said that drivers in other cities like New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune among others would also be participating in the strike. 

Mr Naik further alleged that these taxi-hailing companies were giving first priority to company-owned cars rather than driver-owned vehicles, causing a slump in their business.

If their demands were not met they would be going ahead with the strike as expected, he indicated.

Other taxi unions, including the Mumbai Taximen's Union, have extended support.

Meanwhile, police has issued notices to leaders of the union under section 149 of CrPC relating to unlawful assembly.

"Notices of section 149 of CrPC have been issued to Sanjay Naik, president, Arif Shaikh and Nitin Nandgaokar of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena as preventive action.

If they violate any orders, they are liable to be prosecuted," said Pandit Thorat, senior inspector of the Andheri police station.

In Mumbai alone there are over 45,000 such cabs but a slump in business has seen a drop of about 20 per cent in their numbers.

The cab hailing companies have so far stayed away from interfering in the matter. "We have been informed by the Mumbai Police that they have proactively taken all the necessary steps to ensure safety of commuters during the cab rides in the city," an Ola spokesperson said.

Source NdTV

Almost Five Years On And TfL Have Said And Done Nothing About UberBV Operating Without A Licence. by...Jim Thomas

Open letter to TFL's Commissioner, Mike Brown...

Dear Mike
Now you've been shown the evidence, that UberBV have been (and still are) operating in London without an operators Licence, why have you not ordered them to cease operating with immediate effect?

Was this not your reaction when you found Taxify operating without a Licence in their name?
What makes UberBV different to Taxify?

After all Mike, you said you wanted it to go on record that you had nothing to do with the initial licensing of Uber!!!
Perhaps you would also like to be seen by your actions as having nothing to do with the UberBV cover up?

Over the past 10 days, thanks to Tim Fenton's 'Zelo Street' blog, it's become clear that UberBV has been operating in London since 2012, as a Private Hire operator, through a smart phone instant hail app, without holding a TfL Private Hire operators licence.

We now know this to be fact!

We also have evidence that TfL knew this was the case as long ago as 2013. 


   Cliff Llewellyn centre with glasses.

According to Tim Fenton, Cliff Llewellyn wrote to Uber London boss Jo Bertram in December 2013 and listed compliance issues that, “require your urgent attention”. These allegedly included:

Clarification of the legal entity between Uber BV and Uber London Limited.

Which company will be making the provision, acceptance and the undertaking of PHV bookings, once Point (1) has been addressed?

Review of the Uber website to reflect the London legislation.

The charging of a fare using a Time x Distance device which is in contravention of the 1998 Act

Review of your sub-contraing processes to reflect that all bookings go through the sub-contactor and not directly to the driver.

Tim Fenton said Mr Llewellyn’s deadline for Uber to take action, December 23 2013, came and went without any compliance issues being addressed, even though his report concluded: “If they (Uber) fail to comply within a reasonable time period, then enforcement action is the only option.”

What happened next? 
According to Tim Fenton: “Uber by-passed Cliff Llewellyn, went to the Foreign Office, who went to Downing Street, who roped in the Department for Trade, who appear to have put the arm on TfL’s top brass to let Uber carry on anyway”. 

TfL and Uber have yet to comment on the allegations.

Tim Fenton's latest revelation carries a report regarding John Mason's presentation which confirms TFL's light touch approach to licensing regulations... favouring Uber's London operation:
In Tim's article, he posts slides of the presentation 
TfL Approach to Apps”, where John Mason restates “A light touch regulatory approach”, and ends with “Let the quality of product and service provided to passengers dictate market”.


More emails showing involvement by John Mason

See Tims latest Zelo Street Post: Click Here

To this day, TfL have said and done nothing with the evidence they've had all along!
Even though they knew, all Uber's Journeys were initially booked and dispatched directly to drivers, by the unlicensed UberBV, they pushed regulation and public safety aside and allowed this modus operandi to continue regardless.

The facts are now out in the open, posted on numerous Taxi and PH sites and publications. Virtually everyone in our trades know what's been going on:-

Not only that, TfL have the evidence that it's the drivers who accept the bookings, direct in vehicle in contravention of the PH Vehicles Act 1998.

So Mike, why as Commisioner of TfL have you not acted immediately, on the information given to you?

Why are TfL continuing to cover up the facts in Uber's favour?

Just incase you missed Tim's earlier posts see them by Clicking Here

Jim Thomas
Editor Taxi Leaks