Saturday, May 05, 2018
Friday, May 04, 2018
Exhibition Road Rage Uber Driver Case Referred To Crown Court + TfL Still Happy To Have 10,400 Unchecked Uber Drivers In London
Thursday, May 03, 2018
Since the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted seven weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has been the epitome of contrition. The same cannot be said of the British election consultancy, which last night announced it was shutting down.
Cambridge Analytica, which worked for Donald Trump's election campaign, blamed a “siege of media coverage” for the legal claims and lost clients that mean the company could no longer continue.
But if this is the end of Cambridge Analytica, it is far from the end of the story.
Britain’s data watchdog said its investigation into the company will continue; meanwhile, executives appear to have already moved to create a new firm.
'NO LONGER VIABLE'
Cambridge Analytica has faced a series of damaging allegations in recent weeks, of which the claim that it obtained the private information of up to 87m Facebook users was only one.
It said an independent report from the lawyer Julian Malins had found that recent allegations were “not borne out by the facts”, but that news reports meant it had lost clients. The company had been banned from advertising on Facebook and Twitter in recent weeks, blocking a lot of its potential work.
THE SAGA CONTINUES
Despite shutting down, Cambridge Analytica may well live on in some form. Company filings show that several executives have created a new firm called Emerdata, a potential rehousing of the company under a new name.
Meanwhile, investigations into the company will continue.
Damian Collins, the MP in charge of the committee investigating Cambridge Analytica among others, last night said the company should not be allowed to delete its data.
The Information Commissioner’s Office says its investigation will continue to pursue “individuals and directors”. Cambridge Analytica is down, but its story seems far from finished
Remember Who Sold Out Your Trade When You Vote Today : Uber Trying To Pull The Wool Over The Media Again.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
A BASILDON taxi firm has been forced to expand into Canvey and Castle Point to combat the influx of Uber drivers taking their business.
In March, the ridesharing app was “geo-fenced” from Southend, Chelmsford and Rayleigh, which prevents the driver operating in those locations.
Chris Cowley from Laindon, who manages the office of Basildon’s A & B Taxis, claims that Uber’s decision to make these Essex towns no-go zones is driving their business to Basildon.
“Poor old Basildon is excluded from this zone,” he said.
Mr Cowley, 67, whose company has 170 cabs in their fleet, said: “You see them a lot at Festival Leisure Park, and more and more at the station.
“There are lots more at weekends, because people drive for Uber as a part time job.
“Our drivers are very disgruntled. A lot of them assume that Uber is illegal.
“We are having to go into new ventures and expand because of Uber, as in Basildon, business is getting tight.”
Uber’s decision to restrict their drivers from operating in Southend, Chelmsford and Rayleigh comes as Uber is poised to appeal a decision by Transport for London decision to withdraw its operating license. In order to appease TfL, Uber has responded to concerns about it operating outside London by restricting its business in certain areas.
The withdrawal of Uber from Southend has proved to be good news for the town’s minicab drivers, who report that business is now booming for them.
One said: “Down on the ranks now it’s much busier, and at weekends you notice it the most - I just hope they don’t come back.”
Meanwhile, in Basildon, taxi drivers are now struggling to eek out a living.
“Business is definitely slower,” said Peter, a driver for Laindon Taxis.
“A lot of our old passengers are now trying Uber out now for the first time, it’s like a new toy on their phone. People coming out of the station are now ignoring the taxi cabs waiting there, they walk right past us and hop straight into an Uber.”
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
A TAXI boss has claimed the city council is harming one of Glasgow's most important businesses.
In a raft of criticisms, Glasgow Taxis chairman Stephen Flynn said the council is:
*handing out too many licences
*causing pollution in the city centre despite a policy to make Glasgow greener
*over-stretching its Taxi Enforcement Team
*Failing residents with too few ranks in the city and
*Should suspend granting licences while a city-wide survey of provision is underway.
Mr Flynn spoke out following Glasgow City Council's licensing committee awarding a new booking office licence to private hire app firm Uber.
As told in the Evening Times earlier this month, union Unite said it is considering reporting the council to the ombudsman over the decision.
Glasgow Taxis, Unite and the Greater Glasgow Private Hire Association all claim Uber's bookings will go through an office in Holland and not its Buchanan Street premises.
Uber strongly denies this.
Having a booking office in the city that directly deals with customers' bookings is one of the conditions of being granted a licence.
Mr Flynn said Glasgow Taxis has been in the city for more than five decades - but he worries for the firm's future in the face of council actions.
He said: "We try our best to help the city and sometimes we feel let down.
"As a company our first instinct is to make sure the people of Glasgow are safe and can travel in the safest way possible.
"I am worried about the where the taxi trade will go in the next 10 years because of council decisions being made now.
"The only people who suffer are the people of Glasgow."
Mr Flynn points to his company's ethos of corporate social responsibility, citing the annual taxi trip to Troon for additional needs children and support for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
Glasgow Taxis also pays £58,000 each year towards the NightZone in Glasgow City Centre, manned ranks helping people get home from nights out.
Glasgow City Council has commissioned a survey looking at unmet demand in the city.
Mr Flynn added: "The council wants less vehicles in the city centre for environmental reasons and yet it gave out another 1000 licences last year.
"There could be another 500 licences given out between now and the unmet demand survey.
"And what will happen if the results of the survey show the city is at saturation point? It can't ask for licences back.
"The city is at saturation point.
"It's not about competition, it's about following the rules and regulations."
A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said the council works closely with the taxi trade and "understands a number of their concerns."
However, he added: “All decisions in relation to the taxi and private hire car trade are made entirely in accordance with the rules that govern the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, as set out in the Civic Government Scotland Act.
“We have initiated an independent assessment of whether demand for taxis and private hire cars is unmet by the current provision of drivers and vehicles in the city.
"It would be wrong and unlawful of the council to prejudge the findings of that independent assessment."
He said the Taxi Enforcement Team is meeting its current targets and carried out 8000 roadside inspections and deals with 1000 complaints from the public.
The spokesman added: "The council wants the city centre to be used by cleaner and fewer vehicles and has updated its vehicle standards to allow the use of suitable low emission and electric vehicles for the taxi and private hire car trade.
“We are in regular dialogue with the taxi trade about the provision of taxi ranks in the city and adjust their location as circumstances demand."
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Perhaps it might be worth quoting the definition of a rank:
i.e. it’s a queue.
So if someone starts an orderly queue, either get in line or drive on, but do not push in!
Ranks are a great means of how we display ourselves for hire (they are our shop front) and the amount of times I’ve had people come up to me on a pop up rank or official rank and say they were going to get the train etc etc, but as you are there, sod it I’ll take a cab.