Saturday, July 14, 2018
Brighton And Hove Taxi Reps To Meet With Lewes DC Over Uber Advising Drivers To Use Easy Option In Lewes...by Andrew Peters
Friday, July 13, 2018
Uber Appeal Judge Arbuthnot, Who Upheld Julian Assange's Warrant, Questioned Over Her Links To Security Services
Julian Assange's supporters are questioning the integrity of the judge who upheld his UK arrest warrant, accusing her of being influenced by the British authorities and the secret service.
Earlier this week, Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected arguments presented by Assange’s legal team over why he breached bail conditions by seeking political refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012.
Judge Arbuthnot said she rejected the activist's request to have his warrant dropped out of fear that he could be extradited to the US, where he would face espionage charges. Since there is no extradition treaty between the UK and Ecuador, Assange cannot be arrested inside the embassy’s grounds.
After the ruling, the judge’s familial connections were brought into question by Assange’s supporters, some of whom insist she is linked to the establishment, as well as the UK’s security services.
Arbuthnot’s husband - and ex-Conservative MP - Baron James Arbuthnot is listed as a former director of Security Intelligence Consultancy SC Strategy Ltd. The other two listed directors are former Head of MI6, Sir John Scarlett and Lord Carlile.
The connections have outraged Assange supporters, who insist the legal system is stacked against the man that leaked evidence against the US, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
Fans of Assange took to Twitter to express their outrage.
Former British Ambassador Craig Murray posted the judge's connection on his website and accused the media of spreading fake news for not pointing out the connection.
“If anybody thinks the Assange case had anything to do with justice, they are very mistaken," Murray wrote.
Carlile and Scarlett formed the company SC Strategy in 2012, with their most prominent client being Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund.
Liberal Democrat peer Carlile told the Guardian his company provides confidential advice to several clients from around the world. In October 2013, confidential documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden listed Carlile as part of GCHQ’s strategy of “talking heads,” advocating for the agency ahead of a key report on the use of intercepted evidence in court cases. Carlile later argued that Snowden’s revelations amounted to a criminal act.
Handing down her judgment at Westminster magistrates court, Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot said: “I find arrest is a proportionate response even though Mr. Assange has restricted his own freedom for a number of years."
“Defendants on bail up and down the country, and requested persons facing extradition, come to court to face the consequences of their own choices. He should have the courage to do the same. It is certainly not against the public interest to proceed," Arbuthnot added.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
London Taxi PR launches ‘The Knowledge’ campaign
London Taxi PR is delighted to announce that it is launching a new campaign this month (July), titled ‘The Knowledge’ – Become a London Taxi Driver, this will promote, signing up to The Knowledge, the infamous Test each applicant must pass to become a licensed London Taxi driver.
The campaign also highlights that ‘The Knowledge’ is in fact inclusive and open to all, regardless of their gender, religion or ethnicity.
All images used in the campaign have been provided by Terry Gibbins, a passionate & Proud London Taxi driver and Photographer, who has been photographing drivers for several months. He came to London Taxi PR with the idea for a campaign.
Once again London Taxi PR have teamed up with 8 outdoor media who will provide 29 large format digital billboards across Central London. The campaign which will run for a month, will feature London Taxi drivers of all genders and ethnic origin, which reflect the current diversity within the trade, with the headline “I did it, so can you”.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage more people to sign up to do ‘The Knowledge’ & become a London Taxi driver. We believe the job offers great opportunities for all who are prepared to put in the work and meet the high standards required of the profession to be a licensed London Taxi driver.
All previous campaigns have already achieved significant publicity, illustrating that licensed London Taxis are not only safe, distinctive, instantly recognisable, and incredibly easy to hail, either by hailing from the street or through an app, but that they also have a fantastic historic profile, dating all the way back to the 17th Century.
This new campaign also follows the recent culmination of London Taxi PR’s latest initiative, 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.
This latest launch also comes on the back of two success major award wins for London Taxi PR, most recently having been crowned Best Transport PR Agency 2018 – London, in the Business Excellence Awards organised by Acquisition International (AI) magazine. This followed London Taxi PR’s previous win earlier this year for The Best Public Transport Promotions Group – England, in the Air Transport Awards.
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.
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 drivers of 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 campaigns have included; 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.
Several distinctive tag lines have also been used in promotions, including; Take a ride in London’s Pride and #lookforthelight.
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 http://londontaxipr.com
Shock For Drivers With Electric Taxis, Using Feeder Park, Touting At Heathrow on Behalf Of Uber, Plus Uber To Offer Cash Option To Facilitate Uber Ranks.
With the news that a new £1.5m state of the art system is to be introduced to run the feeder park (Taxi Expert), the Trade also found out at the bi monthly Heathrow liaison meeting, that drivers with the new electric Taxi can’t charge their vehicles while going through the system.
Drivers with the new LEVC will have to charge their vehicles before they enter the system in the same way drivers with diesel Taxis have to fill up before going through the FP.
This will mean an extra wait of 45 minutes before they join the queue to go through the feeder.
This is the statement published in this months copy of the Badge Taxi paper, authored by LCDC airport rep Jamie Hawes
1. Electric Cabs: Protocol for Electric Taxis entering the Taxi Feeder Park:
HAL have informed the trade that before long there will be no waiting whilst charging at Heathrow. Drivers of electric taxis will have to charge up their cabs before entering the system in the same way that any other driver must operate when filling up with Diesel or LPG-that is charge/fuel before putting on.
This may come as a little bit of a shock to those drivers who have signed up to a hefty financial agreement to own the LEVC taxi with the encouragement of TfL and HAL by way of free charge points, only to now find that they must waste 45 min before entering the feeder park rather than be able to charge up whilst waiting.
It was pointed out that this being the case the positioning of the chargers in the North Park was a complete waste of time in that it only leaves less space for drivers entering or leaving.
No Matter, what HAL wants, HAL gets.
See whole article in this months Badge, download here:
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
News coming through today that Uber want to give their customers the option to pay by cash in cities which include London. It's alleged the reasoning behind this is so they can offer an on demand service from ranks in Airports, festivals and mainline rail stations.
Information staff at Heathrow caught bang to rights touting on behalf of Uber. Staff are actively directing passengers away from the Taxi rank to an Uber booking facility.
See this video from our man at Heathrow.
Where is the Union that seems to have the most power at Heathrow, Unite.
Why haven't their reps stopped this blatant touting???
But while most of Wednesday was taken up with chatter largely criticising the paltry sum - the maximum the Information Commissioner could under previous laws - another company had also been handed a penalty for allegedly illegal data practices.
During the regulator’s investigation into how data is being used for political purposes, the Information Commissioner found that the owner of a popular parenting website, Emma’s Diary, had illegally sold on the data of one million Britons to the Labour Party ahead of the 2017 general election.
The 1.065.200 records included pregnant women, new parents and even their children.
Details included the name of the parent who joined the website, their home address, whether they had young children and the birth dates of the mother and children.
The parent company of Emma’s Diary, Lifecycle Marketing, has been fined £140,000 but denies any wrongdoing.
DOES IT MATTER?
Amid the Facebook probe findings, the Information Commissioner also revealed its concerns about the legality of political consultancy groups using data to target people with adverts ahead of the European referendum, including the Vote Leave campaign, it alleged.
The official Remain campaign - trading as Britain Stronger in Europe - may also face a penalty because it used a third party data broker that did not have adequate consent and “similar issues as we have explored on the Leave and wider political parties side of our investigation”.
As more details on the use marketing and digital data played in politics ahead of landmark votes comes out, it appears that the Cambridge Analytica debacle was just the tip of the iceberg. Whether serious ramifications will follow is in the hands of the data regulator and the Electoral Commission
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
You just couldn’t make it up
Judge Emma Arbuthnot finds Uber Driver in Reading not guilty
Now there’s a surprise...not 😂
Last week, in the Transport for London versus Uber Case, judge Arbuthnot agreed with the defence that Uber drivers do not accept jobs directly in their vehicle... she agreed they are accepted first by Uber LL before being passed to the driver. Uber LL are not licensed to operate in Reading as they have been refused an operators licence by Reading council.
In the evidence, judge Arbuthnot agreed that it is the driver who accepts the job....a complete reversal of what she said in the London TfL v Uber fit and proper case.
So, what happened to the triple licensing protocol?
Uber are not licensed in Reading so who did they subcontract the job to, for the the job to be offered back to the driver?
Are Uber alleging 'they' subcontracted the job to the driver who accepted in his vehicle....but is the driver holding an operators licence for Reading?
As the song says....there are more, questions than answers !!!
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
Where is our largest org with its million pound war chest, and specialist legal team?
Where are the legal objections and appeals?
What are the members paying subscription for?
Will this be another case of “lets wait and see what happens in 15 months” .....???
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT
Readings QC Charles Holland, argued that Uber didn't hold a licence for the Reading area and that the company and driver were plying for hire using their smart phone app.
The case against drive Mudassar Ali was bought by Reading Council after he was found waiting to be offered work on the app while parked up in a street in Reading.
Judge Arbuthnot said as the car had no distinctive markings (apparently the TfL roundels were not distinctive enough) it couldn't be said that it was crying out "I'm for hire".
Uber was again represented by Phillip Kolvin QC, who managed to get all charges dismissed.
TfL has revealed that cycle superhighways will remain open during major roadworks on the Victoria Embankment from April 2019.
The closure of the Embankment, expected to last up to six months, is needed in order to move two gas mains to make way for London’s new super-sewer.
But while motor traffic is due to be diverted south along heavily congested Southwark Street, TfL has assured cyclists that the east-west and north-south cycle routes will remain unaffected.
A TfL spokesperson told Cyclist magazine: “we kept the cycle superhighway as a priority” during the planning process.
The City of London Corporation is said to be “really concerned” at the plans, with members of the Corporation’s streets and walkways subcommittee kicking up a big fuss at an emergency meeting on July 2.
At the meeting councillors suggested that traffic should be moved onto the cycle lanes during the works and the lanes routed elsewhere.
Source : Londonfortransport.