Saturday, September 08, 2018

Lisson Grove : Cabbies Fear For Their Lives’ As Gangs Target Drivers

Taxi driver Tony Casey, fears somebody "could be killed" as drivers are being targeted by a gang from Lisson Grove.

Tony, who has been driving a black cab in London since the 1980s, says the attacks are becoming commonplace. The road is one of the main routes into Marylebone and Paddington from St John’s Wood, along with the Edgware Road.

Gangs are targeting taxi drivers and their takings. This includes brazen attempts to stop the cars in the street, and even trying to get drivers to help disabled people get into the Taxi, only to rob them when they step out of the cab. Tweets also say a driver was attacked with a fire extinguisher.

Tony said: "For the last few years, licensed cab drivers have been robbed while driving through Lisson Grove. It’s a joke.

"The police don’t seem to be interested or care about taxi drivers. Somebody, either a taxi driver or one of the gang members, could be killed."

Alex Workman has been driving taxis for 11 years, and lives in Lisson Grove. He has seen the aftermath of a robbery.

"I picked up a group in Praed Street," he said. "When they all piled in, they said: ‘Can you pick up my friend’s bag on the way?’"

When Alex’s cab pulled up, the youths picked up a bag from the street. He quickly realised they had a driver’s money bag.

"I told them to get out, and they dropped the bag on the way. When I checked, it was empty. A woman came up and said she’d seen a taxi driver being robbed."

The 37-year-old says some taxi drivers are no longer carrying cash bags to minimise the risk of being robbed. He told us he fears for his safety.

"Myself, and drivers know who these people are. It would be an easy problem to tackle, but they would have to get a police presence in the area. I don’t have much confidence in the police full stop. I don’t blame individual officers or Sadiq Khan, but I put blame directly at the door of commissioner Cressida Dick.

"Like a lot of visible crime at the moment, you need visible officers. It’s not about taking DNA or doing stuff behind computer screens, it’s about getting boots on the ground."

Scotland Yard pointed us to Church Streets neighbourhood police team, who could not be reached for comment.

Source : Article From The Ham and High.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT: by Jim Thomas.

The age of the attackers range from young teens to late twenties. 

I have myself been targeted by these gangs. A few weeks ago, I picked up a young man in Finchley Road and was directed to Church Street Edgware Road. The passenger directed me to stop by a group of men standing in a door way. 

As we pulled up (I had my foot on the brake locking the door) he put his arm out the window and let himself out of my Cab. He then goaded me to get out and confront him, but I just drove off with the door open, untill I got a safe distance away and was able to close. 

   I managed to get this image of him with my in cab CCTV


I was also the victim of a failed attack in Eversholt Street, when a young man ran up to the side of the Taxi while I waited at a red light and tried to pull open the near side luggage door. He made no attempt to enter the vehicle via the rear doors (which were at the start of his approach unlocked) and was shouting "please open the door, do me a favour, put down the window I just want to tell you something. 

I had to jump the lights to get away as I feared he was about to smash the window....this I have on video from mydash-cam. 

Other drivers have been attacked by two men with powder fire extinguishers. The driver is doused in powder through the open window, the attackers open the driver's door through the window and pull out the driver. His phone moneybag, etc are then taken and the attackers run off in the direction of Church Street. 

Other drivers have been flagged down by Frampton Street, told my nan is coming out in a wheelchair can you get the ramp out. As the driver gets out to position the ramp, he is then attacked and robbed.

These gangs have been allowed to carry on robbing Cabbies for far too long. As far as we know they have been doing this for over two years now. Drivers have been robbed and assaulted. 

Drivers involved in these attacks have been told by operators on the emergency number 999 that no officers are available and have been told to report the robbery to a police station and as we all know, at night, finding one open is not a simple excersise.

A few weeks ago, two Cabbies sitting in the rank at Marylebone Station, were threatened with a bottle alleged to contain acid....the police were called and the drivers were told that there were no units available in the area!

These attacks show why it is so important to lock the front doors at all time, not just at night. Many of these attacks have happened in broad daylight. "Keep em out".


TAXI LEAKS EXTRA COMMENT: by John Reid 

Just remember this, an American was locking up his house at night when he saw 2 men in his garden shed. He called the police and they said cannot help as no one in the area. 

So he rang back five minutes later and said he had just shot and killed the 2 men. In no time at all, their were10 to12 police cars and a helicopter and other emergencies vehicles outside his house.

When the duty office saw the 2 men were not dead he said he was going to arrest the man. When he asked why he was being arrested the duty officer said for lying to me!

The man then said, but you lied to me when you said you had no one to send..... 

So, just think about it when you cannot get help.

Friday, September 07, 2018

*OUR DESTINY... IS IN OUR OWN HANDS*


Taxileaks understand that London Cabbie Chris Johnson is bringing an employment tribunal claim against app operator MyTaxi. 

Johnson claims that he was unfairly dismissed after a series of whistleblowing claims and questions surrounding his employment status on the app.

We understand that for Johnson to lose an employment tribunal MyTaxi will need to argue he was operating independently on the app, akin to plying for hire, If he wins, drivers using the app will be entitled to basic protections such as National Minimum Wage, paid annual leave and protection under anti-discrimination legislation. Given the increasing market dominance of these apps these are important rights and winning may well stop apps like MyTaxi illegitimately undercutting individuals who are genuinely operating on their own account.

An employment tribunal rightly brings the arguments in to the public domain and it's an argument that the trade must have "this is about 'our' future claims Johnson.

Do we (orgs/unions/drivers) want to try to close down the ability of taxi app companies putting private hire drivers on the app like Hailo & Gett did? Or do we want to walk blindly into oblivion.. and an eventual one tier system?

We all accept that apps have revolutionised the industry and drivers and passengers have embraced this, but if we are going to protect ourselves isn't it best that we fight for basic employment rights if app companies want to suspended or terminate us without reason....?

Johnson is looking to raise £18,000 to fund a legal challenge against MyTaxi.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mytaxi/

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Uber Has Till 1st October To Install 24/7 Manned Help Line For Passengers: (Voice Contact Requirement).

In June 2016, Transport for London (TfL) made a number of regulatory changes to raise standards in London’s private hire industry and improve safety and convenience for customers.

This included the introduction of a requirement for London private hire vehicle (PHV) operators to make someone available for passengers to speak to during their hours of business and at all times during a journey if passengers want to make a complaint or discuss other matters relating to their booking (the Voice Contact Requirement).

Following a legal challenge, the Court of Appeal, in a judgment given today, have reversed the High Court’s decision and found the Voice Contact Requirement to be lawful thereby upholding TfL’s original decision to introduce it.

As a result of the judgment, the Voice Contact Requirement remains in place. However, in order to allow operators time to implement any necessary changes following the judgment, they should make sure they comply fully by no later than 1 October 2018. TfL encourages operators to comply fully with the Voice Contact Requirement sooner if possible. Guidance and information on how to comply will be published on our website in due course.

If you need further information, please email us at tph.enquiries@tfl.gov.uk or call our Licensing Team on tel. 0343 222 4444 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

Graham Robinson

Interim General Manager London Taxi and Private Hire Transport for London 

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT.......?

In the words of Johnny Nash....there are more questions than answers!

This noticed was signed off by Helln Chapman's replacement on the 25 May 2018.

So why have they only just put this on their website....why the secrecy again?


Also a word from Cabvision on Twitter....more questions that need answers.

Prius Fires Update : DVSA Answer Immediately....TfL Finally Breaks It's Wall Of Silence.

ONE RULE FOR US....AND A SOFTER MORE FRIENDLY RULE FOR PRIVATE HIRE.
NEVER MIND ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY THOUGH, MIKE BROWN ! 


This below from London Travel Watch :
It has been brought to our attention by one of our followers Mr @@@@ @@@@@ about the recent recall on ToyotaPrius models 2015-18 because of a fire risk.

Many of these vehicles are used as MiniCabs. 
Are TfLTPH and the DVSA suspending the licenses on these affected cars ?

We have asked both the DVSA and TfL for a statement in regard to the issue of public safety regarding licensed vehicles associated with the Toyota recalls.

We got this back straight away from the DVSA:


As yet, after nearly a week of requests, we haven't had a single reply from TfL.
See below, TfL finally broke their wall of silence and put out the tweet below late afternoon.
Surely public safety is paramount?

TfL issued stop notes on hundreds of TX4s as soon as the problem first emerged.
But it seems Private Hire vehicles are not subject to the same safety conditions as Licensed Black Cabs.

This isn’t a new problem with Prius PHVs bursting into flames, it’s been going on for a number of years and it’s a problem TfL have failed to deal with. 


These images are from January 2017 



Are @TfLTPH afraid to issue a stop note to all #Toyota licensed minicabs that affected by the recall?

TAXI LEAKS COMMENT from Paul DDD:
Will TfL continue to ignore the problem of spontaneously combusting Prius’s?

Are @TfLTPH liable if a member of the public gets injured in a Toyota Fire ?

Are @TfLTPH afraid to issue a stop note to all #Toyota licensed minicabs that affected by the recall?

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
The LCDC has written to Mike Brown at Tfl asking for an explanation to why there has been no action taken against the owners of Private Hire  Prius, which are subject to a recall from Toyota. 

It’s been nearly a week?
Maybe Dara’s got to get back to him


TAXI LEAKS EXTRA COMMENT FROM JIM THOMAS : 

Sorry but writing letters, sending emails and tweets are not working. It's simply not good enough for members who pay orgs and unions for proper representation!

Get yourselves down to Mike Brown's office and refuse to leave a until he deals with the problem, even if you have to go day after day !!! ....that's what you subscribing drivers pay for.


BREAKING NEWS: 
Nearly two years in from when we first started seeing these Prius, bursting into flames, TfLTPH has finally broken its silence with this tweet:



@taxi_leaks As with any manufacturer recall, we will work closely with both the manufacturer and the DVLA to establish which individual licensed vehicles are affected. We will then take appropriate action, which could include licensing action, to ensure the safety of the travelling public. ends.

Are they waiting for fatalities before doing the right thing and protecting the public?
Their foot dragging has become scandalous. 
They have known about this problem for almost two years.... we would suggest that any member of the public injured in a Prius PHV fire to sue TfL directly. 

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Pimlico’s Charlie, Pipes Up On Uber’s Relicense Deal... By Pimlico Plumbers Charlie Mullins


You would have to be a blind man not to realise that half the people in the driver's seats of Uber vehicles don't have legally obtained UK driving licences. They are traffic menaces, and there is no way some of the people actually doing the driving have personally passed a UK test.

So, it's obvious that many of the drivers didn't sit the test themselves, so are not safe in terms of their ability to drive paying passengers in a motor vehicle Or possibly worse, they are not who they say they are, and are using a fake, stolen or 'borrowed' licence, leaving passengers exposed to an entirely different threat of harm.

Either way this whole situation is putting passengers at risk, and is going to end badly for someone very soon, and when it does, Sadiq Khan is going to have blood on his hands.

To be honest I don't care that Uber has been put on probation for 15 months by TFL. One minute they were a public safety risk and the next they are back in business. They whole thing stinks like a criminal climb-down. 

I wouldn't put myself at risk by getting into one of their cars, and I certainly wouldn't let any of my loved ones do so either, and on that basis Londoners should not be exposed to this type of risk, from an organisation that is officially given the 'okay' by our own mayor.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : 

You are absolutely correct Charlie. It has since been discovered that the chief Magistrate in their appeal case (and also in the Reading case) Emma Arbuthnot, has a conflict of interest (through her husband Baron James Arbuthnot) and should never have sat on the cases. 

We are presently fighting for a retrial but are up against the Tory Chumocracy that saw Uber given a smooth ride over the last 6 years even through they operated and still do, illegally. 

TfL are making a fortune out of Uber and stand to make even more when the new pricing structure is put in place 

Therefore TfLs top directors have put profit above public safety with the catchphrase 

"It’s what London wants". 

This and a limp mayor’s team is what we are up against. 

        
 

Will TfL Put Uber's Prius Vehicles On Stop Service ? After Toyota Recalls Due To Fires.


We've all seen these vehicles burning on the streets...and now, Toyota to recall ONE MILLION hybrid cars due to fire risk

But, the burning question is... will TfL remove these PHVs from service with the same vigour they removed the TX4s wholesale after they started to burst into flames. 

This problem has been going on for a few years now and so far TfL have refused to act. 

A BLAST FROM THE PAST :


Toyota to recall ONE MILLION hybrid cars - including the Prius - due to wiring issue that could lead to fires

The global recall is said to affect 219,000 models sold in Europe

Impacted cars include the Prius and CH-R hybrids built between 2015 and 2018

The issue is linked to a wire harness connecting to the hybrid power control unit

If the wire is exposed, it can cause an electrical short circuit and potentially a fire

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota confirmed on Wednesday that it is recalling around 1.03 million hybrid models due to a wiring issue that could pose a fire risk.

Hybrid models, including the incredibly popular Prius, will need to be called back, it said.

Half a million of the affected models are in Japan, while more than 200,000 are being driven on European roads.


Recall: Just over one million hybrid Toyotas are being recalled globally, with around 219,000 of these being models driven on European roads

The Japanese transport ministry announced the recall for the domestic market, which is believed to impact some 554,000 hybrids built between 2015 and 2018 in the country.

However, a similar recall is set to be processed by Toyota in the UK, with some 219,000 cars believed to be affected across Europe. 

Another 192,000 models will also need to be called back in the US, though it is only Prius versions in North America that are impacted.

The issue is linked to the wire harness that connects to the hybrid power control unit.

It was found that this can come into contact with the covering at the connection point.

If dust accumulates on the wire harness or the cover, the insulation on the wires could wear down over time due to vehicle vibrations. 

This could cause an electrical short circuit, which could generate heat and lead to a risk of fire, Toyota said.

The issue affects vehicles produced in Japan between June 2015 and May 2018, and includes the plug-in version of the immensely popular Prius and C-HR SUV.

Toyota spokesman Jean-Yves Jault said the issue had led to one incident of a short circuiting in Japan which produced smoke from the vehicle. 

Toyota said it had been aware of the fire risk since February, though no injuries were reported. 

Affected models will have a protective sleeved added to the engine wire harness if the wire core is exposed. 

Once put in place, the global recall will be the biggest for Toyota since the group had to contact owners of around 2.9 million cars with faulty Takata airbags from 2016 onwards.

Source : This is Money 

Toronto Taxi Trade Show London Taxi Trade How To Do A Class Action Properly.


Toronto taxi operators file $1.7-billion class action suit against the City

Hamstrung Toronto cab owner/operators say they were left with "no choice" but to initiate their $1.7-billion class action suit against the City.

On August 10, they filed a Statement of Claim in Ontario Superior Court (subsequent to last month’s Notice of Action), their business cut by more than half by Uber and Lyft, their plate and rental values basically now worth next to nothing, and the powers-that-be at city hall demonstrating little interest in heeding their calls for help, and with the Review of the new Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw more than a year behind schedule, and not projected to hit Council before the spring of 2019).

The newly formed All Toronto Owners and Operators Ltd. (ATOOL) alleges the City has reneged on a "social contract" struck up with them decades ago, while facilitating the easy entry of Uber and other Private Transportation Companies (PTC’s) into the Toronto market .

"We have no choice. This is our last kick at the can," says Lucky 7 Taxi owner Lawrence Eisenberg, one of three plaintiffs, alongside Taxi Action president Behrouz Khamseh, and driver Sukhvir Thethi. "They told us our taxi license was our pension, and they took it away.

"We’ve cooperated, and followed the bylaw for the last 30 years. Uber comes in, where’s the bylaw? They played for three years (without a license), and then the City put in a bylaw just for them. What’s going on here?"

Plate-holder Carl Rotman, 86, finds it "disgusting" the way Toronto – and major cities across North America -- have allowed Uber to successfully lobby for its own PTC licensing model (which includes unlimited entry, and what amounts to self-regulation). In Toronto’s case, the pot was sweetened by PTC’s agreeing to pay the City 30 cents on every run made by one of their vehicles.

Rotman alleges the new bylaw belies Mayor’s John Tory’s promise of a level playing field between taxis and PTC’s. He and his wife Donna are now finding it a tight squeeze in what should be their golden years.

"(This class action), it’s a last resort. This time we have to do it," he says. "We have some ammunition."

More than 63 years in the taxi business, he suggests the City’s brain trust, "doesn’t want to hear from us." However, he claims it’s a longstanding unwritten rule that elected officials have a responsibility to protect the general public -- including the 10,000-plus members of the taxi industry and their families who have been so adversely affected.

"That’s their first responsibility, their constituents – not some (corporation) outside the borders of their country," he adds.

Taxi industry leaders say the new bylaw has created a "Wild West" scenario on Toronto streets, between the unlimited number of untrained (and questionably screened and insured) PTC drivers, the heightened downtown gridlock and pollution, and the reportedly high number of sexual assault charges against Uber X drivers.

"The public safety is at risk. This is how the City of Toronto has acted. They just forgot about that responsibility," he alleges. "That’s what counts in a court of law."

Thirty-one years on the road, Khamseh suggests the cab industry’s problems are a direct product of the incompetence and/or hidden agenda of Toronto’s politicians and bureaucrats.

"The City basically did not give a damn about what’s happening to the taxi industry," he alleges. "They were not trying to fix the problems. They were just looking at leveling the taxi business and moving on."

The situation makes him "sad and angry at the same time".

"I’m talking about my whole life," he continues. "Many times my kids were still sleeping when I went to work in the morning, and when I came home they were asleep. They didn’t know their father."

"(Driving) 12 to 13 hours a day just to survive. What kind of life is that? You were hoping at some point you’d get your own plate."

He and Thethi were among the five Toronto cabbies who staged a five-day hunger strike outside Toronto city hall in December of 2015, to peacefully protest the City’s lax enforcement against Uber (which at that point was unlicensed, and claimed to be a "technology company" and not a taxi service).

In the early 2000’s, Eisenberg spearheaded an unsuccessful legal action against the City (by the now-defunct Toronto Taxicab Owners and Operators Association), challenging the legality of the Ambassador Taxi program.

He says plate values have crashed from a pre-Uber high of $380,000, to around $30,000 today.

He notes the taxi driver is free to walk away from the industry at any time. But he stresses, "Where is the owner going, after staking his life’s investment in a taxi plate now generating a bare fraction of its previously monthly income?"

According to the MLS, 175 plates are currently sitting on the shelf, and industry leaders estimate more than twice that many are sitting on desks at the brokerages and garages.

As a 55-year industry veteran, there’s no doubt in his mind how all this transpired.

"(The City), they deregulated us without using the word," he alleges. "Instead of 5,500 taxis vying for a piece of the pie, there’s now 75,000 PTC’s and the 5,500. And the federal government says they’re taxis. The City can’t do that. They think they can do it."

He’s mildly encouraged by the Province of Quebec’s recent announcement that it will be awarding $250 million in compensation to taxi interests for their losses due to PTC’s.

"It’s a step in the right direction. Somebody’s putting their money where their mouth is," he comments.

"It makes our case a little bit stronger," Khamseh agrees, "that another jurisdiction, they realized the damage they created."

He asserts the taxi business is suffering from the same problems in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Chicago, and all of the big cities.

"Imagine if the taxi industry in these various cities got together," he adds, "You’d have a huge force. They’re all suffering from the same common problems right now."

ATOOL’s 10-page submission alleges numerous inequalities and illegalities in the Vehicle-For-Hire bylaw. They cite the audacious $130 VFH Driver’s Fee owner/operators must now pay on top of their $975 plate renewal (for which they have received no explanation from MLS staff).

Eisenberg also wonders how Uber was able to operate "with impunity" for three years prior to being licensed – noting there were 30 to 40 outstanding charges against Uber X drivers, "that never made it to court."

Toronto Legal has 20 days to respond to the Statement of Claim, before the matter goes to a Show Cause hearing, where an Ontario Superior Court Justice will determine whether or not the class action application has sufficient grounds to proceed.

"The City is saying, ‘Take us to court’, so we’re taking them to court. They’re not answering the questions," he adds.

"Uber’s not the problem, it’s the City… The City is there to to regulate the taxi industry and protect the public. You don’t go into a business if you can’t make any money. Who in their right mind would go into the taxi business now

Source TaxiNews.com

Monday, September 03, 2018

Taxi trade 'down by 40 percent' as city council dishes out hundreds of penalty points to drivers


Taxi drivers have racked up nearly 700 penalty points since a controversial scheme was launched by Nottingham City Council to cut bad behaviour from the trade.

But drivers say officials need to be lenient and allow them more time when dropping people off. 

Parking in bus stops, on double yellow lines, and switching off the meter can see taxis issued with penalty points.

Drivers can receive up to 12 points over a three-year rolling period before their licence will be reviewed.

But if they exceed 12 points, action is taken and their licence can be suspended.

The Driver Improvement Penalty Points Scheme (DIPPS) was introduced by the city council on April 1, 2017.

The aim of the scheme was to improve overall driver behaviour, customer service and passenger safety.

Points are handed out by the council's community protection officers (CPOs).

Drivers were against the penalty point system when it was first launched. Drivers were concerned there were not enough places to pick up or drop off customers.

Between April and December in 2017, a total of 301 DIPPS notices were issued, which saw two drivers interviewed. No action was taken in one case and a written warning was issued in the second.

But this number has risen this year as between January and August 2018 where 392 DIPPS notices have been issued and 19 drivers interviewed.

The following actions were taken; two received no further action, 11 received written warnings, four received two week suspensions, one received a four week suspension and one saw their licence revoked.

Chander Sood, 59, acting chair of Unite, which represents more than 100 Hackney taxi drivers, said that drivers had become "easy targets" and there is "less space to park" in the ranks.

He said: "In the city centre we have a 411 fleet and in the daytime there is 60 to 62 spaces - so how can you justify that?"

However, the city council said there is more than 90 Hackney ranks in the city.

He also believes trade has dramatically dropped from drivers making £250 to £300 a week to now earning between £100 and £140.

He blames private hire drivers who are snatching trade by illegally 'plying for hire' on the city streets at night.

Private hire vehicles can only pick up passengers when they have been pre-booked. They cannot be hailed down in the street in the same way as a Hackney cab.

This is called plying for hire and is illegal as the customer is not insured if an accident occurs and the driver is in breach of his or her licence.

This year, 14 Nottingham City Council-licensed drivers have had their licences reviewed for illegally plying for hire, using information gathered from police-led operations and evidence from CCTV. 

Five drivers who received their licence from Gedling Borough Council have also been reported for illegally plying for hire as well as one Rushcliffe Borough Council-licenced driver.

A taxi driver being stopped by a community protection officer on Friday night

Mr Sood added: "The night work is dying out so more hackney drivers are coming out in the morning. There are two reasons for this - plying for hire which is carried out by the private hires is not under control and people are not coming out into the city so much."

Javeed Akthar, senior manager for Nottingham Cars, which represents 400 private hire drivers, said: "The penalty point system is a good idea and it does keep drivers on their toes.

"But some of them are being targeted too harshly and CPOs are not giving them enough time to drop off. If you have got an elderly passenger who wants to be dropped off on Parliament Street and has luggage in the boot, what does the driver do?

"He has to park somewhere and he needs some time. They need to be lenient. It is affecting trade because drivers can be potentially suspended after 12 points."

The taxi rank in Trent Street.

Nottingham City Council spokesman said: "The Driver Improvement Penalty Points Scheme (DIPPS) was introduced on April 1, 2017 with the aim of improving overall driver compliance with legislation and licence conditions in order to secure improvements in driver behaviour, customer service and passenger safety. 

"A DIPPS notice can be issued by an authorised officer to a driver licensed by Nottingham City Council for breaching any of the predetermined standards.

If the driver receives 12 points within a three-year period, they are subject to a review of their licence by the reviewing officer and a decision will be made whether or not to take formal action based on the individual circumstances of each case.

"This may include: take no action, written warning, refuse to renew licence, suspend licence or revoke licence.

Source : Nottinghamshire live.

Why Haven't London's Fully Wheelchair Accessible Taxis Been a Granted An Exemption In Hackney???


From 9am this morning, we will no longer be in a position to take disabled and vulnerable people to their doors in certain streets in the borough of Hackney. 

This is just the thin end of the wedge.
As the restrictions expand, we will lno onger be able to drop young ladies home to their doors, making sure they get home safe at night .

Where is the support from Tanni Grey Thompson and Doctor Alice Maynard ???
Both wheelchair users both on the board of TfL ?


These two eminent board members have never been up front with their support for the only full wheelchair accessible transportation service in London ...
They are to wheelchair users what a certain General Secretary was to the Taxi drivers..... virtually silent !!!

Add to that, where is the support from orgs such as the Susie Lamplugh trust ?

Where is the support from the medical fraternity, MPs, passenger safety campaigners ?
Something definitely smells here!!!

Hackney is just the first council to have made "no-go" areas on London’s streets, banning the safest and most trusted form of transport in favour of services from a company that has seen instances of rape, serious sexual assault , grooming  and stalking go through the roof. (Backed by stats from the Met Police and TfL). Other councils such as Islington, Camden, and Westminster are keeping a close watch on this project.



Most of all, from the drivers view point, where the hell is the support from our own orgs and Unions ???
This didn’t just happen, they’ve known about this for months !!
Is this another result of waiting and seeing???

All forms of sexual assaults are catastrophic to victims and their families...but worst of all...what about the safety of children on school runs ?

Hackney will be forcing parents in certain areas, to put their children in cars with drivers from companies with a history of rapists, paedophiles  and grooming gangs because "we, the London Taxi trade" can’t get them home safe to their doors. 

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:
This from Business Insider.


Almost half of all drivers working for a private hire operator that were convicted of a sexual offence in London last year were driving for Uber, new data from the Metropolitan Police has revealed.

Figures from the Met police, compiled by Transport for London, show that the number of taxi and private hire journey-related sexual offences hit 164 in the capital last year, of which 30 cases were rape, up from a total of 136 in previous year, of which 28 were classed as rape.

Not all of those cases resulted in a charge, but of the 34 that did, 26 cases happened in licensed private hire cars that were booked via one of 13 different operators.

No licensed black cab driver was charged. 
So why are Hackney banning black cabs from streets in their borough in favour of a company with a record like Uber’s ? 

Believe it or not, this is the advice from TfLTPH:
"The scheme that is being run by Hackney and Islington councils is not the same as the London-wide ULEZ. Taxis are not exempt. 
You cannot refuse to take the fare". 

They went on to say:
"Best practice would be to inform the passenger of the restrictions in place before the start of the journey and explain that you will drop them off as close to their destination as possible".

Only TfL could give out this type of insulting information  

TAXI LEAKS COMMENT : from Lenny Etheridge 

Fairer???...Safer???.. But not if you're a wheelchair user, or partially sighted!!!
Is exclusion what we are to expect from a Labour government?

Hackney council are restricting TfL Taxi practices - and yet their own vehicles are diesel. Will Hackney's residents be made to bring there house hold refuse  and recycling bins to the end of the street for collection???

I would hazard a guess these vehicles will be given an exemption... If this is the case then why haven't fully wheelchair accessible vehicles been given an exception? 

Is Hackney's Mayor, Philip Glanville's attitude, what we are to expect from Abbott and Corbyn, if Labour get in ?