Thursday, January 31, 2019
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Shock news today as we read in the Coventry Telegraph, that Coventry based Electric Taxi manufacturer announces 70 job losses.
Funny enough, the announcement came just 24 hours after Prince Charles visited the new factory in Ansty
Workers at the LEVC works, that builds the London Electric range extender black cabs, have been told today to expect job losses.
Managers called their production staff together this afternoon and inform them of plans to reduce the workforce by 70. This is around a fifth of the total workforce.
According to the Telegraph, a production worker (who did not wish to be named) said: "We all knew this was coming, but we didn't know the amount.
"There will be another meeting tomorrow where we will find out the criteria - which staff are going.
"We knew that this would be announced as soon as Prince Charles had left.
"We have put our heart and soul into that new building for Coventry, to do Coventry proud again.
"There are some brilliant workers there, the management are not fit to run a factory in Coventry.
"The production manager called us all together today and said there were 70 to go.
"They are looking at five weeks until we don't have a job.
"Because it is a new company, 80 per cent of the workers are new.
"The workers from Holyhead Road can carry their service on, but it will all be new workers that go.
"Our prospects are bleak now in Coventry."
A spokesman for the London Electric Vehicle Company said: "2019 will be a challenging year for UK automotive.
"To prepare the business we are reducing the number of agency staff and making productivity improvements.
"We still expect demand for our premium electric taxi to continue to grow over the coming years."
It is thought amongst the trade that the vehicle has been over priced and the number of sales expected have not materialised.
There are fears amongst the London Taxi Trade LEVC owners, that the company could fail leaving drivers who’ve purchased the vehicle with a very expensive white elephant
On the electric Taxi front, there has been news the the Nissan Dynano Fully Electric Taxi could be hitting the dealerships in early Spring.
The Dynamo retails (with subsidies) at a whopping £20,000 less than the LEVC.
Fitzrovia News Asks, "What's The Media Reported And Is It Correct?....But Who's Posting The Fake News?
Monday, January 28, 2019
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So, Heidi Alexander (allegedly the least informed member of the GLA) who has been conspicuous by her absence since being made deputy mayor for transport, announces she will be meeting with the LTDA to discuss the recent demos on Tottenham Court Road.
Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Crazier....Along Comes Camden's Looney Council.
The highly controversial plan to ban cars and cabs from Tottenham Court Road has led to a major protest from taxi drivers this week. But, just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier along come the Lycra clad planners from Camden who have now announced that not only will Tottenham Court Road be Buses and cycles only....they are also going to put a new cycle lanes along the two way Gower street where all the other traffic will be squeezed into.....a sort of Victoria Embankment, part two.
The plans – due to be introduced in March – are part of a radical revamp that will see Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street turned into two-way routes with vehicles banned between 8am and 7pm.
This week, cabbies formed a complete blockade of the road each day and have vowed to continue their protests against Camden Council indefinitely
The protests, organised by the Independent Taxi Alliance (ITA), saw drivers parked their black cabs on the road, blocking traffic heading north to Euston Road, leaving a third lane free and clear for emergency vehicles.
The drivers, along with residents and business owners, are calling on the Town Hall to lift the restriction on cabs, adding: "They could reasonably include taxi access to bus lanes which would enhance the efficiency of the system and relieve congestion in surrounding streets ."
The radical cab drivers group, whose rush-hour protest caused gridlock in surrounding streets, has warned that it will not back down and that demonstrations will continue indefinitely. They said they would be "back every day, same time, same place... we refuse to be destroyed by you!".
Relatives and patients at University College Hospital’s Macmillan Cancer Centre were worried they would be stranded after treatment, but volunteer Taxi drivers were reported to be leaving the blockade and driving cancer patients home for free.
Town Hall environment chief and avid cyclist, Adam Harrison said "the changes would improve traffic flow and air quality." Isn't that what they said about the CSH along the embankment.....and we all know how that turned out!
The Labour councillor added: "Central London is afflicted by high levels of congestion and air pollution (mainly caused by Camden's unbelievably stupid traffic systems and the proliferation of empty buses) this is not a situation any of us should have to put up with any longer."
Camden should consider doing something about the heavily polluting and congestion causing buses. We mustn't forget that this private bus companies are subsidised and often flood the streets with empty buses.
He went on to say "Camden Council has agreed to the West End Project because of our strong belief that an urban environment doesn't have to be an unhealthy one." Funny, he never once mentioned the £37m bribe from the mayor and almost bankrupt TfL to pay for the project (allegedly, only on the terms that Taxis were excluded).
Camden did carry out a consultation a few years back where residents and businesses voted that Taxis should also have access to the whole of Tottenham Court Road. More recently residents of Fitzrovia voted for the one way scheme on Tavistock Place to be returned to the previous two way system.
The Town Hall added that research showed the vast majority of people using University College Hospital travelled by public transport and would not be affected by the changes (and yet the Hospital itself lobbied for a taxi rank), with bus journey times and reliability improving. -It is our belief that Camden's research is biased and flawed, as access to shops, businesses, residential properties and the Hospital will be severely restricted for vulnerable and disabled people.
The scheme was introduced to coincide with the opening of a Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road (which has now been delayed), which is hoped to be bringing thousands of extra visitors to the area.
Camden haven't taken into account the type of shops on Tottenham Court Road, Habitats, Ikea and electrical outlets. Can't see too many shoppers with flat-packs, items of furniture, TVs and HiFi systems getting home on a bike or bus!
Also, can't see people coming from stations and airports with luggage being dropped in Euston road and told they have to walk the rest of the way to the Grafton Hotel on foot.
The recent article in the Camden New Journal "Cabbies launch ‘war of attrition’ against Town Hall", right at the end gives the game away. It says:
Developer Derwent London is building offices on the western stretch of the road. A new "pocket park" in what is now Alfred Place will close the back street to all traffic.
So, that’s what this is all about, same as Chris Hayward’s building projects at the Bank Junction ...Follow the money!!!!!
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : from actress Samantha Renke
I travel at least 6 times a week by black cabs it’s the only way to maintain my independence but with pedestrian zones and low emission zones being enforced my independence is suffering ! This must stop & we need to support the disabled community & the black cab trade!
Letter From Daniel Howard, Campaign Director Stop CS11
• FOLLOWING this week’s black taxi demonstrations against Camden Council’s ill-thought-out plan to ban all vehicles (including licensed black taxis) from Tottenham Court Road from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 7pm, have the council considered the impact of significant amounts of displaced congestion and therefore increased pollution, on the surrounding residential roads?
Many people now have very serious concerns about the accountability and scrutiny of Camden’s highways management department given that the results from the public consultation showed almost 60 per cent of respondents were strongly opposed to their proposed plan to ban black taxis from Tottenham Court Road and we are calling for an immediate investigation into what is going on there.
Furthermore, many disabled and vulnerable road-users including members of the Royal National Institute for the Blind as well as hospital patients (some of whom will arrive in emergency ambulances) who need to access University College Hospital at the top of Tottenham Court Road have expressed their worries about how this scheme will impact on them.
We are calling on Camden Council to immediately halt this disproportionate, ill-considered and illogical scheme, to consult with all stakeholder groups including the emergency services, disabled road users and London’s Licensed Black Taxis and to undertake all the necessary legal considerations. Only then will Londoners have faith in Camden Council’s ability to manage their road network.
Friday, January 25, 2019
We are hoping to launch Dynamo early this year, although we cannot confirm exactly when. The issue has been that the demand for the new 40Kw battery worldwide, which is also in the Leaf as well as the e-NV 200 has far exceeded the expectation level and of course the UK is just one of the markets that Nissan sell in.
Our 1st 40Kw vehicle has just arrived, then it will be converted and type approved, also TFL approved for London, after which we will be taking orders. We currently have outstanding orders to fulfil, as we thought we would have had the launch earlier. As I say nobody factored in the worldwide popularity of the new 40Kw battery. We anticipate existing orders to be delivered in the spring of this year, new orders will be later during 2019. We are currently working on the supply chain in order to ensure that’s stable. Many different companies contribute to the supply of components for Dynamo, not least Nissan with the donor vehicle, it's important for obvious reasons that we have the supply stable and reliable.
It is not only a Taxi for London, but nationally also; we expect to be selling Dynamo in many cities around the UK, including Liverpool, later in 2019/early 2020
Whilst we know and fully acknowledge that it’s not the Taxi for everyone, those who do adopt slightly different working practices and make it work for them will see that it will be, and without question the most cost-effective Taxi ever to ply its trade.
It is the only 100% electric, side wheel chair accessible Taxi on the market, it emits zero tailpipe emissions, 100% of the time.
The Dynamo comes with Nissan proven worldwide reliability and fuel running costs as low as 3pence per mile., compared to Diesels at 24pence per mile. Annual servicing at circa £220 is a fraction of the current Petrol/Diesel versions. The tested range is 174 miles, in a daily operating city environment, I would assume a range of around 130/140 miles to be real, and this will cover most shifts. If more miles are required it may need to be put onto a rapid charger for 15/20 minutes once on a shift, although I doubt many drivers will need to do this.
This is the slightly different working practice that in some cases will need to be adopted, but by doing this there will be a big financial and environmental benefit.
In most cases the driver will charge at home, do their shift and go home again. Reading everything I have in relation to the Nissan Leaf and e-NV 200 the worst-case scenario the consumption is 3.7 miles per Kw/h, bearing in mind it’s a 40Kw battery - 3.7 x 40 = 148 miles.
In today’s market of unclean air and fierce competition for fares, Dynamo will deliver many of the solutions, enabling the driver to become more profitable and at the same time no longer contributing to the air pollution issues. It will be permitted to travel on all public highways in London, there will be no restrictions as its 100% electric.
In short it just works.
We are hoping that the launch price will be £45,495 after the Government grant of £7,500 has been removed.
We will be offering bespoke finance packages, tailored as close as we are able to individual needs.
Thank you once again and I look forward to talking to you shortly
Market Development Manager
Meanwhile down in the underground, the air is said to be up to 30 times more toxic than out on the street....but then, they can’t TAX themselves.
Shop owners and store management are in talks today with Camden Council over their Tottenham Court Road fiasco. (We will bring you updates as soon as we hear back)
Protestors have also recurved huge support from residents of Goodge St, Grafton Way, Tavistock Pl, Maple St, Bedford Sq...
Everyone, without exception, expressed how contemptuous Camden Council have been towards their concerns.
So, who’s to blame?
Look at leaflets below who do you see?
We can blame Camden Council and quite rightly so... but Camden are following Sadik Khan‘s transport strategy.
If Camden refuse to follow the Mayors TS, they will lose funding.
Allegedly, this Bus Drivers son hates Taxis.
Whatever happened to "I’m going to be the renaissance of the London taxi trade, I don’t want them to go the same way as the red telephone box".
Like Uber’s 13,000 fake DBS certificates, all swept under the carpet no doubt.
Make no mistake, the Mayors Transport Strategy mirrors that of the government’s. Transport Secretary Grayling and the DFT promote walking, cycling, and buses.
Was it and oversight that they left the door-to-door wheelchair accessible system out of their equations?
Let’s not forget that we are also to blame... This trade should have had protection put in place 10 maybe 15 years ago.
But our trade orgs and unions were guilty of not looking forward. They were on fit for purpose and failed their members on a humongous scale.
There is no doubt about it, we’ve been let down
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : In Our Opinion
The LTDA are the largest trade org and have been for decades
Bob Oddy was a TfL board member for many years. Oddy’s laissez-faire with his position and responsibilities leaves him culpable for the shocking position we are in today. As does Steve McNamara’s apathy
Why do you think I minority group like the cycle lobby achieve so much?
Because they know what they’re doing.
When the DFT or TfL make changes, they look to the trade largest org and what do the largest org do….Apparently nothing, aided and abetted by their subscription paid members.... who like mushrooms have been kept in the dark.
The fight goes on today 4pm till 7, Tottenham Court Road.
If you care about your trade your job your livelihood...be there