Saturday, January 19, 2019

Taxi Trade Asks Sadiq And TfL, ‘Where’s The Missing £3m?’

Having allegedly misappropriated £22m of funding, supposedly ring-fenced and set aside for payments towards the decommissioning of diesel Licensed Taxis.....there appears to be another problem with the residual funding, as figures published do not add up to the expected renaming £18m. 

Let's look at the figures posted on TFL's Website :-

250 x £10,000...2,500,000

250 x £9,000. ...2,250,000

250 x £8,000. ...2,000,000

250 x £7,000. ...1,750,000

250 x £6,000. ...1,500,000

250 x £5,000. ...1,250,000

250 x £4,000. ...1,000,000

250 x £3,000. ...750,000

500 x £2,000. ...1,000,000

1000 x £1000. ...1,000,000

Total decommissioning allowance £15,m

So where's the missing  £3m. Who’s been doing Sadiq Khans Accounting... is it Dianne Abbott ?

That's another £3m on top of the £22m Khan has already taken off the Taxi Trade.

After all the grants are paid to drivers decommissioning their Taxi’s that no one in their right mind wants to buy, the figures published on TfL’s website show a missing deficit of £3,000,000. 

Is this a genuine mistake or is this Tax payers money that Khan intends to promote his Brexit campaign with ?

If so, surely this is illegal and should be reported immediately to the serious fraud office. 

Weekend Apprentice Special : Before Charging For Pollution ... You Have To Create It :


Lady Karren Brady Speaks Out About London's Most Important East-West Carriageway 

“East to West, Embankment best.” That’s what taxi drivers used to say about driving across London. Ask them about the Embankment today and the response is unprintable.

The stretch between Westminster Bridge and Tower Hill is London’s most important east-west carriageway. It links the fast-growing Docklands area with central London. It’s one of the main routes out from the centre towards the Blackwall Tunnel, Kent and the Channel ports. Jobs in places such as the City, Canary Wharf and London City Airport all depend on it.

Never the most free-flowing of London’s roads, since 2016 the congestion has grown even worse, affecting construction workers, hauliers, freight drivers and white-van drivers, people who don’t get a say in London’s bitterly contested transport politics but who keep our city working and growing.   
In 2016 TfL removed one of the two eastbound traffic lanes on the Embankment to make way for a cycle superhighway. At a stroke, this reduced one of London’s busiest A-roads to the capacity of a village high street. Everyone knows this was a mistake but TfL and the Mayor won’t say so for fear of upsetting the powerful cycling lobby.

Yes, we need to get more people out of their cars and onto bikes. But roads aren’t just for moving people, they’re also about shifting stuff, and east London is poorly served in this way.

It’s why Victoria Embankment and Upper and Lower Thames streets have an outsized importance in connecting the east and centre of the capital. One recent study found that up to 18,000 east London businesses are no longer within a 30-minute drive of Westminster because of delays on this route. This is damaging for business. With Brexit looming we should be making our city more productive and better connected, yet this road does the exact opposite.

Also, data suggests the cycle superhighway has delivered limited safety benefits to cyclists. This is not surprising. The Embankment wasn’t chosen for a cycle superhighway because it was an accident blackspot but because TfL owns the road and could grant itself planning permission. 

I’m not suggesting we rip up the superhighway. Far from it. What we need to do is look at how to improve its traffic flow. One option originally considered by TfL was to route the cycle lane through the City of London at Blackfriars Bridge.

Moving it into the City would restore the original purpose of Upper and Lower Thames streets: as the main through-route for essential traffic wanting to cross the City. It would also mean cyclists could avoid the dangerous levels of air pollution caused by the high buildings and traffic around Blackfriars.   
Sadiq Khan said he’d be the most pro-business Mayor that London has ever seen. If he wants to live up to that title he cannot allow another year of blockage on one of the capital’s most important roads.

Source : Evening Standard.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : From Jim Thomas
Following on from Lady Brady's article, where she said "Sadiq Khan said he'd be the most pro-business Mayor London has ever seen".....he also said he would be the renaissance of the best Taxi service in the world.

Obviously, Khan's definition of the world 'Renaissance' is completely different to our interpretation. 

This from Katie Hopkins on Twitter....it really is a must watch video:
Please be upstanding for 
@Councillorsuzie
 reminding our nipple height mayor of Londonistan to stop trying to overturn Brexit and start doing his job. Well done Suzie. X

See this short video :

  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Great News From Spain : Uber Pre Booking To Be Mandatory 6 Hours In Advance !


Great news from Spain (article in French) : 
* Mandatory pre-booking in advance (6 to 12 hours) for PHVs/Uber 
New Law voted before 25th January & promulgated before 05th April 2019 
* Lawmakers drafted the Law in such a way that it'll be impossible to invalidate 
Article below from ‘Le Petit Journal’ translation from French to English uncensored.

If you thought the Uber and Cabify conflict had been resolved, it's far from being the case. The Generalitat will adopt in the coming days two decrees of laws sharply limiting Uber and Cabify in Catalonia. This new regulation could lead to their permanent closure.
The Generalitat is in the process of bringing the hardest blow of recent years to the companies VTC Uber and Cabify. According to the documents to which Teknautas - the technological magazine of the daily newspaper El Confidencial - had access, the government will approve in the coming days two new decrees that will modify the Catalan transport law and impose a new limitation on the activity of the VTC companies. It will be necessary to reserve your Uber or Cabify vehicle between 6 and 12 hours in advance. The measure promoted by the Transport Advisor, Damià Calvet, could announce the final closure of both applications in Catalonia. As acknowledged by a manager of VTC El Confidencial, "no matter they require 6, 12 or 24 hours of pre-contract, they ask for one, we are dead."
Two new decrees of laws
This is the biggest taxi victory in Spain since the closure of UberPop in 2014. The Generalitat finalizes the approval of two new decrees of laws that will be approved before January 25. One of these decrees authorizes all municipal councils of the autonomous community to regulate the VTC; the other authorizes the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), an organization with its own regulations. The AMB technicians, under the auspices of Ada Colau, have finalized with the Generalitat the strategy to follow to prevent the new measures from being legally rejected.
In an internal document of the AMB dated January, the organization recognizes that there is a "commitment of the Generalitat of Catalonia to approve a decree-law transposing as quickly as possible to the Catalan legislation the new standards in transport passengers and passenger vehicles ".

AMB internal document on new VTC restrictions
The main obstacle imposed by the Generalitat is the need to contact an Uber or Cabify at least 6 hours in advance. The final number of hours is not yet confirmed, but it will not be less than six and probably not more than 12 hours, even if taxis claimed 24 hours. But that's not all. Cars and services provided by each car must include an electronic device with which they will send their movements and services at any time.
New restrictions in anticipation
The AMB will also include new restrictions on VTCs (which remain to be defined) for environmental reasons, as well as requirements for employment contracts and social security. "It will be necessary to determine other conditions of service: the setting up of weekly days of rest, the schedules, the recording of the services, the preconditions to the outsourcing and the transparency of the applied rates", indicates the document.
VTC threatens the MWC
Given the imminent regulation of the Generalitat, the VTC sector recognizes that this measure would mark the end of its operations in Catalonia. "It's infinitely worse than the October decree, so far we've had at least four years' margin, so we've died in Catalonia, and we need to see how we're going to react, but for everything the world one thing is clear: the World Mobile Congress can be paralyzed by 1,000 taxis but also by 3,000 VTC cars.If the only answer of the administrations is the blackmail, we do not exclude this way either ", explains a person in charge of the sector who asks for anonymity.
With these measures, the Generalitat would become the first political organization to get its hands on the most sensitive problem of the "taxi war". And she does it with a major legal asset. Because it would be very difficult to overturn this regulation in court. "By doing this by law-decree, they are changing the new requirements to the status of law and there is only one possibility to challenge them: to refer them to the Constitutional Court, which eliminates the possibility of precautionary measures, and could try to challenge the number of hours, not the law itself.In other words, as soon as they come into effect, they kill Uber and Cabify, "says a lawyer in the sector.
Everything seems ready. The government plans to approve the two new decree-laws in the coming days. AMB, for its part, expects to have drafted its own by-law with all the details by January 25th. It will be the subject of a public consultation during the month of March, after which it will be definitively approved in April. If after the 'decretazo' of Ábalos last October, there remained four years of life at the VTC, they have only three months left in Catalonia. And the question is: what will the other regions do, especially the Community of Madrid, Andalusia and the Valencian Community? If the "Colau regulation" set the sector on fire in 2018, the Generalitat has just lit another, with far more serious consequences.

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London Taxi Trade Robbed Of 22 Million Pounds Ring-Fenced Funding By Skint TfL.


Last January,  Daniel Jones and three other men were ordered to pay a combined £6,396,273 between them, after it was found they benefitted from an estimated £13.69m worth of stolen cash, gold and gems, taken from a vault in Hatton Garden. 

But just a year down the road, we see another heist worth almost double the Hatton Garden job, but this time with the perpetrators getting off scot-free with the loot.


There was a time that to pull off a heist worth millions of pounds you’d need a team of tough guys, desperadoes, a gang, a team, a firm.....but not any more....this is the face of modern robbers 



But now we see one of the biggest heists in the history of London where a couple of untrustworthy, public servants have taken the Taxi Trade for £22m without any effort, where balaclavas and sawn off shot guns have been replaced by a simple a pen and a lot of hotspur.   

The London Taxi Trade were given £40 million pounds to help drivers switch to an electric powered purpose built Taxi.

This money was ring-fenced to protect the trade against anyone dipping their fingers in the jam pot and helping themselves. 

Then along comes a Mayor, head honcho of a public body which as a result of their woeful mismanagement inadequacies, has found itself in dept to the tune of almost a billion pounds. So selfie Sid decides to help himself to our cash.

It appears that all bets are off and £22 million has gone the same way as the missing millions from the failed Garden Bridge project. 

Worst of all, a number of alleged incompetent ex Director’s and deputy Mayors have been weighed off by the almost bankrupt TfL, with the purloined millions supposedly ring-fenced for Taxi drivers. 

Corporate language such as ‘performance related bonuses’ and ‘loss of employment compensation’ ...replacement for terms like daylight robbery and miss appropriation of public funds. 

  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

LCDC Chairman Grant Davis On TfL’s 12year Age Limit CON And Meeting With UTAG Legal Team.

TfL have stolen £23m of our money that was supposed to be ring-fenced....because they are 'a bit skint'!

They wasn't that skint when they paid off Leon 'the liar' Daniels, or Garrett 'Rett Russell' Emerson, with a golden handshake, and gold plated pensions.

THINK WE'RE NOT IN BIG TROUBLE...THINK AGAIN!

Not only have tfL stolen our money, they are currently planning to ban us from major streets. Streets where we exercise our right of 360 years to ply for hire. That is the same right that gives TFL's buses the right to ply for trade. We 'are' London's public transport.... and this mayor is bent on taking away our status, our right to ply for trade. But it doesn't stop there.

New TXe 15 years age limit (for now)....But what happens when TfL say “This TXe uses dirty petrol most of the time, we have to replace it with fully electric vehicle”

LPG conversion Cabs (£10k) will get the same age limit as diesel. No longer the extra 5 years for the investment of £10k

Older cabs (euro 3-4-5) 12 years ....for now. But how long befor that’s reduced to 10...8...6. 

Is our largest org fighting this? .....  OR IS THIS ANOTHER DONE DEAL?

Thought this would never happen? Think again, it's happening and it's happening now.

As the cab trade representatives left Monday's meeting with TfL, this comment was made: "Well, that's the Garages fucked! ". Not a comment you'd expect from our largest org, but don't worry you'll still get a free diary and M&S vouchers!

THIS IS A MUST WATCH : Don't take my word for what's happened, listen to what Grant Davis, chair of the London Cab Drivers Club had to say. Click this link below:

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1mrxmYeLnygxy

SO, WHAT CAN WE DO.???

As regards to our right to ply for hire on and use all London's streets, the ITA will be instigating demos from next Monday 21st, to run daily, indefinitely.

As for our concerns about our future, there is only one course of action the trade can take....A last stand, and it's already been started by the Pump Court legal team. A team who started this action before there was any money in the pot, because in their words "this will be the case of the century" and they believe strongly that they can win. 

Grant gave almost the same speech last night to an invited audience of trade stakeholders (Proprietors, garage owners, meter suppliers, credit card equipment suppliers etc, people who generally make a living out of the trade). These stake holders have made extremely generous donations to the UTAG action, but now it's your turn.

Don't be an ostrich, don't bury your head in the sand, this isn't going away....it's about to get much worse. 

Sign up and support the UTAG action now!

https://www.unitedtradeactiongroup.com/contact

The JR will be heard next month. DONT LET THIS OPPOTUNITY SLIDE BY.


        JR FIRST....THEN ONTO TfL.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT : What they said on Twitter


 







Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Who Needs Enemies...With Friends Like These : News From The Front Line.... by Tony Casey

It appears the Taxi Trade has again been stabbed in the back by the enemy within.  

At the recent "all trade" meeting with TfL, both Steve McNamara (LTDA) and Jim Kelly (Unite) said nothing of substance against the proposed twelve year age-limit that both the Mayor and TfL want to introduce.

Not only limiting the vehicles life to 12 years, TfL are also proposing to ban the extra year you can currently get by replaying the vehicle a month early at 14 year 11 month. So they are actually taking four years off our current Taxi’s working Life, regardless of condition. 

The Taxi Garages owners have the opportunity to shout from the ROOFTOPS at their separate meeting with TFL which will be held shortly. 

With older cabs taken off the road, it is feared there will be a sharp rental increase, alleged to be in the region of 20% by one rental garage. 

Alex Moffat the head vehicle engineer back in 2015 allegedly said "there will be 5 new vehicles to choose from by 2018" but, we have just the ONE.

Alex has recently denied saying this when pressed and this is why we must insist that ALL future TfL meetings with the trade must me minuted, as it's been proved time and time again, this organisation cannot be trusted to keep their word. Unfortunately both Unite and the LTDA have voted against minuted meetings....you can make up your own mind as to why these two individuals wouldn't want their members knowing what is said at these meetings.

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:

One thing we now have to work towards : Sadiq Kahn should not be giving the opportunity of a second term in public office. We will have to deploy the biggest anti Khan campaign London has ever seen in the run up to the next Mayoral election.

But let’s not forget he still has over a year left in power and that possibly is enough for him to decimate what remains of the London taxi trade, especially with his political allies and people with a financial conflict-of-interest’s backing him up all the way.

Below is the report that Khan and TfL are using to bring new measures in against the trade:

https://www.icloud.com/pages/0aHXbVsMpnt6rvLuhKc1sK1Mg#The_Jacobs_Report

BBC's Tom Edwards Say 'London Taxi Demos Are Old News So Won't Get Covered'...by Jim Thomas


After watching the coverage generated on TV news media yesterday, I decided to contact the BBC and their in the spot transport correspondence Tom Edwards through the medium of social media  (twitter accounts) 

I said I was surprised to see so much coverage as they BBC have never shown this much interest in London Taxi demos. 

This was the patronising answer I receive from veteran correspondent Tom :
Well it was new and a new issue .. generally demos on the same issue I’m afraid get reduced coverage as time goes on.. as the issue has been covered. Bests


Mind you, Tom's report missed out the fact that the demo had to start late, as the Uber drivers put out the wrong post code (SE1 1NJ St Joseph's Roman Catholic School), so most of the demonstrators when to a different venue at the Borough. Bought back memories of their 250,000 signature petition that Uber managed to delive to the wrong address, when TfL stated they wouldn't renew the operators licence as Uber wasn't fit and proper.


So We can take from Tom's reply that the BBC have looked at our recent struggles with the City of London, TfL, Westminster council and Camden Council and decided it's just a prolonged argument going back over many years, so not NEWS worthy.


The fact that we are now in an all new conflict for our continued survival as a viable trade....fighting for road access where we can exercise our rights to ply for higher on the highway, seems to have been consigned to the unhappy Cabbies file again. 

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Perhaps we should move our demo down to Portland Place again!!!


We've done it before BBC news blackout on Taxi demos over UberRape worse than Saville!
This time 7o/c just as the ‘One Show’ starts....A flash mob just outside the studio window, complete with bullhorns and posters, every day for a few weeks. 

Toms reply gives us insight as to why the BBC doesn’t cover UberRape, Uber Crashes, Uber Corruption, Uber Data Breaches... becoming so frequent these subjects are no longer news worthy for the BBC News team to cover......Bit like Brexit then Tom, no longer news worthy for the Beeb???

Monday, January 14, 2019

Pollution, Collusion, Corruption And Morality. Should TfL Refund Every Owner Taxi Driver ?


So, we've got all this shroud waving -because that's what it is shroud waving- about pollution levels.
Is it safer to be up on the street or down on the tube?
Suddenly, inspite of the science and Khans so called experts....nobody knows!

Khan's so called expert scientist has said "Like for like, London Taxis create more pollution than the equivalent Euro4-5-6 private vehicles"....funny though, he hasn't made public the report or offered up any evidence of this claim. Unlike the Kings College report which told us that the new Taxi's Euro 5 and 6 engines, were in fact more polluting than the older versions they took out of service.

But what makes me sick to my stomach, it's got TfL, uncle Tom Cobbly and all the usual gang, running round trying to blame the taxi trade for London's toxic air.

Well, Khan's statement cannot be so ...can it, just think about it...
The MoT emission test is the same for all vehicles and every Taxi has to pass this test twice every year... in the vehicle that TfL and the Mayor say we have to buy and use.

So his statement is clearly a nonsense! 
Where on earth did he get his statistic from?

Is it a statistic....or just an opinion, put out there without any evidence whatsoever?
Or more dangerously and as we've seen before, is it an opinion from Khan's Lycra clad expert with a proven agenda against the Taxi trade?

Back To The Pollution Nonsense :
We all agree....we want clean air, of course we do... we have to work out there day in day out. 

But we're only allowed to drive the vehicle TfL mandate we have to drive. 

Of course, they could have mandated cleaner LPG Cabs 15-20 years ago but no...because they were hand in glove with manufactures LTI at the time (who advertise in all the trade papers) nobody was going to upset the gravy train.

Well now they are saying our vehicles are dangerous and we are killing many people...You'd have thought we'd be banned. 
But you can carry on killing as long as you give them some money....

         Pay a daily charge !!!!

These people are worse than the Mafia.

Something else to think about:
With all the advances in engine technology over the past few years, how come London's air has become so much worse???

As we said previously, before you can charge for pollution, you have to create it. A lesson learned from Ken Livingston's before you can charge for congestion, you have to create it...

Who'd have thought that a massive roll out of badly planned segregated cycle lanes would have created so much pollution causing congestion? 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ON TWITTER:

TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT:
Now we hear that the tube is 30 times more polluted than the most polluted street....does that mean it's not us killing all these people...it's been the tube all along?

Khan said this week that Taxis are the most polluting vehicles on the street, but this is a lie and cannot be so, as we've all had to pass the emissions test in the twice a year MoT! That's two MoTs more than his own official BMW.

For years successive mayors, in league with LTI, have said LPG wasn't the answer....but now, suddenly it is the answer to cleaning up euro 5. 
But and here's the sting....this week, TfL are telling us that if you go to the expense of converting to LPG (around £10k), the age limit is to stay at 15 years....if that's the case, then there's no point!

Apparently though, TfL are to have one of their infamous consultations....and we all know what that means....they've already made their mind up. 

Why not come and speak with Sadiq's senior advisor on air pollution Emma Fenton, and ask her where he got his statistics saying that Tacis were responsible for 20% of Londons toxic pollution!

She will be at the Archibald Library Catford, at 7-9 pm on the 29th of January