Saturday, March 30, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
A recent article in a nation paper announced 'A disabled woman hopes a landmark legal victory against a London taxi driver who started the meter before her wheelchair was loaded will empower other disabled passengers'.
Emma Vogelmann, 25, and her PA Laura Creek challenged the cabby when he set the clock running before lowering the ramp on his cab outside King’s Cross station.
The driver has been found guilty under the Equality act.
Wheelchair passengers wishing to be dropped outside the front door of selected shops on Tottenham Court Road at certain times during the day, will soon be told by the taxi driver they don't have access to the street in day time hours and they can only be dropped in streets running adjacent to Totenham Court Road.
This new system is at the bequest of Camden Council, TfL and the Mayor of London.
Our question to Emma Vogelmann and her PA Laura Creek....."will you both be empowered enough to take a law suits out against Camden Council's leader Georgia Gould, TFL's Mike Brown and Sadiq Khan under the Equality act with the same gusto as they used to prosecute the cabby.....or does the Equality act only apply to Taxi drivers " ???
If Emma Vogelmann and her PA Laura Creek can be empowered to take this line, then perhaps disabled groups across the capital will take up the gauntlet.
Perhaps this is also an avenue that can be explored by our own representative groups on behalf of their subscribers ???
Why should it be that a cabby can't discriminate against a disabled person, but Camden Council and TfL can ???
Monday, March 25, 2019
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Exhibition Road...The £30m ‘Naked Street’ Failure : Kensington To Stops Trying To Mix Cars And People
'Safer' 20mph Zones Have Led To A Rise In The Number Of Road Deaths, But May Prove Too Costly To Reverse.
Reducing the speed limit to 20mph has caused a rise in death and serious injuries, a council has admitted, but is refusing to reverse the scheme because it will cost too much.
Bath and North East Somerset Council spent £871,000 bringing in the 13 new speed zones just 12 months ago.
But one year on, a report has found that the rate of people killed or seriously injured has gone up in seven out of the 13 new 20mph zones.
The review of the traffic control measures warns that this is a problem nationally, adding: "There is no simple explanation for this adverse trend but it could be that local people perceive the area to be safer due to the presence of the 20mph restrictions and thus are less diligent when walking and crossing roads, cycling or otherwise travelling."
Despite the council's own report concluding that there is "little in the way of persuasive argument for continuing the programme in the future", deputy leader Patrick Anketell-Jones has admitted there simply isn't the money available to reverse the 20mph zones.
The Conservative councillor said: "It has cost over £800,000 to roll out the 20mph zone and it would probably cost the same to reverse them.
"We just haven't got the money. I'm pretty sure the 20mph zones will stay in place for the foreseeable future."