Saturday, April 06, 2019
Friday, April 05, 2019
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Please be aware...there is now a TFL camera outside the Victoria and Albert museum. Issuing PCNs to Taxi drivers over-ranking.
Allegedly, there have been no reports of PHVs receiving similar tickets for being parked on the Taxi Rank or the loading bay (a regular sight) at the rear of the rank.
Taxi drivers have been complaining for years now about the amount of contravention of Taxi ranks mainly by Private Hire vehicles parked on Taxi ranks waiting for customers.
We are told if reported TfL will take action, but the amount of re-offenders show that TFL's strongly worded letters ar having no affect.
Natural History Museum Next ?
We’ve been informed that there are also plans for a similar set up at the Natural History Museum.
This again is a direct attack on the Taxi Trade coming from TfL
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
MARYLEBONE STATION, UNDER COVER POLICE SILVER MONDEO WITH TFL PHRIVATE HIRE ROUNDALS, NICKING TAXI DRIVERS FKR OVER RANKING TODAY 2pm
Meanwhile in Lisson Grove cab drivers are getting robbed and assaulted every night. Will we have to wait until a driver is murdered for action to be taken to protect Taxi drivers in the area.
TfL and local boroughs appear to have a war against Taxis with more areas and bus lanes planned to be excluding Taxis. We are progressively reaching a state where we can longer guarantee to get passengers to destinations.
The ITA have held 2 weeks (10 daily) protests on Totteham Court Road. Followed by 8 weeks (Mon/Wed/Fri) in Parliament Square. This week saw the ITA go on tour Monday and Wednesday....
Join your militant colleagues tomorrow at 2pm till 4:30, fighting for the right of every Taxi driver to ply for hire on all roads and bus lanes. The venue to be announce tomorrow at 1:30.
Ola Say's It Will Take Uber Head-On In London Already Launched In 5 UK Cities With 3 More To Come In May
Ola, Uber's biggest rival in India, said it will take on the ride-hailing giant in London before the end of the year after launching in five smaller U.K. cities.
Bangalore-based startup commenced operations in Liverpool last month, having established its first European business in Cardiff in August and later added Bath, Bristol and Exeter. Reading and Birmingham will follow this month, along with Manchester in May.
U.K. Managing Director Ben Legg said the step-by-step approach should help Ola crack the London market. No date for entering the capital has been set, but plans are being developed and the launch will come before November and the start of the pre-Christmas rush.
"London is the most complex in terms of regulation and it’s got more competition for drivers," Legg said in an interview. "That’s why we wanted to work our way up, adding a little bit more scale and complexity with each city instead of doing London first."
Ola, owned by ANI Technologies Pvt, raised $300 million from Hyundai Motor Group in March, giving the ride-hailing startup a valuation of about $6 billion. Founded in 2011, it now has 1.3 million drivers on its platform and users across 125 cities in India, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.
It's Been Confirmed That Uber Actually Lobbied For Introduction Of Congestion Charge On Its Own Drivers
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
On Tour With The ITA : Wednesday 3th April...Bank Junction, London Bdg, Blackfriars Bdg And Aldwych.
Although the area is under the City of London Police, it look like they had drafted in the Met to deal with the Taxis.
By three, a Met Police gold commander was overheard telling officers to take badge numbers of Taxi drivers for reporting to TfL. But when he saw he was being filmed he said this was not the case and only drivers who were committing traffic offences such as inappropriate driving or anti social behaviour would be reported.
When it was pointed out in detail this was a peaceful protest, he said they didn’t mind the drivers protesting peacefully but a complete blockage of the junction was unacceptable.
He asks for lanes to be kept on open to ease the congestion and sent officers over to Cornhill to tell drivers to move off.
The organisers said if one cab moves we all move so the order was given to go to London Bridge. The police immediately closed access to London Bridge which backfired by trapping traffic which couldn’t leave via bank junction Westbound because of the all traffic exclusion.
The order was then changed again, to plan C and Blackfriars Bridge became the next target.
The police, seeing their mistake immediately opened up London Bridge and headed to Blackfriars.
Taxi drivers reported that Blackfriars was too congested already by traffic, so plan D was put out and the protest moved on to the Aldwych. Getting there was not too bad as traveling away from the Bank towards the centre was moving ok. Police outriders tried to disrupt the Taxis but when told we were joining a peaceful protest were obliged to let us through.
By four pm the Strand eastbound was at a standstill full of buses, Kingsway gridlocked, Fleet street solid back to Ludgate Circus.
There was a bit of to-ing and fro-ing for a while but eventually we were left to protest, which was again extended to 5 pm.
TAXI LEAKS EXTRA BIT :
Monday saw a TfL bus crash into a stationary Taxi. Today saw a TfL bus crash into a car....are these bus drivers receiving training from Uber?
Today’s demo has been a fantastic success with most of the work done for us by the Met.
Well done to all my colleagues who cane to protest. And if you were one of the mass of drivers who carried on working.... shame on you !