Friday, 22 September 2017

UBER FINALLY DEEMED UNFIT

"GET THE FUCK OUT OF DODGE!"

As some of us thought and all of us hoped, Transport for London (TfL) has rejected Uber's license application, so let us all rejoice.
Rejoice, but do not think this is the end and we can all go back to our little houses on the prairie.
The rape app will gain a license from Wolverhampton or the like. And Uber scabs will still be touting in London.
The double-edged sword named Prius, especially white, will still be a beacon for fans of black marketers. But they will also stick out like a sore thumb to police patrols and CCTV.


We still have the toxic problem of redressing Cross Bordering, caused by Dame Susan Kramer aiding and abetting AddLee to do away with pesky safety regulations.

We also have to educate ministers and lawyers alike, that direct e-hailing is plying for hire. Virtual P4H is actual P4H. An app is no different to a birdwatcher's binoculars.

TfL was unable to do the ungodly and license Uber, because there would have been outrage and condemnation across the political spectrum. It would have triggered the beginning of the end for TfL as a viable regulatory entity.
The time has come for TfL to earn their six figure salaries. The spotlight is shining on them and their inappropriate incestuous relationship with UberLL.


I believe Uber are finished anyway. People are already trickling back to Taxis and legit PH.
New start-ups will hit the transport system. But as we saw with Taxify, they just nick a piece of the market that Uber spent billions on cornering. It will be the same unchecked drivers, same clueless passengers, with a different rape app.


Under Cameron and Osborne's kleptocratic ideology of neoliberal thievery, the good people of Great Britain witnessed cruel unwarranted austerity, where consumerism became a religion, regulation was deemed a hate crime against commercialism, with oligarchs trying to scare us into remaining subservient to an EU dictatorship, and our NHS being starved into submission, so Richard Branson could ride into our depleted and demoralised hospitals and save our sick and sorry arses from dying on a trolley in some forgotten corridor of terminal hopelessness.
These privileged twins of plutocracy not only destroyed whole communities, but in the process, damaged the Tory Party beyond repair. We Brits have long memories, you bastards.


This trade's proactive minority has done great work on behalf of us all, lobbying, positively arguing, and educating the public, the media and politicians about Uber's toxic modus operandi.
Thanks to the time, effort and hard work of those 'active' members in the LCDC, LTDA, UCG, GMB and RMT, whose work behind to scenes goes largely unnoticed. Thanks to every single member of the DDD family who were willing to fight every fight, risking their bill every time they took to the streets.
We, as a trade, are a wounded lion surrounded by a pack of jackals, but I know who my money is on.



I think it is safe to say, there will be a lot of smiling cabbies in London today.
Be lucky.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

TAXI LIVES MATTER TOO!

MY PERSONAL OPINION ON GMB'S 'UBER WORKERS' CASE.

The bottom line is why should I be expected to give a toss about an Uber scab?
They are scabs in the same sense that those at Wapping were scabs.

I expect my GMB to fight for my job.
I expect my GMB to bring Uber's horrific rape stats into the public domain. Let us not forget, GMB's legitimate PH members are being tarnished too.


When objecting to Uber's license, I expect my GMB to consider the fact that Uber conspired to hide sexual offences from the police. And to acknowledge that Uber are absolutely unfit to hold an Operators License.
I expect my GMB to publicly acknowledge that, by Uber’s own wilful admission, they are a disruptive start-up company.
I do not expect my GMB to call for Uber to change, whilst still trading. No other company is given this preferential treatment.

The Mayor, the GMB, any MP, the GLA or any Uber apologist cannot claim to be protecting jobs, when excusing the toxicity of Uber.
Uber are destroying an existing workforce. Most Uber drivers work for other PH companies too. Many Uber drivers are part time.
Many Uber drivers are on benefits - therefore our taxes are subsidising Uber's business model.
Supporting Uber, is supporting a Right Wing ideology of exploitation to undermine an existing workforce, and to ultimately drive down wages.

I expect my GMB to put public Health & Safety first and foremost.
The fact that Transport for London (TfL) are allowing over thirteen thousand unchecked strangers to ferry our children, the vulnerable, the elderly, wives and mothers around without a proper Enhanced DBS, is scandalous.


I understand bringing the Uber workers case does hamper Uber's progress. It hits them financially.
This brings significant ramifications to both Uber's VAT case and its Status case in the European Court of Justice.
These cases may hurt Uber, but we must hear loud and clear condemnation about the assaults and road traffic accidents. People matter!


I would love to see Uber lose their London license; mainly because it will send a negative Uber message around the world.
But in reality, Uber will still be here, London license or not.

I would love to see Uber die of starvation.
But that is not going to happen, is it.

The reality of the situation is; we cannot kill Uber!
But we can fight TfL tooth and nail to make them follow their legal requirements.
At the moment, existing legislation and regulation is already in place to make Uber toe the line and become no more than a money haemorrhaging, poor-man's AddLee.
TfL are failing dismally to police Uber.
What we demand is for TfL to do their job, and enforce regulation in a fair and even manner.
Without TfL, Uber are dead in the water.


TfL's new Operators License Fee is a glaringly obvious attempt to extort money and smash small operators.
TfL's bias in favour of everything Uber, is sickeningly real.
Our fight is with TfL.
I expect my GMB to be part of this fight.

If Mayor Khan and TfL are not willing to listen to any member of the Greater London Authority (GLA), who voted unanimously to dismiss Uber's application for a license, there must be something wrong.
And a difficult, but undeniably pertinent question would be left begging; what is the point of the GLA?

Sadiq Khan and TfL's upper management continually refuse to acknowledge the Metropolitan Police's recommendations about Uber, or even consider their advice that Uber is a danger to the public.
Maybe Khan should disband the Met and employ his own private army of Compliance Officers to police the streets of London, and mop up after Uber's carnage.


Freedom is never given - it is only ever won.



Saturday, 2 September 2017

IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS. IT’S BLOODY WORRYING!

IS THIS THE HIGHLY TRAINED STAFF, MAYOR KHAN PROMISED?

A Licensed London Taxi Driver rang 'TfLTPH Directorate' twice, to find out if accepting an App job, outside of his licensed area, was legal.

The conversations which transpired between the driver and TfL staff are jaw-droppingly outrageous.
The first TfLTPH assistant showed the geographical ignorance of an Infant School pupil.
The second TfLTPH staff member showed such profound regulatory ignorance, the driver would have been better off ringing up his local pizza parlour for information.

I blame Transport for London.
TfLTPH are placing untrained, uninformed staff members to man phones, which are supposed to inform Taxi and Private Hire drivers.
Now you know why TfLTPH never replies to our questions. Because they do not know the answers!

Mayor Khan, what the heck are you going to do about this unacceptable situation at TfL's Misinformation Bureau?

Below are the transcripts from both conversations.
I warn you; you will not know whether to laugh or cry.

CONVERSATION ONE:

TRANSCRIPT OF A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION, BETWEEN A TAXI DRIVER [TD] AND TFL TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE DIRECTORATE [1TFL]. AT 14:04 ON 3 AUGUST 2017.
TfL: Taxi & Private Hire. 1TfL speaking. How can I help you?
TD: Good afternoon 1TfL. I’m wondering if you can help me.
TfL: Yep, how can I help you?
TD: I’m a London Taxi driver and I’m looking for some information. I’ve asked TfL’s Helen Chapman the General Manager, via email three times, but she hasn’t replied to my emails. She must be very busy.
TfL: I don’t think you’ll get a response from Helen Chapman. What was the query in relation to, sir? What was the query in relation to?
TD: I’m outside of London Stansted Airport, in Essex.
TfL: OK.
TD: And I’ve been given an App job, by one of the taxi apps. Can I accept that booking? I’m outside London, I live near Stansted.
TfL: Are you a Private Hire Driver?
TD: No, I just said I’m a Taxi Driver.
TfL: Ah, alright. So you’re a Black Cab driver and you’ve got a booking through an app?
TD: It’s just come through to me. Can I accept that job on the App?
TfL: Alright.
TD: Can I accept the job?
TfL: It came through to you. You’ve got to collect the customer, yeah?
TD: Yeah, I’m in Stansted now, I leave near Stansted Airport.
TfL: Okay, let me just double check for you. Give me one moment please.
ON HOLD - MUSIC PLAYING
TfL: Hello there. Um yeah, I’ve just spoken to my Team Leader. That should be fine, as long as you’re on an App, you’ll be fine. And should be able to pick the passenger up.
TD: As long as I’m a what, sorry?
TfL: As long as you’ve got confirmation, the booking should be fine.
TD: So, I can work anywhere in the country on an app?
TfL: No, no sir. It’s not like that Sir. It’s obviously is in London.
TD: Stansted Airport is thirty five miles outside of London.
TfL: It’s alright, if your booking is from London, you can collect that person and bring them back to London.
TD: What do you mean, if the booking is from London?
TfL: A booking has to be taken from London. Where’s the booking taken from? Is it from London?
TD: I don’t know. You asked me. I’ll ask you the question; where is the booking taken?
TfL: Well, the company you’re with, where are they located? Where are they based? Are they based in London?
TD: They don’t have an Operator’s Licence, to accept a booking, sir.
TfL: Alright, hold the line a second for me, please.
TD: It’s MyTaxi.
TfL: Okay.
TD: They don’t have an Operator’s Licence. They are not a Private Hire Operator. They are an App intermediary, an App company.
TfL: Okay.
TD: I’m sitting at Stansted Airport. I’m sitting outside Stansted Airport now.
TfL: Okay.
TD: And it keeps offering me an App job booking. ‘Phyllis’ came up. She wanted a Taxi back to Southampton. I want to know if I can accept that booking, legally.
TfL: Let me have a look.
ON HOLD - MUSIC PLAYING
TfL: Hello Sir, yeah, I’ve just spoken to my colleague and yeah, because Stansted is part of Greater London, you can actually take that booking.
TD: Because Stansted is part of Greater London I can accept that booking?
TfL: Yeah, you can.
TD: Okay, have they moved Stansted into Greater London?
TfL: I’m no too sure.
TD: Because Stansted is in Essex.
TfL: It’s okay. It is part of Greater London, sir. So it should be fine.
TD: It’s part of Greater London?
TfL: Yeah.
TD: Okay. Well thanks for that.
TfL: No worries.
TD: What if I was in Manchester, could I accept a booking there?
TfL: Umm, not from Manchester, no. It has to be from London or near London.
TD: Near London?
TfL: Yeah, it has to be within London or Greater London.
TD: Right, Greater London? Stansted isn’t Greater London though.
TfL: Okay, but it is part of London, it should be fine.
TD: Stansted is in Essex.
TfL: Sir, the name of it. It’s called London Stansted Airport.
TD: Right, okay. So I can take a booking from London Stansted Airport, as long as it’s got in ‘London’ in the name, I can take it?
TfL: Yeah.
TD: Okay. Does that mean I can take a booking from London Street, in Manchester?
TfL: No, it’s not what I’m saying. But obviously I’ve spoken to my colleague and …
TD: So, what your saying is that London Stansted is in Greater London?
TfL: What I advise you to do, sir - obviously in regards to Stansted you can, that should be fine - but in regards to any other queries you have, I would advise you to put that in writing.
TD: Okay.
TfL: I can give you an email address; where you can email us, and we can get someone get back to you, in relation to that.
TD: I have done; Helen Chapman.
TfL: Helen Chapman won’t get back to you, sir. I’ll have to give you a general email, and they’ll get back to you.
TD: I have done to Neil Hassett, as well.
TfL: Okay, let me give you a general email address. Okay let me give you an email address, and put it in writing to us, and they will definitely get back to you yea?!
TD: Okay yeah, fantastic. What’s the email, sir?
TD: Okay, fantastic. I’ll send an email again. I’ll send you the same ones as I have been sending to Helen Chapman. Hopefully I’ll get an answer. Thank you for confirming London Stansted is in Greater London.
TfL: Yeah, Okay.
TD: Thanks for confirming that.
TfL: No worries. Good day, then.
Taxi Driver: Bye, bye. Bye

END


CONVERSATION TWO:

TRANSCRIPT OF A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION, BETWEEN A TAXI DRIVER [TD] AND TFL TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE DIRECTORATE [2TFL]. AT 16:53 ON 3 AUGUST 2017.
TfL: Good afternoon, you’re through to London Taxi and Private Hire. You’re speaking with 2TfL, and how can I help you, today?
TD: Hello 2TfL. Was it 2TfL?
TfL: 2TfL
TD: 2TfL. Hello 2TfL. Yes, I wonder if you could. I spoke with a chap earlier on called 1TfL.
TfL: Okay.
TD: And I asked him a question, I’m a Taxi Driver, and I’ve spoken with the Trade Organisation that I’m in, as well, and they said give you a call, to verify a few things.
TfL: Okay.
TD: If I’m sitting at Stansted Airport.
TfL: Right.
TD: And an App job comes up on the phone. Can I accept that job? 1TfL seems to think I can
TfL: Yes, I believe, erm, if it’s being booked through the App, then yes, there shouldn’t be a problem. Why? Have you been advised otherwise?
TD: No, I can’t get an answer. So if I’m sitting anywhere in the country. If I’m in, I don’t know, Southampton or Brighton, or Manchester or Stockport, anywhere in the country. If the job comes through on the App, I can accept the job as a London Taxi Driver?
TfL: Alright, let me double check that. What type of licence do you have? Do you have, do you have an All London, or suburban?
TD: No, an All London Licence, a Green Badge.
TfL: All London, okay, alright. Just bear with me and let me double check that for you.
TD: Thank you.
TfL: No problem, right.
ON HOLD - MUSIC PLAYING
TfL: Hello?
TD: Hello, 2TfL.
TfL: Hello Sir. Thanks very much for your patience. Okay, so I’ve got clarification, and what I’ve been informed is; as long as it’s booked through the App you can take this booking. But of course, what comes into play is that you’ve got an All London Licence. As long as the booking was made from within London, then you are able to take that booking.
TD:  What does that mean? As long as it’s made in London?
TfL: So, say for instance, you … a booking was made in London to go to Sheffield, or something. Whilst you were in Sheffield, you had got another booking.
TD: Yep.
TfL: To come back into London, that booking would have had to have been made from London and requested from Sheffield. So the booking, the booking …
TD: Now I’m really confused.
TfL: Right, so any booking that you take.
TD: Yep.
TfL: Yep. Can only be made from within London.
TD What does that mean? “Made [from] within London.”?
TfL: It allows, so a booking made anywhere in London, you are able to go out of London with, okay. Say, if you picked up someone from London and they were going to Sheffield, yeah?
TD: Let’s forget London,. Let’s say, I’m in Sheffield.
TfL: Right.
Taxi Driver: Let’s say, I’m in Sheffield and I want to go to Southampton.
TfL: Right then, no I don’t believe you can do that, no.
TD: Why is that?
TfL: Because of the type of licence that you have.
TD: Why is that?
TfL: Because you have an All London Licence and not a Suburban Licence. So, that’s where the difference comes in. So, in terms of - you can take people out of London to wherever they want to go. But, say for instance if you’re coming … any booking that’s made in particular. Say you had just taken someone to Sheffield. Okay, so now …
2TFL HAS A BRIEF INTERNAL CONVERSATION
TD: Sorry, about that.
TfL: No Problem.
TD: Just getting back …
TfL: Okay.
TD: If I’m in Sheffield.
TfL: Yeah.
TD: and I get an App job.
TfL: Yeah.
TD: And it gives me an App job to Southampton.
TfL: Right.
TD: I can’t accept that?
TfL: No, you cannot.
TD: Right. Why not?
TfL: Because you have an All London Licence. You don’t have a Suburban Licence. If you had a Suburban Licence, I believe that gives you the ability to take jobs outside of London.
TD: Right
TfL: So, what I’m saying…..
Taxi Driver: Hold on, let me get this absolutely straight. If I was at Sheffield.
TfL: Yep.
TD: And I had a Suburban, Yellow Badge, Licence.
TfL: Yep.
TD: I could then take that person from Sheffield to Southampton?
TfL: That’s correct. Because that covers that specific area. Your licence only covers you for London. So, hence why I’m saying any booking you take have to be made from London. So you can go anywhere from London. And you can go anywhere to London. As long as the booking was made in London.
TD: Right. And what’s the difference between a Yellow Badge, Suburban Driver doing that? What’s the difference?
TfL: Because they have different rights, to work in different areas. You have All London. They have Suburban.
TD: And Sheffield? Is that covered under the Suburban Licence?
TfL: I believe so, yes.
TD: Right, okay. Well, this gets even more confusing. But thanks for your information.
TfL: No Problem.
TD: Thanks for your help.
TfL: We do understand that it’s a bit confusing. But as I say, as long as you accept a booking that’s made from London, you’ll be absolutely fine.
TD: I don’t understand what that means “As long as I accept a booking made from London.”. The person is at Sheffield Station. Sheffield being hundreds of miles away from London.
TfL: Yep.
TD: They open the MyTaxi App, they push the button, and I’m sitting outside Sheffield Station.
TfL: You won’t be able to take it, because the booking wasn’t made from London.
TD: If I was a Yellow Badge, I could take that job, yeah?
TfL: Yes, that’s correct.
Taxi Driver: Thank you.
TfL: No problem.
TD: I’ll let my Suburban colleagues know.
TfL: No problem. That’s absolutely fine, sir.
TD: Thank You. Goodbye.
TfL: Thank you. Take care.
TD: Bye, bye.
END

Education! Education! Education!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

TFL MAFIA PROTECTING UBER

COSA NOSTRA

Transport for London behaves just like the Mafia.
They have the Mayor and police in their pocket, just like the Cosa Nostra.
They refuse to answer questions, refuse to produce legitimate FOI requests, cancel trade meetings, revoke driver licenses without just cause, falsify statistics and manipulate consultations to bulldoze their madcap and ill-conceived ideas past a chorus of public objections.
They even refuse to acknowledge or produce legal documents, when requested to do so by the Court.
And like the Mafia, TfL send their goons out to harass hard working men and women, when they feel there is unrest among the natives.


TfL has driven London onto its knees and into chaos.
Uber is allowed by TfL’s ineptitude, to become an unenforceable law unto itself.
TfL supply a handful of Compliance Officers, who have no real powers, except to muscle their way around Taxi ranks, forcing drivers to get rid of innocuous stickers, and lanyards which may be an unspecified, but nevertheless offensive, length.
There is unprecedented drug trafficking, prostitution, rape, gun running, sexual assault, physical assault, threats of retribution against passengers, and acts of terrorism, by TfL partners Uber.
And what do TfL's painfully understaffed CO's do to counteract it? They congregate in groups chatting on street corners, and sometimes harass Taxi drivers on ranks.


The ratio of CO's to Private Hire is so ineffective; it is not dissimilar to appointing ten rookie police officers to oversee a West Ham vs Millwall FA Cup Semi Final.
TfL take £13,300,000 per year off of Uber drivers and legit PH.
Therefore there is no excuse for TfL's shortfall of the CO’s required to make an impact on rogue minicabs and dangerous predators.
TfL suffer from the same 'Grenfell Tower Syndrome' of gambling with our lives, that the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is guilty of.

TfL have devastated and destroyed London's arteries.
Look at Broad Sanctuary or Bayswater Road as prime examples of their incompetence.
An unbelievably fantastic average of sixty eight TfL Bus crashes everyday in London, is another of TfL’s achievements.
And let us not start on the Wild West Show that is the ‘24 Hour Tube’, or we will be here all day.
TfL, like fellow gangsters and collaborators Sajid Javid and George Osborne, think about the consumer first, second and last. They have no empathy for workers’ rights and welfare, or compassion for public safety. The TfL Mafia’s mantra is ‘consumer, consumer, consumer’ – ‘money, money, money’.
Taxi and legitimate PH drivers are losing their houses, their families and even their lives, due to TfL's ham-fisted approach to self interested, illegal deregulation.

TfL offer no protection to their license paying customers. In fact TfL have mandated that if something as simple as a card machine fails, their customers must lose work - with no thought whatsoever for their customer's financial predicament.
TfL however, bend over backwards for their partners in crime, Uber. They even coach Uber executives on how to bypass awkward regulations.

The Mayor is about as effective as a chocolate fireguard.
Born in Tooting, he calls himself a Londoner.
No real Londoner would use London as a political steppingstone.
Other than landmark buildings, the three main icons of London are the Black Cab, the Red Bus and the Red Phone Box.
Yet Khan omits the Taxi, in grand Freudian style, from his own 'Mayor's Transport Strategy' manual.
What does the vehicle in the very middle foreground look like? A Prius, maybe?
The Mayor's Transport Strategy - minus Taxis

Uber, without Mafioso help, are not one tenth of the threat to our way of life that TfL are.
Uber might own half the prostituting politicians and all the prostituting media, and possess the money and the moral compass of their Saudi investors.
But they will never own us!
We are the Untouchables!