Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WAKEY WAKEY!

"ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO TRIUMPH IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING."

There cannot be one Licensed London Taxi driver who feels that Uber and their junior partners, HM Government, are not pulling out all the stops to crush the Licensed Taxi Trade.

The Grim Reaper

The Tory Party have openly promoted, lobbied and even distributed flyers for their American bosses.

The Prime Minister's hubby, Philip May brokered a deal between his wife's bosses and the Saudis.

When Uber's silent partners, TfL decided they had to save their own skins by appearing to chastise Uber for its multitude of transgressions, they knew the facade was only temporary.
TfL could have, should have revoked Uber's license.

During the Prime Minister's cabinet reshuffle, Uber have appointed their favourite flag bearer Jo Johnson, as Minister of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for London.

Brothers Grimm news for the Taxi trade

If ever there was a time for Taxi drivers to scream blue murder from the rooftops, it is now!

If Uber win their appeal, the trade will not survive. There are other ride sharing companies waiting in the wings.
We would be engulfed by a tsunami of unregulated transport companies, with unemployable slaves stealing our livelihood and destroying our way of life.

Last year Uber were worth $70bn.
This year Uber are worth $45bn.

Uber's rape stats are up. Their crash stats are up. Their fraud stats are up. Their value is down.

Uber knows if they win London, they win the world.

Taxi drivers begin a week of protests, on Monday 15th January 2018.


  • TfL currently allow an unlicensed and unfit Operator to flout the law

  • TfL currently allow 13,000 PH drivers to work without DBS checks

  • TfL currently allow PH drivers to work without medical certificates

  • TfL currently allow PH drivers to illegally accept direct bookings

  • TfL currently license PH drivers whose license has been revoked elsewhere

  • TfL colluded with an unfit Operator during a police investigation

  • TfL conspired with an unfit Operator to streamline PH applications

  • TfL refused to initiate checks on an unfit Operator for 5 years

  • TfL assisted an unfit Operator to illegally circumnavigate regulations

  • TfL lied to the GLA about PH on/off insurance

  • TfL lied to the GLA about checking unfit Operator's modus operandi

  • TfL lied to the GLA about an unfit Operator's nonexistent contact number

  • TfL has caused mental, physical and financial stress to legitimate Taxi drivers

Do not think that defeating Uber into regulation is the end of our fight.
TfL pushed us under a bus. We survived - but we have not emerged unscathed.
We intend to make TfL pay.

If the Taxi trade can show drivers disgust at the way their Government and Regulator are treating them, someone will sit up and take notice.

I have heard all the excuses why certain drivers will not attend. Some openly admit they will work whilst their colleagues protest.

I have heard "It'll do no good. Uber are too powerful."
Really? How do you think TfL were forced to refuse their boss's license?
It wasn't by carrying on regardless.

I have heard "All the last demo I attended did, was promote Uber and alienate the public."
Really? How do you think we forced the rape stats into the media?
It wasn't by carrying on regardless.

I have heard "We'll lose the public by pissing them off."
Really? Which public is that? Those who threw us overboard years ago? Or those stuck on buses?
Unfortunately we must disrupt the status quo to effect change.
Unless we shout from those aforementioned roof tops, how else are we going to get the authorities to listen?
It won't be by carrying on regardless.

I have heard "What good has a demo done?"
How do you think we got the rape stats beyond Shawcross and Chapman and into mainstream media?
It wasn't by carrying on regardless. It was by protest.
Now everyone knows how dangerous Uber is.

If you don’t wish to protest, then don't. No need to make up excuses.
You won't be missed. You never were.

There are plenty of us who are prepared to stand and fight!
This is the beginning of the end for deregulation.
To the victor, the spoils.

Transport for London started this.
We will finish it!

See you there.

Monday, 1 January 2018

TO BE, OR NOT TO BE

SHOULD WE PROTEST IN JANUARY?


Let’s not forget Uber are still operating as they have been for the past five or so years. In that sense, what has changed?




Despite the following, TfL have allowed Uber to continue to operate under appeal:
Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences including a rise in sexual assaults & rapes.
Uber's approach to how medical certificates are obtained.
Uber's approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained.
Uber's approach to explaining the use of Greyball in London - software that could be used to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking regulatory or law enforcement duties.
An increase in road traffic accidents.
VAT avoidance allowing 'Uber' the ability to directly undercut taxi drivers regulated fare*



*Orthodox licensing looked at the licensable activity and didn't concern itself with the financial background; R v Warrington Crown Court, ex p CC of Cheshire:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200102/ldjudgmt/jd020620/wngton-1.htm

However, the climate has changed and now all sorts of criminality is taken into account; see para 11.27 of the s.182 Guidance:
https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200102/ldjudgmt/jd020620/wngton-1.htm

And see Hanif v East Lindsey:
https://www.docdroid.net/ENML8VD/ac9800809qbdadmin.pdf#page=2

(a) Why should Taxi drivers have to fund a VAT case against 'Uber' when TfL have the legal tools to ensure Uber pay their correct taxes?


(b) If TfL decided that 'Uber' was not a 'fit & proper' company on public safety grounds they had the power to revoke Uber's license without allowing them to operate while under appeal on public safety grounds [s 17(2) 1998 PH act].


(c) Was TfL's decision not to renew Uber's license a financial decision or a public safety decision?

Given the fact point (b) granted TfL an immediate right to revoke Uber’s license on public safety grounds, we believe that the Mayor took the option not to protect the public, but instead to protect TFL financially – If the Mayor had revoked Uber’s license on public safety grounds and not allowed them to operate while under appeal, TfL would be exposed to a financial claim for any losses should Uber have won the appeal.

(d) So ask yourself, does TfL really want a legal battle with Uber?


(e) If the answer to (d) is Yes, then why didn't TfL revoke Uber’'s license and protect the public while the appeal process was carried out?


(f) TfL instructed Deloitte to undertake a review of Uber's 'booking process'; they claim that the driver accepts the booking before the operator. If TfL believe this to be the case, why are they still allowing them to operate illegally?


(g) Uber’s T&C's claim that the driver is contracted to Uber BV, the customer pays their fare to Uber BV, the customer’s receipt is provided by Uber BV.


If TfL/Deloitte are correct it'd suggest that the booking investigation would confirm (1) the customer makes the request to; (2) the unlicensed Uber BV, who  are making the provision for the invitation of the booking (3) the driver accepts the booking (4) Uber London do nothing, and just record the booking after the driver has accepted.

(h) If we are not going to peacefully protest over this illegal process, what happens when we are steamrollered by Taxify, Lyft or any other Private Hire tech company who want to break the rules and operate here. After all, Taxify have already admitted the driver accepts the job before the operator.


(i)


by Chris Johnson


Editor's note:
Will this email to Mike Brown, ever receive a reply?




Tuesday, 19 December 2017

AD UNUM OMNES

IN THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY

The day the few proactive members of this trade brought down Uber, the DDD and their likeminded friends went out and celebrated in the Prince of Wales.

United we stand - Taxi drivers who are prepared to fight.

But UberExit has gone sour. The exact same way Brexit has.
The victors have been royally screwed.

The refusal by TfL (Transport for London) to issue Uber a license, is no more than a ruse.
A ruse to cover up the fact that Uber conspired with TfL to destroy their competition; the Taxi and Private Hire industry.

Sadiq Khan is a holographic metaphor of a London Mayor.
If he isn't taking selfies with every living person on the planet (bar Trump of course), he's promising affordable housing to millionaires.
Khan is very good at shutting down police stations, but has no appetite for taking on huge companies – who continue to walk all over him.

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

It is now considered that Khan is a worse mayor than the infamous Boris Johnson.
At least Boris spoke out against Uber. That is until he was bought-out and reined-in by Uber flunkies; Cameron, Osborne and Javid.

"Politics and crime, they are the same thing."

The only time you will hear Khan utter the 'U' word, is in reply to Caroline Pidgeon or David Kurten during Mayor's Questions.

Sadiq Khan and TfL stand by and allow Uber to fleece Londoners and visitors to London every single day.
Hundreds of thousands of Uber passengers are being ripped off via surge pricing.
Uber drivers are scamming thousands of Uber customers daily, by purposefully cancelling a job and collecting the five pound 'scrub' fee.
Why do Khan and TfL allow this to continue?
Because we don't matter, and they don't care.

The Conservative Party has nailed its colours to Uber's mast.
Not only has most Tory MP's lobbied in favour of Uber. The Party itself campaigned for this criminally complicit company to be relicensed.
The Tories even went on to compound their obvious admission of wholesale bribery, by having leaflets printed up to plead Uber's defence.
Was it Theresa or Dara who paid for those flyers?

Wes Streeting MP has campaigned on behalf of all Taxi and Private Hire drivers, who have been unwitting victims of a TfL and Uber attempted takeover.
Tom Watson MP has shown great concern and interest in Uber's illegal coup d'etat.
Unfortunately our unions have been slow in coming to our rescue.
Is it because Taxi and PH branches are too small?
Or is it because London has a Labour Mayor, and the unions cannot find a compromise between taking down TfL and embarrassing our ineffectual mayor?
Sadiq Khan’s apathy is ultimately losing votes by the ton for Labour in London.

Oil and water - Khan is a die hard Blairite.

Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, apologised to TfL’s Mike Brown, and vicariously to Khan, for all the rapes and sexual assaults, for all the thievery, for the refusal to help police with a sexual assault inquiry culminating in the Uber driver reoffending, for the hacking of customer accounts, for the attempted deformation of a rape victim's character, for all of Uber's institutionalised sexual discrimination and lechery, for Greyball, for all of Uber's bribery and corruption, internet theft and industrial espionage, for hacking their own drivers' phones, for their fake insurance certificates, for the fraudulent DBS background checks, for the bogus medical tests, he was even kind enough to apologised for Uber terrorists and murderers.
Brown and Khan feel that the hands on confession by such an important and influential man, is enough for them to reconsider Uber's Operator's License application.

Dara Khosrowshahi and the beatification of Uber.

It is a shame that our very own Sean Stockings wasn't as important or as influential as Uber's 'born again' CEO. If he was, he might have been allowed to work whilst his appeal was being considered.

Mike Brown - Commissioner of Transport for London.

Uber are allowed to continue unlicensed for as many years as it takes for them to 'Masada' the Taxi trade.
Mind you, Uber didn't film TfL staff - including Leon Daniels and Mike Brown, eating in a public place, whilst doorstepping them on issues such as the Croydon tram crash - as Sean Stockings did.
I recently read the victims and their families are still awaiting compensation, over a year on.

Sean has been denied his human right to work, by Mike Brown.
And Leon Daniels, incensed that Sean might win his appeal, has logged another statement and complaint. Daniels is insistent that Stockings will never drive a Taxi ever again.


Leon Daniels - Managing Director, Surface Transport.

No I didn't forget Uber's Hackgate.
And neither did Dara. He decided to keep that information from Brown and Khan. Much the same way he kept it from the FBI and the fifty seven million Uber customers and drivers who were victims of this crime.
So much for contrition, hey?

The real enemy of Licensed London Taxi drivers and legitimate Private Hire drivers, is TfL.
TfL are guilty of misfeasance in public office, and corruption.
TfL licensed Uber in 2012, knowing that the app transgressed all TPH regulation.
In laymen's terms, the app facilitated the act of putting the potential passenger in direct contact with the prospective driver, bypassing the Operator.
No Uber PH driver possesses an Operator's License.
Therefore TfL and Uber not only facilitated a crime, but they profited from it too.

The Licensed London Taxi trade has a strong case against TfL for misfeasance and grave malfeasance.
Uber have admitted on oath and in public that their app puts the passenger in direct contact with the driver.
TfL have lied to the GLA; using made up terms to try and qualify their illegal decision to license Uber.
It is not about instant hail or nano pre-bookings - time is irrelevant.
The order in which the process is administered, is the key factor - Uber back-fills, after the event.

TfL's mafioso ethics are closely related to Sepp Blatter's FIFA.

TfL cannot plead ignorance.
Ignorance is not a defence.
TfL are our government appointed regulator.
TfL not only colluded in this illegality. They actively changed regulations to fit Uber's work model.
TfL and Uber really are partners in every sense.

Our unions seem reticent about their lack of will to do anything proactive against TfL.
And our Orgs do not have the muscle.

We can propose a Judicial Review and cite ourselves an "interested party". But as our flaccid mayor pointed out, Uber could drag this appeal out for another four years, and still carry on regardless.

Most proactive individuals in this fine trade see our path as an obvious one.
We need to take out a Group Litigation (Class Action).
It is not difficult to prove TfL's collusion. Uber have done most of our work for us.
Compensation can be across the board.
TfL are guilty. The trade should seek recompense.


Drivers have suffered a huge drop in available work, due to TfL's illegal policy.
To overcome a complete loss of income, drivers have been forced to endure physical and mental torture by having to work slavish and ungodly hours to make ends meet.
Drivers have also suffered emotional stress, caused by TfL's inaction to regulate correctly and their conspiracy to decimate our trade.

The Taxi trade must claim for damages and remuneration, as a 'Group Litigation'.
TfLTPH's misfeasance, and malfeasance by some individuals at TfL, has cost drivers money, their mental health, their marriages, their homes, and even their lives.
It doesn't matter which union a driver belongs to or what organisation they're affiliated to.
TfL either pays us out or pays us off.



WE DEMAND JUSTICE!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

JOB DONE

DADS DEFENDING DAUGHTERS IS STEPPING DOWN -
OUR WORK HERE IS DONE


DDD was born because, as Licensed London Taxi drivers, we became aware of a Freedom of Information statistic which showed just how prevalent rape and sexual assaults were in minicabs.
At first, we doubted the math; surely it could not be so disturbingly high.
It was inconceivable that the rate of attacks for just one year in London alone was 154 reported.
The realisation of what was news to us, was not news to Transport for London (TfL) or Uber, was devastating.
TfL and Uber were prepared to allow this outrage to continue, as long as they could keep the truth from getting out.
The more we delved into the facts, the more it was apparent that TfL and Uber facilitated these heinous crimes, by relaxing regulation and disregarding safety.
Theo Usherwood showed us that obtaining a license to drive a minicab had become as easy as buying a second hand car.


Getting the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and other rape crisis groups involved, proved futile. They seemed enthusiastic, until they realised it might affect their funding.


We were determined to get the message out into the public domain.
In this we have succeeded. If you live in Southampton, Sunderland or Strathclyde, you know that riding in an Uber is a very dangerous business.
TfL and Uber are equally to blame - they facilitated each other in cutting corners to save pennies.
The collateral damage caused by deregulation and blatant flouting of the law, is the number of unsuspecting victims growing by fifty percent per year.
Now the public are informed. Now they can make their own minds up. Now it is up to the individual if they wish to gamble with their lives for cheap.
There is nothing more DDD can do to help them. They can no longer plead ignorance.


In the early days of DDD, Val Shawcross questioned our motives; pointing her nose towards protectionism. But that says more about Val Shawcross, than it does about us.


Uber scares people. Uber's money and influence keeps justice at bay and the media in line.
Greyball is a big deal. Its potential is mind boggling. No one wants to get too involved in outing Greyball, in case they get a visit from the men in grey suits and taken for a long walk off a short pier.


Our aim was true and our focus was clear. Get the message out.
We now have the current Prime Minister, Theresa May breaking legal protocol during an ongoing case, and siding with Uber. Siding with a company that refused to assist the police in preventing a rapist from committing a further assault.
Siding with a company which pays next to no tax.
Siding with a company that produced Greyball, amongst other systems; that can hide anything and everything from the police and authorities, including Uber assaults and terrorist activities, and can monitor everything we do, including the police and authorities.
Siding with a company who, during their five year license, refused to let the Regulator see how the Uber app works.
This is no longer news; this is out there in the public eye.
When the Prime Minister is prompted by Uber investors, to plead for Uber's reprieve on national television, I think we can safely say that everyone knows about Uber and their noxious activities now.


The Conservative Party has thrown off its diaphanous veil of respectability and come out all guns blazing, to fight on Uber's behalf.
As puppet politicians played down rape statistics and sharp practices, Uber was busy illegally rigging an opinion poll set up by themselves, via their toxic software.
They cannot help themselves; just like the scorpion, it is who they are.


The honesty of Caroline Pidgeon was refreshing in this day and age of Machiavellian politics. She was never pro or anti Taxi - she was fair-minded and true to her word.
The support we received from Wes Streeting and David Kurten was also extremely uplifting.


DDD can look back to some great demos. Winning every single time.
We pulled a disastrous nose-diving UCG protest from the jaws of defeat, marching from Broadcasting House, down St Martins to cheers and applause from a dejected group gathered in Trafalgar Square about to give up the ghost.
We closed St Pancras Station for a week, forcing Camden Council to change the structure of their dangerous and unworkable set-down area.
We demoed Bank Junction for a week. The police had no idea what we would do next. They even sectioned us - a lot of good that did them. We had the police turn up to an empty Bank, while we gathered at Parliament Square. We had the police closing off roads and roundabouts, searching for us, trying to second guess us, whilst we sat in the warmth having dinner - we even sent them a photo of us eating fish and chips, while they speed around London with helicopters in the air, in search of our next gathering point.
We demoed Parliament Square on the morning after Brexit, for maximum media effect.
We turned up outside Tobacco Dock for the Evening Standard Awards. Advertisers do not like being associated with rape and corruption - that bog-roll stopped promoting Uber for a while after that - due most likely to pressure from commercial customers - and odds on favourites Uber failed to win their award. Uber are not up for an award this year, even though their immoral lobbyist, who works for one of Uber's biggest investors, is editor of the freebie rag.
We saved the LTDA's bacon, when Steve McNamara called a protest outside the Evening Standard, for George Osborne's first day as editor, and no one turned up; until a few hundred DDD marched along Kensington Gore to Derry Street, complete with placards and banners. McNamara called Woodfield Road for reinforcements, about six LTDA members turned up.
We were pleased to assist the ever proactive LCDC with their Dodgy Doctors protest outside 240 Blackfriars Road.
And we were honoured to be part of the GMB/LCDC Brighton experiment, which showed how cross-border hiring and instant hail worked to the detriment of everyone except the profiteers.
We stormed the BBC, demoed Conservative Party HQ, the Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Windsor and Palestra Houses, closed the City and huge chunks of London.
We marched many a merry protest and drove a few drive-ins too.
The police were very accommodating and understanding, it must be said.
We had a hugely successful 'Christmas Warning' poster campaign. There are still a few thousand about London, educating the public.
We never took a penny from any organisation, remaining independent and self sufficient.
Our whole raison d'etre was to get the message out and inform the public. And we did just that. Now every man and his dog know.


DDD congratulates everyone who stood shoulder to shoulder with us. By attending our demos you became DDD members.
We planned our protests with every conceivable outcome; we rode our luck and were successful in each and every one of them.
We got Orgs, Unions and representatives to various negotiating tables - how they did once we got them there, was beyond our control.
Closing a mainline station or a huge hub of a junction for a week had never done before, and will never be done again.
We have absolute respect and gratitude to the ten percent of London's proactive finest.
We offer nothing more than our complete and utter disdain to the ninety percent apathetic sleepwalkers who excuse themselves from involvement with asinine excuses, and spurious motives.
We have always stated we would rather fight alongside ten who cared, than a thousand who would rather be somewhere else.


Cameron, Osborne, Javid and May are responsible for far too many vulnerable people being maimed or attacked, all because their mates have vested interests in a Ponzi scheme that makes Enron look like a 'Three-card Monte'.
How cheaply those Tory yellow dogs hold our lives, hey?


With Daniels retiring, Blake and Chapman jumping ship before this year's end, I think we can safely say TfL are doing some overdue Spring-cleaning.
As with all unscrupulous businesses when they get found out, they put a few new faces up to hide the corruption and incompetence that will continue behind a refurbished facade. It is exactly what Uber have done too.


We did our best and we achieved all we set out to do.
Those who came along for the ride know the truth, what we did, why we did it, and how it was achieved.
We came across quite a bit of resentment from different Orgs and egos along the way. So now when Uber gets its license, and it will, ask your Org or Union "What are you going to do about it?"


Undefeated and unbowed we now step from the arena.



Footnote:
The band of brothers who are Dads Defending Daughters, remain one family.
We stay together as one; ready for anything.

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.