Sunday, September 24, 2017
City bosses will be “looking closely” at whether Uber is allowed to continue operating in Cambridge following news that Transport for London (TfL) won’t renew its licence in London.
It was announced on Friday (September 22) that TfL will not renew Uber’s private hire operator licence after it expires on September 30.
The capital’s transport regulator said the Silicon Valley technology giant’s approach and conduct was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle hire license.
It also cited Uber's approach to reporting serious criminal offences and background checks on drivers for its decision.
A spokesman for Cambridge City Council said: “We note the announcement by TfL today that it will not be renewing Uber’s licence.
“Uber currently holds a one year private hire operator licence with the council and this will expire in December.
“We will look closely at the detail of TfL’s decision and the likely appeal Uber has indicated it will lodge against that decision before considering Uber’s operator licence in Cambridge, and whether that licence should be renewed or not.”
The council is responsible for licensing all Hackney carriage, private hire and dual drivers, as well as minicab proprietors and operators in Cambridge.
The spokesman for the authority added that the council’s top priority is public safety, which is why it carries out enhanced checks for criminal records on all taxi drivers before issuing licences.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has also said it will look closely at the detail of the TfL decision against Uber today (September 22)- including a likely appeal the taxi company has said it will lodge.
The authority has granted 50 private hire licences for Uber drivers but wants to reassure local people that all minicab drivers in the area have been through the same rigorous checks - no matter who they drive for.
Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member responsible for licensing, said: “The decision in London is not to renew the company licence for Uber and our job now is to understand in detail why.
“The information Transport for London have published so far does not give us enough detail but I can reassure local people that we will be looking in to it closely.
“Uber has 50 drivers licensed by us and we assess all drivers in exactly the same way – it does not matter which company they drive for." -Apart from the ones Cambridge licence, hundreds of London Uber drivers registered with TfL, work the app in the Cambridge area.
"We include the most stringent enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks". -It's alleged London Uber drivers submitted 13,000 fake DBS certificates.
Cambridge MP and member of the Transport Select Committee and Shadow Transport Minister, Daniel Zeichner, said he was introducing a Private Member's Bill to improve safety standards in the taxi industry.
“The government has known for a long time that it needs to sort out taxi and private hire licensing, but has just dug its heels in and refused to act or make these tough decisions," he said. (Follow the money)
“It’s time for them to act, to protect authorities like TfL who are responsible for the safety of those using transport, but who don’t have the power to actually kick out bad working practices.
"At the moment, they are risking TfL being exposed to 30,000 or 40,000 drivers licensed elsewhere but working in London.
“I hope that my Private Members‘ Bill, entitled the Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill, will go some way to improving the industry’s safety standards, but it’s clear that they government really need to act and provide a joined-up, coherent revamp of the rules.
“Some of the current laws date back to the Victorian times.
"I hope the government will support my Bill in February, but I also hope that this kind of brave move by TfL will push them into taking some sensible action.“
Source : Cambridge-News.co.uk
This whole seedy episode was brewing daily and clear for everyone to see for the last 5 years, prospective Uber drivers were even recruited with interpretors to assist their applications and now they have their feet firmly under the table and irrespectively finding themselves being threatened as completely damaged by the un-removable stain of corruption greed and exploitation and complete irregularity, their resurrection plans and tactics are becoming clearer by the hour, ..... bribery by populism.
Uber have launched a campaign of popularity by launching the petition to overwhelm adjudicators and influence future judges into making decisions purely on popular grounds which has nudged online signatures in return for cheap and even cheaper journeys home....same old corrupt Uber using the only tool in their box of buying influence by cash burn ideology.
I was reading about an Uber driver who joined 4 years ago simply because the local mini cab firm he had worked for for years had gone bust because of high rents and overheads of providing TFL legally required offices, phones, staff to check driver validities such as insurance driving licenses mot's and CRB's and equally importantly eye contact with the prospective driver to plainly assess their capability and ability to do the job, That requirement was avoided by Uber, And now TFL has made the decision they have about Uber, he would be delighted to return to a local service where he had excellent local to-and-from knowledge and importantly received a living wage according to the reasonable competitive fare and not being exploited to having to work 8 hours a day to achieve break even before profit began as with Uber.
Right now, there are large sections of the press and media stirring up the completely laughable notion that somehow 30-40 Thousands of Uber drivers will be turning up at the unemployment offices being rendered out of work if TFL are not forced into changing their minds about not granting Uber a new license from 1st October which is complete rubbish.
Every good private hire driver will return to where they once worked and some may even find confidence to open new offices, and a more technological private hire system will be resurrected where (as now) texts are sent to the booked caller wherever they are, stating the car type, registration number and drivers name, and yes it may be slightly more expensive....that is the reality of fair business practices.
If the BBC or any Newspaper ceased tomorrow all the better journalists would soon find another job...as for the rest, it seems unemployment would clearly suit them in the longest queue we'd have seen for ages because that profession is clearly lacking in moral fortitude and honest thinking, and remember how much governmental subsidy and tax credits are being paid to all those underpaid Uber drivers which could now turn into unemployment benefit helping finding new honest employment instad of shoring up one... if not 'the' most parasitical business enterprises ever created on planet earth.
greenbadgejohn (on twitter)
Saturday, September 23, 2017
unfit and improper.
Cue the social media frenzy and parade of bought advertorials, no mark politicos and all those bleeding hearts about 40000 people being thrown on the scrap heap, yet if and when Driverless cars appear the very same people will say nowt when quadruple that number go west, 'its cheep though innit'.
We all know most will just sign up with another operator or possibly join the ranks of world renown by completing the KOL, if not their just holding a one way ticket to Loserville courtesy of the West Coast Bro's.
Well that's what the trade has been viewed as by all and sundry, we have been as Gilligan said Balkanised, so those in Unions, Trade Orgs ensure that YOU get involved, campaign for joined up thinking and accountability, defining PFH and ensuring TfL maintain the differential of the two tier system, after all that's what they say they want.
Sorry again that's us, whatever happens after the Lawyers have had their feast, be sure things will never be the same, let's be sharp, smart and savvy.
You can bet every PH firm will be looking to grab market share, let's do the same and whatever we do always remember this:
If you value it, defend it!