Monday, July 08, 2013

SILENCE IS GOLDEN Happy Anniversary: an open letter to the LTPH directorate.

 One year ago today, RIDES2 and were issued with 37 new satellite office licenses! 
We believe that at least 18 of these licenses were issued unlawfully. 

Under TfL/LTPH policy, a PH company must have been licensed as a standard operator for at least one year before they can be considered for a variation to operate from a late night venue.

In the case of, they had only been licensed for two days before being issued 18 license variations.

Up until this date, we have made many complaints about this issue and so far, even after one year, we have had no full and comprehensive explanation from LTPHs directorate


In summation:
A new company has been issued with 18 new licenses just 2 days after first registering as a new company contra to TfLTPH rules. Also a company that is in liquidation has been issued with 19 new 5year licenses. Director of LTPH (at the time of issue) John Mason says, This is misleading and was a transfer of licenses from one company to a new one! If that were the case, then why was both companies issued with new licenses?
As the licenses of both companies were issued as new, we would contend that this is not a transfer of licenses but the issuing of new licenses, in the case of to a brand new company.

Question: Why have LTPH issued 19 new licenses to a company that went into Liquidation in 2012, running a full term of 5 years, from July 2012 to July 2017?
Question: If this company is no longer trading, why are these licenses still showing on the LTPH Private Hire check site?
Question: Why did LTPH issue 18 new licenses to a brand new company with a new name, new registered address, new company director, just 2 days after the formation of this new company, in contravention to TfLTPH's own rules which state: A PH company must be trading for a minimum of one year before new satellite office variations can be issued?


TfL are not a private company and have duty to be transparent and fair. We have a right to demand a full explanation of exactly what has occurred in this case.

We are entitled to the truth. The sums do not add up on this one.

Below is just some of the evidence openly available on line.


In 2012 the old Rides 2 Private Hire company went into liquidation under the directorship of 45 year old Vijay Khakhria. The Company traded from a registered company address in Wood Green.

Director Summary

Vijay Khakhria has 8 current or previous company director or secretary appointments.

Short name - Vijay Khakhria
Director ID : 915247021
Year of Birth: 1968


Xxxx xxxxxxxx
St Aubin's High St
St Brelade
Channel Islands

Company Summary

Company Name Company Status
ENIGMA INDUSTRIAL SECURITY LIMITED Active (Director Resigned 05/03/2010)
RIDE 2 LTD In Liquidation
RIDE 2 LTD In Liquidation
FABRIC 591 LTD In Liquidation (Director Resigned 05/03/2010)
MATTER LONDON LIMITED Dissolved (Director Resigned 05/03/2010)
BERONFLEET LIMITED Dissolved (Director Resigned 05/03/2010)
FABRIC 592 LIMITED Dissolved (Director Resigned 27/01/2006)
AWELL LTD Dissolved (Director Resigned 22/02/2005)

So basically, the Ride 2 Ltd company is in liquidation:



In 2012 a new company was registered under the directorship of 76 year old Vrajlal Karsandas Khakhria. The company trades from an address in St John Street EC1

Director Summary

Vrajlal Karsandas Khakhria has 6 current or previous company director or secretary appointments.

Short name - Vrajlal Khakhria
Director ID : 903232524
Year of Birth: 1937


St John Street

Company Summary

Company Name Company Status
RD2.COM LTD Active
RSSB SOUTHALL LIMITED Active (Company Secretary Resigned 23/10/1998)
RSSB SOUTHALL LIMITED Active (Director Resigned 23/10/1998)

So, basically, this is a new company. As a new company, it is subject to the rules as laid down by TfLTPH.

08/07/2012, the first company Rides 2 were issued 19 new satellite office licenses even though they are in liquidation.

08/07/2012, the second company were issued with 18 new satellite office licenses even though the company only first register as a company, 2 days previous to the issue of the new licenses.

After making queries to TfLTPH, deputy director Helen Chapman confirmed by email on 05/10/2012:
"You are correct that it is now our policy that operators must have been licensed as a standard operator for at least one year before we will consider a variation to operate from a late night venue."

She then went on to justify the issue of new licenses to the new company by stating:
In this specific case the company name had changed but the director had been associated with the same business for a considerable period longer than a year.

This second statement from Ms Chapman is wrong. While we can see the surname name of the directors of both companies are the same, they have different first names, home addresses, different dates of birth, different director IDs and appear on close inspection to be two different people. This matter hasn't been investigated fully and Ms Chapman has made no further statement on this matter.

Director of LTPH John Mason in an email to his legal dept dated 01/03/2013 stated:
"This is misleading and was a transfer of licenses from one company to a new one"

Nothing misleading John, it's perfectly clear. There was no transfer as both companies were issue with new sets of licenses. Both still show on TfLs website.
Surely if the licenses were just a transfer, they would have already existed and would have been dated prior to the formation of the new company. The Licenses, all new, run for a full term of 5 years and were issued just 2 days after the registration of one of the companies. Also, in his email, Director Mason admits this is a "new company".

If I sold my car with nine months left on the road fund license, the RFL Tax disc automatically transfers to the new owner (unless I return for a refund). The DVLA do not issue a new license for a full term of a year.

I have made a number of complaints regarding this issue to TfLTPH and only ever received one actual reply, that from Helen Chapman, which was received personally by myself. John Mason's email was sent to his legal team and I was sarcastically copied in. After sending the email, Mason even had a change of mind and twice tried to reclaim the mail, which failed.




cabrider44 said...


Gerald Coba said...

This bunch are corrupt.
They bend over backwards to support private hire
And persecute the license taxi trade, wherever possible

Anonymous said...

Pure arrogance from this public body
I stick their head in the sand and keep silent Hoping that all problems will disappear

Anonymous said...

All 37 licenses were unlawful! The company is using ride 2 and as trading names .

Taxi Mushroom said...

This needs a proper independent investigation by the standards authority, the GLA and if necessary the police.

Instead of shooting the messengers Messrs. Hendy, Daniels and Mason, issue a thorough statement explaining what was done and when.

Surely the mayor and Ms. Dedring must also ask .

Many questions to answer here for TfL, it at the very very least shows a total disregard for their OWN rules and contempt for the safety of the travelling public.

Enough bullshit, spin, snow jobs and PR, we need real answers and we demand them NOW.

Anonymous said...

in reply to Taxi Mushroom

The Mayor and Dedring are where the corruption statrts, Why do you think that they would investigate their own corruption?
The GLA is controlled by the Mayor so the same applies

Anonymous said...

If someone managed to dig deep enough and did an F.O.I. request you will find out that the old company name Ride 2 Ltd that was on the TFL database had licenses up until 2015. The company also had a different TFL operators ID than it has now, but all of this was removed within a few days. It's time the trade investigates this fully until we get a clear answer!

Anonymous said...

A company cannot trade whilst in liquidation according to LTPH policy, how was rides2 able to do this? One must ask....