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!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Planners have purposely left out the horrendous traffic congestion caused by segregated cycle lanes
Plans for the first cycle superhighway in west London were unveiled today.
More than half of the 5.6-mile CS9 route between Kensington Olympia and Brentford town centre will be on segregated lanes, protecting riders from other traffic.
Construction is due to start late next year and could add to demands for a superhighway on Kensington High Street to create a link with the flagship East-West superhighway at Hyde Park.
The route links with already announced plans to enable cyclists to bypass the Hammersmith gyratory.
It diverts riders off Chiswick High Road at Turnham Green and onto residential streets, which will be closed to through traffic. Cyclists will also be able to bypass the busy Kew Bridge junction.
Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “This new cycle superhighway will bring a high-quality segregated cycle lane to west London for the very first time."
It will make a real difference in encouraging Londoners of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes and improve conditions for pedestrians across the area.”
The proposals, revealed as a consultation was launched today by Transport for London, also include five new traffic light junctions and improvements to 20 pedestrian crossings.
Simon Munk, infrastructure campaigner at London Cycling Campaign, said: “This route will tame several dangerous junctions, enable far more people of all ages and abilities to cycle to local shops, stations and into work and extend the cycle superhighway network to areas where cycling demand is high but cycling infrastructure is virtually non-existent.”
A single two-way superhighway will be built between Olympia and Turnham Green.
There will be no segregation as the route transfers onto Heathfield Terrace and Wellesley Road. Single lanes on either side of the road wil be built on the South Circular Road, Kew Bridge Road and Brentford High Street.
The intention is to eventually extend the route west into Hounslow, with a second consultation expected next year.
The CS9 proposals come after Mr Khan axed Boris Johnson’s plans to extend the East-West route into Acton via the A40 Westway flyover.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Cycle Superhighway 9 will be hugely important in helping cyclists in the west travel safely and inspire many more Londoners to take up cycling for the first time.”
Wesley Harcourt, Hammersmith & Fulham council cabinet member for environment, said: “As part of our aim of becoming the greenest borough in the country, we want to double the number of journeys in the borough being taken by bike.
"Key to that aim is making people feel safe. This new route enables people to get right across the borough and into central London easily, and without the fear of sharing space with large motor vehicles."
The entire route, between Olympia and Hounslow, is projected to cost up to £70 million, making it the most expensive cycle superhighway in London. It would be opened in stages as construction progresses.
To try to reduce air pollution in London, the toxicity charge, or T-charge, will come into effect on the 23 October 2017. It aims to discourage the use of older cars on the road, as these produce the most dangerous fumes.
Now, however, FairFuelUK is seeking to raise a legal challenge against the T-charge, arguing that a full public enquiry should have preceded the decision to implement it. The challenge could have implications for every major UK town and city.
What is the T-charge?
The T-charge is expected to affect up to 10,000 vehicles every weekday, so plenty of people will find themselves needing to pay it. It targets nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, as these have a negative effect on human health. This is becoming more worrying as the population of London continues to grow.
Anyone driving through London in a car, van, minibus, bus, coach or heavy goods vehicle that does not meet the Euro emissions standards will be required to pay the T-charge. This is in addition to the congestion charge that is already in place.
What will you be paying?
The minimum emission standards are Euro 4 for petrol and diesel vehicles, and Euro 3 for motorised tricycles and quadricycles. Any vehicle that does not meet these standards will be subject to the T-charge.
The charge will apply to drivers using the capital’s roads between 7 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday. The cost to those drivers will be £10 per day. The T-charge does not apply on bank holidays, or from Christmas Day to New Year’s Day.
If you are unsure of whether you’ll need to pay the T-charge for your vehicle, you can check your vehicle registration certificate (V5C), which displays the emissions standard that the vehicle is classed as.
If your vehicle doesn’t meet the Euro emissions standards, and you fail to pay the T-charge, you will be sent a penalty charge notice for £130. This will be reduced to £65 if it is paid within 14 days.
Legal issues with the T-charge
The T-charge has recently come under fire from FairFuelUK. The organisation has described the Mayor of London’s decision to implement this charge as unlawful and unfair. This is because FairFuelUK doesn’t believe that drivers should be penalised for driving older petrol and diesel cars. The campaigning organisation feels that a full public enquiry should have been carried out before the decision to roll out the T-charge was made.
FairFuelUK has now launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money for a two-part legal challenge against the T-charge. This would firstly see it ask the Mayor of London to change his mind about introducing the T-charge. Secondly, it would ask the Prime Minister and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to investigate how else London could reduce pollution.
Learning from other countries
The T-charge may seem like a harsh idea. However, examples from around the world show that Londoners could actually have it worse. Paris, for example, has banned all cars registered before 1997 from using city centre roads between 8 am and 8 pm on weekdays in a bid to reduce pollution.
Similarly, the Mayors of Mexico City, Madrid and Athens are currently looking at banning all diesel cars from their city centres by 2025.
If the T-charge is a success in London, it is thought that it will be rolled out to 25 other UK towns and cities. These include Birmingham, Nottingham, Southampton and Derby, which will start by charging older lorries, taxis and coaches by 2019.
With legal issues against the T-charge being raised before it has even been implemented, the future of the charge is far from certain. However, one thing is for sure – urgent thought needs to be put into how else pollution can be lowered in the UK’s major towns and cities, whether this has to do with penalising certain motorists or not.
What can we do to reduce pollution in our city centres without penalising motorists? Or is charging drivers based on their vehicle type the only viable solution? Leave a comment below.
It seems when Uber ascertains it isn’t, not the police!
Let’s put it another way:
There’s a duty under the common law to assist in the apprehension of a felon.
All the rest to me just shows TfL’s obsession on how things appear... rather than doing anything about serious threats to public safety.
Any right minded citizen must be outraged.