Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Detectives from Kensington and Chelsea are appealing for help to identify two witnesses six months after a black cab driver was seriously assaulted.
On Monday, 26 January, at approximately 02:20 hrs, a 62-year-old black cab driver was working when he was hailed by a man and a woman in their early 20s in the vicinity of Brompton Square near Harrods.
The cab driver, who does not wish to be named, stopped and agreed to take the couple to Addison Gardens in Kensington.
Following the journey of three or four miles, the man paid the fare of £20 and the pair then left the cab in Lower Addison Gardens. As they left the cab, the driver noticed that the woman had been sick in the back of his cab at some stage during the journey. He suggested to the man that they should clear up the mess or give him an extra £45 to pay for the cleaning of the cab.
The cab driver has no recollection of what happened next but when he regained consciousness he was badly injured and his clothing was covered in blood. He managed to drive home where his son took him to hospital for treatment. He had sustained multiple fractures around his eye socket.
Officers were called to the hospital where they began an investigation.
Detective Constable Simon Jewell, from Kensington and Chelsea CID, said: "The victim's injuries are consistent with having been repeatedly kicked or punched in the head. This would appear to be a vicious attack on a 62-year-old man who has only recently been able to return to work.
"We have released a photo of the cab driver in hospital taken from a Body Worn Camera in the hope that this will encourage people to come forward with information to help the investigation.
"We are appealing for anyone who can help us to identify the couple, a white man and woman in their early 20s, who caught the cab in the early hours on Monday, 26 January from the vicinity of Brompton Square to Lower Addison Gardens.
"We'd particularly like to speak to the residents of Lower Addison Gardens and Addison Gardens who may have heard noise at approximately 02:30 hrs on Monday, 26 January or may even have witnessed the assault."
THE SIMPLE WAY TO PROTEST-THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT
At a set time EVERY day (perhaps 3pm?) taxi drivers who want to protest could drive to their nearest preselected roundabout. It may be at Waterloo, Vauxhall, Aldwych, Parliament Sq, Old St, Hogarth ,Uxbridge or anywhere else in London.
Protesters would then stay on the roundabout driving slowly for 15-20 minutes.
No Police Notice is required as this is not a formal protest on foot.
No Trade org has to put their name to it as its just a viral protest organised by word of mouth/twitter etc.
The protest is controlled by the individuals who protest and not by any Trade Orgs who may have been influenced to stop it.
The protests will continue every day until the media clearly reports the message and the objective is achieved.
There is no requirement for anyone to engage in negotiation; the protests stop when the message of corruption is properly reported by the media and the objectives met.
THE SIMPLE MESSAGE-CORRUPTION.
The message to the media is that the protest is about the corruption of Boris Johnson and TFL and their failure to comply with Public Law on ALL issues.
THE SIMPLE OBJECTIVE
1/ That the Government intervenes and stops all improper practices IMMEDIATELY.
That includes an immediate suspension of uncontrolled issuance of new Private Hire Licenses, and immediate suspension of Ubers Operators License (until its proven that they meet the existing legal and regulatory requirements) and an immediate suspension of the Taxi Age Limit (until its proven that it meets with the requirements of Public Law)
2/ An urgent and fully Independent Inquiry is set up to investigate the improper and unlawful conduct of TFL and Boris Johnson with the objective of setting up a proper and fair system of management for London Taxis which complies fully with Public Law.
The protest is controlled by the individuals who protest and is not by any Trade Org who may have been influenced to stop it !
There is no requirement for anyone to engage in negotiation !
The protests stop when the message is properly reported by the media and the objectives met !
In the next few weeks many taxi drivers will be sitting around for most of their day anyway, so it would be a good use of their time to spend 15-20 minutes protesting every day.
See the Video below:
It shows how much chaos was created in a 30 minute hit on the St Johns Wood roundabout in 2011. Traffic congestion was reported as far back as Hyde Park Corner, within 20 minutes. By 30 minutes the congestion was so bad, police were order to back up the protest.
These carefully organised hits will not use up much fuel or time by protesting close. Just go to the nearest one, wherever they happen to be at that time.
It shouldn't take much for the Taxi Protests to get noticed, given the current mess that Johnson and TFL have made of London’s roads. The media could be fully briefed.
EDITORIAL NEWS FLASH:
Just as we posted this article, we received a report from Twitter that the UCG have requested an all org meeting to discuss an action plan, after TfL admitted to processing nearly 2,000 New PH licenses in just 3 weeks.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Uber sued for £198m by Canadian taxi drivers
The drivers are seeking C$400m ($307m; £198m) in damages and an injunction to stop the taxi-booking app from operating in the province of Ontario.
The action alleges that services like Uber X and Uber XL have created an "enormous marketplace" for illegal transportation in the city.
These services use contract drivers who are not licensed taxi operators.
The legal action was filed by law firm Sutts, Strosberg LLP and named cab driver Dominic Konjevic as the plaintiff.
The firm said the case represents all taxi drivers and companies in the province but if a judge agrees to hear the case, drivers and companies can choose not to be involved.
The move comes after a provincial court had rejected the city's bid to stop Uber's services in Toronto earlier this month, citing there was no evidence it operated as a taxi broker.
Uber has responded by saying the "protectionist" lawsuit is without merit.
"As we saw from a recent court ruling in Ontario, Uber is operating legally and is a business model distinct from traditional taxi services," a spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.
Uber's app allows passengers to request rides from drivers in the area and its fares are generally lower than those of traditional taxis. It also offers ride-sharing options.
The San Francisco-based firm has been embroiled in legal battles around the world over its operations.
Last week, it was >fined $7.3m (£4.6m) in California< for withholding information from regulators on incidents such as accidents.
- Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, the US and UK have all seen demonstrations against Uber
- Protests have brought gridlock to major capital cities; in France, they turned violent
- Uber has had to provide security for its drivers in South Africa who have been threatened by rivals
- An Indian woman filed a lawsuit against Uber saying she was raped by one of its drivers in Delhi
- Sexual assault allegations have also been made against Uber drivers in the US and Canada
But, this has not stopped the company from moving aggressively ahead with expansion plans.
The lawsuit was filed on the same day as >Uber Canada expanded< into four more Ontario cities, offering free rides to customers.