Just Over 2 Weeks until Private Hire Regulations Review Closes-Have you say

Just over two weeks until Private Hire Regulations Review consultation closes

 

·         TfL continues to seek views on potential changes to Private Hire regulations

·         To contribute, visithttps://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tph/private-hire-regulations-review

There are two weeks remaining in the consultation on proposed changes to regulations governing the Private Hire trade.  Transport for London (TfL) regulates private hire drivers, vehicles and operators and is seeking views on whether those regulations should change and how they should be managed.

 

TfL launched the consultation as a direct result of discussions with the taxi and private hire trades.  The consultation seeks views on a wide-ranging number of topics relating to the Private Hire industry, including: 

·         whether drivers should meet a standard English-language requirement before becoming licensed;

·         whether TfL should take on an increased role in the complaints procedure;

·         how regulations may be amended to allow ride-sharing; and

·         how regulations governing in-venue operators may be improved.

The consultation also asks whether private hire operators’ databases, of bookings and jobs undertaken, should be uploaded to TfL’s servers. This would provide TfL with a greater understanding of the industry, assist in licensing and aid enforcement activity.

 

Transport for London – London Taxi and Private Hire  

Email: For enquiries email tph.enquiries@tfl.gov.uk  

Web: For licensing information visit the TfL website

 or try TfL’s Common Questions Section

Twitter: You can now follow us on Twitter @TfLTPH

Telephone: For driver and operator enquiries call 0343 222 4444, for vehicle enquiries call 0343 222 5555

 

Knowledge Boy’s Moped Broke Down so he hired a Boris Bike and rode the Demo

This knowledge Boy wanted to show his support for Today.s Demo but his Moped apparently broke down.

So rather than just give up and go home, he hired a Boris bike and rode up and down the demo waving a “Totally Failing London” Poster as he went.

Sir, we Salute You

We need more of this kind of spirit in our trade, this knowledge boys determination to attend todays demo should be an inspiration to all.

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John Preddy Cab4Now Interview – SuperCabby Interviews 31

u3Ym4Fk0In this Episode SuperCabby Interviews a Private Hire Driver, John Preddy.

This interview was recorded back in November 2014 and a lot of people contacted me with their concerns about this interview as John has come under a certain amount of scrutiny for things that he has done during his life.

I was also dubious about putting this interview out but for different reasons, and that is the sound quality is not that great.

But over the last few weeks many drivers have contacted me asking for some more controversial interviews and a lot of suggestions were that I should interview some private hire drivers, so I decided to dig out the audio files and clean them up a bit and put this interview out.

John is quite a controversial character who uses the Twitter username of Cab4Now.

John also runs a Blog at Cab4Now.com where he airs his views and opinions on London’s Private Hire trade and also comments on the London Taxi Trade.

John explains in the interview that he has spent 3 periods of his life working as a private hire driver and most of that time has been spent working for Addison Lee until recently when he left to join Uber.

It is worth listening to John’s observations as to the type of work that he is doing on Uber.

Since this was recorded I am not sure if John is still working on the Uber platform as recently he was extolling the virtues of a new app aimed at the private hire trade.

I have also seen John advertising some of the cars that he rented to other drivers for sale, so maybe not all is rosy in Uberland anymore.

Promotional Video crew wanted from within the taxi trade.

UnknownI am looking to put a crew together who have experience in filming and sound to record a promotional video for the London Taxi Trade.

I have all of the necessary equipment to record the video, I have access to camera’s, sound recording equipment and video editing software.

But I am unable to undertake such an enormous task on my own, so I am looking for people who have experience in filming from within our trade, and also people who have no experience but can just come along to assist with the filming.

This is a large undertaking on my part but we could get all of the filming done within a day if we get enough volunteers to make this project happen.

I will also need someone who has an extremely smart TX4 fairly new London Taxi to take part in the film.

This project could really make a difference to our trade and could have a real positive impact on the travelling public in London which in turn would generate more work for drivers.

I don’t want to give away too many details of the basis for this promotional video, but what I can say is that the angle was conceived by a group of people with the help of an executive from a very large, high profile, well known advertising company.

If you would like to help with this exciting project then please get in touch via the contact page on this site or DM me on Twitter

SuperCabby Interviews Russell Howarth from Arresting Uber 30

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In this episode I interview Russell Howarth from Arresting Uber again in a follow up via Skype.

Russell returned to Australia after his visit to London and has been doing a lot of work with various Taxi Trades around the World to combat the rise of what he calls a Criminal Cartel, Uber.

Russell explains his plans for combating Uber in London and also shared a few ideas that are not in this podcast as he didn’t want Uber to know exactly what his ideas are.

Russell fully intends to return to the UK and he explains how this can happen during the interview, he also says that our trade really needs to come together and unite for a common cause in fighting these tech startups.

Russell is the guy, who in Australia has made citizens arrests on Uber X drivers for operating illegally without the correct licenses or insurance.

Russell states that he has managed, through his actions, to lose Uber over 60% of their business in Australia and he is being commended by both Taxi and Limo drivers across Australia.

Russell has travelled to the UK at his own expense and is here for nearly a month to talk to Taxi Trade Organisations and he also has a meeting scheduled towards the end of the month with Leon Daniels at TFL.

Russell has a lot of ideas as to the way in which the London Taxi trade can combat the phenomenal growth of Uber in London and to thwart their attempts at cornering the market in London and the UK as a whole.

Russell also said that any driver that is any doubts as to the effect that Uber could have on the London Taxi & Private Hire trades in London should speak to any driver in America where Uber operates, he said that Taxi drivers have found that they are now taking 75% less than they were before, so if you think you can sustain running a a London Taxi on a mere 25% or what you currently earn, pay the mortgage and put food on the table then please carry on burying your heads in the sand!

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Russell Howarth Arresting an Uber X driver in Australia

Russell has some good angles on how to combat Uber, he recognises that Uber are licensed in London and that the drivers are also licensed by TFL but he also says that there are a number of points on which Uber are breaking the law.

You can follow Russell on Twitter @arrestinguber or take a look at the Arresting Uber website

Russell Square Cab Shelter

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Today after finishing a treasure hunt in the taxi I pulled up on the rank at the Russell Square Cab Shelter with MacTheCab.

We noticed the the Shelter was open so decided to grab a coffee, while we were standing there the smell of the food being cooked inside was gorgeous.

We got chatting to the shelter proprietor, Danny and we commented on how good whatever it was he was cooking smelt. Danny said he was cooking a curry and invited us in to try a little bit.

Well I have got to say the curry tasked fantastic, Danny said that he likes to prepare all of the food that he cooks fresh at the shelter. The curry was so good that we both decided to stay and eat at the shelter.

Danny told us that his sister Kate runs the shelter during the daytime from 7:30am till 2:30pm and that Pat used to run the shelter of a evening cooking her Thai food, but Pat recently gave up the night shelter and it was offered to Danny.

Danny currently opens the shelter Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights from 5:00pm till 10pm and Saturday’s and Sundays from 12:00 midday till 10:00pm.

On Saturdays Danny cooks traditional English food like Shepherd’s Pie, and Sunday’s he cooks traditional Sunday Roast’s

While we were at the Shelter a few opt the regulars came in to eat and all of them commented on how good the food was and that Danny is a great cook.

Danny is the son of a Taxi Driver, he said that at the moment business is a little slow at the moment, he thinks that drivers are still not aware that he is open of a night, he said that obviously his regulars like it that way as they are always guaranteed that they can get seated and served quickly.

Danny is a very talkative guy who loves to have a laugh and joke, you will be made welcome whether you stop for a take away tea or coffee or if you stop to eat.

Danny also has a Twitter account for the shelter which you can find @RussellSqCabHut

Danny serves a cooked dinner, desert and as much yes or coffee as you want for £7.00 which is remarkable value for money.

If you are looking for somewhere to stop and eat I can thoroughly recommend the Russell Square Cab Shelter, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Take away teas, coffee’s, sandwiches and dinners are also available from the shelter.

Fascinating Video – Oldest Footage of London

This is the oldest footage of London ever. Includes amazing old footage, plus modern shots of the same location today. Also features maps carefully researched to show where the camera was. Arranged by location, 46 shots of classic footage with a twist and an inspiring soundtrack.

The video features:

  • 46 vintage shots of recognizable places in London from 1890-1920
  • Added dates and maps to show where the camera was
  • Amazing side-by-side comparison with modern footage of exactly the same spot
  • The clip that is the oldest surviving footage of London from 1890.
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