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Convoy of cabs to take WWII veterans to Worthing.

Now in its 68th year, it’s a highlight in the diary for hundreds of brave war veterans and their families. Nearly 100 cab drivers are volunteering their services to London’s Taxi Charity – full name, The London Taxi Benevolent Association For War Disabled, picking up veterans and carers from their homes across the capital, including […]

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Uber chief quits Twitter ‘after sexist trolling from taxi drivers’

Uber’s boss in the UK claims she has been forced to quit Twitter after being bombarded with sexist and abusive messages from taxi drivers. Jo Bertram claimed the attacks have included one angry cabbie saying he hoped she would “get run over by a Toyota Prius”, while others have criticised her appearance including one who said she looked […]

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Breaking News, The United Trade Cartel Has Been Smashed.

At a meeting held earlier today, between the UCG, Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross, and TfLTPH General Manager Helen Chapman, a deal was hatched to approve engagement by all trade orgs with TfL, finally putting an end to the restrictive and highly damaging engagement policy. The meeting between Val Shawcross and Helen Chapman Trevor Merralls and […]

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Police Ignore Assaults On Female By PHV Drivers In Harlington

Amazing footage of a Harlington resident, Christine Aardman, who’s had enough of the private hire vehicles she feels are destroying the area. So she decided to video what’s been happening in a parking area of little Harlington playing fields, Sipson Lane. She went their to take a few picture but while there, on 9th April […]

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LTDA Taxi House 18th May 2016 : Drivers Turn Out To Support Sean Day.

 Taxi House Woodfield road. Drivers support Sean Paul Day at complaint hearing. This afternoon, Sean Paul Day appeared before a complaints committee at Taxi house, accused of lying about the LTDA’s JR bid, they claim was running in parallel with the Action For Cabbies Fundraising campaign. Drivers turned out to support Sean and the forecourt […]

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Judge In Buenos Aires Orders Blocks On Credit Cards Using Uber

A judge has requested to block the use of credit cards on the Uber app to prevent Uber’s “illegal activity” in the capital. Visa and American express cards are already being rejected. In the latest move to ban Uber from operating in Argentina, a court order was issued yesterday by the Buenos Aires City Government to block the […]

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Are TfL Dragging Their Feet Over Uninsured Uber And PH Drivers? The Tech Is Available Now.

Below is a press release from Plan Insurance Brokers, who have developed a system which could put a stop to uninsured Private Hire Vehicles fraud overnight. PRESS RELEASE: TfL Ticked off by Minicab Insurance Fraud TfL consult Tech Savvy Brokerage to tackle uninsured taxi and private hire drivers. TfL have met with Plan Insurance Brokers […]

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Mini-cab driver convicted of sexual assault

A mini-cab driver has been convicted for a sexual assault on his female passenger, following an investigation by the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC).  Sothisundaram Soorriyakumaran, 50 (21.03.66) of Varley Parade, Barnet was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, 14 June for committing the sexual assault. He received 15 months imprisonment, which […]

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Possibly The Best Article Ever Written “What is Plying For Hire….by Alan Fleming”

First Published in 2012 I  read  with interest in the last edition of United Cabbies News the proposals of  T&PH, for allowing PH ranks. Some ten years ago when at the Club I was informed that this was going to be the case in Kingston. I informed the other trade organisations but had no response. […]

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Rip-off pedicab drivers to be forced off Londons’ roads under new crackdown

Rip-off pedicab drivers charging tourists up to £600 for a half-an-hour ride are the targets of a new crackdown unveiled by the Government. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that drivers will have to get a licence to operate  in the capital. They will only be able to charge a “reasonable” fare for short journeys, a level […]

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The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing Like The Truth…. By Jim Thomas

While the LTDA are busy braking arms, slapping themselves on the back, in aid of the next Taxi magazine headline…. Taxi Leaks would like to set the record straight by thanking Danny Henderson who made the original FOI request on 11 Fed 2016 to the Met Police. Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2016020000642 >CICK HERE […]

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Leon Daniels Calls Urgent Meeting With Taxi Trade Orgs.

We have received information, from an extremely reliable source, that Leon Daniels is calling an urgent meeting with all trade orgs ! Our source states all trade orgs, but what they actually mean is, only those trade orgs whom TfL allow to sit at their table. The UCG, HADTU, and the Suburban Drivers Alliance, of […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Uber’s rival says it uses ‘tax avoidance on an industrial scale,’ and wants Europe to investigate

An alliance of London minicab drivers wants the EU to probe Uber’s tax arrangements and grill founder Travis Kalanick personally on the issue. Business Insider has seen a copy of a letter sent by the London Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) to the chair of the European Parliament’s tax committee, calling for it to probe […]

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‘H8 UBR’: London black cab driver splashes out on a private number plate to sum up his bitter feelings towards Uber

A bitter London cabbie has splashed out on a private registration plate with the symbols ‘H8 UBR’ to sum up his feelings towards app service Uber. Martin Eley, 31, got the plate specially commissioned as Hackney cab drivers protest against the spread of the smartphone service. Many cabbies feel that Uber, where users can order […]

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Statement From The Mayfair Mob Regarding LTDA Branch Meeting.

In recent times we have found ourselves in the position of being compromised by the behaviour of the LTDA senior management as they have in our opinion, attempted to hijack ideas and initiatives shared with them in good faith whilst also claiming credit for the work of driver led actions in the London Taxi Trade. […]

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Taxi driver honoured by the Queen after 30 years working to help underprivileged children

A TAXI driver who has spent 30 years making a difference to the lives of underprivileged children “thought it was a joke” when he found out he was being honoured by the Queen. Michael Son, 72, of Dulverton Avenue, Westcliff, has been selected to receive a British Empire Medal. A committee member of The London […]

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Uber accuse Taxis Of Overcharging Wheelchair Customers And Announce Their LandLine Exemption From TfL.

In their announcement earlier this month uber, using a generalisation, state quite falsely, that two thirds of Wheelchair users have been unfairly over charged by Taxis and private hire. As we know, in respect of London’s licensed Taxis, wheelchair users pay the same fare as everyone else. But then let’s not forget the Ubergate tapes […]

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United Trade Group Snubs Meeting With TfL Over Daniels Attendance.

It’s been alleged that yesterday, the LCDC along with other invited trade organisations who make out the exclusive united trade group (UTG), snubbed the the proposed meeting with TfL and the new Mayor. Reason being, Mike Brown was allegedly insisting that Leon Daniels be present. Below is the response from TfL’s Mike Brown, in regards […]

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Has The Licensed Taxi Trade, Lost The Battle Of Heathrow ?….by Paul Sweeney

Speaking to other drivers at Heathrow today, I was informed that the Hilton hotel, terminal 4 is now operating a rank type system, where the concierge actually calls uber cars up to the main entrance, loads the punters in and off they go. No prebooked etc zero. Instant rank and hail.  This is apparently happening […]

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Bottled It Again?: LTDA Tone Down AdVan Message by Jim Thomas

The best thing to come out of Taxi House for many years was the hard hitting AdVan poster, showing the public the true extent of the dangers of using an unbooked minicabs. The poster was backed up by a freedom of information request reference number and carried an image that had appeared on TfL’s own […]

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Taxi drivers to protest on Wednesday after contract awarded to London firm

TAXI drivers will be protesting outside Luton Town Hall at 1.30pm on Wednesday 22nd June over the awarding of a contract to a London firm. Drivers who are a member of the RMT trade union are protesting the contract and will congregate outside Luton town hall on Wednesday 22 June at 1:30pm. Luton Airport awarded […]

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HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES LAW TO BLOCK “ILLEGAL TAXI APP” UBER

Hungary has been planning to ban the service offered by the US-based mobile ride hail company Uber, according to a government politician. After a long, wrangling procedure including demonstrations staged by taxi drivers, increasing inspections and fines levied upon the ride-hailing service, the Parliament of Hungary finally put an end to the question of this “Uber […]

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More Good News : St Pancras Parking Problem, Solution Found.

We would like to give an update on the St Pancras parking situation. After a series of demonstrations the like of which the trade had never seen before that were instigated by the group known as Dads Defending Daughters (DDD), a member of the Mayfair Mob (MM) working closely with the RMT was able to […]

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The Buck Stops Here????….Letter To Taxi Leaks From Dads Defending Daughters.

Early last week one of my best friends, Taxi Driver Danny Hussey, was swooped on by around ten Compliance Officers, in Tooley Street. They claimed his Cab Driver License was over a year out of date. Although my mate had received his DBS in March 2015, his Cab License refused to turn up, even though […]

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Signs Installed Across Birmingham City Centre To Warn Illegal Minicab drivers

“We would always urge passengers to book their journey or make sure they use a properly licensed cab.”   Minicab drivers who operate illegally in Birmingham are being warned they will be caught and face prosecution.   New signs have been installed across Birmingham’s city centre, reminding minicab drivers against breaking the law by touting […]

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The Taxi Trade Haven’t Been Paranoid…TfL Really Are Helping Uber Circumnavigate Legislation.

News broke last night, of two emails which have been exposed, showing conversations between TfL’s Leon Daniels and the Head of Uber UK, Jo Bertram. First, at the GLA Transport committee we had the lie from Leon Daniels ‘They have switch on, switch off insurance’. Followed by another lie ‘Yes they do have a landline’. […]

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Expelled, For Seeking Answers To Questions : Swept Under The Carpet? … Not This Time.

This trade is sleep walking into oblivion. Certain people we trusted, have been partner to agendas and bad decisions, in full knowledge of the direction we were being taken. They sat back, said and did nothing. Certain trade reps were/are afraid to speak out, incase they’re turned away from the meetings and black balled. Smaller, […]

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