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Boris Johnson’s Latest Cycle Plans Will Kill London

Boris Johnson today faced a storm of protest from motorists and taxi divers over plans to create new cycle lanes on key routes in London. The radical proposals include banning traffic from one lane on the busy Westway and a rush hour ban in Regents Park. City Hall released a series of computer generated images […]

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TfL Statement : Card Payments To Be Accepted By Every Black Cab.

  Travelling in one of London’s iconic black cabs is about to become even easier. Today (3 February) it was confirmed that every London taxi will be required to accept card payments for their fares by October this year. The move was approved by the Board of Transport for London (TfL) following a consultation in which […]

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TfL sets out plans to modernise and enhance London’s private hire industry – See more at: http://cabtradenews.org/2016/01/20/tfl-sets-out-plans-to-modernise-and-enhance-londons-private-hire-industry/#sthash.ayfAcNCF.dpuf

TfL announces proposals to enhance safety and customer service, including a formal English language requirement for drivers Mayor asks TfL to investigate the removal of the Congestion Charge exemption for private hire vehicles Mayor secures commitment from the Government to promote legislation to enable TfL to regulate pedicabs in London TfL press release… Following a […]

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‘Knowledge’ school that trains black cab drivers is saved from closure

Malcolm Linskey and Jim Reynolds at the new home of Knowledge Point taxi school Published: 22 January, 2016 by JOE COOPER WHEN the Knowledge Point taxi school in Caledonian Road announced it was to close at the end of last year, it looked to be another nail in the coffin for the black cab industry. But […]

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Revealed: The incredibly close links between Google and Downing Street that go back decades

David Cameron and the Conservatives have links to the very top of Google PM has enjoyed special relationship with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Cameron’s once-closest political adviser also has links with the web giant Steve Hilton’s wife was a vice-president at the search engine until last year David Cameron and the Tories have links […]

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London Taxi Trade Reps In Talks with Euro Taxi Orgs In Paris, Day Before French Taxis Go On Strike.

London Taxi representatives from the UCG, LTDA LCDC and Unite Cab Section , are currently in Paris to dicuss international action with Europian Taxi orgs, ahead of tomorrow’s planned Taxi strike by Parisian Taxi drivers. Organisers are predicting massive support from their taxi drivers and they say that tempers may be as frayed as they […]

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Hull taxi firm 57 Cars installs CCTV in cabs after ‘false Facebook accusations and attacks’

MALICIOUS RUMOURS: Kevin Marsh, manager of 57 Cars. Pictures: Richard Addison A HULL taxi firm is to install CCTV cameras in all of its vehicles after false accusations were made about drivers on Facebook. Kevin Marsh, manager of 57 Cars, says there has also been a rise in physical and verbal attacks on drivers in […]

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Open Letter To TfL, Over Growing Contempt For The London Taxi Trade…by Will Grozier.

Dear Mr Bradley Thank you for your invitation to comment, as a contributing respondent, to the proposal document being carried forward following the Private Hire Regulations Consultation. I think I may speak for a vast majority of my fellow licensed Taxi Drivers in saying that in very simple terms, it stinks. It stinks for a […]

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Radio ads banned for depicting foreign minicab drivers as ‘underhand’

ASA censures London taxi body’s campaign for reinforcing negative stereotypes about eastern European drivers Two complaints were made that the campaign was racist and offensive The advertising regulator has banned a London radio campaign by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association for depicting foreign minicab drivers as “underhand and unreliable” and black cabs as the only […]

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Cheap cab ride? You must have missed Uber’s true cost

When tech giants such as Google and Uber hide their wealth from taxation, they make it harder for us to use technology to improve services A striking French taxi driver protests against Uber in Paris. To understand why we see so few genuine alternatives to US technology giants, it’s instructive to compare the fate of […]

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Uber CEO Blocking Drivers on Twitter for Protesting Fare Cuts

“I was paying Uber to drive people around Maui basically” By Sage Lazzaro • 01/25/16 1:56pm (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images). Uber recently cut fares in over 100 cities, and while users are enjoying cheaper rides, drivers are scrambling to make ends meet. As the Observer reported last week, the cuts have slashed their earnings. Many […]

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French PM bows to pressure after taxi drivers protest

Who says demos don’t work! Tuesday morning saw France hit by yet another taxi strike, with drivers furious over what they claim to be unfair competition from private hire companies and web platforms like Uber. Prime Minister Manuel Valls met with a delegation representing various professional taxi organizations in the afternoon, in which he promised […]

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Mother slashed a taxi driver’s face with a wine glass and chased him around his cab after he tried to throw her out for having no fare

Kelly Battye, 24, was sipping red from a glass in the back seat of the taxi Factory worker attacked driver when he refused to take her any further  She ripped Ghazunfer Ali’s glasses off before throwing them out window Battye, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, escaped jail with a suspended sentence  By ALEXANDER ROBERTSON FOR MAILONLINE […]

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London’s Black Cabbies Hit Crowdfunder UK to Fight Against Uber’s Operation License

London’s black cabbies have taken to Crowdfunder UK with a mission to secure £600,000 as a way to challenge the Uber’s license to operate in the city. The Action for Cabbies campaign is on a mission to help save the iconic black cab trade and the future of 25,000 cabbies, their families and associated industries.  Its […]

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United Taxi Demo Could Be The Biggest Taxi Demo Ever Seen In London…by Jim Thomas

Carpe Diem : In the Wake Of The EU Taxi Alliance Demo, Tomorrow… It’s Our Turn….and this time, we are UNITED. Many drivers complain that every time we demo, the media say it’s about Uber Well, lets get one thing straight UBER are not the elephant in the room! UBER are at the centre of […]

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LTDA’s General Secretary Steve McNamara, Confirms Support For United Taxi Trade Demo

A few weeks ago I promised an update on the many things happening within our trade and the LTDA’s lobbying and other involvement. Credit Cards The response to Transport for London’s (TfL’s) consultation into Credit Card acceptance in taxis was massively in favour of universal mandation from all stakeholders including taxi drivers. As a result, […]

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LTDA AND UNITE THE UNION, TO SUPPORT TAXI TRADE DEMONSTRATION 10/02/16.

London’s largest representative group the LTDA, on their Twitter feed yesterday, agreed to email their members and ask them to support next Wednesday’s protest action. Unite the union London Cab section also said they will actively participate in the Taxi Trade protested called for Wednesday 10/02/2016. The demo, originally called by United Cabbies Group (UCG), […]

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French court ‘orders Uber to compensate’ Paris taxi rival

Image copyrightReuters Image captionThe arrival of Uber has caused much resentment among France’s traditional taxi drivers The app-based taxi service Uber is reported to have been ordered by a French court to pay €1.2m (£911,000) to a rival taxi group after a complaint that drivers were breaking the rules. The court ruled that Uber drivers […]

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Uber driver ‘pulls gun’ on passenger who warned he might vomit in car

An Uber driver has been accused of threatening a passenger, who warned he might be sick, with a handgun Uber driver Patrick McDonald is alleged to have grabbed a gun  Photo: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Well that escalated quickly… An argument between an Uber driver and passenger in Florida got quickly out of hand when […]

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Letter to Editor : Private Hire Vehicles Licensed Without Hire And Reward Insurance.

Under the 1998 Private Hire Act, all PH drivers should have the appropriate hire and reward insurance before their vehicle is passed by TfL inspectors and the PH prebooked sticker is issued. This TfL rule relates to the Road Traffic Act 1988 which states quite clearly use of the vehicle for hire or reward. So […]

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Woman breaks leg after being thrown from a rickshaw in the West End

A woman is in hospital with a serious leg fracture after she was thrown from a rickshaw while on her way to a theatre show in the West End. Jennifer Houston and her husband Andrew, who live in Coventry, were due to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Drury Lane Theatre on Saturday with two friends. […]

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European Parliament Discusses Ride Sharing Services and the Regulatory Framework for Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles

We have been advised that the European Commission are to investigate and debate passenger transport by taxi, hire car with driver and ridesharing in the European Union! A leaked email has come into our possession with details of a European Commission study into taxis, private hire and ridesharing services with the view to forming a regulatory […]

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Transport for London’s plan to make all Black Cabs accept card payments is great news – but the details tilts the playing field against them

By Derek Stewart co-founder of CabApp, a mobile booking and payment app for Black Cabs in the UK and licensed Taxis in Ireland. We all love simplicity and speed.   Last weekend I popped into my local Apple Store at Bluewater to get a new charging cable. Instead of queuing, one of the staff came over to me and […]

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Immediate Private Hire….Or Plying For Hire…Scripted Or Improvised BS?

TfL have also invented a completely new term “immediate Private Hire“. Does this refer to a pre booked minicab that’s available for immediate hire….isn’t that plying for hire. What is the definition of pre booking? If you flag down or approach a parked private hire car….is that pre booking by asking the driver are you for […]

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THE LONDON TAXIDRIVERS’ FUND FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN PULL OFF ANOTHER GREAT MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY

 The Crystal Girls welcoming the children As the New Year celebrations draw to an end, we are always happy to know we have one more special party to look forward to and that is the annual Mad Hatter’s tea party held by the London Taxidrivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children.  This year it took place on […]

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Taxi driver accused of shouting homophobic abuse at Baron Brian Paddick cleared in court

Kevin McAnallen, 53, was alleged to have called Baron Paddick a ‘f**ing faggot’ after he and his husband, Petter Belsvick, crossed the road Taxi driver Kevin McAnallen Photo: CENTRAL NEWS A taxi driver accused of shouting homophobic abuse at Baron Brian Paddick has been cleared in court after claiming the retired police chief called him fat. […]

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Uber driver jailed for 18 months after sexually assaulting passenger

Jailed: Aliriza Kurt has been sentenced to 18 months in prison Metropolitan Police An Uber driver has been jailed for 18 months after sexually assaulting a young woman in his car. Aliriza Kurt, of Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, picked up the victim from Brixton Tube station at 11.15pm on May 8 last year. The 24-year-old […]

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