Working on a Taxi or Private Hire App – What does it mean?

Back in September 2017, I was suspended from the MyTaxi app in a 27-second phone call and then subsequently terminated from the App in April 2018 – I allege that this is an unfair deactivation for blowing the whistle, hence, why I’m bringing an employment tribunal claim.
I want to take the emotion out of the argument for a second and explore the facts in regard to what questions an employment tribunal could potentially raise;
1. If we look back at the Uber drivers employment tribunal, the private hire regulatory framework was discussed at length with Uber’s lawyers claiming that Uber is just the drivers “agent” and the driver is a self-employed contractor – this argument was rejected by the Judge on a number of factors, one being the “control” that Uber hold over their drivers and another being the regulatory framework i.e. the fact that Uber drivers are not independent workers because they cannot operate independently and are reliant on Uber accepting the App booking and sending them t…

Uber’s next trick? Bouncers for hire.

First it was cheap taxi rides. Then it delivered takeaways from restaurants that were once the preserve of those dining in. 
Now Uber is shipping out short term staff for all your function needs, in other words Door Staff, Bouncers Waiters etc. The Silicon Valley startup-turned global enterprise is said to be working on Uber Works, which will offer up temporary staff such as security and event assistants for functions at the tap of a phone screen.It is already building up a team in Chicago, according to the Financial Times. If true, it seems like a surprising pivot from its main business model.ZERO HOURSThe news will add further fuel to grumbling workers’ rights campaigners across Europe, who have tried vehemently to oust Uber for its poor track record on giving benefits to its couriers and drivers, who are not technically employees.Uber has already waded into an ongoing row over drivers’ rights, with campaigners claiming they should be classes as employees. And it has only just smoot…

Update On The Lisson Grove Gang Taxi Driver Mugging : News From The Met.

Back in September Taxi driver and prominent LCDC member Tony Casey, shared his fears that somebody "could be killed" as Taxi drivers were being targeted by a prolific mugging gang from Lisson Grove.

Tony, who has been driving a black cab in London since the 1980s, says the attacks which are becoming too commonplace have spread to other parts of central London and have become more worrying as violence is now being used towards drivers.
But Tony didn't just leave it there.  He made an appointment to see PC Kelly who is attached to the staff office of Borough Commander of Havering. The officer put Tony in contact with the Met sergeant in charge of neighbourhood policing for the Maida Vale and Little Venice Areas (Sergeant Scott Barden Marshall), who explained to Tony, that his unit is keen to get this sorted.
Sergeant Marshall said to Tony he knows he needs to do a great job here and stressed that so far, is going better than he first anticipated. 
After the recent outcry on soc…

Another TfL's Balls Up : This Time Regarding Charging Placements

Transport for London principal technical specialist and road safety auditor Faith Martin confirmed that TfL currently has no official guidance on how or where charging points should be placed, following several complaints about charging point placements in the capital. It's clear that TfL have no idea how to solve this problem!
According to the National Charge Point Registry, London has around 530 electric Vehicle charging points. However, it has emerged that TfL’s street planning guidance, Streetscape, has no official guidelines on how they should be installed with regards to street planning.
But then, when have TfL taken any notice of guidelines ? They had the PHV act of 1998, centuries of legislation laid down by Parliament, and yet they still illegally licensed an app to ply for immediate hire!!! They've created massive pollution causing congestion in a bid to get people to use the new tube line that is over budget and overdue. And have done their upmost best to destroy London…

Latest Update On MyTaxi - Workers Rights Funding, Round 2.

Hiya AllJust a super quick update, as you probably know by now a preliminary hearing is pencilled in for the 8th Jan 2019 - your support has been fantastic since we started fundraising for our employment tribunal against MyTaxi for basic worker rights.
However, I need your help to hit the next target in our quest to finance the legal support.
Our overall target is still £18,000......however, we need to hit the stretched target of £10,000 by the end of October.
We have currently raised £8,300 so we need to raise another £1,700 in 15 days.Can I please ask you to ask any freinds or family who may wish to make a small contribution - We have come so far with this campaign, let us hope we can continue with the momentum.
Again, I really do thank you for your kind support. Best wishes
Chris Johnson. 

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Political Correctness Gone Made. CoL Richard Kemp Slams Order Banning Poppy On BTP cars.

This is British Transport Police Assistant Chief Constable Sean O'Callaghan. He has forbidden officers, many of whom are ex forces, from placing Poppy stickers on or in their cars, ahead of Remembrance Sunday....incase it upsets other charities!!! We ask him to name these so called charities... Is he alluding to the charities that sell white poppies?
The veto had “gone down a like a cup of cold sick”, according to some bobbies, many of whom served in the British Armed Forces.
British Transport Police officers are fuming at poppy ban. Col Richard Kemp, a former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, said “This ban has the stench of political correctness all over it.”
This comes in the wake of another cowardly act by a high ranking Police officer who locked himself in his car as a colleague was stabbed to death in front of him.

This year’s November 11 memorials mark the 100th anniversary since the end of the First World War.
But Assistant Chief Constable O’Callaghan told his force it “w…

London Taxi Trade Call For Action After Three Years Of Driver Muggings.

Yesterday saw uproar on social media from the London Taxi Trade. Another driver, violently mugged for a few pounds in his money bag. 

After three years of this gang mugging their way through the Taxi Trade, there are now calls for vigilante’ groups to set up honey traps from within the rank and file drivers. The police at present appear to be ignoring calls from desperate drivers who have been attacked and in some cases are refusing to attend. 
We had one driver who phoned 999 after being threatened by an attacker with acid. After being held on the line for 20 minutes, he was told that they didn’t have anyone available to attend the scene. 
But as sure as eggs are eggs, if someone were to call the police and say that a group of London Cabbies were harassing three young Arab looking children.... the police would turn up by the coach load and the possibility of drivers losing their bills would be a sure bet, with police spokesmen in the media saying we can’t have Londoners taking the law in…

Exclusive : The LTDA COM Have Expelled Members Who Belong To The RealLTDA Group.

News just in that the Council Of Management for the London Taxi Drivers Association, have taken the unprecedented step of expelling members who choose to stand up and speak out against existing COM members and association policy. 
Is this the LTDA’s own brand of democracy ?
We received reports that as many as 16 members of a driver led group "the Real LTDA", have received letters explaining why they have been expelled from the Taxi association. The drivers allege they are victims of a trumped up charge, that they ‘retweeted tweets from other drivers designed to hurt the LTDA.  The accusation has been used to facilitate their expulsion.
Who will be next? * Members of the Dads Defending Daughters? * Methe Mayfair Mob? * or perhaps the more militant members of the ITA? 
You couldn't make it up....actually it appears they have!
@hippyjohnoc said on Twitter that the COM have ruled that retweets (below) made by him, were enough to get him expelled. 

Previously: Over the last few months t…

Uber Drivers Work Together To Create Price Surge Plus Kalanick Mounts Comeback

Uber drivers are deliberately going offline in unison so that prices surge and they can charge customers more when they log back into the app, according to new research.Uber’s so-called dynamic pricing model means that it responds to supply and demand, increasing the cost of a trip at busy times such as when bars are closing or it is raining.But new research seen by The Independent found that drivers can collude to manipulate the algorithm to their own advantage in ways that Uber apparently never intended.One London driver wrote on an online forum : "Guys, stay logged off until surge," according to academics who carried out the study.A second driver replied: "Why?" to which the original poster replied: "Less supply high demand = surge".A third driver warned that, "Uber will find out if people are manipulating the system".But the first driver was seemingly unconcerned. "They already know cos it happens every week," they responded.During…

Oxford Street Update : Westminster City Council Tell Sadiq Khan To Take A Hike !

A scheme not just for Oxford Street but the whole Oxford Street District.
Early October has seen a flurry of announcements concerning Oxford Street. Westminster City Council have continued to honour their election pledges and listen to the West End, residents and businesses. 
The Council Leader has personally confirmed again that they are no longer supporting the Mayor’s plan to pedestrianise and that they are going it alone with a bold scheme to put £150 million over three years, not just into Oxford Street, but into a scheme which is genuinely for the improvement of the whole Oxford Street District-  Leaders Update October 2018
In this they now have the support of all the West End amenity societies, who are already being actively consulted by Westminster as part of their engagement process. The Council now understands the importance of protecting the iconic neighbourhoods around Oxford Street: Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho. They are aiming to unveil their scheme at the end of…