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Renewing Your Bill Still Over Complicated... We Ask Why The Orgs Have Failed To Simplify The System ?

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In the 45 years I've been licensed as a London Taxi driver, I have never before had a problem applying for a renewal. 
The easiest was Penton Street, just turn up, fill in the form, hand over two passport photos, pay your cash and that was it. Then when TfL took over licensing, I used the postal pack and the post office check and send. As I say, never had a problem. 
But it became apparent round about seven years ago that the system wasn't running as smooth as it could be plus the commissioner Sir Peter Hendy tried to stop the issue of temporary licenses for renews arriving late.
Taxi Leaks did our bit by pointing out to Sir Peter the transport Act sec 17 subsection 11 which says once the application has been submitted and the DBS received back, your old licence stays valid until you receive the renewal or your licence is revoked. 
But even so, many drivers seem to have lost work....some for weeks and in certain cases months waiting for renewals. 
The orgs who should have been up i…

Midland Road St Pancras... 'Move Rank' : Pancras Road... 'BanCycles'... Job Done.

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Because of the carnage created in Midland Road by Camden Council, we believe it's time TfL and Eurostar stepped in and moved Euro Star ranking facilities round to Pancras Road.
Reports on social media over the weekend said it was taking over £11 on the clock (from picking up on St Pancras rank) to finally exiting onto Euston Road.....this is disgraceful. Videos were circulating of emergency vehicles stuck in the gridlock. We just hope that lives haven't been lost as yet.
How long before passengers stop using taxis from the St Pancras rank altogether?  Perhaps this was the plan all along...passengers forced onto the underground...Is Khan trying to fill the £1 billion deficit by taking passengers away from the Taxi trade and forcing them onto the Tube?
Immediate Action Needed : Where's The Joint Ranks Committee On This? We need TfL and Camden to move the rank at St Pancras to Pancras Road. As PH not being metered they can pick up and drop off in the carnage of Midland Road and it…

Statement From The Independant Taxi Alliance (ITA) : Latest News About The Demos.

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*The Truth*
Jas Sandhu of the Met Police, seconded to TfL as a replacement to Insp Neil Bellany (of the Uber email FOI's), contacted every Org and Union wanting to speak the ITA leaders.
Steve Garelick informed us via text, not giving Sandhu any of our personal information away, but giving me Sandhu's number.
Sean Paul Day and Jimmy Thomas are the spokesmen and media control of the ITA. We trust no one else.
We asked SPD to call Sandhu as ITA spokesman, and reporter for LTR.
The crux of the conversation, on loud speaker, with Danny and myself in silent witness, was TfL had been forced to contact the ITA by the Met.
Obviously TfL can see division in the trade as usual, with plenty of negativity and sniping from drivers who feel working and letting main roads being lost to Taxis is okay. So they were prepared to sit and wait until the militants who are prepared to fight for their rights shrivel into poverty and limp away in defeat.
TfL are worried.
They are dying to control us.
T…

Khan's Zombie Pollution Statistics Exposed....Part Two....By Green Badge John.

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It has always been well known TFL's dodgy taxi emission statistics were a product of fantasy reliant on a philosopy of technology running too slow for those who desire it most..... Them.

So making up disparaging and unsustainable accusations against an easy target namely taxis for polution or emission levels and ignoring the hundereds of thousands of other vehicles that use Londons roads daily is completely scandelous and proves how corrupt and low the highly paid officials of TFL will go to win a point of argument using us as an Iconic publisised vehicle whilst at the same time attempting to illiminate us from the road completely on economics and tecnology which are like siamese twins.

Politics within the TFL mass transportation system has been outed since Uber fell into favour with TFL and remembering TFl is not supposed to be apolitical as it is overall governed by the Mayor and the Greater London Authority, if the dodgy emission dossier statisctics were provided by senior offi…

GLA Councillor David Kurten Exposes Sadiq Khan's Statistics As Guesstimates

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At Mayor's Question time on the 17th of January, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told GLA Councillor David Kurten that  taxis produce 20% of NOx in Central London today and will produce 30% of NOx by 2020....When questioned about the validity of the statistics he said why should I ignore the science from my experts !!!
But in a written answer to Cllr Kurten, Mayor Khan has now admitted the statistics are no more than ESTIMATES - i.e. figures not based on any measurements, but plucked out of thin air.

But these guesstimated statistics are now flying around the media as pure facts and being used to damage the London Taxi trade. Taxi Leaks asks: Why have our largest org, the one who allegedly have secret meetings with the mayor and TfL commissioner Mike Brown not said anything about these lies ??? Why have none of our smaller orgs or three Unions said anything about these lies ???
Every Taxi follows TfL mandated guidelines over emissions, each vehicle having two MOTs and a TFL inspection every y…

GLA Councillor David Kurten Exposes Sadiq Khan's Statistics As Guesstimates

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At a Mayors Question time on the 17th of January, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told GLA Councillor David Kurten that  taxis produce 20% of NOx in Central London today and will produce 30% of NOx by 2020, when questioned about the validity of the statistic he said why should I ignore the science from my experts.....
But in a written answer to Cllr Kurten, Mayor Khan has now admitted the statistics are no more than ESTIMATES - i.e. figures not based on any measurements but plucked out of thin air.

But as these estimated statistics are now flying around the media as facts and being used to damage the London Taxi trade, why have our largest org, the ones who allegedly have secret meetings with the mayor and TfL commissioner Mike Brown not said anything about these lies ??? Why have none of our smaller orgs or three Unions said anything about these lies ???
Every Taxi follows TfL mandated guidelines over emissions, each vehicle having two MOTs and a TFL inspection every year. The Mayor is using zomb…

Pair Who Robbed Taxi Drivers At Knifepoint Jailed For Nine Years

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Aalia Chaudhary and Fizan Syed were both jailed for robbing taxi drivers at knifepoint. Credit: Thames Valley Police A man and woman who robbed taxi drivers at knifepoint have been jailed. Fizan Syed and Aalia Chaudhary targeted four taxi drivers in Slough over an 18 month period between November 2015 and May 2017
The pair would order a taxi to Langley and then hold a knife to the driver's neck before stealing cash and valuables. They were jailed at Reading Crown Court on Friday, January 25 after being convicted of four counts of robbery.
The court heard Syed would sit directly behind the drivers, while Chaudhary sat in the other rear passenger seat. Chaudhary would speak to the drivers during the trips, but when they arrived at their destination Syed would place his arm around the neck of the driver and hold a knife to their throat. Chaudhary would then search the taxi for money, wallets and other valuable items before they ran away.
Two of their victims sustained cuts to their faces dur…

Week 2 Day 2 : Thank You TfL For Making Our Demo Successful . Every Journey In Tatters!

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Seventh weekday evening in a row and the proactive drivers of the ITA blocked Tottenham Court Road (TCR) bang on the dot of 4pm. But today we noticed a complete attitude change from the police. 
Someone above decided they would give Taxis the run-around, and road blocks were set up to stop drivers accessing the road from side streets. The only access point being from Charing Cross Road. Drivers were told by the police at road blocks, to head for Oxford Street but many found the police at TCR were unwilling to let them enter from Oxford street east bound. Shortly after 4pm Taxis traveling east along Oxford Street or trying to turn left from Rathbone Place, were diverted through the no entries into Soho Square, to make their way down to Old Compton left onto Charing Cross. A few Cabs were given access approaching westbound along New Oxford Street.
To stop the cabs heading up to Kings Cross again at 5 pm, TCR had been blocked across the top, cabs were diverted into University Street and ba…

Shock News As LEVC Lay Off 20% Of It’s Coventry Staff Just 24 Hours After Prince Charles Visit.

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Shock news today as we read in the Coventry Telegraph, that Coventry based Electric Taxi manufacturer announces 70 job losses. Funny enough, the announcement came just 24 hours after Prince Charles visited the new factory in AnstyWorkers at the LEVC works, that builds the London Electric range extender black cabs, have been told today to expect job losses.Managers called their production staff together this afternoon and inform them of plans to reduce the workforce by 70. This is around a fifth of the total workforce.According to the Telegraph, a production worker (who did not wish to be named) said: "We all knew this was coming, but we didn't know the amount."There will be another meeting tomorrow where we will find out the criteria - which staff are going."We knew that this would be announced as soon as Prince Charles had left."We have put our heart and soul into that new building for Coventry, to do Coventry proud again."There are some brilliant workers…

Week 2 Day 2 : Thank You TfL For Making Our Demo Successful . Every Journey In Tatters!

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Seventh weekday evening in a row and the proactive drivers of the ITA blocked Tottenham Court Road (TCR bang on the dot of 4pm. But today we noticed a complete attitude change from the police. 
Someone above decided they would give Taxis the run-around, and road blocks were set up to stop drivers accessing the road from side streets. The only access point being from Charing Cross Road. Drivers were told by the police at road blocks, to head for Oxford Street but many found the police at TCR were unwilling to let them enter from Oxford street east bound. Shortly after 4pm Taxis traveling east along Oxford Street or trying to turn left from Rathbone Place, were diverted through the no entries into Soho Square, to make their way down to Old Compton left onto Charing Cross. A few Cabs were given access approaching westbound along New Oxford Street.
To stop the cabs heading up to Kings Cross again at 5 pm, TCR had been blocked across the top, cabs were diverted into University Street and bac…

Open Letter To TfL Regarding Taxi Exclusion From Mayor Of London's Plans For Tottenham Court Road.

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To: safetycomments@tfl.gov.uk Subject: Tottenham Court Road exclusion. 
Why are Licensed London Taxis being excluded from TfL, Camden Council and the Mayor of London's plans for Tottenham Court Road?
With the horrendous KSI statistics of TfL's publicly funded, privately owned Bus companies, in stark contrast to the unparalleled safety record of self-sufficient Taxis, it appears there is an agenda by TfL and the Mayor to rob Peter (Taxis) to pay Paul (Buses).
It is TfL who have failed the Bus companies. TfL and three successive Mayors have tried to propgandise drivers out of cars and on to bikes. But instead, because of TfL's ludicrous road mismanagement policy where buses stand still in manufactured gridlock, users stepped off TfL buses and onto cycles or walked. Adding to that mix of greed and ineptitude, TfL licensed sixty thousand more Private Hire minicabs than was necessary as a quick drying mortar to London's heavy wall of traffic built into its ever decreasing road sp…

Fitzrovia News Asks, "What's The Media Reported And Is It Correct?....But Who's Posting The Fake News?

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Above are photos taken between 4pm and 7pm at he demonstration on Tottenham Court Road. Please notice that the outside lane has been kept clear for emergency vehicles. But if you take a photo after 7pn when the police open the road back up to all traffic, you get a different picture as vehicles hurriedly drive down the empty lane, as in the picture below. This gives a fake news perspective....and guess which picture Fitzrovia Nes went with?....yes you got it, the one below 

For the sixth weekday evening in a row London Taxi drivers have blocked Tottenham Court Road between 4pm and 7pm, and brought the surrounding streets to a standstill. 
Although many people have struggled to get home by public transport, we have found in general, the majority of the public and business owners we’ve spoken to, fully support the Taxi action.
There have been allegations that a number of incorrect statements have been made in both the mainstream media and on social media.
So we thought we’d go over the proble…

Sad News Today, As Trade Loses Another Much Loved Colleague.

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It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of one of the loveliest cab drivers I have ever known. Mark Sherlock (61) who has lost his 20 months battle with a brain tumour, was a dear friend and much loved colleague.
I first met Mark at a trade org meeting in 2010, he said he liked my blog but the spelling was dreadful.  I explained that I had a mild form of dyslexia that affected mainly my reading ability, so once written, I rarely read  back through my posts. Mark offered to proof read and correct posts and within days the blog took on a new professional look, all down to Marks efforts. 
Unfortunately a few years down the line the blog came under heavy attack with threats of legal action to all those involved. So I had to distanced myself from the others connected with the blog and carried on alone. Obviously the blog standard noticeably dropped without Marks help. But we did stay in touch through social media and the occasional meeting.
Mark, an established Soul Music …

Sad News Today, As Trade Loses Another Much Loved Colleague.

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It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of one of the loveliest cab drivers I have ever known. Mark Sherlock (61) who has lost his 20 mounts battle with a brain tumour, was a dearly loved friend and colleague.
I first met Mark at trade org meeting in 2010, he said he liked my blog but the spelling was dreadful.  I explained that I had a mild form of dyslexia that affected mainly my reading ability, so once written, I rarely read  back through my posts. Mark offered to proof read and correct posts and within days the blog took on a new professional look, all down to Marks efforts. 
Unfortunately a few years down the line the blog came under heavy attack with threats of legal action to all those involved. So I had to distanced myself from the others connected with the blog and carried on alone. Obviously the blog standard noticeably dropped without Marks help. But we did stay in touch through social media and the occasional meeting.
Mark, an established Soul Music DJ, s…

TCR Protests week Two : Khan's Lies Must Be Exposed.

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As Sadiq Khan, bleats on relentlessly about the poor air quality in London, he knows full well that diesel cars are not to blame for the low standard of air quality endured in our cities across the UK. 
 * Khan knows as fact, that hundreds of transient transatlantic flights are routed out of their way to fly low over London and other populated areas of the UK. 
 * He knows that diesel vehicles are cleaner now than ever before and that overall, traffic volume has not changed much since 2000, up only by 10%, 
 * He knows emission from ground traffic has dropped, as any increase in traffic has been more than offset by improvements in engine technology. 
 * He also knows the only other factor in the equation -aviation- is being deliberately excluded from the entire debate. 
 * Khan knows that his T-Charge is basically a tax on diesel drivers and an attack on the London Black Taxi trade. 
 * He knows the T-Charge will make no difference to the levels of pollution, as several studies have shown. 

Cyclist Albert Beals Letter To Camden New Journal Regarding Tottenham Court Road Taxi Ban

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Man behind the looney traffic systems in Camden...Labour Cllr Adam Harrison.
Letter from Albert Beale Hi there - I'm a cyclist who supports the cabbies over Tpttenham Court Road - see my letter below to the CNJ.
I do wish some cabbies wouldn't be so down on cyclists. It's the private cars, and - especially - the lethal minicabs, which we should be united in opposing.
There's room for taxis and buses and bikes on the road together - but 90% of private cars in central London aren't needed and we should get rid of them.
I think cabbies and cyclists should more frequently make common cause; over TCR I'd say our interests coincide. I find a cycle space which is actually a shared space with just buses and taxis (professional drivers), like TCR ought to be, is sometimes safer than a "bikes only" lane with private traffic such as minicabs nearby, since they often ignore cycle lanes and stop in them.
  Albert Beale
LETTER TO CAMDEN NEW JOURNAL (CNJ) I travel round c…