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The ITA have today called off their planned protests for Monday and for the foreseeable future, they state lack of support from drivers orgs being the reason for the cancellation of these protests.

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Taxi drivers could see rapid improvements to the electric charging network across the UK as fuel giants BP announce £25 million investment to bring EV charging to its service stations.

BP announced at a recent energy forum that they aim to start rolling out “ultra-fast” charge points to almost 1,300 service stations early next year.

The diesel and petrol fuel providers own Chargemaster who are the UK’s biggest EV charging network and also manufacturers of the charging units widely used.

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As of Thursday customers of the controversial ride-hailing firm Uber will have to fork out roughly an extra fifteen percent on peak weekend journeys in the capital.

The minicab operator who are currently in the London courts appealing issues surrounding workers rights is increasing the price of all journeys made on Thursday’s through to Sunday between 10pm and 6am by a jaw dropping 20p per mile.

The price per a mile will move from £1.25 up to £1.45, and also increase 5p per minute, from £0.15 to £0.20, for each journey. These fees will rise further if surge pricing is applied during peak and busy periods.

This price hike also follows the recent announcement of a further increase of 15p per mile due to start soon labelled as a “clean air fee”. This levy is said to help drivers make the move to electric vehicles.

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According to Councillor Normal Briggs of Oldham, taxi drivers should invest in overcoats for during the winter months rather than leaving their cabs running to keep warm while waiting on ranks.

In a bid to tackle air pollution, Briggs has proposed a new condition that would stop taxis from idling on ranks while they wait for jobs.

Briggs said that it was ‘tough’ if drivers were cold and it was not right to leave your engine running to generate heat during the winter months.

According to the Manchester Evening News, he told members of Oldham’s licensing committee that drivers who were cold get no sympathy from him.

He simply said “get an overcoat.”

During the meeting, Councillor Briggs said:

“I went outside this morning and there was three taxis on the rank, all with the engines running.

“They’re not getting any sympathy from me on that one. I worked outside for years and years when I was in contracting on building sites, they’re getting no sympathy from me.”

John Garforth, the council’s trading standards and licensing manager, said it would be possible to introduce the new policy of ‘no idling while waiting’ and even joked that that the council could ‘buy them all a coat or a pair of gloves’.

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Sunday the 11th November is PoppyCabs once again, this is where drivers give up there time to transport veterans to the Cenotaph from all the Major Mainline Train Stations and Victory Services Club, Union Jack Club and Victoria Coach Station from 8:00am to 10:00am and then queue upon Westminster Bridge for the return journey from 12:30pm till 2:00pm.

 

For more information see @poppycabs or email mike@mikehughs.org.uk

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Events worth noting in London today:

Rick Astley at the Apollo Hammersmith finishes at 22:30

Michael McIntyre Wembley Arena finishes at 22:15

Fat Freddies Drop at Brixton Academy finishes at 22:30

Ross Noble at London Palladium finishes at 22:15

Big Club Night at Ministry of Sound finishes at 04:00

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The next Cab Chat Pie & Mash Club meet is on Wednesday 14th November at Cockneys in Portobello Road at 2pm, all are welcome to come along and meet the team and enjoy some traditional London Fayre.

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