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The ITA have called a series of Demos planned to start on Monday 26th November 2018 with the first planned for London Bridge on the 26th at 4pm.

This action was called in response to TFL’s proposal to ban taxis from using Tooley Street.

The ITA state “where buses go we should go”

This is a series of planned action everyday until this issue is resolved.

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A private hire driver who sexually assaulted three female passengers has been sentenced yesterday at Wood Green Crown Court.

Hire Mire, 51 years old from Harrow, received two years’ imprisonment to run concurrently. He was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years and received a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which prevents him being in the same vehicle as other females he doesn’t know.

The driver can also not apply or act to be a licensed Private Hire driver or Taxi driver with any authority within England and Wales.

Mire was found guilty on Friday 9 November 2018, at Wood Green Crown Court of three offences of sexual assault by touching.

The first offence took place on 22 September 2017 in the Buckinghamshire area. Over the following two days he committed a further two offences in Surrey and Hackney.

Following a separate trial he was convicted on 9 April 2018 at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court of two offences of section 4a Public Order. These two offences involved speaking to lone female passengers in a sexual manner, making them feel intimidated and vulnerable.

The first of these incidents took place on 22 May 2017 in Camden; the second on 22 September 2017 in the Buckinghamshire area.

Police were informed by Transport for London in October 2017 that Mire had been responsible for the assault on 24 September in Hackney. The female had made a complaint to the private hire company who in turn informed TfL. An investigation was launched by officers from the Met’s Taxi and Private Hire Policing Team.

In each of the incidents Mire targeted lone females. He would either sexually touch them or make sexual remarks of a graphic nature. In one case, after trying to grab the victim’s hand and speaking to her in a suggestive manner he made 21 attempts to contact her via her mobile phone after she gave into his demands that she hand over her phone number.

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Florida Uber driver allegedly solicited sex, or “a sexual favor,” from a passenger that requested a ride to work via the ride-sharing app. The passenger reportedly canceled the request after receiving the indecent proposal from the driver but made sure to report the incident to Uber.

Matthew Marston of Orlando, Florida, reportedly hailed an Uber around 3 a.m. earlier this week. His driver allegedly then messaged him before pick-up with the offer of riding for free if he performed a sexual favor.

“Hey, I’ll give you a free ride if you let me [redacted],” the driver allegedly told Marston, according to NBC 2 WESH.

“I was shocked. It felt uncomfortable,” Marston told the channel. “Of course I canceled the Uber. But I was uncomfortable calling another Uber. You know, I was thinking about calling out of work.”

Marston followed by hailing a second ride but was still issued a $5 cancellation fee for his first ride.

“It was a five dollar fee for canceling it,” Marston added. “That’s why I’ve been trying to get in contact with them [Uber].”

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LONDON (Reuters) – Uber Technologies has hired an ex-adviser to former British prime minister David Cameron to lead the ride-hailing firm’s lobbying efforts in northern Europe, less than a month after the company won a reprieve to operate in London.

The U.S. company has appointed Adam Atashzai as its head of policy for northern Europe, which includes the UK and countries in the Nordics and Benelux, an Uber spokesman told Reuters. His role will include engaging with governments as well as academics and charities, the spokesman said. Atashzai declined to comment.

The appointment comes after Uber recently moved to improve strained relations in the British capital as it faced the threat of a ban in its most important European market.

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Atashzai is currently a partner at Finsbury, a public relations firm owned by WPP, and was previously deputy political director to Cameron. He left politics following Cameron’s resignation in the wake of the June 2016 EU referendum and joined Finsbury later that year.

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Taxi App have promised every driver £13.60 per month subs if they manage to attract 500 new drivers by the end of November.

A driver on Twitter replied by saying you need someone out there selling it to the public, you won’t keep drivers without any work.

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A cabby on FaceBook has posted, that a London MP he picked advised him:

“TfL have no intention of getting London’s traffic moving again, the current congestion is contrived at the highest level within TfL and share holders of a certain construction maintenance company appear to be making a killing.”

He went on to say: Top officers in TfL should be investigated to see if they have any financial conflict of interest in this gridlock madness.”

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Chris Johnson still needs to raise £4000 through his crowdfunding efforts for his employment claim against My Taxi.

If the target of £15,000 is not met within the next 10 days then the case will be unable to go ahead.

A preliminary court date has been set for the 8th January 2019.

Chris needs to raise a total of £18,000 by the end of December for this case to proceed, Chris said if the target is not reached there will not be the money to pay the barristers to represent him at the employment tribunal.

You can find Chris’s crowdfunding page at https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mytaxi/

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And our very own Joe Lewis and Jon Cox have released a Christmas Single called Christmas just ain’t Christmas without you.

You will be able to hear the song on ou Weekly show this Wednesday.

The track will be available for download from Monday 26th November from iTunes and all major outlets.

We will post a link to download the track when it becomes available.

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Events in London this weekend kindly supplied by Sherbet London

 

Monday 19th

Gary Numan at the Royal Albert Hall finish time approx 22:30.

The Dead Daisies at the o2 Academy Islington finish time approx 22:00.

 

Tuesday 20th

Christine and the Queens at the Apollo Hammersmith finish time approx 22:30

Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall finish time approx 22:15.

Metric at o2 Forum Kentish Town finish time approx 22:30.

Hothouse Flowers at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire finish time approx 22:30.

Lil Pump at the Brixton Academy Brixton finish time approx 22:30.

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The next Cab Chat Pie & Mash Club meet is on Monday 17th December at Pie & Mash Welling in Upper Wickham Lane, Welling at 1pm, all are welcome to come along and meet the team and enjoy some traditional London Fayre.

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