Tuesday 18th September 2018

 

The Latest from CabChat.london

Cab Chat Goes daily

Yesterday after the first Cab Chat daily one of the team said that I should have explained what we are doing with the daily show

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I have finally got my license back after nearly 1 month since it expired. It took a few emails to a couple of prominent people within TFL to get my license processed within the same day.

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Trevor Merralls appeared on LTR last night as a Guest speaking about the UTAG legal challenge, Trevor stated that they need 7000 drivers to donate £40 per month for 6 months to meet the legal fees. This means that the legal fees are likely to be approx £1.6 million

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John Farrell tears up his Freedom of the City of London in disgust at the London Taxi Trades exclusion from Bank Junction, Sean a founder member of the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers said in a letter of resignation to the City “I do so with a heavy heart but you leave me no other option. London taxis, in one form or another, having been serving the City of London since 1600 and now it appears we are being kicked in the teeth. Since the implementation of the ban there has been a marked drop-off in journeys within the City of London. After all, who wants to pay for sitting in a queue of traffic, especially one artificially created.”

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London radio station LBC,  has revealed that the East-West cycle superhighway has cost over £62,000 for every extra cyclist attracted to the route.

The blue cycle path, which currently runs from Lancaster Gate to Tower Hill, was Boris Johnson’s flagship cycling project as Mayor. Heralded as the “Crossrail of cycling”, the £47 million project was “designed to encourage the large numbers of people who would like to cycle, but currently feel unable to.”

The news will infuriate taxi drivers and hauliers who have seen their journey times significantly increased, who lost a lane on the Embankment to make way for the Cycle Superhighway, doubling journey times.

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Following a meeting of the Private Hire Board last week it as agreed to cancel their protest planned for Wednesday 19th September 2018 at City Hall as the GLA have formally voted against removing the Private Hire Vehicle exemption as the London Assembly Transport Committee has invited industry representatives to appear before them with regard to a new investigation into taxi and Private Hire services in London. It wa decided to cancel the protest.

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The Danish supreme court on Thursday ratified fines given to four Uber drivers for operating illegally, paving the way for similar fines on a further 1,500 drivers.

The four taxi drivers, one of whom was fined 486,500 Danish crowns ($78,060), were charged with failing to have permits and for violating a law introduced to combat Uber which imposed extra rules on taxis operating in Denmark.

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Increasingly fewer Londoners believe that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is doing a good job, according to the latest poll conducted for the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Under half (44 per cent) thought the Mayor was doing well compared to 52 per cent in April 2018. Almost as many, 40 per cent, think he is doing badly, a rise of 10 percentage points since April.

This results in a net score of +4, the lowest since Queen Mary’s Polling London project began.

Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary and Director of the Mile End Institute, said: “In April 2018, Sadiq Khan was still ahead among those aged 50-64, working class Londoners, those living in outer London and white voters. He’s now behind among all of these groups”.