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2 TAXI |25 AUGUST 2015 www.ltda.co.uk | @TheLTDA<br />

NEWS<br />

<strong>Uber</strong> <strong>earnings</strong> <strong>ad</strong> <strong>banned</strong><br />

Tr<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

A complaint about controversial<br />

<strong>ad</strong>verts making ludicrous claims<br />

about the potential <strong>earnings</strong> of <strong>Uber</strong><br />

drivers has been upheld by the<br />

Advertising Standards Agency.<br />

<strong>Uber</strong> has been forced to remove<br />

the <strong>ad</strong>s saying that minicab drivers<br />

can earn £1,200 a week, as it was<br />

unable to prove it was possible.<br />

The ruling will be an<br />

embarrassment for Transport for<br />

London, which came under-fire<br />

earlier last year when the<br />

promotional campaign appeared on<br />

its own website.<br />

Taxi driver Benjamin Nash was<br />

one of two people who complained<br />

to the standards regulator about<br />

the issue.<br />

He said: “I was delighted when they<br />

confirmed that <strong>Uber</strong> would have to take<br />

down the <strong>ad</strong>s. I only did it because it<br />

annoyed me that they were making these<br />

claims. Even if one person managed to<br />

somehow earn that much in one week, it<br />

has to be an average. I don’t think they<br />

have even managed prove that one<br />

person has earned that much in a week.”<br />

<strong>Uber</strong> agreed to scrap the<br />

The <strong>Uber</strong> <strong>ad</strong> on the TfL website in October<br />

<strong>ad</strong>vertising campaign without the<br />

need for a formal investigation after<br />

being contacted by the ASA.<br />

Adverts for <strong>Uber</strong> and all other<br />

minicabs were stripped from<br />

Transport for London’s (TfL)<br />

website after complaints from the<br />

LTDA and cabbies were backed by<br />

London Assembly politicians.<br />

TfL initially brushed aside the<br />

issue, saying the <strong>ad</strong>vertising was<br />

handled by an outside agency. It<br />

said <strong>ad</strong>s are accepted provided that<br />

they comply with guidelines: which<br />

the ASA has decided that they do<br />

not.<br />

Caroline Pidgeon, le<strong>ad</strong>er of the<br />

body’s Liberal Democrat group, and<br />

Green Party member Darren<br />

Johnson both tackled Mayor Boris<br />

Johnson, asking whether it was<br />

“appropriate” for <strong>Uber</strong>’s<br />

<strong>ad</strong>vertisements to be carried by the<br />

authority.<br />

Mr Johnson and Ms Pidgeon<br />

raised the issue in November but<br />

TfL said the decision to take down<br />

<strong>ad</strong>verts h<strong>ad</strong> alre<strong>ad</strong>y been m<strong>ad</strong>e after<br />

complaints from a number of taxi<br />

and minicab drivers.<br />

It confirmed that, as of October 30,<br />

“TfL decided that no <strong>ad</strong>vertising would<br />

be carried on the taxi and private hire<br />

section of the TfL website.”<br />

News in brief<br />

Motorcyclist injured in<br />

<strong>Uber</strong> smash<br />

A motorbike rider was seriously<br />

injured after a crash involving<br />

an <strong>Uber</strong> cab in Notting<br />

Hill Gate.<br />

The man, said to be in his 20s,<br />

was treated at the scene by<br />

medics before being taken to St<br />

Mary’s Hospital in P<strong>ad</strong>dington<br />

with a suspected broken leg.<br />

The minicab driver was<br />

uninjured in the incident which<br />

took place at around 10pm on<br />

Sunday, August 16. Nobody has<br />

been arrested, but the <strong>Uber</strong><br />

driver has been removed from<br />

the company’s books.<br />

Tout fined £500<br />

A minicab driver caught touting<br />

by TfL compliance officers in<br />

London’s West End was fined<br />

£500 by Westminster<br />

magistrates’ court.<br />

Omar Gouaalla ple<strong>ad</strong>ed<br />

guilty to plying for hire and<br />

accepting a booking without a<br />

licence in Wardour Street on<br />

October 19.


More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015 | TAXI 3<br />

Top Tr<strong>ad</strong>e Story<br />

LIGHT AT THE END<br />

OF THE TUNNEL?<br />

STEVE MCNAMARA LTDA General Secretary<br />

A toughening up of the private hire regulations is on the horizon – at last!<br />

The Private Hire Regulations<br />

Review consultation closed<br />

on June 19, and Transport<br />

for London (TfL) received over<br />

4,000 responses. For the first time<br />

ever our tr<strong>ad</strong>e submitted a united<br />

response, which was then echoed<br />

by many thousands of LTDA<br />

members who took the trouble to<br />

submit an individual reply based<br />

on our suggestions and detailed<br />

paper.<br />

TfL has now analysed all the<br />

responses and has drawn up a list<br />

of draft proposals for discussion<br />

with the taxi and private hire<br />

tr<strong>ad</strong>es. The changes will come in<br />

two parts, with the first batch to<br />

be implemented in the autumn<br />

and the rest - the most contentious<br />

issues - following later, subject to<br />

a consultation. The first tranche<br />

will include a much more<br />

stringent and thorough<br />

topographical testing procedure,<br />

controlled by TfL in-house, in the<br />

same way the Knowledge is<br />

delivered and tested.<br />

The testing will be conducted in<br />

English, and will ensure that all<br />

applicants have an appropriate<br />

level of conversational English,<br />

something which is s<strong>ad</strong>ly lacking<br />

now. TfL also plans to introduce a<br />

higher level of disability training,<br />

requiring applicants to undertake<br />

a Driver Standards Agency<br />

enhanced driving test, similar to<br />

that undertaken by taxi drivers. A<br />

r<strong>ad</strong>ical change for operators will<br />

be the removal of their ability to<br />

R<strong>ad</strong>ical changes are afoot for the private hire tr<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

handle complaints, which will<br />

now be dealt with by TfL, using<br />

the same employees who currently<br />

deal with taxi complaints.<br />

All of the proposed regulatory<br />

changes were proposed by the<br />

tr<strong>ad</strong>e in our response, and include:<br />

n PH operators will be required<br />

to have Hire and Reward<br />

insurance policy for their fleet.<br />

n Satellite or temporary event<br />

licences will be scrapped<br />

n A five minute period between<br />

booking and pick up<br />

n Operators must not show<br />

vehicles available for<br />

immediate hire - either visibly<br />

or virtually, via an app<br />

n The fare must be specified at<br />

time of booking<br />

n Drivers to only work for one<br />

operator at a time<br />

n No ride sharing<br />

n Operators must offer a prebooking<br />

facility - up to seven<br />

days<br />

n Operators will have to record<br />

destinations at time of booking<br />

n Operators to have landline<br />

This is by no means a fait<br />

accompli, and <strong>Uber</strong> will be<br />

utilising its £250,000 per month<br />

lobbying and marketing budget<br />

to pressurize its bought and paid<br />

for journalists and politicians<br />

into earning their keep, and<br />

doing all it can to block the<br />

changes. <strong>Uber</strong> doesn’t care about<br />

public safety; a lax regulatory<br />

system suits it. The public<br />

doesn’t understand and few will<br />

respond to the consultation; so it<br />

will be up to us to respond en<br />

masse and ensure they are<br />

protected. I will be contacting all<br />

LTDA members nearer the time<br />

with suggestions and details of<br />

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4 TAXI |25 AUGUST 2015 www.ltda.co.uk | @TheLTDA<br />

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More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015 | TAXI 5<br />

NEWS<br />

“Use anti-terror Laws on <strong>Uber</strong>”<br />

Tr<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

Anti-terrorism laws must be used<br />

to crackdown on <strong>Uber</strong> drivers who<br />

cause a public menace by parking<br />

up outside St Pancras station, a<br />

councillor has said.<br />

The growing number of minicabs<br />

waiting for e-hails in restricted<br />

bays is causing chaos outside the<br />

station where taxi drivers are being<br />

forced to double park in order to<br />

legally ply their tr<strong>ad</strong>e.<br />

The problem is spiralling,<br />

causing tailbacks along the Euston<br />

Ro<strong>ad</strong> and raising security risk fears<br />

at Camden’s busiest transport hub.<br />

Green Party councillor Sian<br />

Berry is calling on the council to<br />

use a Traffic Regulation Order,<br />

restricting waiting to two minutes,<br />

based on a separate clause in the<br />

law covering the risk of terrorism.<br />

Sian began campaigning on the<br />

issue after it was raised by taxi<br />

drivers and says that introducing<br />

“steep parking charges” to deter<br />

minicabs “such as <strong>Uber</strong>” from<br />

staying longer than two minutes<br />

could be another solution.<br />

She said: “Black cab drivers have<br />

supplied me with a wealth of<br />

evidence, and I have visited<br />

the site many times to see<br />

for myself how many bays<br />

are occupied by minicab<br />

drivers simply waiting<br />

there and looking at their<br />

phones.<br />

“Something must be done<br />

and, looking at the legislation,<br />

I believe the reason sections of the<br />

Ro<strong>ad</strong> Traffic Regulation Act covering<br />

terrorism aren't named in the grace<br />

period regulations, is that security<br />

risks override any need for parking<br />

flexibility. This is clearly applicable at<br />

this site and I've asked the council to<br />

look into making a new order on this<br />

basis.”<br />

The problem has been blamed<br />

on local government secretary Eric<br />

Pickles who earlier this year<br />

introduced a controversial 10-<br />

minute grace period for motorists<br />

when parking tickets run out.<br />

The rule change affects bays in<br />

Pancras Ro<strong>ad</strong>, which previously<br />

allowed motorists to stop for two<br />

minutes but now allows minicab<br />

drivers to sit for up to 12 minutes.<br />

The LTDA’s Paul Wright, who<br />

regularly works at St<br />

Pancras, said:<br />

“Myri<strong>ad</strong> private hire<br />

vans, Prius cars<br />

and limousines<br />

litter both the<br />

entry and setting<br />

down points for the<br />

whole of the King’s<br />

Cross and St Pancras<br />

area, causing a danger to<br />

the public and making it virtually<br />

impossible for taxi drivers to work.<br />

“It’s about time Camden, TfL and<br />

Network Rail got their he<strong>ad</strong>s together<br />

and marshalled the area properly.<br />

Robust enforcement is needed and<br />

Sian Berry’s idea to use anti-terror<br />

laws to prevent overstaying by the<br />

private hire vehicles is the right way<br />

forward.”<br />

Environment le<strong>ad</strong>er, councillor<br />

Meric Apak, dismissed the request<br />

to use “anti-terrorism traffic orders”<br />

and wants to rely on parking<br />

wardens to <strong>ad</strong>dress the issue.<br />

A number of police and<br />

community support officers were<br />

in operation at King’s Cross<br />

moving on minicab drivers as<br />

TAXI went to press.<br />

Rank Suspension<br />

Murderers, Perverts and<br />

Thieves<br />

<strong>Uber</strong> has been accused of not doing<br />

thorough background checks on its<br />

drivers in the US.<br />

Murderers, perverts and thieves<br />

have all been allowed to work for<br />

the tech giant, according to legal<br />

papers filed in California, which<br />

allege the company misle<strong>ad</strong>s<br />

customers about its screening<br />

system. <strong>Uber</strong> said its driver checking<br />

system is better than those used by<br />

other transport firms.<br />

Free Classic car show<br />

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700 vintage, custom and classic cars<br />

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Saturday, September 19, in Newport<br />

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Not only do they offer the<br />

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6 TAXI |25 AUGUST 2015 www.ltda.co.uk | @TheLTDA<br />

The Massett File<br />

Richard Massett Chairman LTDA, Chairman London Cab Ranks Committee<br />

LTDA BATTLES<br />

SUPERHIGHWAY<br />

The superhighway plan will bring London to a standstill but we’re fighting it tooth and nail<br />

The car-free superhighway fantasy dreamt of by TfL<br />

LTDA Policy Statement<br />

It is more essential than ever for drivers to be fully appraised of<br />

the various tr<strong>ad</strong>e organisations’ policies. In order to clarify the<br />

LTDA’s position on the important issues facing the industry, the<br />

Association reaffirms:<br />

1. Its determination (despite opposition from certain tr<strong>ad</strong>e organisations) to exclude<br />

taxi drivers from any form of restriction on working hours or the compulsory fitting<br />

of tachographs in cabs.<br />

2. Its total opposition to the proposed computerised Knowledge testing system<br />

(Quickie Knowledge), which is intended to speed up and churn out new licences.<br />

3. Its support for a regular review of taxi usage in London in order to provide<br />

effective management of the cab fleet which will prevent the streets of London<br />

being flooded with empty cabs.<br />

4. Its support for the introduction of ‘rest ranks’ to enable drivers to legally leave<br />

their cabs unattended whilst visiting <strong>ad</strong>jacent toilet facilities.<br />

5. Its support for a complete ban on pedicabs.<br />

6. Its insistence on meaningful consultation with Transport for London.<br />

7. Its support for an effective minicab enforcement team, trained<br />

to er<strong>ad</strong>icate illegal touting by minicab drivers.<br />

8. Its campaign for taxi access to all bus lanes.<br />

9. Its insistence that taxis continue to be exempt from<br />

congestion charges.<br />

10. Its policy to recruit, support and represent licensed<br />

taxi drivers only.<br />

If you require clarification on these or<br />

other important issues, please:<br />

Call the LTDA on 020 7286 1046<br />

POLICY<br />

The LTDA has applied to the<br />

High Court for a judicial<br />

review of Transport for<br />

London’s decision to forge ahe<strong>ad</strong><br />

with construction of the East-West<br />

Cycle Superhighway (EWCS)<br />

through the centre of London.<br />

The works have alre<strong>ad</strong>y caused<br />

gridlock and misery for motorists who<br />

have to drive through the city. Taxi<br />

passengers who have the misfortune to<br />

travel anywhere near the works have<br />

suffered substantially increased<br />

journey times and costs. The delays are<br />

not just confined to journeys along<br />

Victoria Embankment and<br />

Upper/Lower Thames Street but<br />

alternative routes through the City and<br />

south of the river have also been<br />

severely affected. TfL has tried to<br />

mitigate the effects on traffic in the<br />

central area by holding vehicles back<br />

on some of the main routes into town,<br />

but this has only served to spre<strong>ad</strong> the<br />

congestion. Drivers have found that<br />

their journey times along these routes<br />

have also increased substantially.<br />

Gridlock<br />

The LTDA has opposed the East – West<br />

route consistently from the outset. We<br />

have worked with a number of other<br />

organisations, which share our<br />

concerns. We initially consulted<br />

lawyers because there seemed to have<br />

been serious shortcomings in the<br />

consultation process, particularly with<br />

the lack of a proper area-wide air<br />

quality assessment. Although our<br />

concerns were legitimate, the <strong>ad</strong>vice<br />

was that they probably were not<br />

sufficient to prevent the scheme from<br />

going ahe<strong>ad</strong>. We did however retain<br />

the services of a senior QC who has<br />

vast experience of planning. It was he<br />

who suggested that TfL may have<br />

been deficient when it came to<br />

applying for specific planning<br />

consent from the local authorities<br />

along the route. Normally, traffic<br />

schemes are processed under the ro<strong>ad</strong><br />

traffic acts and formal planning<br />

consent is not required. In this case,<br />

full re-construction of the ro<strong>ad</strong>s is<br />

being carried out, in close proximity<br />

to many listed and national heritage<br />

buildings. So, the legal opinion is that<br />

this scheme should have been subject<br />

to a full planning application and is<br />

therefore open to challenge.<br />

If the judicial review is successful, it<br />

would not bring about an end to this<br />

project on its own, but it would bring<br />

the work to a halt while TfL sought<br />

the necessary planning consent. We<br />

hope that this would refocus attention<br />

on TfL’s damaging plans to restrict<br />

the movement of essential traffic in<br />

London. TfL shouldn’t underestimate<br />

the strength of feeling against its illconceived<br />

plans. We are aware that<br />

another interested party is also<br />

engaged in action, which could also<br />

see the authority having to defend its<br />

actions in court.<br />

No doubt the LTDA will once again<br />

be mercilessly attacked by the cycling<br />

lobby on Twitter and other social<br />

media over this challenge. But let’s be<br />

clear about this: we are not anticycling<br />

and we do want to see<br />

facilities in London to make cycling<br />

safer. However, there has to be a<br />

balance; people and goods must be<br />

able to move through the capital’s<br />

ro<strong>ad</strong> network as efficiently as<br />

possible. We really cannot understand<br />

the Mayor’s business case for<br />

installing cycle lanes which result in<br />

reducing capacity on our ro<strong>ad</strong>s for<br />

motor vehicles, there must be a better<br />

way of doing things. In the case of<br />

EWCS, surely two lanes of traffic in<br />

each direction could have been<br />

maintained along with suitable cycle<br />

lanes. I just don’t know why the<br />

Mayor would want a permanently<br />

gridlocked Central London as his<br />

legacy. n


More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015| TAXI 7<br />

NEWS<br />

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The conmen tricked their<br />

victims out of more than<br />

£177,000 by making more than<br />

2,500 cold calls in 2013 and<br />

2014.<br />

But the gang, Shamsul<br />

Islam, 25, Mohammed Ahmed<br />

Miah, 19, and Mohammed<br />

Hussain, 18, all from London,<br />

got more than they bargained<br />

for when they contacte a 60-<br />

year-old former telephone<br />

engineer.<br />

The men posed as officers<br />

and told their targets to cut up<br />

their credit cards because they<br />

h<strong>ad</strong> been compromised.<br />

The gang then arranged for<br />

a courier to collect the cards<br />

which they used to plunder<br />

bank accounts. The green<br />

b<strong>ad</strong>ge from Hornchurch<br />

spotted their scam right away<br />

thanks to his previous training<br />

Jailed: conmen who swindled £177,000 from their victims<br />

in telecommunications.<br />

Police scoured telephone<br />

records and used the<br />

information to trace the<br />

crooks and put them before<br />

the courts.<br />

Detective Inspector Bart<br />

Haley said: “This gang m<strong>ad</strong>e a<br />

huge amount of calls in order to<br />

identify and target their<br />

victims.<br />

“Many have been tricked out<br />

of huge amounts of cash and<br />

we’re pleased to have been able<br />

to now get them justice.<br />

“I would urge people to be<br />

vigilant and look out for<br />

elderly or vulnerable friends<br />

and relatives. Police or banks<br />

will never call you up out of<br />

the blue to ask for personal<br />

details or cash. If you receive<br />

such a call, use a mobile phone<br />

or neighbour’s phone to call<br />

999.”<br />

Islam, who provided the<br />

base for the gang at King’s<br />

Cross was jailed for five<br />

years at St Albans Crown<br />

Court. Miah and Hussain<br />

were each jailed for 18<br />

months.<br />

News in brief<br />

“Same rate as always”<br />

Verifone used its DigitalTop roof<br />

screens to promote the taxi tr<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

during the Tube strikes earlier<br />

this month.<br />

The campaign highlighted the<br />

fact that taxis would be the “same<br />

rate as always” as opposed to<br />

<strong>Uber</strong>, which uses a surge pricing<br />

system and charges triple rates at<br />

peak times.<br />

Verifone is offering drivers an<br />

£1,100 installation bonus<br />

payment and £180 per month to<br />

TX4 owner-drivers for carrying a<br />

DigitalTop unit. Telephone 0333<br />

666 1000 (option 2) for<br />

information.<br />

Cab smash in Eltham<br />

A cabbie and another driver were<br />

rescued by firefighters after a<br />

smash in Eltham Hill on<br />

August 12.<br />

Fire crews h<strong>ad</strong> to cut one<br />

person from a silver Mini after<br />

removing the roof, and also<br />

pulled the cabbie to safety.<br />

The driver of the mini was<br />

taken to hospital by ambulance.


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o Current vehicle licence (for renewal inspections)<br />

o From October 1, 2014, vehicles no longer require a tax disc to<br />

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o Insurance certificate (not a copy) – properly affixed in the<br />

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o Valid MOT certificate (issued 13 days or less before inspection)<br />

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o Taximeter installation and calibration certificate, issued within<br />

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NEWS<br />

Cabbies help British heroes<br />

Charity<br />

Britain’s Forgotten Army was given<br />

the five star treatment by hundreds<br />

of kind-hearted volunteer cabbies<br />

who ferried them to a special VJ Day<br />

celebration for free.<br />

Despite the hardships suffered by<br />

the tr<strong>ad</strong>e, itself ignored by the<br />

authorities, cabbies gave up precious<br />

work time to help veterans of the Far<br />

East campaign - and put greedy big<br />

businesses such as <strong>Uber</strong> and South<br />

West trains to shame.<br />

More than 800 heroes landed at<br />

key stations across the city,<br />

including King’s Cross, Waterloo<br />

and P<strong>ad</strong>dington, where volunteer<br />

cabbies waited to ship them to the<br />

Horse Guards’ Par<strong>ad</strong>e in Whitehall<br />

to mark 70 years since Japan<br />

surrendered.<br />

Marshalls organised by the<br />

London Taxi Benevolent Association<br />

for War Disabled at the stations<br />

directed the troops to the taxi ranks<br />

on Saturday, August 15.<br />

Organiser Dennis Hayes <strong>ad</strong>ded:<br />

"The veterans who fought in the Far<br />

East and Pacific campaigns in many<br />

cases gave five years of their lives for<br />

our future. A lot of their comr<strong>ad</strong>es and<br />

mates never m<strong>ad</strong>e it home, either dying<br />

in battle, through disease or at the<br />

hands of the Japanese in their prisons<br />

and forced labour camps. They all h<strong>ad</strong> a<br />

terrible time of it and became known as<br />

the Forgotten Army.<br />

"When we think what these men and<br />

women went through for us, it's the<br />

least I can do to give up a few hours of<br />

time this Saturday to support them."<br />

The par<strong>ad</strong>e in tribute to all who<br />

served in the Second World War<br />

included a fighter plane fly-past<br />

and a special service led by Right<br />

Reverend Nigel Stock, bishop to<br />

HM Armed Forces, who paid<br />

particular tribute to those who<br />

served in the Far East.<br />

While cabbies donated their time<br />

for free, South West trains came<br />

under fire for cancelling its cheap<br />

£20 return ticket offer on VJ Day,<br />

forcing veterans to pay full price.<br />

<strong>Uber</strong> has also been criticised for<br />

fleecing Londoners by tripling its<br />

prices during the recent strikes and<br />

at other busy times when travellers<br />

are in the greatest need.<br />

Image: Alex Webster<br />

When we think what these people went through for us, “it’s the least we can do.”


10 TAXI |25 AUGUST 2015 www.ltda.co.uk | @TheLTDA<br />

NEWS<br />

The cab you drive<br />

Business<br />

Nothing makes sense anymore: once<br />

upon a time it was possible to<br />

predict the number of new cab sales<br />

and the price of second hand cabs<br />

300<br />

250<br />

200<br />

150<br />

100<br />

50<br />

with ease. It wasn’t rocket science.<br />

It was seasonal, affected by new<br />

registration plates, new models<br />

and to a lesser extent work levels<br />

etc. It’s no secret that we are<br />

having a rough time of it lately and<br />

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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan 15 Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul<br />

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Merc<br />

Vito 20 14 33 15 1 3 0 10 28 12 12 29 62<br />

Metro - - - - 3 1 0 0 1 - - 0 0<br />

Total 101 66 190 146 88 110 56 85 183 67 55 106 165<br />

KEY: LTI VITO<br />

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cabbies are only too keen to tell<br />

anyone who will listen how dire<br />

and unpredictable the economy is<br />

at the moment, so why have we<br />

h<strong>ad</strong> a record month for new<br />

cab sales?<br />

July saw 165 new cabs join the<br />

ranks – a 50% rise on last year.<br />

These are the highest July figures<br />

for five years. LTC sold 103<br />

vehicles, which is a jump of more<br />

than 20% on last year, but<br />

the real shock is that<br />

Mercedes registered<br />

62 new Vitos. Is it<br />

the case that<br />

Mercedes is preregistering<br />

their<br />

Euro V models<br />

prior to the<br />

compulsory<br />

introduction of<br />

Euro VI in<br />

October? Or has it<br />

m<strong>ad</strong>e a bulk sale to<br />

one of the fleets?<br />

Either way, there<br />

will be a lot of<br />

new 15 plates<br />

spotted on the ro<strong>ad</strong><br />

over the coming weeks. August is<br />

a tr<strong>ad</strong>itionally quiet month as<br />

buyers wait for the 65 plate in<br />

September, so it will be<br />

interesting to see whether this<br />

bounce continues, or will it be<br />

followed by the expected slump?<br />

In this market, it’s anyone’s guess.<br />

Once again, the number of taxi<br />

drivers continues to drop and<br />

now stands at just 25,052. This is<br />

500 drivers down on a year ago,<br />

and next month is certain to see<br />

our numbers drop to below<br />

25,000 for the first time in<br />

nine years. This can only<br />

be indicative of the<br />

economic situation as<br />

drivers hand back<br />

their bills and either<br />

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Knowledge is down,<br />

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COLUMN<br />

Goodfellas Strike Back<br />

Frances Luczyc Wyhowska joins the Mayfair Mob as it battles to win back work from minicabs<br />

Ijoined up with the Mayfair<br />

Mob (@UCGup) and the LTDA<br />

Advan (@TheLTDA) as they<br />

continue their nocturnal battle to<br />

reclaim the restaurant and club<br />

work from the touts and minicabs<br />

that illegally occupy taxi ranks.<br />

A nucleus of approximately 25-<br />

30 taxis gathered and at 11pm we<br />

set off for the City. Le<strong>ad</strong>ing the<br />

way was the Advan in which I<br />

was safely ensconced under the<br />

watchful eye of Michael Calvey.<br />

Our destination was the Forge.<br />

The Advan parked opposite the<br />

entrance and the taxis prepared<br />

to rank up. Other cabs m<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

their way to join us as and when<br />

they could. Unsurprisingly, the<br />

scabs were out in force, but I am<br />

convinced that I saw their<br />

gangmasters’ shoulders slump as<br />

we arrived.<br />

The Mob’s method is, as with<br />

all the best plans, a simple one:<br />

keep a rolling number of cabs on<br />

the rank, thus starving the scabs<br />

of work. Via Twitter, the word is<br />

sent out if the numbers need<br />

replenishing, and in general this<br />

works well. For the first two and<br />

a half hours the numbers flowed<br />

freely, and I believe that the taxis<br />

h<strong>ad</strong> 90% of the work, some of<br />

which was very lucrative. It is<br />

important to remember that<br />

every job deprives the touts of<br />

work, and ultimately the clubs<br />

may stop paying retainers.<br />

Scab city<br />

During the three hours or so that<br />

we sat there, City of London<br />

parking enforcement arrived<br />

twice. The effect was<br />

remarkable. Every single scab<br />

disappeared into thin air (aka<br />

round the corner I daresay). The<br />

enforcement people don’t have to<br />

do anything other than appear –<br />

their presence is sufficient to<br />

make a tangible difference, and,<br />

as an outsider, I can’t help<br />

wondering whether more of<br />

them in their camera cars, rather<br />

than the laborious procedure<br />

undertaken by TfL’s Operation<br />

Neon, might not serve a more<br />

useful purpose from the tr<strong>ad</strong>e’s<br />

point of view.<br />

As the night wore on, the<br />

numbers at the Forge thinned out<br />

and work slowed down, so we<br />

went on to Beduin. Here I<br />

witnessed something that I found<br />

really interesting. When we<br />

arrived the place was crammed<br />

with minicabs and the taxis were<br />

squeezed off the rank. However,<br />

the clipboard Johnny was inside<br />

the club because standing to the<br />

side of the entrance were two TfL<br />

compliance officers. So far so<br />

good, but to my astonishment<br />

they were running b<strong>ad</strong>ge and bill<br />

checks. It was nearly 3am and<br />

we were sitting slap bang in the<br />

middle of scab city.<br />

We did a couple of passes in<br />

the Advan and, cynical though I<br />

may be, I think it was this that<br />

finally shamed them into<br />

approaching a couple of minicabs.<br />

I have no doubt this will be<br />

included as an enforcement<br />

success in a forthcoming report,<br />

but from my civilian standpoint, I<br />

have to say that the only<br />

explanation I can see for this<br />

behaviour is that black cabs make<br />

an easy target.<br />

At 3.30am we called it a day.<br />

The Mayfair Mob seemed<br />

justifiably happy with their<br />

night’s achievements. I know that<br />

I have said this before, but every<br />

time I have seen a row of orange<br />

lights outside these venues, I have<br />

also seen large numbers of<br />

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Our spotters like nothing more<br />

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LETTERS<br />

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The other night I was cycling<br />

home through Battersea Park<br />

when a cat ran out in front of me.<br />

Swerving to avoid it, I hit the curb<br />

and went arse over elbow and<br />

ended up decorating the pavement<br />

with my face. Cut, bruised and<br />

with a broken toe, I was helped to<br />

the roundabout by a passing<br />

cyclist. A black cab pulled over, he<br />

was on his way home but said he<br />

would drop me at a taxi rank<br />

for free.<br />

At the taxi rank I was picked up<br />

by Mick 73535. He took me all the<br />

way to Putney from Battersea, after<br />

checking if I wanted to be taken to<br />

Hobson’s Choice?<br />

Iam no antediluvian Neanderthal<br />

and I don’t take card fares. I used to.<br />

Over a year ago, the company that<br />

handled the transactions went into<br />

<strong>ad</strong>ministration and I lost several weeks’<br />

worth of card payments. Since then I<br />

have only taken cash and guess what?<br />

In spite of what all the card pushers say,<br />

there has been no downturn in my<br />

business. The number of fares that I<br />

have h<strong>ad</strong> to turn away has been<br />

minimal (probably less than one a<br />

month). Furthermore, twice last year<br />

my bank cancelled my debit card due to<br />

illicit transactions on my account. If I<br />

h<strong>ad</strong> been taking card fares access to that<br />

money would have been difficult as it<br />

would have gone straight to my<br />

account. As I was taking cash, the<br />

problem of accessing money was<br />

alleviated. I am not saying that taking<br />

cash is good and taking cards is b<strong>ad</strong>.<br />

They are just different ways of paying.<br />

Enough is enough<br />

Ihave been a London cabbie for over<br />

21 years, without a single complaint<br />

against me and with a completely<br />

clean driving licence, but the last nine<br />

months have been the worst I've ever<br />

known. My <strong>earnings</strong> are down at<br />

least 50%, and I’d like to see a freeze<br />

for six months on new licences being<br />

issued. No doubt <strong>Uber</strong> has taken a<br />

large chunk of the work away.<br />

The biggest problem though is the<br />

way London taxi drivers try to renew<br />

their licences every three years. I<br />

applied to renew mine in March, as it<br />

was due to run out in July, and I still<br />

have no licence. TfL, the DBS, the<br />

Government and police all blame<br />

each other for the delays, but in the<br />

mean time I am no longer allowed to<br />

do my job.<br />

I asked a local building firm for<br />

employment for a short time. TfL<br />

licensing intervened and said if I did<br />

the hospital. On the journey he<br />

kept checking if I was OK. When<br />

we arrived at my house, he said not<br />

to worry about the fare, I tried my<br />

best to pay him but he would not<br />

have it. I was really touched by<br />

how friendly and kind he was. I<br />

was a mess and feeling a bit sorry<br />

for myself and his kind act m<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

me feel a whole lot better. I really<br />

appreciated his help and wanted to<br />

say the next time he is in Putney to<br />

let me know and I will by him a<br />

beer to say thanks.<br />

Mike Gethin<br />

07854415025<br />

As self-employed drivers, we have to<br />

run our own businesses and they<br />

stands or fall on the decisions we<br />

make. As someone one who runs his<br />

own business, I want the right to<br />

make my own decision whether I take<br />

card or cash or both. I do not want a<br />

regulator forcing me to make a<br />

decision which has proved disastrous<br />

for me in the past. If anyone really<br />

doubts that cash is king, let them ask<br />

the people of Greece!<br />

Furthermore, if TfL believes that it<br />

is a good thing for the customer to be<br />

given a choice, then let it first extend<br />

that policy to its own buses. Recently,<br />

my wife got on a bus but h<strong>ad</strong><br />

forgotten her Oyster card. She h<strong>ad</strong><br />

plenty of cash but was not allowed to<br />

pay and h<strong>ad</strong> to get off the bus. Where<br />

was the choice for the customer?<br />

David Barrett<br />

B<strong>ad</strong>ge 54776<br />

any work I would be doing so<br />

illegally and would be liable for<br />

prosecution, which would be<br />

considered when making a decision<br />

about my new licence.<br />

I have now h<strong>ad</strong> to sign on, which<br />

broke my heart. No one would take<br />

me on anyway, as I can't say how long<br />

I would be staying (even London<br />

Underground turned me down). Now<br />

I'm due to have my benefits stopped<br />

but still have to pay my rent, child<br />

benefits, utility bills, food and<br />

council tax.<br />

I've been on anti-depressant tablets<br />

for the past week and honestly believe<br />

if this is allowed to carry on, Boris<br />

Johnson and TfL will have blood on<br />

their hands, when a London cabbie<br />

loses his home and can't pay the rent.<br />

Enough is enough.<br />

David Barrett<br />

B<strong>ad</strong>ge 54776<br />

A lovely Surprise<br />

We h<strong>ad</strong> a lovely surprise<br />

at St Andrew's Youth<br />

Club today. We received a<br />

cheque for £100 from a man<br />

who h<strong>ad</strong> left his phone in a<br />

black cab. The driver h<strong>ad</strong><br />

returned the phone to him<br />

and when offered a reward,<br />

just asked the man to donate<br />

it to us! No idea who this<br />

lovely driver is and we have<br />

all guessed and guessed. We<br />

would just like to say<br />

THANK YOU VERY MUCH<br />

from all of us.<br />

We are the world's oldest<br />

youth club and due to<br />

celebrate 150 years’ service<br />

to young people next year.<br />

Below is a link to our<br />

website if you would like to<br />

know more about us.<br />

http://www.standrewsclub.<br />

com/<br />

Linda Llewellyn,<br />

St Andrew's Club<br />

Westminster<br />

Wonderful Man<br />

My name is Lyn<br />

Westlake. Recently I<br />

was in London in a taxi.<br />

After getting out, I realised<br />

that I’d left behind all my<br />

flight tickets, itinerary and<br />

some Waterford crystal. We<br />

tried to get the motel to<br />

phone someone and were<br />

quite distressed. Before they<br />

could reach anyone, the<br />

driver came back with our<br />

things. He went above and<br />

beyond the call of duty. I<br />

wish to commend him for<br />

his honesty and<br />

compassion. His number is<br />

60911. Please pass on our<br />

gratitude to this wonderful<br />

man.<br />

Lyn Westlake<br />

Times they are a<br />

Changin’<br />

Irecently picked up a<br />

passenger through the Gett<br />

taxi app. The gentleman used to<br />

be a <strong>Uber</strong> customer and, as<br />

usual with ex-<strong>Uber</strong> users, he<br />

said the service was terrible. He<br />

said the taxi tr<strong>ad</strong>e should<br />

highlight the good deeds done<br />

by cab drivers, especially the<br />

voluntary work. I agreed totally,<br />

but we have to go further. We<br />

need to get across the<br />

uniqueness of the London taxi<br />

tr<strong>ad</strong>e. There is a generation of<br />

young Londoners with no idea<br />

what we have to go through to<br />

get our licenses. The “Cash<br />

Only” merchants should come<br />

into the real world. Technology<br />

is here to stay and the younger<br />

generation have embraced it and<br />

so should we.<br />

But that's not all: clean cabs<br />

and drivers are essential. I've<br />

seen some out there that<br />

wouldn't look out of place on<br />

Benefits Street. Politeness is<br />

essential: the customer is always<br />

right even when they're wrong.<br />

Drop them off, wipe your mouth<br />

and move on. It's a changing<br />

world, let’s not get left behind.<br />

Ray Morgan<br />

Thanks<br />

to LTC<br />

I<br />

’ve been<br />

a London<br />

Taxi Driver<br />

for 35 years, and<br />

have h<strong>ad</strong> my fair share of<br />

problems with the quality of cabs<br />

and providers.<br />

However, having recently<br />

purchased a cab from the London<br />

Taxi Company that was not to my<br />

satisfaction, I cannot be happier<br />

with the response and the<br />

enormous effort from the<br />

management and ground staff in<br />

assisting me, ensuring that my<br />

problems were resolved. Thanks<br />

to LTC for thinking of the<br />

customer.<br />

G.Fairman<br />

B<strong>ad</strong>ge 51366<br />

Do you have a gripe you want to raise or know someone in the tr<strong>ad</strong>e that deserves praise?<br />

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THE BIG ONE!<br />

The membership of the LTDA is 40 times greater<br />

than some other driver organisations!<br />

HERE’S WHY...<br />

CAUTION<br />

The LTDA legal service is<br />

the only tr<strong>ad</strong>e scheme which<br />

defends members for ALL<br />

alleged offences (traffic,<br />

hackney or criminal), anytime,<br />

anywhere in the UK. Non<br />

members are <strong>ad</strong>vised to<br />

check carefully the exceptions<br />

and exclusions contained<br />

or imposed by other<br />

legal protection schemes<br />

circulating in our tr<strong>ad</strong>e.<br />

BADGESAFE SCHEME<br />

The LTDA retains experienced<br />

barristers with specialist knowledge<br />

of the London cab tr<strong>ad</strong>e. Normally<br />

when drivers accumulate 12 points on<br />

their licence they receive an automatic<br />

6 month ban, but in the case of<br />

LTDA members over 90% of those<br />

represented by our barristers receive a<br />

ban of just 1 month or in most cases<br />

no ban whatsoever.<br />

EXPERTISE = SUCCESS<br />

The LTDA’s in-house lawyers are<br />

proud of their unrivalled record of court<br />

triumphs; in fact the rate of acquittals<br />

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in court by the LTDA is 4 times<br />

higher than the national average. This<br />

unparalleled level of success is due<br />

entirely to the expertise acquired by the<br />

LTDA over many years of specialising<br />

in cab related legal matters.<br />

YOUR FUTURE<br />

The LTDA remains the only tr<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

body resolutely opposed to the<br />

computerisation of the Knowledge of<br />

London testing system.<br />

(No to the quickie Knowledge<br />

campaign).<br />

INLAND REVENUE<br />

ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE<br />

Many drivers and accountants refer<br />

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SICKNESS AND<br />

ACCIDENT PROTECTION<br />

When trouble strikes it’s comforting<br />

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the LTDA. The Association pioneered<br />

this scheme in the taxi tr<strong>ad</strong>e and it<br />

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rates for LTDA members only).<br />

HEATHROW OFFICE AND<br />

REPRESENTATION<br />

Call in to the LTDA office at Heathrow,<br />

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WELFARE DEPARTMENT<br />

LTDA officers make home visits to<br />

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contingency payments where<br />

appropriate.<br />

RANKS AND HIGHWAYS<br />

REPRESENTATION<br />

The LTDA has negotiated taxi access<br />

to most bus lanes and le<strong>ad</strong>s the way<br />

negotiating on issues that affect you,<br />

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GENERAL ADVICE<br />

If you are new to the tr<strong>ad</strong>e and you<br />

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We regularly run promotions with<br />

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Huge savings on weekend breaks at fine<br />

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Continually representing members’<br />

interests in disputes with vehicle<br />

manufacturers and suppliers.<br />

AUTHORITIES AND MEDIA<br />

The LTDA is the largest and most<br />

respected driver organisation in<br />

the tr<strong>ad</strong>e. We le<strong>ad</strong> the way when<br />

negotiating with the Government,<br />

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Heathrow, Rail Authorities, Local<br />

Councils and when dealing with all<br />

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Many cab drivers are discovering to<br />

their cost that their licences are at<br />

risk due to the TfL’s interpretation<br />

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deductible!<br />

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call: 020 7286 1046 or visit www.ltda.co.uk


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More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015 | TAXI 19<br />

Taxi Talk<br />

WHAT A LOAD OF<br />

BALLOTS!<br />

ALF TOWNSEND<br />

Strikes and bike “races” brought London to a standstill again, causing misery for millions<br />

What a jolly time we London<br />

cabbies have h<strong>ad</strong> recently<br />

with all the many ro<strong>ad</strong><br />

closures and the unbearable heavy<br />

traffic! I’ve got no problem if thousands<br />

of keen bikers want to register and take<br />

part in the RideLondon event. If they<br />

want to cycle from east London to the<br />

green grass of Box Hill in Surrey and<br />

back again – around 100 miles – then<br />

good luck to them: it’s not exactly my<br />

idea of a restful Saturday.<br />

What I do object to most strongly<br />

was the mass closure of swathes of<br />

arterial ro<strong>ad</strong>s and Thames bridges<br />

which brought our great city to a<br />

standstill. Not forgetting all the little<br />

towns and villages south of the river<br />

which rely on the weekends for income<br />

from visitors to the busy farmers’<br />

markets, shops and restaurants. I saw<br />

some of the TV footage from these<br />

places and they were just like ghost<br />

towns. God knows how much it cost<br />

these local businesses!<br />

Let’s try and get this shambles into<br />

perspective. Saturday wasn’t even a<br />

race, just a horde of Lycra-cl<strong>ad</strong> bikers<br />

out for a long spin. Okay, so Sunday<br />

was a race with some well-known<br />

professionals, but it wasn’t exactly the<br />

Tour de France was it? One of Boris’s<br />

jobs is supposed to be to keep London<br />

moving safely, but if he was the prime<br />

mover in this latest debacle, then I<br />

reckon he is in breach of that duty.<br />

Upper-class people like the Mayor live<br />

in another world from us peasants,<br />

they think up these “jolly good ideas”<br />

with no thought of the outcome to<br />

thousands of ordinary Londoners!<br />

I m<strong>ad</strong>e an effort to go out on the<br />

Sunday during the bike race, but it was<br />

absolutly manic out on the streets. I<br />

started at Marylebone with a little<br />

family and their granny in a<br />

wheelchair wanting to go to the<br />

science museum. Hyde Park was solid<br />

because they h<strong>ad</strong> closed Park Lane and<br />

diverted all the traffic, but worse was<br />

to come. When you finally reached<br />

Victoria Gate the ol’Bill was diverting<br />

all traffic to the right. I h<strong>ad</strong> the temerity<br />

to tell one of these planks that I h<strong>ad</strong> a<br />

disabled old l<strong>ad</strong>y on board and ask if I<br />

could drop her off at the science<br />

museum? He looked at me as if I was<br />

something nasty stuck to the bottom of<br />

his shoe and replied in a toneless voice,<br />

“turn right cabbie.”<br />

I got chatting to a fellow driver later<br />

whilst on the Park Lane Hilton rank<br />

and he said he was lucky enough – or<br />

unlucky enough as it turned out - to<br />

get a fare to Heathrow earlier. All the<br />

west-bound traffic was diverted south<br />

of Cromwell Ro<strong>ad</strong> – with no right<br />

turns all the way to Fulham Palace<br />

Ro<strong>ad</strong>. The traffic was not moving at all<br />

because the Hammersmith flyover h<strong>ad</strong><br />

been closed – as h<strong>ad</strong> the A4 as far as<br />

the Chiswick roundabout. So the<br />

cabbie h<strong>ad</strong> to apologise to his<br />

passengers and drop them off at<br />

Baron’s Court station! As for me, after<br />

taking over an hour from the Hilton to<br />

Charing Cross, with an embarrassing<br />

amount on the clock, I turned it in!<br />

A few days after that shambles, we<br />

h<strong>ad</strong> the second Tube strike and more<br />

chaos with an estimated loss to<br />

London of £300m! My son Nick came<br />

round to see his old d<strong>ad</strong>, cook him a<br />

decent meal and crash out until some<br />

ungodly hour in the morning. Nick is<br />

an active member of UNITE at<br />

Heathrow, so his views on the strike<br />

differ to mine, with the discussion<br />

getting quite heated. He reckons that<br />

the Tube drivers shouldn’t be forced<br />

into working nights when their<br />

original contracts didn’t state so, and<br />

that the Tube bosses are holding a gun<br />

to their he<strong>ad</strong>s by talking about a start<br />

date of September 12. That’s a valid<br />

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More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015 | TAXI 21<br />

NEWS<br />

Taxi history book giveaway<br />

Entertainment<br />

A teacher inspired by his late cab driver<br />

father-in-law has written “the complete<br />

history of the British taxi service” and<br />

re<strong>ad</strong>ers have the chance get their hands<br />

on a free copy.<br />

Danny Roth in fact teaches English<br />

and mathematics, but became interested<br />

in the taxi industry thanks to Lawrence<br />

Grant, or ‘Pebbles’ as he was known in<br />

the tr<strong>ad</strong>e because of the shape of his<br />

spectacles, who s<strong>ad</strong>ly died in 2005.<br />

His inspirational stories led to Where<br />

to, Guv? which charts the birth of<br />

cabbing thousands of years ago,<br />

through Victorian times to the present,<br />

and takes a look into the future.<br />

It covers the parliamentary acts that<br />

govern the tr<strong>ad</strong>e and the various taxis<br />

and businesses, many of which are<br />

nothing more than a distant memory,<br />

the Knowledge and much more.<br />

Danny, who has also written books<br />

about the card game bridge, said: “I<br />

hope re<strong>ad</strong>ers will be fascinated to watch the<br />

progress of the tr<strong>ad</strong>e as it ran in line with<br />

that of history in general – war and peace,<br />

economic boom and recession, seasonal and<br />

long-term weather variations and the like.<br />

“History gives many clues as to the way<br />

things have gone and are going and thus<br />

provide, a guide to the future which I<br />

discuss briefly towards the end.”<br />

Minicab flip smash<br />

Ro<strong>ad</strong>s<br />

A minicab driver managed to flip a car<br />

on its roof during a crash outside<br />

south Wimbledon tube station.<br />

The driver is believed to have hit a<br />

kerb in the car after clipping a pillar in<br />

the run up to the accident.<br />

The area has become something<br />

of a blackspot for Prius drivers, a<br />

witness said.<br />

The Toyota Prius rolled onto its roof<br />

as onlookers watched in horror at<br />

around 5pm on Saturday, August 15.<br />

The driver was taken to hospital<br />

after the accident and treated for<br />

minor injuries.<br />

One eyewitness said: "He was<br />

driving from Kingston Ro<strong>ad</strong> turning<br />

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More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015 | TAXI 27<br />

Cruel Capital<br />

DRESSED TO<br />

STEAL<br />

ROBERT LORDAN London cabbie and tour guide<br />

David Martin was a villain whose prison escapes earned him the nickname Houdini<br />

When it came to ev<strong>ad</strong>ing<br />

the law, few could match<br />

David Martin, a bright<br />

but dangerous criminal who<br />

wrought havoc across London<br />

during the early 1980s.<br />

Although he’d taken a keen<br />

interest in electronics and trained<br />

as a mechanic in his teens, Martin<br />

despised authority and turned to<br />

robbery, landing himself<br />

numerous spells in borstal and<br />

prison throughout the late 1960s<br />

and early 70s.<br />

During this period he m<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

four successful escape attempts<br />

and, even though some were short<br />

lived- such as the time he broke<br />

out of Brixton prison and was<br />

recaptured on Brixton Hill<br />

attempting to hail a taxi - guards<br />

were quick to dub him Martin<br />

‘Houdini’.<br />

When he wasn't plotting<br />

escapes, Martin would immerse<br />

himself in technical study,<br />

absorbing information which<br />

would greatly benefit his future<br />

criminal career.<br />

Most wanted man<br />

By 1982, David Martin was free<br />

and renting a flat on Crawford<br />

Place. He h<strong>ad</strong> also become a<br />

transvestite, which would prove<br />

to be a most useful cover.<br />

As well as women’s clothes,<br />

Martin h<strong>ad</strong> also developed a taste<br />

for firearms and in July 1982 he<br />

used his electronic expertise to<br />

crack the security system of<br />

Thomas Bland & Sons, a gun shop<br />

then located in New Row, Covent<br />

Garden. More than 1,000 rounds<br />

of ammo and 24 handguns were<br />

seized in the robbery, most of<br />

which Martin stashed in a<br />

Selfridges safety deposit box.<br />

Soon after, Martin carried out<br />

an armed raid in the City while<br />

dressed as a woman and packing<br />

a gun in his handbag. During the<br />

heist, he shot a security guard and<br />

netted £25,000.<br />

Now looking to establish<br />

himself in the burgeoning video<br />

piracy scene, Martin began<br />

breaking into cinemas to steal<br />

master reels, and into film labs<br />

where, in the de<strong>ad</strong> of night, he’d<br />

“borrow” sophisticated equipment<br />

to churn out hooky copies of the<br />

latest Hollywood blockbusters.<br />

It was whilst sneaking into a<br />

film lab on Portman Street that<br />

he was cornered. Resisting<br />

arrest, Martin m<strong>ad</strong>e a break,<br />

firing three shots, one of which<br />

struck constable Nick Carr who<br />

required life-saving surgery.<br />

After receiving a tip off in<br />

September 1982, the Met placed<br />

Martin’s Crawford Place<br />

apartment under surveillance.<br />

For days the only person<br />

associated with the <strong>ad</strong>dress<br />

appeared to be a “good-looking<br />

woman” with long hair…. it was<br />

only Martin’s ‘Roman’ nose that<br />

eventually gave the game away.<br />

Realising they h<strong>ad</strong> their man,<br />

officers moved in, le<strong>ad</strong>ing to a<br />

scuffle in which Martin was shot<br />

in the neck.<br />

After recovering from surgery<br />

to remove the bullet, the crossdressing<br />

armed-robber was<br />

taken to Marlborough Street<br />

Magistrates’ Court (now the<br />

Courthouse Hotel) for a brief<br />

hearing on Christmas Eve 1982,<br />

after which he was placed in a<br />

holding cell to await transport to<br />

Brixton prison.<br />

Taking a small piece of metal<br />

he’d hidden in his hair, Martin<br />

picked the cell’s lock, slipped<br />

into the corridor and escaped<br />

through a skylight.<br />

Clambering over the rooftops,<br />

he located a service door to the<br />

Pall<strong>ad</strong>ium, allowing him to<br />

access the foyer and slip out into<br />

the crowds of Christmas<br />

shoppers. David Martin was<br />

now Britain’s most wanted man.<br />

Tragic<br />

His escape h<strong>ad</strong> tragic<br />

consequences on January 14,<br />

1983, when 26 year old Stephen<br />

Waldorf was shot five times by<br />

police after being mistaken for<br />

the fugitive whilst driving his<br />

mini through heavy traffic on<br />

Pembroke Ro<strong>ad</strong>. Luckily,<br />

Waldorf survived.<br />

Soon after on the evening of<br />

the 28th, Martin was spotted on<br />

Heath Street. As police m<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

their move, the fugitive fled<br />

towards Hampste<strong>ad</strong> tube station<br />

and sprinted over 300 steps down<br />

to the platform where he boarded<br />

a train, barged his way past the<br />

driver and ran onto the tracks.<br />

The Flying Squ<strong>ad</strong> was not far<br />

behind and soon cornered Martin<br />

in the tunnel close to Belsize Park<br />

station. When searched,<br />

detectives found a tiny pen-knife<br />

stuck to the roof of his mouth<br />

with chewing gum.<br />

After his trial at the Old Bailey<br />

in Autumn 1983, Martin was<br />

sentenced to 25 years and sent to<br />

Parkhurst where he h<strong>ad</strong> a brief<br />

relationship with the serial killer,<br />

Dennis Nilsen, who he told, “if I<br />

cannot get out of here I will kill<br />

myself.”<br />

True to his word, David Martin<br />

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NEWS<br />

Promoting the taxi tr<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

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The landscape of taxi travel in<br />

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years, with private hire<br />

companies entering the market<br />

and bringing great change to<br />

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now finds itself under pressure in<br />

its home market, from<br />

organisations that are prepared to<br />

offer a lower quality service at a<br />

lower price. Despite many<br />

thousands of black taxi<br />

supporters voicing their concern<br />

regarding TfL’s stance that <strong>Uber</strong><br />

is acting within the law, it<br />

remains the case that London’s<br />

cabbies and their families<br />

continue to bear the brunt of<br />

these challenging times.<br />

Across London and beyond,<br />

there’s a call to arms by the<br />

<strong>ad</strong>vocates of London’s world<br />

famous taxi service, that black<br />

cabs need the support of the<br />

people. In <strong>ad</strong>dition, the tr<strong>ad</strong>e<br />

needs some positive publicity that<br />

reinforces the value of the<br />

Knowledge, plus the very fact<br />

that London’s cabbies put<br />

themselves through extensive<br />

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undergo comprehensive testing<br />

and interviewing by TfL, to<br />

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licence, <strong>ad</strong>ds great value<br />

to the black cab<br />

offering and is the<br />

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London’s taxis<br />

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Such is the<br />

concern, that<br />

many people,<br />

particularly<br />

within the cab<br />

tr<strong>ad</strong>e, have been<br />

motivated to<br />

create action<br />

groups<br />

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gathering many<br />

followers across social networks<br />

and in central London support<br />

rallies. These groups share a<br />

common concern, but in order to<br />

gain powerful momentum they<br />

must be united behind a<br />

common strategy – one body,<br />

one voice, commanding great<br />

authority.<br />

At the same time, there is an<br />

urgent need to evolve<br />

London’s taxi tr<strong>ad</strong>e so<br />

that it’s future-proof<br />

and re<strong>ad</strong>y to<br />

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market<br />

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Recent<br />

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hailing apps<br />

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up new revenue<br />

streams for<br />

drivers and<br />

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them to<br />

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against similar<br />

private hire apps.<br />

This year we will likely see the<br />

mandating of card payment<br />

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So, to kick-start the campaign<br />

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More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015 | TAXI 31<br />

NEWS<br />

More Tube strikes ahe<strong>ad</strong><br />

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London Underground workers have<br />

announced plans for two more 24<br />

hour strikes over nightshift rotas<br />

drawn up for the new night Tube.<br />

A split has emerged between the<br />

unions as Aslef train drivers have<br />

said they may not take part in the<br />

two walkouts, scheduled for August<br />

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City Hall has hinted that it may be<br />

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Workers are opposed to “rosters from hell”<br />

the current start date of Saturday,<br />

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Union le<strong>ad</strong>ers have said that<br />

employees are angry that their<br />

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and their home lives will be<br />

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which have been dubbed the “rosters<br />

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Even without Aslef, any stoppages<br />

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any Aslef drivers would cross the<br />

picket line.<br />

Most signallers belong to the RMT<br />

and would likely join the strike,<br />

meaning the Tube would be unable<br />

to run.<br />

TfL claims that demands imposed<br />

by the unions would cost £1.4bn and<br />

hit Londoners with an extra 6.5% fare<br />

increase.<br />

The rise in fares would mean an<br />

annual zone 1-2 travel card<br />

immediately rising by £83 and an<br />

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an extra £152. The unions dismissed<br />

the figures as scaremongering.<br />

The RMT said it h<strong>ad</strong> no option but<br />

to strike again although it remained<br />

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London Underground's chief<br />

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in a bulletin sent to employees: "We<br />

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"We will continue to consult on<br />

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More re<strong>ad</strong>ers than the rest put together! 25 AUGUST 2015 | TAXI 33<br />

Two Fingers<br />

“JUMP UP ON<br />

THE KART”<br />

Al FRESCO<br />

Cutting loose on the go-kart track brings back memories of yesteryear<br />

At 40 miles an hour, the<br />

corner came towards me<br />

like a right hook. I saw it<br />

from the corner of my eye as the<br />

kart roared out of the left hand<br />

bend, bucked and lurched over the<br />

rutted concrete surface for a few<br />

straight yards, then doubled back<br />

into a right hairpin. I couldn’t<br />

duck it, and I couldn’t slow down.<br />

Inches off the ground, I hurled the<br />

kart around the corner, gripped<br />

the wheel like the front seat<br />

passenger on a runaway roller<br />

coaster, and tensed every muscle<br />

in my body for the inevitable. The<br />

safety bars and the banks of rubber<br />

tyres flashed past. The steering<br />

wheel juddered and shook in my<br />

clenched fists and the helmet - it<br />

clung to my he<strong>ad</strong> like the coil of a<br />

python wrapped around my skull<br />

- I entered into the finishing<br />

straight. Over the decibel searing<br />

sound of the souped up two<br />

stroke, I could hear the kids<br />

shouting ”go! Poppa Al,” as I<br />

focused on the left, then right<br />

chicane hurtling towards me.<br />

For me, anything associated<br />

with “rye,” usually comes<br />

equipped with a liberal smattering<br />

of cream cheese and fulsome<br />

ribbons of the best Scotch smoked<br />

salmon. But, here I was, at Rye<br />

House, Herts, the county seat of<br />

nascent F1 champion Lewis<br />

Hamilton’s legendary karting<br />

kindergarten, kitted out in crimson<br />

flash racing overalls, sinister<br />

balaclava, glossy black helmet and<br />

non-slip gloves. It was shame the<br />

racing overalls didn’t come with a<br />

non-slip arse, but you can’t have it<br />

all I suppose.<br />

Holy Grail<br />

Go-karts, schmo-karts, the fact that<br />

I learnt to drive, at about age 10,<br />

on the smoky, raucous mini gokart<br />

circuit at the side of Southend<br />

Pier, was just coincidental. To me,<br />

trips to Southend on Sea were<br />

sacrosanct. Peter Pan’s<br />

Playground; The Kursal; The fairy<br />

lights; the penny arc<strong>ad</strong>es and the<br />

wonky air guns, were incidental.<br />

The Holy Grail was the go-kart<br />

track. From the minute we arrived<br />

‘“on the ‘front,’” to the minute we<br />

filed back onto the charabanc, I<br />

groveled half crowns from my<br />

mum. I was vibrating from top to<br />

toe, and smelling like I’d sucked<br />

on a discarded fuel filter and been<br />

swimming in two-stroke. Not,<br />

that on the evening last week at<br />

Rye House, h<strong>ad</strong> I any intention of<br />

emulating Lewis’s attributes, i.e.<br />

motor racing accol<strong>ad</strong>es or<br />

glamorous girlfriends. My meagre<br />

wish was simply to stay pointing<br />

forward, finish the circuit - and in<br />

due course, unknot my wrists and<br />

shoulders, and above all, get my<br />

hearing and circulation back.<br />

The occasion was my grandson<br />

Sam’s 15th birthday bash.<br />

Magicians with coin and bunny<br />

tricks, discos and frenetic games<br />

in neon community halls are<br />

things of the past. Now, at Rye<br />

House, we’re talking “man<br />

versus machine versus man!”<br />

Mission Impossible<br />

Like every cabbie I’ve ever met,<br />

we pride ourselves on our driving<br />

skills. Forget the Knowledge,<br />

that’s only a part of the cabbing<br />

equation, it’s all about chucking<br />

the cab round corners, knowing<br />

the correct lanes to be in to<br />

maximise traffic flow, accurately<br />

judging speed and distance;<br />

anticipating/assessing the traffic<br />

“mood.”<br />

Go-karting allows you to toss<br />

all that out of the window. It’s<br />

invigorating and terrifying at the<br />

same time. Every cab driver<br />

should give it a go! It’s more like,<br />

switch on, rev up and maniacally,<br />

stamp the accelerator into the<br />

ground. For the first lap, I was<br />

looking for brake lights and hand<br />

signals; staying in lane and taking<br />

corners at a sensible speed;<br />

always conscious that something<br />

nasty might be just around the<br />

next corner. Sam’s mates, most of<br />

whom h<strong>ad</strong> never sat behind the<br />

wheel of anything more than a<br />

kiddie’s pedal car, drove with the<br />

abandon of a character out of the<br />

`Grand Theft Auto’ fantasy video<br />

game, coupled with Tom Cruise in<br />

the opening scene of the film<br />

Mission Impossible. They passed<br />

me on the inside, overtook me on<br />

the outside, scraped past on the<br />

nearside and left me shuffling on<br />

my backside as my aged rump did<br />

its best to absorb the constant<br />

seismic tremors, and my eyeballs<br />

ricocheted around inside my<br />

helmet.<br />

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children at their skills<br />

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amazed that they were still alive.<br />

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Licensed to Chat<br />

ON YER<br />

BIKE<br />

MUSHER MEG<br />

Boris bikes are a pain in the butt - quite literally when you’re forced to ride one<br />

As a cabbie I have been very<br />

close to Boris bikes more<br />

times than I can count, which<br />

is usually when they are zig zagging<br />

all over the ro<strong>ad</strong> and bouncing off<br />

the sides of the cab.<br />

But happily my bottom has never<br />

been in contact with one….. until<br />

earlier this week.<br />

My 17 year old niece Molly who<br />

lives up north is a superstar. Earlier<br />

this year she won a national prize<br />

for voluntary work, so I invited her<br />

to London for the day and said that<br />

as her proud auntie I would treat<br />

her to anything at all she wanted<br />

to do.<br />

Molly arrived at King’s Cross<br />

station at 9am, fizzing with<br />

excitement and a long list of mustdos<br />

in London. First stop was a visit<br />

to the beauty hall in Selfridges. On<br />

arrival, she was mobbed by reps<br />

from various beauty brands, while I<br />

was (mostly) ignored. Just one<br />

salesperson approached me. And<br />

she was flogging a woman’s<br />

face razor.<br />

Re<strong>ad</strong>er, I bought it. Facial hair is<br />

not just for fellas. I have alre<strong>ad</strong>y<br />

warned my chums that should I<br />

ever end up in a coma there has to<br />

be a visiting rota. My orders are that<br />

one of them must visit daily, not<br />

with grapes, but with tweezers for<br />

my chin.<br />

Back out on Oxford Street my<br />

niece was thrilled silly with her big<br />

yellow bag full of make-up. I asked<br />

her “what’s next?” And she<br />

squealed, “a Boris bike please,<br />

auntie Meg.”<br />

I tried changing her mind. I<br />

“A BORIS BIKE PLEASE,<br />

”<br />

AUNTIE MEG.”<br />

offered to take her up the Shard, or<br />

to afternoon tea at the Ritz or even,<br />

gawd help me, to see a matinee of<br />

Wicked. But it was a polite “no<br />

thanks” to all of that. She wanted to<br />

ride a Boris bike. I told her that<br />

they weren’t Boris bikes any more,<br />

but she brushed all my objections<br />

aside. She h<strong>ad</strong> a selfie stick and<br />

wanted a photo of herself cycling<br />

around the serpentine to put on<br />

Instagram.<br />

Bony bum<br />

Getting the bikes out of the docking<br />

station was a trial on its own. My<br />

debit card was declined twice<br />

because the sun was shining on the<br />

keyp<strong>ad</strong> so I kept muddling up my<br />

PIN (and no - I wasn’t doing it on<br />

purpose) and when it was finally<br />

accepted, the bike hopped off the<br />

stand onto my shins, causing me to<br />

yelp and making them bleed.<br />

I thought, mistakenly, that as my<br />

backside was the same size and<br />

shape as a big round settee cushion,<br />

the s<strong>ad</strong>dle would be very comfy for<br />

me. I feared for Molly who has a<br />

small and bony bottom.<br />

As it turned out she cycled most of<br />

the time with her bum raised off the<br />

seat and was still in complete control<br />

of her bicycle. She was way<br />

ahe<strong>ad</strong> of me, smiling and<br />

waving and calling out<br />

“keep up, Aunty Meg!”<br />

Bikes dont<br />

float<br />

I burst several<br />

blood vessels<br />

trying. I decided<br />

there must be<br />

something<br />

wrong with my<br />

bike to make it<br />

that slow, so I waved<br />

Molly down and we swapped. Hers<br />

felt even heavier and harder to<br />

move. It was like trying to control a<br />

steamroller.<br />

Our day together quickly turned<br />

into a wet wipe-out when a giant<br />

swan with an evil eye decided to<br />

chase me away from<br />

its brood by taking<br />

a bite out of my left<br />

ankle.<br />

I know I should<br />

have stayed calm,<br />

dismounted and kept<br />

my dignity. Inste<strong>ad</strong>,<br />

I rode into the<br />

water, screaming<br />

and trying to<br />

chase the guilty<br />

bird. Interesting<br />

fact; Boris Bikes<br />

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NEWS<br />

Rapist tout convicted<br />

Stay in the know with the LTDA<br />

Court<br />

A minicab tout faces a lengthy prison<br />

sentence after being convicted of<br />

raping a woman he picked up from a<br />

party in London.<br />

Ali Moaberfard, of M<strong>ad</strong>ingley<br />

Court, Whetstone, was found guilty of<br />

the rape of a 31-year-old woman on<br />

May 5, 2012, after a retrial at<br />

Blackfriars Crown Court.<br />

The victim h<strong>ad</strong> been out in<br />

Notting Hill at a party and took what<br />

she thought to be a genuine<br />

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The car was driven by Moaberfard<br />

and inste<strong>ad</strong> of taking her home he<br />

took her to an <strong>ad</strong>dress in Uxbridge.<br />

The victim fell asleep and later<br />

awoke to find Moaberfard raping her.<br />

Despite her telling him no, he<br />

continued and she passed out again.<br />

Detective Constable Vicky Stenning,<br />

said: "Moaberfard targeted a vulnerable<br />

woman who thought he was taking her<br />

home. I would like to praise her bravery in<br />

coming forward and speaking with police.<br />

"I would urge anyone who has been a<br />

victim of sexual assault to speak with us so<br />

that we can bring perpetrators before the<br />

courts."<br />

Following the attack Moaberfard<br />

dropped his victim at Uxbridge<br />

underground station. From there the<br />

victim went to hospital and later police<br />

were called, prompting an<br />

investigation by the by specialist<br />

detectives from the Sexual Offences,<br />

Exploitation and Child Abuse<br />

Command.<br />

Clothing from the victim contained a<br />

DNA trace that matched Moaberfard<br />

and he was arrested at his home on<br />

November 6, 2014.<br />

After answering "no comment" to<br />

questions put to him by detectives<br />

interviewing him, he was charged with<br />

the rape the next day. He will be<br />

sentenced on Friday, 2 October.<br />

Pervert Moaberfard faces jail<br />

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with more than 28 days to run,<br />

both the plates and the paper<br />

licence must be surrendered to<br />

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centres in and around London.<br />

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be worked, and at least one week<br />

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I got a half price voucher for one<br />

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He served me the meal they called “Dish<br />

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He said “What’s the point? He won’t eat<br />

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exactly what I got. It was half in the cup<br />

and half in the saucer.”<br />

“I caught my wife knitting little<br />

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ROMFORD BASED TXIs, TXIIs &<br />

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TXI & TXII’s from £160pw. VITO’s<br />

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TXI’S FROM £180PW, TXII’s from<br />

£185pw, TX4’s for rent, 24hr back-up<br />

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free – 02076132436, 07947644541 or<br />

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TXII 55 PLATE TO RENT, £190pw,<br />

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TX4 ‘S FOR HIRE, all air con, No <strong>ad</strong>s,<br />

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Cabs for sale<br />

04 TXII FOR SALE, Recaro seat, 10<br />

months plate plus four more plates, no<br />

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51 TXI, PLATED UNTIL APRIL 16, two<br />

more plates, £7,000 ONO, 07876687927<br />

TXII 03 REG, 1 years plate, good<br />

condition, Black, £7750 07734803737<br />

TX4 BRONZE, 07 plate, good<br />

condition, 160,000 miles, FSH, plated<br />

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07956245271<br />

TX4 ELEGANCE FOR SALE, 11 plate,<br />

122,000 miles on the clock, £25,000 inc<br />

VAT 02077001045<br />

V-REG CABS FOR SALE. One plated<br />

until 06/10/15 £895, one plated until<br />

06/02/16 £1,895 07711640740<br />

VITO TAXI 60, February 2011, Black,<br />

leather interior, very good condition,<br />

plate until 1st June 2016, 140,000 miles,<br />

£18,995ONO 07739517701<br />

Cabs wanted<br />

ALL TXI’S & FAIRWAYS wanted,<br />

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ALL TXI/FAIRWAY TAXIS purchased<br />

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ALL CABS BOUGHT FOR CASH, top<br />

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ANY RETIRING TAXIS and still plated<br />

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RECOVERY AND ROADSIDE<br />

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MECHANIC WANTED for small busy<br />

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