Taxi Firm In Wolverhampton Stripped Of Its Operating License

4 Aug

Westside Radio Cars had its license stripped in October 2013 after it was discovered the firm was using uninsured and unlicensed vehicles. The company appealed the decision by magistrates in April 2014 and then went to Wolverhampton Crown Court when the first appeal failed.

However, the boss of Westside Radio Cars was caught driving a private hire car that was in breach of operator license regulations just days before the issue was to be heard in Crown Court. Not only did the vehicle lack details of the driver’s license number, it also possessed a magnetic door sign that was easy to remove.

Judge Amjad Nawaz rejected the company’s final appeal recently and said that hundreds of passengers were transported in uninsured vehicles. He said the advice from the local authority was ignored and the fact these illegal journeys were still taking place in July 2014 was amazing. The judge said that Westside Radio Cars showed a complete disregard for the rules in place to protect drivers and passengers in the city.

He continued by saying the local authority acted appropriately and with due diligence to protect the best interests of the public. He concluded by saying Mr Hussain, the owner of the company, is not a ‘fit and proper’ person to hold an operating license due to his failure to abide by the city’s rules and regulations.

Safety Issues

Hussain was initially granted an operating license to run Westside Radio Cars in December 2004 though concerns about the company’s operations only surfaced in May 2013. Two months later, three of the company’s vehicles lost their licenses after it was believed they did not have the requisite insurance to carry fare-paying passengers. Within two days, another seven members of the fleet had their insurance cancelled.

Council compliance officers urged the company to follow the rules but checks showed Westside Radio Cars continued to be in breach by not having copies of important documentation such as vehicle MoT, driving license and drivers insurance. Hussain refused to comment after he was ordered to pay the costs of the case within 14 days; an amount believed to be £6,000.

Wolverhampton’s cabinet member for city services, John Reynolds, said it was not a decision that was made lightly. He said licensing services work closely with organisations in the city to make sure all requirements are met. If the safety of the public is compromised in any way, it is necessary for strong action to be taken and he said this could be seen in the outcome of this court case.

Teenagers Attack Taxi Driver With Knife In Telford

4 Aug

Chloe Louise Watts and an unnamed 17 year old male were in court in Telford as they answered charges of assault on a taxi driver. She denied charges of unlawful wounding, possession of a knife, attempted robbery after she was arrested along with her male accomplice in Mossey Green Way in May 2014.

The taxi driver was also unnamed but is known to be a male in his forties. He was left with a severe cut on his hand that needed 11 stitches after the attack. Watts told Telford Court that she didn’t know her male accomplice was carrying a knife. She did plead guilty to assisting him since she admitted telling him to get rid of his clothes after the attack.

Prosecutor Robert Edwards said the young male has pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of a knife on 14 July and they would not pursue the attempted robbery charge. Edwards also told the court that the Crown Prosecution Service would accept the guilty plea of Watts in relation to assisting the young male attacker in place of other charges.

The case was adjourned on 28 July and sentencing will be heard on 5 September. Watts was granted bail with the condition that she reports to the local police station twice a week (Tuesday and Friday). She is also required to co-operate with probation when it comes to drawing up a pre-sentence report on her circumstances.

Arrival Of Ride-Share Company ‘Uber’ Infuriates Taxi Drivers In Colombia & Leads To Strike

4 Aug

In Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, cab drivers have acted with fury at the arrival of Uber, a ride-share company with 15,000 cabbies electing to go on strike in protest. Uber is a San Francisco based organisation and it has been described as ‘transportation piracy’. Taxi drivers in cities such as Barranquilla and Bogota have also hit out and are protesting Uber and other services that undermine taxi drivers.

Uber Steals Customers

Up until July, Uber’s operations in Colombia were illegal but the Ministry of Transportation overturned this decision. It was also announced that a decree to regulate ride-share services such as Uber would be established by the end of July. According to Deputy Transport Minister Nicolas Estupinan, it was recognized that the community needed a new type of service with different sets of characteristics and because of this there would be a need for new rates for these services to be implemented.

Cabbies in Colombia are furious at the decision to allow a ride-share company to operate on their turf because they feel it is illegal and are also worried about the impact it will have on their business. According to Uldaric Pena, general manager of Free Taxi, cab drivers are now just waiting on the dreaded decree that will favour Uber.
Pena said that Uber uses a different rate system to the taxi industry and it may ultimately take away as much as 40% of the industry’s customers. Uber uses a mobile app which connects users to drivers for ride-sharing services and hire.

All a customer needs to do is send a text to request a ride and pay via their credit card to the Uber app. In Colombia, Uber’s units will cost $1.50 apiece and $3 will be the minimum fare. There will also be ‘flat rates’ such as a ride to Bogota airport which will cost $20.

Taxi Driver Solidarity

According to Andres Montoya, a cab driver in Medellin, drivers are united against special vehicles that provide individual transport through the new Uber app. Another driver said he didn’t like what was happening with Medellin’s taxi system and described it as ‘piracy’ before claiming the protest was justified.

Montoya continued by saying many drivers feel duty bound to join the protest to protect their interests. He doesn’t think it is fair if some drivers get work while others don’t. Taxi drivers are also seizing the moment to complain about other issues with taxi culture in Colombia. For example, the ‘peajito’, a toll station in cities such as Bogota and Medellin, has angered drivers because it costs them $1 each time they drive through. This adds up to a significant cost over the course of the week since they get charged each time they drive to and from the airport.

Protestors are also angry at what they call ‘transportation piracy’ which involves unidentified cars driving normal bus and taxi routes while offering a much lower fare than official modes of transportation. These illegal operations are dotted throughout Colombia’s major cities. Numerous cab drivers spoke to national news publications claiming the strike was at an end for now while conversations between taxi organisation bosses and the Ministry for Transportation are ongoing.

Nationwide Strike

Although drivers in the city of Cali will not join any protests this time around, cabbies in Barranquilla and Bogota have followed Medellin’s lead. Javier Monroy Velandia, the president of the Federation of Taxis in Bogota, stated that a city-wide taxi strike had been initiated. Cabs in different parts of the city tried to block major roads but anti-riot police arrived and caused the protesters to disperse.

According to Monroy, cab drivers were protesting about piracy and the need for an increased rate to cover the costs of a new administrative decree which asks vehicle owners to pay social security to drivers. He said these were issues every bit as important as Uber which was only one reason for the strike. In Barranquilla, drivers were protesting the recent assessment of cab rates by the city’s mayor which were made without precise figures on the number of taxis currently in operation in the city.

Late Night ‘Party Tariffs’ Are Not A Hit With Cab Drivers

4 Aug

Council chiefs in Edinburgh are said to be considering a proposal to add an extra £2 to journeys between midnight and 5am in the city on Friday and Saturday nights. The idea is to encourage more cabbies to work late but the industry has hit back by saying it could stop people from using a taxi to get home safely after a night out.

Is Safety A Risk?

According to representatives of the taxi trade, there is no need for such a ‘party tariff’. Members of the Edinburgh Taxi Association, Comcab, City Cabs and Central Taxis met at the City Chambers and unanimously rejected any proposals to add an extra charge to journeys after midnight on weekends.

According to the director of City Cabs, Les McVay, the city isn’t as busy as it once was and there are a huge number of taxis operating. He believes an extra charge would make passengers more reluctant to hire a black cab to get them home safely. The taxi trade also wants traditional holiday and Christmas increases to be simplified or reduced. McVay said the trade doesn’t want to discourage people from hiring a cab during the busy festive period.

The director of Central Taxis, Tony Kenmuir, agrees and said most drivers expect to receive double pay over the Christmas and Hogmanay periods but meter readings increase by less than 50%. Yet he believes the lower fares encourage people to go out, enjoy themselves and then use cabs to get home. He concluded by saying his company are happy to unite with other black cab firms and recommend a reduction in holiday fares.

A High Price?

There are some cabbies who are delighted with the news as they believe the added tariff provides a greater incentive to work later. Statistics show that working after midnight can be perilous for cab drivers as they are forced to pick up drunken revellers. Unfortunately, things can get out of hand and damage gets caused to the cab. The result is an insurance claim and the cabbie’s next insurance quote will be much higher.

Kezia Dugdale, Lothian Labour MSP, believes the increased tariff means women will have to pay a higher price to get home safely after a night out which is unfair. The scheme is already in place in other UK cities such as Glasgow so consultants are trying to find out the impact of the scheme in these locations.

Councillors are expected to receive a report on the proposals in around four month’s time. According to a spokesman for the council, taxi fare structures are regularly reviewed. He confirmed that there were discussions with members of the taxi trade about a late night tariff along with other proposals. He concluded by saying the council’s regulatory committee will hear a report on the trade’s recommendations in November.

Preparation For Taking Your Car Off The Road

27 Jul

If you are forced to leave your car inactive for a long period of time, it is necessary to do a few things to ensure it is in good working order when you return. What you need to do varies depending on how long you intend on leaving the car unused. Below, we have three different sections: Less than a month, 1-3 months and over 3 months.

6 Important Tips

  1. Unless you are aware of the radio code, never remove a battery lead.
  2. Long-term battery disconnection can seriously impact the function of on-board computers. Contact the manufacturer or look at your handbook if this happens.
  3. Never allow plastic covers to stay on the paintwork as this can cause damage.
  4. Write down what you have done to the car and leave a note inside as a reminder when you go to drive it again.
  5. A commercial storage company is probably the best option for long-term storage or if you own a high value vehicle.
  6. If you have a friend who can drive, perhaps you can ask them to drive the vehicle a couple of times a month. Make sure tax, insurance and MOT are in order if you elect to do this.

Less Than One Month

You should consider purchasing a ‘smart charger’ as it will only charge the battery as and when the vehicle needs it. You can then leave the smart charger connected in the knowledge it will not overcharge your car.

Be sure to have an expert check the anti-freeze concentration; this is essential during the colder times of the year.

If you are parked off-road, chock the wheels securely and keep the handbrake on.

If the car is in safe and secure storage, leave the windows slightly open for the purposes of ventilation.

Spray unpainted metal parts of the vehicle with WD40 to reduce the risk of corrosion but avoid spraying trim or rubber.

1-3 Months

You should follow all of the above advice plus the following:

Give the vehicle a thorough cleaning and get rid of mud beneath the wheel arches with a hose. Ensure the vehicle is dry when stored and give it a polish as well.

Remove carpets and dry them thoroughly if you believe dampness is a problem.

Make sure the drain holes in sills, bulkhead/heater and doors are unblocked.

Ensure the wiper arm blades do not touch the glass.

Contact your insurer and see if you can get a reduction on your quote. This will probably only be a possibility with third party fire & theft.

Always make sure there is a lot of ventilation if your car is in storage.

A dehumidifier is another option and might be a better choice than ventilation as long as it is done in a sealed storage area. Bear in mind a dehumidifier will not work below 4 degrees Celsius. You don’t have to worry about corrosion in cold weather as long as your vehicle is dry and doesn’t have any road salt.

3 Months+

As well as following all of the above advice, you need to do the following:

Have an ‘oil and filter’ service carried out.

Auxiliary drive belts; air conditioning, power steering and alternator, should be slackened but do not do the same with your camshaft drive belt.

Find a good lock oil and lubricate the vehicle’s locks.

Use WD40 under the bonnet, under the wings and metal in and around the boot and the battery box.

Keep the wheels off the ground and ensure the tyres are not stressed by raising the vehicle onto stands or blocks.

Failing that, remove the wheels and keep them flat in a cool and dark place.


Typically, you can expect petrol to remain fresh in any stored container for around 12 months but if it is exposed to the atmosphere it can begin degrading in 4 weeks. This makes starting your vehicle harder because the fuel’s octane is lowered due to the more volatile fractions evaporating. It will also oxidise and the result is varnish deposits and gum on your fuel system’s components.

Diesel will also be okay if stored in a container for 12 months but over longer periods of time it too will oxidise and this leads to problems like those described above; the result is blocked filters when you try to run the engine again. Remember that diesel bought in winter will have protection against temperatures as low as -15 Celsius whereas diesel bought in summer will not have this protection.

Fuel Tank

It is always best to have a full tank of fuel if you are not using the vehicle for more than a month because it reduces the amount of space water has to condense. Condensation in the fuel tank can cause corrosion and this could damage the lining of the tank. In rare cases, phase separation can cause water and Ethanol to separate and fall to the bottom of the tank. It can also lead to fungal and bacterial growth in the diesel; you may have to completely empty and clean the tank to get rid of it.

A fuel stabiliser additive is a good choice if your vehicle is being stored for a long time. Stabilisers are common in the gardening world to keep machinery that isn’t being used for long periods in good shape.

Starting Your Car After It Hasn’t Be Used In A Long Time

This depends on how well the car was checked before storage:

Check the pressure of the tyres.

Make sure nothing is nesting beneath the bonnet and check for signs of anything chewing through the pipes or hoses.

If you loosened any drive belts, tighten them.

Don’t start the car until all fluid levels have been checked.

If you’re lucky, there won’t be too much stale fuel. You need fresh fuel to get to the engine and start the vehicle.

Take out the plugs and turn over the engine to reduce the engine’s load as the oil is being redistributed.

Check all brake operation (this includes the handbrake) as the brakes may be seized if you left the handbrake on in storage. Engage a gear and drive slowly or else you may have to dismantle.

Once you get the get up and running, go to a garage for a full service.


You can’t drive on the motorway if your vehicle does not have an MOT unless you are driving it on a prior arrangement to a garage for an MOT. If you need the car serviced and it doesn’t have an MOT, you can only move it via a trailer or truck.

Trouble With Your Brakes?

27 Jul

During your ownership of a vehicle, you will need to replace front and rear pads and discs due to wear and tear. You can’t escape even if you only use your car infrequently because if you leave it relatively idle in the garage, rust will set in. A vehicle’s braking systems need friction to bring it to a stop; hydraulic pressure will push brake pads up against a cast iron disc or else brake shoes will be pressed against a cast iron drum.

Once a vehicle is decelerated, the load gets transferred to its front wheels so it is up to the front brakes to do the majority of the work when it comes to bringing the vehicle to a halt.

Drums Or Discs?

When you brake, a considerable amount of heat gets created and it must be dealt with quickly in order for the vehicle to operate efficiently. The design of disc brakes is improving and they are now becoming more efficient; their open design when compared to drums ensures that there is less of a chance of them overheating.

At once time, it was normal to use drum brakes on the front and rear but disc brakes began getting fitted to the front of vehicles as they became more powerful around half a century ago. These manufacturers kept drum brakes at the rear of their vehicles as a means of providing brake function but disc brakes became the #1 choice for the front of vehicles.

Parking Brake

Once disc brakes began to get applied to a vehicle’s four wheels (this first happened with small sports cars and larger cars), manufacturers decided that a smaller drum brake needed to be added to the rear hubs’ centre. Its design has since been improved and most parking brakes operate by applying pads straight to the main discs which means another drum parking brake is no longer required.

When test driving a new car, look at the operation of the parking brake to find out if it is working on a disc. New cars may have parking brakes which operate electrically and these can take some time to get the hang of.


Although cast iron is a great brake component material, its main weakness is the fact it corrodes easily. However, since the front brakes perform the majority of the braking force, surface rust is easily cleaned due to the pads acting on the discs.

The level of braking effort is far less on the rear of a vehicle; this is especially the case if the car in question is small and light and this might not be enough to get rid of corrosion from a rear discs’ surface if the vehicle is only used on relatively short trips.

Generally speaking, corrosion is not an issue with rear drum brakes. Light corrosion can be cleaned off with heavy braking but it can get worse if left alone. The result is surface pitting which is okay if it doesn’t weaken the discs.

Surface Pitting

At one time, this was one of the reasons for an MOT test failure but after computerised MOT tests were introduced, it became apparent that many vehicles were failing the test due to ‘brake discs pitted’ despite the fact this wasn’t enough to cause the disc to weaken.

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has changed the manual and you can now only be failed for discs on an MOT test if they are deemed to have been significantly weakened.

Your rear discs need to be taken care of if you don’t drive often because storage in a wet garage means lots of rust can set in due to the damp atmosphere. Surface corrosion is down to the type of use rather than a fit for purpose problem so it is not covered by warranty.


Ultimately, your front discs will become too thin after wearing for a long time. The discs need to be replaced at this point in pairs and you should also change your pads at this stage. There is now a minimum thickness standard for brake discs and once your discs reach this point, it is unsafe to drive any further without making the change.


The disc can change shape due to uneven cooling and heating and this can be spotted when there is a juddering through the pedal once you apply the brakes. Clearly, thinner discs are more likely to become distorted than thicker ones.

When you are driving downhill for a long period of time, try not to hold your vehicle back with the brakes as this places a lot of heat in the discs. It is best to use a lower gear so you rely on engine braking instead of the brakes.


There is a chance you will have a disc that is not fitted flat against the vehicle’s hub assembly if the hub isn’t properly prepared prior to the fitting. The edge of the disc will move in and out slightly and feels like brake distortion when the wheel goes round. This is called ‘run-out’.

Pad Wear

Sometimes, brake wear occurs after less than 30,000 miles and in other cases it may only happen after 65,000 miles. Pad life depends on a number of factors including your driving style, type of use and vehicle model.

Heavy braking from high speed causes more wear than frequent braking and motorway slip roads are one of the worst offenders. Incidentally, heavy braking can also cause brake judder and disc warping.

Asbestos has long since been banned from new and replacement brake linings (banned in 1999) so the friction material has been changed and the result is less durable brake discs. The earliest non-asbestos pad materials wore down very quickly but modern materials are much better. You are almost certain to have to replace front pads and discs and likely to need a change in rear pads and discs during the lifetime of your vehicle.

New Pads

When new, pads will be shiny and may need some time to settle in. Be extra careful during the first 50 miles as braking performance will be affected.


Improved design means brake squeal is less common now; it involves the build up of brake dust. While anti-squeal shims can be effective, they wear down. Applying special grease to the back of the pads is another effective anti-squeal device.


If you allow the friction material to completely wear away from the brake pad, its metal backing material will run on the disc and the result is called ‘scoring’. This also hampers brake performance.

If you hear a distressing metallic noise when you hit the brakes, this is the first clue. A sticking piston in the calliper or lack of servicing could be the cause. The piston should release once you take your foot off the pedal and if it doesn’t, the pads stay in contact with the discs and wear down very quickly.

By ignoring these symptoms and continuing to drive, you will completely ruin the discs and they will have to be replaced. Make sure the pistons are retracting in the right manner once you change the pads.

Brake Fluid

It is hygroscopic and absorbs water from the atmosphere; this happens even if you don’t use the car. Flexible rubber hoses are the site of the water absorption. The fact that you can’t compress a liquid is the principle behind hydraulic brakes.

If you brake heavily, an example would be a long drive downhill where your brakes will get very hot and fill up with brake fluid. This fluid can even boil and vaporise. Although it is true that you can’t compress a liquid, it is possible to compress a vapour and if this happens, the brake will have a ‘spongy’ feel and this compromises brake performance. You need to replace your brake fluid every two years no matter how many miles you travel.

Cutting Car Costs – Six Ways To Save On Your Car

27 Jul

It is a mistake to assume you have eliminated the biggest expense in owning a car when you make the initial purchase. The reality is, the cost of running a car in the UK is higher than ever and will really eat into your savings. Petrol prices remain high and though we are now through the dreaded ‘credit crunch’, there is little relief for families who find the cost of owning a car is still too much.

Typically, you can expect fuel, insurance and depreciation to be the main cost factors to consider. However, there are plenty of ways for clever drivers to reduce their costs and enjoy the feeling of having a little extra money in their pocket.

1 – Find Cheaper Petrol

Websites such as do a great job of finding the cheapest petrol in your area. If you sign up you can also benefit from regular price updates. For example, I was in Leicester recently and found an incredible disparity in prices thanks to the aforementioned prices. Near my location the cheapest unleaded was 12.2p less per litre than the most expensive station and the cheapest diesel was 14.2p less.

2 – Driver Efficiency

The amount of fuel you use is dictated by how you drive. According to the AA, the most ‘efficient’ driving speed is 56mph but if you are on motorways you should be aiming to hit 70mph. If you are tempted to be a ‘speed demon’ on the motorways, bear in mind that travelling at 85mph can reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 25%!

It is also a good idea to move up a gear ASAP without forcing the engine to work harder and you should always have your tyres fully inflated to improve traction. Avoid crowded roads, loaded boots and use air conditioning only when necessary.

3 – Get Cheaper Insurance

This is probably one of the most obvious tips around but incredibly few people pay any attention to this advice. You can go to for comparisons from hundreds of reputable insurers and find the cheapest and most suitable insurer for your needs. Quick tips to lower your insurance including adding a named driver on the policy, fitting your car with security features such as an immobiliser and paying the full amount up front.

The average person only looks at five policies before making a purchase; with such great comparison sites available, there is no excuse for not digging deeper. You should also avoid ‘added extras’ such as breakdown insurance as these can be purchased for a cheaper price as a separate policy.

Finally, look to pay an excess of up to £500 as the vast majority of car repairs are cheaper and for minor repairs you want to avoid making a claim. For instance, if you are involved in an accident and it causes £375 of damage to your car but you only have an excess of £300, you have to pay the £300 to get the problem fixed AND your premium will rise next year because you made a claim. Having a reasonably sized premium tells your insurer that it won’t have to pay for minor scrapes so it drops the price of your premium.

4 – Breakdown Cover

You need breakdown cover because you will be forced to pay almost £100 any time you get stranded due to even relatively minor faults such as broken clutches or flat batteries. You should look to the AA or RAC for low priced breakdown cover. However, it is still important to compare because the aforementioned duo are not always the cheapest.

Be sure to read the small print before signing anything; cheap policies often force you to pay an excess on every callout and others don’t help you if the breakdown occurs near your home. Additionally, there may be a limit to the number of times you can call a company out.

5 – Plan Your Journeys

A simple way to cut costs is to cover fewer miles. Frequent short journeys can really damage your engine and increase long-term costs. For long journeys, consider a train or bus if this is convenient and you can find low fares. If you book in advance you could save a considerable amount of money.

Another great way to cut costs is through the process of car sharing. Millions of people across the UK are benefiting from car sharing and it could halve your annual costs. Websites such as have millions of members and are easy to join.

6 – Change Your Car

If you currently drive an expensive model, switch it for something cheaper. Cars that cost £30,000 new will lose almost 19% of their value each year whereas cars that cost less than £10,000 may lose 12-15% of their value through depreciation annually. A £10,000 car will cost you around 17p a mile to run according to the AA but a £30,000 car costs you 28.5p a mile to run.

London Taxi Company Enjoys Successful Return

27 Jul

Coventry has always been synonymous with London Taxis and it appears as if the good times are back. According to Peter Johansen, the man at the forefront of London Taxi Company’s revival, lessons in pride have been learned along with new ways to create a demand for orders. The firm underwent extreme difficulties recently but it has regained its place near the top of the ladder thanks to its recent resurgence.

Overcoming Difficulties

Johansen is quick to point out that the firm found it difficult to make its comeback and coming back from the brink was a stressful affair. Only when it came out of administration did Johansen breathe a sigh of relief though he knew more work needed to be done. He said that most people are unaware of just how hard it is to bring a business out of administration.

Johansen said the first three months were the most difficult as they had to get things up and running and even getting a bank account was hard work. It took a couple of months just to open a bank account for the firm because the complications of being in administration.

Running a company without a bank account was a nightmare according to Johansen as he had to pay suppliers and employees. Just a week before London Taxi Company went into administration, 400 cabs were recalled due to faulty steering boxes so as well as trying to improve the black cab, the company’s employees also had to work extra hard just to restore the company’s once great reputation.

Putting Things Together

Johansen said he didn’t want the company to continue making the same mistakes and he had three priorities once he took over. First of all, customers had to be the number one concern; secondly, the quality of everything produced by the company had to be exceptional and thirdly, the business needed to make profit.

The company had a number of vehicles in stock after administration but they had various issues in terms of quality. Johansen knew these vehicles could not be sold until all the problems had been dealt with. The result was a total refurbishment program which cost the company £6.5 million.

He also travelled to London to talk with cab drivers and received almost 300 angry letters in the first month. He admitted that it was a hard task but he did reply to everyone and found it to be an important exercise as it helped him better understand the concerns of cabbies. Now, he receives only a handful of negative emails and a number of positive ones which praise the new direction the company is taking.

Cab drivers were not happy that the door panels of the taxis were easy to scratch and hard to repair. One of the first changes made by the ‘new’ London Taxi Company was to change the nine interior panels with better quality panel that doesn’t scratch. This was a costly project however as each new set cost almost £300. There is also a 21-point check which addresses all the old faults and Johansen claims cabbies say the new cabs are the best they have ever bought.


The hard work is paying off for the company as it won a contract to supply 500 cabs to Azerbaijan. Baku, the nation’s capital, will be hosting the European Games next year so this could represent a great marketing opportunity for London Taxi Company. Some 300 of these cabs will be reserved for VIPs travelling to and from the games.

Johansen concluded his interview by saying he was proud of the company employees and said the company would not have succeeded without their hard work and attention to detail. He has seen a resurgence in the pride of the black cab and while it has been a very tiring year, the rewards have been well worth it.

Taxi Drivers In Moray Must Adhere To New Dress Code

27 Jul

Moray Council’s licensing committee is taking steps towards improving the taxi and private hire trade. It began with a fresh review of private hire and taxi licenses and this action has been followed by a new ‘dress code’ which is to be implemented immediately.

From now on, drivers will be expected to dress smartly while on duty and they are also not allowed to smoke when required at taxi ranks. Additionally, there will be new knowledge and language tests added to their licensing application.

The committee carried out a consultation in February when representations were requested from local organisations, the taxi trade, the public, Police Scotland and other interested groups. A sub-group of five councillors were chosen to review the responses and they made recommendations based on their findings. These recommendations were then approved by the licensing committee in Moray.

It would appear that such a review was long overdue since it has been 10 years since the last one. According to the local authority, full details of the dress code will be finalised once discussions with the trade have been completed.

Plans To Cut Private Hire Red Tape Concerns Lancashire Police

27 Jul

The police and crime commissioner of Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, has hit out at the new deregulation bill which will allow people without a private hire license to drive private hire vehicles when they are deemed to be ‘off duty’. According to Grunshaw, the mooted Deregulation Bill is going to put the lives of people in danger as the likelihood of sexual assaults and rapes will increase.

At present, only those with the requisite license can operate marked private hire vehicles and all drivers must be regularly re-licensed. These individuals are subject to background checks which reduces the chances of a convicted sex offender getting behind the wheel.

However, the new legislation will ensure that any member of the public can operate a marked private hire car when it is not officially being used for business. Grunshaw said residents must have the confidence to know that their driver is properly licensed before getting into the vehicle.

He believes these new measures will needlessly place countless people at risk and Lancashire could be one of the worst affected areas due to its thriving night time economy. While he acknowledges that the Government are not deliberately trying to place people in harm’s way, he hopes they will listen to the justified concerns of the many police commissioners opposed to the Bill.