Posts Tagged ‘Uber’

Uber drivers unable to communicate in English

March 4, 2017
taxi protest Whitehall

taxi protest Whitehall

Drivers being able to speak English and understand information from passengers and licensing requirements is a vital part of ensuring passengers get the high standard of service they need and deserve. — Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

It beggars belief, Uber went to Court in London to challenge that their drivers had to be competent in English.

“TfL are entitled to require private hire drivers to demonstrate English language compliance,” said Judge John Mitting as he rejected Uber’s claim.

It demonstrates once again that Uber is a rogue company, with very low standards.

Well done Sadiq Khan Mayor of London and TfL for establishing that Uber drivers have to have this minimum standard, of being able to communicate in English.

Now please take the next step, if Uber are operating a taxi service, then regulate as  a taxi service.

Uber are engaging in unfair competition with their unregulated drivers. That is why their fares are cheaper than a regulated London taxi, the traditional black cab, not because they have some technological advantage through booking a taxi through an app.

If I were to hail a taxi in London, I would expect at the very least, a local driver who knew London and who could communicate in English.

Uber claim it is discrimination against foreigners.

Who are these foreigners, who are working as serfs for Uber?

How did they get into the country if they cannot communicate in English?

Are they illegal immigrants?

Immigration should be checking on the status of all Uber drivers.

It also begs the question, if they cannot communicate in English, how did they obtain a  driving licence? Do they have a driving licence? Did they use a common scam, someone else took took the driving test on their behalf.

The Police should check on all Uber drivers.

Earlier in the week, boss of Uber was caught on camera abusing one of his drivers.

Earlier this month, Uber were caught refusing to pick up a blind man and his guide dog.

The month before, we learnt of a culture of bullying and sexual harassment of Uber employees.

The latest scandal to hit Uber, they are using hidden software to hide from regulators.

Uber is exploitation, serfs working for an app.

All of which are grounds to delete Uber, divest from Uber.

When will the Uber bubble burst?

Regulation of black taxi cabs

June 11, 2014
taxi protest Whitehall

taxi protest Whitehall

taxi protest Charing Cross Road

taxi protest Charing Cross Road

We have nothing against competition but we feel that Transport for London has failed Londoners by allowing Uber to operate outside the law. — Steve McNamara, Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association

Supporting hard-working taxi drivers against Uber. — Paulo Coelho

Why did black taxi cabs mount a protest in London today?

Black taxi cabs are heavily regulated for very good reasons, those who use them, can do so with a high degree of confidence of a safe journey.

This was illustrated recently with a rape case in Aldershot, where a woman was raped, thinking she had gotten into a licensed taxi.

When you are in the licensed taxi, you will usually be taken the shortest quickest route, using the expertise of the driver.

In the taxi a meter, clocking up on time and distance.

Regulation of the taxi, also includes regulation of the fare, to ensure the passenger does not get ripped off.

It is the licensing authority that sets the fare. Usually the local council, in London Transport for London.

And less we forget, TfL (backed by Mayor Boris) are pushing the closure of all ticket offices on the London Underground, a nightmare for travellers.

If it looks and feels like a taxi, then it must play by the same rules and be tightly regulated.

Uber, charges on the basis of distance and time, the only difference the meter is not fixed in the cab. Uber must therefore be subjected to the same rules and regulation as taxi drivers.

The level of ignorance is illustrated by this post on twitter by a well known troll:

Black cabs complaints against Uber smacks of restrictive trading. They work differently, get over it.

Ignorant troll even displays his ignorance by admitting did not know what Uber was!

That from Richard Branson likewise (but then maybe he is an investor):

There are similar, unlicensed schemes on the net, you say where you are, where you wish to go, and private drivers will pick you up for a fee. Private drivers who are not insured, not regulated, not licensed.

The only people who make money out of these schemes are those who develop the websites, the drivers do not, and passengers are put at risk.

No surprise then the backers of Uber are well known tax dodgers Google and Goldman Sachs. Or that Uber themselves are tax dodgers. The fee for the journey is paid to Uber, not the taxi driver.

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