August 21st, 2012

Taxi Trouble Mounts for Tim Yeo
Eco City Vehicles CEO Signed Age Limit Deal

Last week Guido revealed yet another of  Energy and Climate Change Committee chairman Tim Yeo’s conflict of interests with the green tycoon’s taxi company, Eco City Vehicles, helping to provide London with new environmentally-friendly taxis. It gets worse.

The photograph above shows Eco City Vehicles CEO Peter Da Costa smiling broadly as he signs the agreement to introduce an Age Limit for taxis in London. Da Costa signed Boris Johnson’s Air Quality Strategy, giving Yeo’s seal of approval to plans to force drivers to replace cabs that are over ten years old. Eco City Vehicles aim to dominate the capital with their German-made taxis at £30,000 each. Da Costa himself is pictured here on a test drive with the new model. No wonder he was looking so smug…


  1. 1
  2. 2
    Twat Watch says:

    Taxi for the greedy piggie

  3. 3
    Stephen Byers says:


  4. 4
    AC1 says:

    Green is a synonym for Rent-seeking.

  5. 5
    keredybretsa says:

    Gotta make a penny, or, two boys!!!!

  6. 6
    Rank says:

    That is ugly…. and the chauffeur

  7. 7
    William Hague says:

    Yet another example of Dave’s bad judgement. He taught me well.

  8. 8
    Julian Assange says:

    You’ll never guess who I had in the back of your cab last night?

  9. 9
    Carlos says:

    The Cabbies are gonna LOVE this! I predict some more gridlock/go slow/whinging and then the eventual realisation they they’ll have yet another reason to ratchet up the fares.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer special needs group! Maybe time to invest in mini-cab services.

  10. 10
    jgm2 says:

    Keep after the fucker Guido. It’s this kind of behaviour that gives the bedwetters ammunition. Or it would if they too weren’t in the green scam up to their fucking necks.

    If I were a bedwetter politician I’d be screaming about this from the fucking rooftops. ‘T*ory MP uses privileged position to force independent businessmen to buy his products…’

    It would be like Bill Gates getting a job as an MP and then insisting that everybody in London buy his latest release of Microcrap.

    Yeo is a c*unt.

  11. 11
    All politicians are psychopaths says:

    Yet another classic example of the manipulation that these psychopathic fuckers simply can’t resist.

    This is akin to Bankster insider dealing.

  12. 12
    Rank says:

    So Boris resurrects the Routemaster master then let’s Cabbies be forced to drive round in those piss ugly things……

  13. 13

    How often would you have to hit arrogant b******s like Yeo over the head before they accepted that lining their already overstuffed pockets while in office – and because of their office – is just not cool!!!!!!!!!

  14. 14
    Baby Adolph says:

    More stinking corruption in your Government Dave. Sort it out you worthless ponce.

  15. 15
    Rank says:

    So Boris resurrects the Routemaster then let’s Cabbies be forced to drive round in those *golden shower* ugly things….. (is that better moderator?)

  16. 16
    Frau Merkel says:

    Wir haben schließlich erobert London!

  17. 17
    Self Intrest says:

    But why age limit them, surely a simple emissions test should be the target? Building thousands of new taxis can hardly be eco friendly and only good for Yeo’s bank account.

    Check out John Gummer aka Lord Deben Guido, the one who BSE burgers to his daughter. He’s also into the same eco scam as Yeo. Influencing government policy to line his own pocket.

  18. 18
    Roger The lodger says:

    Get rid of MPs after 10 years ‘service’. Eliminate the career nosetroughers.

  19. 19
    I thought this chancer had been cast out after the last bout of sleaze says:

    MPs like Yeo certainly are in conflict with the interests of the Voter.

  20. 20
    Pint Pot says:

    This is a fucking disgrace!

  21. 21
    smoggie says:

    Might be worth a punt. Share price is only 1.7p so if this is about to take off, the brave investor might clean up.

    I see that Mr DaCosta owns 77,601,600 shares in the company whereas Mr Yeo owns 2,400,000. Not worth a lot at the moment but if the share price could recover to its heyday of 10p or more, these lads will be laughing all the way to Eco Vehicles bank… yes you guessed it: Barclays.

  22. 22
    Tim Yeo says:

    I’m an Addison Lee man really.

    They ignore bus lanes.

  23. 23
    SP4BS says:

    German made taxis eh?

    Going for a bit of an economic nationalist dog whistle there eh?

  24. 24
    Ecuadorian Chef says:

    I cooked Sunday lunch for Julian Assange, the dirty bastard asked for a second helping of Swedes!

  25. 25
    jgm2 says:

    Absolutely. How keen would all these fucking politicians be to jump on the eco-bandwagon were it not for fake installation jobs (and companies) created using billions in borrowed taxpayer money. Not to mention fake jobs building all these ridiculous windmills in the first place. Plus the votes in theri local constituencies that depend on all these fake jobs. But Yeo is a class apart from even that kind of pork-barrel politics. As, it seems, is Cameron and his family windmill scam.

    They can’t even get it together to build a fucking barrage across the Severn for less than 34bn quid. 34bn quid? Are they proposing to build the fucking thing with pure gold?

    34bn quid for a wall made largely out of landfill?

  26. 26
    I thought this chancer had been cast out after the last bout of sleaze says:

    Naw you must be wrong as Yeo is an English MP sitting in an English constituency so he must be hunky Dory. I saw the light after the advanced intellects on here helpfully pointed out that all the evils of Government are due to the Scots, yep Yeo must be an absolute Gentleman.

  27. 27
    Asil Nadir says:

    The bastards,they should be nicked.

  28. 28
    Really ! says:

    Well you must admit a solid Gold barrage across the Severn would be pretty impressive.

  29. 29
    Oy Vey says:

    Cab drivers don’t set fares; the mayor of London does

  30. 30
    All politicians are psychopaths says:

    As any mental health expert will confirm, psychopaths are untreatable. If they are not dealt with in terms of complete social exclusion, they will simply continue to re offend time after time.

    One of their kind was on a television programme last night called “Endgames of a Psychopath”.

  31. 31
    Oy Vey says:

    Excellent, make taxis in ermany and let the company in Coventry that has made them for years go under

    Will certainly help the British economy that

  32. 32
    Jimmy says:

    Seems sensible. After a few years a vehicle’s performance will tail off. They’re much like blogs in that respect.

  33. 33
    Da Costa Coffee says:

    I am about to obtain a super dooper injunction.

    So you can bog off.

  34. 34
    Gorbal's Mick says:

    I would never use any other firm.

  35. 35
    Angela Merkel says:

    Ich bin dafür, der Severn Sperrfeuer. Es wird für Schießübungen ausgezeichnet.

  36. 36
    A Green Finger, pointing says:

    It’s the law of the jungle mate – and us Greens are in it for all we can get.

  37. 37
    Forkbender says:

    Guido, not nice conservative MPs lining their pocketsby using their influence as ministers and mp, I thought it was only those nasty Liebore and LibDem that did that. Keep on investigting Guido, the trouble is they probably have nice safe seats.

  38. 38
    smoggie says:

    Anglers have been working for years on reversing the declining salmon runs into the Wye and Severn. Pursuing polluters, improving habitats, creating fish passes etc. etc.

    The Severn estuary also provides one of the major feeding grounds for migrating birds.

    Now if this fucking barage ever sees the light of day, you can forget all of the above. There is nothing green about it except for the colour of the money it will deposit in the developers’ pockets.

    Another scam.

  39. 39
    annette curton says:

    Just a statement of fact, even if you agree with the 10 year policy surely which replacement Taxis should be left to Taxi drivers as long as they meet current emission laws, this is a blatant stitch-up for monetary gain and has nothing to do with ‘Green’.

  40. 40
    Arthur Daley says:

    I’ll do it for £100,000. Cash. Don’t want to trouble the VATman, do we…

  41. 41
    Zer maker ov zer Jerman Taxi says:

    Hah! how you say? softly softly catch einen monkey, – or in our case London! 70 years late – but Zer Glorious €USSR vill last fur a 1000 years!

    Heil Rumpy!! Heail Angypoppet!

  42. 42
    jgm2 says:

    Yeah. I seem to remember seeing his name up on some WEEE (to do with recycling waste electrical products) at M&S a while back. I’m not sure though if it’s just him ‘sponsoring the legislation’ or whether he, in anticipation of rail-roa**ding through this EU-directed bullshit, saw the opportunity and set up some authorisation/monitoring oversight body to cash in. I suspect ‘B’ though.

  43. 43
    A life less remembered says:

    Was Cherie on as well?

  44. 44
    the knowledge says:

    London Eco cabs make the best U turns.
    Tory/Labour/Libdem politicians not far behind

  45. 45
    Spokesperson for Eco City Vehicles says:

    All of our drivers know the way to the Ecuador Embassy.

    As a matter of fact,Tim Yeo is on his way there right now.

  46. 46
    SP4BS says:

    Good. Theres a wierd blind side to some people who are so keen on the Severn barage when they oppose other projects.

    Of course, I don’t know why they need a “green scam” when their mates could just get road building contracts. or bicycle routes in the sky for that matter.

  47. 47
    Gordon bROWN says:

    Strange, – I was in all evening and could of taken part. Nurse, – why wasn’t I allowed out to go on TV? I was good yesterday, – you said so yourself!

  48. 48
    smoggie says:

    You mean “intellectuals”. An intellect cannot point anything out. So much for the Scotch education system being superior to the English.

  49. 49
    woolyback says:

    Save the Wales?

  50. 50
    jgm2 says:

    It’s a scam alright. At 34bn quid. But if the cost were a bit more sensible – like (say) 3.4bn quid then surely it would make rock-solid financial sense. Fish ladders will do the job for the fish like they do on other dams. As for the birds – there’ll still be masses of mudflats left for them.

  51. 51
    Forkbender says:

    Ted Heath did and his ministers never forgave him, a government minister being transported by a mini car!! the insolent man.

  52. 52
    annette curton says:

    Why is it ever time I try to put forward a reasoned argument couched in common parlance I get moderated, yet post piss, shit and bollocks all day and everything is hunky-dory.

  53. 53
    Special Clinic - that's STD to most of you says:

    Tertiary syph that common? Absolutely confirms the diagnosis when the gold stuff starts appearing.

  54. 54
    The Libor party says:

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    You shouldn’t conflate the hopeless political situation in Fucking Scotland and the act of economic ruin perpetrated by the Maximum Imbecile as evidence that all Scots are fuckwits.

    Although a lot of them are. Particularly the ones who haven’t left yet.

  56. 56
    Herr Kutte says:

    Shave the Wales.

  57. 57
    smoggie says:

    The MP who is “leading the plans” to build the Severn Barrage is none other than our old friend, the rt hon Mr Peter Hain.

    Nuff said.

  58. 58
    Angela Merkel says:

    Herr Yeo…und you are awarded zer Iron Cross for duties serving zer Fatherland.

  59. 59
    jgm2 says:

    Never had you down as a Yeo apologist. There must be some bedwetter politicians involved too for you to be so sympathetic to the crook.

  60. 60
    SP4BS says:

    It makes the estuary something completely different than it was before. Ever been to Rance?

  61. 61
    smoggie says:

    Corlan Hafren, the consultancy whose report claimed in 2010 that the Severn Barrage is “zero carbon energy” generation has one, Selwyn Gummer, as a director.

  62. 62
    jgm2 says:

    The Orange Man probably thinks that all 34bn quid will be squandered buying (Labour) votes in Fucking Wales.

    Why he seems to think that England wouldn’t want at least half of any economic benefit (since they’ll be paying for it all) is a bit of a fucking mystery.

  63. 63
    Florence Nightingstorm says:

    The same happens to me any time I try to complement Guido on his pie-charts.

  64. 64
    jgm2 says:

    Rance? Never heard of it.

  65. 65
    annette curton says:

    We are just like Taxis for hire (remember that one?).

  66. 66
    JadedJean says:

    Reasoned argument…not on ‘ere luv.

    Reasoned argument always leads to Godwin’s law which then gets the Zioloons very uppity.'s_law

  67. 67
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP says:

    Just cough up and shut up. All LimpDim environmental policies are designed to line politicians’ pockets save the Planet

  68. 68
    The Libor party says:

    Yes. See 49 above.

  69. 69
    Forkbender says:

    Don’t forget they are making allowances as they heard the underestimate (£2.4Billion)of the Olympic games cost at the moment £9/11Billion all those other little costs which will finally boost the figure to £20/25Billion

  70. 70
    smoggie says:

    And the dirty bugger asked for the skins to be peeled off his sausages.

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    Really? says:

    Bummer and his family are shareholders in the company bidding to build the Severn River tidal barrage energy project.
    Wilst Bummer himself is on the governments Climate Change Committee that will say yes or no to the project.
    If that committee says no then Bummer’s shareholding is worth next to ziltch, if Bummers Committe say yes, Bummer and family stand to rake in at least £240 million.

  72. 72
    SP4BS says:

    He asked this time did he?

  73. 73
    Lou Scannon says:

    Mornington Crescent.

  74. 74
    jgm2 says:

    Ah. Thankyou. Another c*unt on the make.

    34bn quid for a few turbines and a few loads of rocks. Cheeky c*unts.

  75. 75
    Really? says:

    If you had been paying attention, you would realise that the entire cabal of LabLibCon crooks are singing from the same crony corporatist songsheet. They really are, all in it together.

  76. 76
    smoggie says:

    He did before, only quietly lest he woke the lass up.

  77. 77
    Forkbender says:

    Yup, and what about banning a person becoming an mp if mummy or daddy have been mps

  78. 78
    annette curton says:

    That’s the one, but don’t remember any repercussions.

  79. 79
    smoggie says:

    He’s already promising the fabrication work to the unemployed of Port Talbot. He must be on the Tender Board as well.

  80. 80
    Forkbender says:

    Not just German, MERKS

  81. 81
    Really? says:

    Green is the biggest rip off scam ever. The piggies are getting very, very rich, on the back of their carbonated lies.

  82. 82
    smoggie says:

    No wild birds or fish were sliced or diced in the construction of the Olympic Village. It will be a different matter when these crooks start erecting giant windmills and turbines in Britain’s most beautiful places.

  83. 83
    Forkbender says:

    A Green Finger, I would get that seen to might be catching

  84. 84
    annette curton says:

    Never said nuffink about the peoples wagon.

  85. 85
    Schoolyard Janitor says:

    I think Guido must have spilled several of this sad bastard’s pints. It has all the makings of a personal vendetta.

  86. 86
    smoggie says:

    His rate’s gone down and he’ll recite the curse of Macbeth if you don’t tip him 10%.

  87. 87
    jgm2 says:

    The Severn Estuary is not what I would call one of Britain’s most beautiful places. The most beautiful thing about it is the bridge leading out of Fucking Wales.

  88. 88
    Anon Voter says:

    Don’t forget that ZanuLieLabor’s Peter Hain has also involved himself in this Seven Tidal Barrage project, in what capacity is not clear also his remuneration package as I suspect its not a pure charitable commitment, some digging is required Guido.

  89. 89

    They would just buy shares in the preferred supplier of baseball bats to the HOC, and claim their private hospital bills on expenses.

  90. 90
    Jimmy says:

    Not at all. This is still my favourite pro-government blog.

  91. 91
    UKIP UNITED !! says:

    How come the Biased Broadcasting Company aka BBC have not plastered this story all over there biased network including the House Rags Guardian, Indie & Daily Mirror about this nasty money grabbing TORY MP ???

    Oh yes its the Global Warning Scam they actively support & mislead everyone on as much as possible.

    I must say Chris Patten is doing a such a splendid job as the BBC’s (Dis)Trust Chairman since he took over although given all of the weight he has put on since then I am surprised he is still able to move let alone talk.

  92. 92
    Handycock, Head of Planning, Portsmouth says:

    Nonsense. This is how the world works. We have a saying in Portsmouth when applying for planning permission from my council. ‘It’s not what you know but who you know;’ and I am the one to know. Political donations and backhanders anybody? Boaz.

  93. 93

    The firrst thing is to ask how in God’s name can a new taxi be made without creating more emissions? Does the fact that it is not made on our soil make it any better. If so, we have signed up to the wrong treaty. Do these people think we are all stupid?

    Secondly, I did some extensive work in the taxi industry and knew all the main players including the London Carriage Office, LTI and Metrocab. I gave evidence to the Transport Select Committee. I met a number of MPs and have mentioned the quite amazing Gwyneth Dunwoody here before. Peter Bottomley was also a very active and intelligent member of the Committee. It was pretty much a stitch-up in those days but, compared with this, it is now a Mafia. providing that the vehicle is built to the right specification: turning circle, accessibility and emissions control and is kept in clean condition with regular maintenance, there is absolutely no reason why they can not run for 20 years or longer.

    The ten year replacement requirement is a complete red herring which only purpose is to line the pockets of the manufacturers and the politicians, on the one hand, and stitch up the owner/drivers and the public, on the other.

  94. 94

    Thе fіrst thіng іs tо аsk hоw іn Gоd’s nаmе cаn а nеw tаxі bе mаdе wіthоut crеаtіng mоrе еmіssіоns? Dоеs thе fаct thаt іt іs nоt mаdе оn оur sоіl mаkе іt аny bеttеr. Іf sо, wе hаvе sіgnеd up tо thе wrоng trеаty. Dо thеsе pеоplе thіnk wе аrе аll stupіd?

    Sеcоndly, І dіd sоmе еxtеnsіvе wоrk іn thе tаxі іndustry аnd knеw аll thе mаіn plаyеrs іncludіng thе Lоndоn Cаrrіаgе Оffіcе, LTІ аnd Mеtrоcаb. І gаvе еvіdеncе tо thе Trаnspоrt Sеlеct Cоmmіttее. І mеt а numbеr оf MPs аnd hаvе mеntіоnеd thе quіtе аmаzіng Gwynеth Dunwооdy hеrе bеfоrе. Pеtеr Bоttоmlеy wаs аlsо а vеry аctіvе аnd іntеllіgеnt mеmbеr оf thе Cоmmіttее. Іt wаs prеtty much а stіtch-up іn thоsе dаys but, cоmpаrеd wіth thіs, іt іs nоw а Mаfіа. prоvіdіng thаt thе vеhіclе іs buіlt tо thе rіght spеcіfіcаtіоn: turnіng cіrclе, аccеssіbіlіty аnd еmіssіоns cоntrоl аnd іs kеpt іn clеаn cоndіtіоn wіth rеgulаr mаіntеnаncе, thеrе іs аbsоlutеly nо rеаsоn why thеy cаn nоt run fоr 20 yеаrs оr lоngеr.

    Thе tеn yеаr rеplаcеmеnt rеquіrеmеnt іs а cоmplеtе rеd hеrrіng whіch оnly purpоsе іs tо lіnе thе pоckеts оf thе mаnufаcturеrs аnd thе pоlіtіcіаns, оn thе оnе hаnd, аnd stіtch up thе оwnеr/drіvеrs аnd thе publіc, оn thе оthеr.

  95. 95
    Old Grumpy says:

    You’ve obviously never been a Hackney Driver! Taxis, of necessity, have to be built like brick shithouses……… and age makes ‘em, like us, infirm!

    There is a market for aging Cabs, which are subject to a wide range of recurrent problems. We see these in the provinces, run by less than kosher individuals and companies.

    There is an associated “industry” involving dodgy motor mechanics, who jury rig these mobile coffins and FALSIFY MOTs………

    Need I say more?

  96. 96
    ho hum says:

    So, can somebody explain in words of one syllable why it is considered necessary to tip them? I don’t tip the bus or train persons so why should I tip cabbies?

  97. 97
    I thought this chance had been cast out after the last bout of sleaze says:

    No its ok you dont need to explain, I have seen the error of my ways and thanks to the patient mentoring from the likes of you and Smoggie and that wonderful Welshman and Auntie Matter and the rest of the fine band of wonderful human beings on here I no longer think that the small matter of the last Labour government being comprised of 75% English is of any consequence.

    Nor do I put any importance on the nationalities of people like Watson, Mandleson, Campbell, Prescott, Harman, Dromey, Balls, Milliband, Crowe etc etc Nope is all the fault of the Scots, it really is. Thank you for enlightening me, I would be lost without you.

  98. 98
    Blowhard watch says:

    Oh for fucks sake, is there anything you have not done you boring c unt ?

  99. 99
    Gedankenexperiment says:

    Just because you are in a Superposition of states doesn’t mean you need to post twice.

  100. 100
    AC1 says:

    Fallacy of the Broken window…

    If 10 years is good, why isn’t 1 year even better?

  101. 101
    Rupert my Hero says:

    I am saddened that personal greed is now the norm in Politics, there was a time when those who ran Britain had the best interests of the UK at heart, those days seem to have gone, Guido will know how many honourable people are left in Parliament, very few it seems.
    So what the hell is Boris doing by giving the work of building the London Taxi to Germany, above all else, where is the national pride of a world riding in the famous London Cab, made in Germany.
    Boris you have brought the Mayoral Office into disrepute.
    Has the word ” Tender ” been used here, were British Companies given the chance to compete on an open Playingfield and yes, we know what is happening to them too.
    Where is that bastion of all things British when you want them, The Sun is hiding behind silence.
    Cameron once again shows just what a wet girls blouse he is, a gutless, toothless paper one term PM. His chance for being seen as standing up for Britain once again passes him by and is lost.
    British London Cabs can be seen in most Capitals of the World, they promote & advertise London and are as famous as anything this Nation has to Offer.
    No more… they will be seen as being German, why bother with London, buy them direct from Germany….

    Oh Boris how could you let us down so badly.

    You are not a fool who is easy to dupe, and although I am pained to say this, even Livingstone would not have done such to our National Pride.
    In short Boris, you have made London a laughing stock to the rest of the World.

  102. 102

    Frankly, I got lost getting into a boat, and now I’m fucking pumice.

    Still, mustn’t grumble, as I do like a Scotch egg when I’ve got the Mig welder on.

  103. 103

    I think you’ll find he offered them a ride IN his Sunbeam Talbot – he’s car mad that YoYo.

  104. 104

    And you’re our favourite Milwank Tower apologist, Jimmy.

  105. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Yeo is a corrupt piece of shit.

  106. 106
    Anonymous says:

    How about banning them from having 2’nd+ jobs. If they have time to be Chairmen and sit on boards then they are effing well skiving from the jobs we pay them to do.

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    I’m sure the Germans would make a better job of running Engerland than muddling british cretins do.

  108. 108
    jgm2 says:

    Because if you don’t they won’t give you a blank receipt.

  109. 109
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Yep, the Rance was a lovely river, till they built that g*ddam barrage. Clearly it was to protect the rare Froggus Enrichtum.

  110. 110
    joescotus says:

    i’m afraid s.c. is correct i repaired black hacks for decades and you are an ignorant irrelvant fucking k8unt

  111. 111
    Urea Lifter says:

    I read somewhere once that when we switched from Julian to Gregorian calendar the monks got their sums wrong and so we are actually living in the 17th Century. This sometimes helps me when I see the idiocy and barbarity that surrounds us.

  112. 112
    Ffyon says:

    Are you coming home tonight Darling Willy

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