Khan’s Nick Clegg Moment: TfL Travelcards Hiked By 2%

“From today, I’ve frozen all TfL fares until 2020″ tweeted Sadiq Khan yesterday, linking his followers to a page on the TfL website listing fares which have been frozen. The Mayor was being misleading at best, downright untruthful at worst. The link he tweeted did not include the fares that are going up. 

Buried on the TfL website is the news that daily and weekly caps are rising by an average of 2%. The price of a monthly Travelcard (zones 1&2) will rise by £2.30. Adult Day Travelcard prices have been hiked by up to 50p, Child Day Travelcard prices are going up by 30p. Travelcard season ticket prices are rising by an average of 2%, some by considerably more than that. If you’re a commuter you will likely use a Travelcard and Khan’s fake “freeze” will not apply to you.

During the mayoral election Khan promised: “Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today”. In his manifesto he said he would “freeze London transport fares for four years”. The new TfL fares released yesterday confirm that these promises have been completely and utterly 100% broken. While Westminster and the media are focused on other things, Khan is getting away with Nick Clegg-level dishonesty in the capital…

Sadiq Gives TfL Executives £100,000 Payout Each

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So far Sadiq has chopped his election promise of a full fare freeze for Londoners, as well as his pledge on planting trees. Now the London Mayor is wielding the axe on Transport for London staff – LBC reveal he has given 49 senior managers and directors voluntary redundancy. How much has the executive cull cost? An average of £100,000 per exec, resulting in a £5 million bill for the taxpayer. Khan claims his cuts will save eight times that in the long run. Six figure payouts for TfL fatcats is a bitter pill to swallow for Khan voters who were misled by his fares fib…

New Uber Rival Tries to Get Unions Onside

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Karhoo is the new challenger to Uber, offering a “marketplace” for existing minicab firms to compete for your lift. Announcing its expansion today in Parliament, a gathering of taxi firm operators, politicians, and even a GMB representative turned up to hear the British CEO Daniel Ishag talk-up the firm’s three to five minute wait time in central London. The GMB private hire drivers’ union is this week challenging Uber over workers’ pay in the Central London Tribunal. Acting as an aggregator for minicabs, Karhoo is seeking to get around all the difficult TfL regulations, letting cab firms sort it out for themselves. Karhoo handing out £25 gift cards for MPs in attendance doesn’t do them any harm, either…

Khan Breaks Key Election Promise: Travel Fares to Rise

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Sadiq Khan’s headline manifesto promise was to freeze travel fares. He promised “Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today.” This pledge is from his manifesto:

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Throughout the campaign Khan dodged any and all questions about how this policy could be funded. And now we know why…

Khan won’t extend the freeze to the travelcards, daily caps and monthly Oyster cards. So the payment methods used by most commuters will continue to rise, despite Sadiq promising “Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel”. He’s broken his number one manifesto promise in his first month. This is a broken promise of Nick Clegg proportions… 

TFL Forcing Cabbies to Take Cards

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Yesterday Guido had a look at how Action for Cabbies are looking to raise £600,000 to mount a legal challenge to TFL’s plans for mandatory card readers in black cabs. Under the proposals drivers would be forced to install a fixed card reading unit in the passenger compartment of their vehicle, bringing an end to the “Sorry, cash only guv” era. Action for Cabbies don’t seem best pleased by this, and the group’s protest has stood in sharp opposition to the LTDA’s call for a “taxi revolution”, with card readers and WiFi in every hackney carriage. So what’s it all about?

It turns out that the anger of Action for Cabbies isn’t focused on the principle of installing of card readers, they object to TFL’s restrictive proposals for how they should be installed. Most significantly, under the plans cabbies would not be able to pass on card processing fees to passengers as they can currently. This could cost each cab driver a proportion of their income, and is a restriction that virtually no other industry in the UK has to operate under. That is including private hire firms. Guido is for cabs having cards in them, however it doesn’t seem very fair to restrict the choice of cabbies and prevent them passing on costs to the consumer if they want to. Though if they do, it won’t help them compete with Uber…

Sadiq Refuses To Answer Fares Question Five Times

Guido was greatly amused watching Sadiq Khan lose it on Monday with a BBC London journalist over TFL’s factual statement that his transport proposals have a £1.9 billion funding black hole in them. Last night on ITV London the Labour mayoral candidate gave a repeat performance of evasiveness all over again when confronted with the TFL figure. Five times he avoided answering the question that won’t go away…

UPDATE: Labour Assembly member Val Shawcross has tried to get TfL boss Mike Brown to disown the £1.9 billion figure. It has backfired spectacularly:

Shawcross: “Do you own a figure of £1.9 billion? Yes or no?  Has TFL produced or published that assessment? I want to know if that figure from a TFL source or not?”

Brown: “…We are obliged to take a series of indicators, OBR, Bank of England. If you look at that in the round then our assumptions would take you to a figure of £1.9 billion over the planned years.”

So Labour have succeeded in getting TfL to confirm the £1.9 billion black hole figure is correct. Slow clap.

Taxi Union Weaponises Leytonstone Terror

The anti-progress Licensed Taxi Drivers Association are really angry about the Leytonstone stabbing… because it seems the knifeman may have once been an Uber driver:

Who knew cabbies had such advanced Photoshop skills?

H/T @jimwaterson

UPDATE: The LTDA probably shouldn’t be so pious:

London Tories Tell Boris to “Think Again” on Uber

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Seven London Tory councillors have written to Boris urging him to “please think again” about Transport for London’s proposed crack down on Uber:

“we are worried by Transport for London’s proposed regulations on Uber. Red tape will hit Londoners who want to get a taxi without paying the higher prices that black cab regulation generates… We are sympathetic to black cab drivers who feel TFL’s existing regulations are onerous. The answer is to cut black cab red tape and leave Uber alone.”

The councillors who signed the letter are Paul Church, Thomas Crockett, Peter Cuthbertson, Tony Devenish, JP Floru, Richard Holloway and Gotz Mohindra. Will Boris regret paying lip service to the cabbie lobby?

Boris Forcing Uber Drivers to Speak English

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Following the launch today of  Transport for London’s consultation on measures that would seriously damage Uber if implemented, Boris Johnson’s team are distancing the Mayor from some of the more draconian proposals. Boris is not keen on some of the crazier ideas. He is however sympathetic to drivers having to pass an English language test for drivers and a cap on the the maximum number of private hire vehicles because they are bringing congestion, circling and pollution. On the pollution point Uber is planning to go all-electric in the next few years.

Capping the number of cars is still very East Germany circa 1984…

60,000 Flock to Back Uber

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Following the news that Transport for London are launching a consultation today on proposals to kneecap Uber’s business, over 67,000 people have signed a petition to TFL demanding that they back down. If the proposals go ahead passengers would be forced to wait five minutes before they could get into a car and Uber would be banned from showing the available cars on their app.

Techno understands Number 10 are furious with Boris for allowing the consultation to go ahead and are actively seeking ways of forcing him to back down. You can sign the petition here

Taxi Drivers Shut Down Mayor’s Question Time

Taxi Drivers descended on City Hall today to protest Transport for London’s stance on regulating Uber. It was all going so well untill Boris called them “Luddites”

A member of City Hall staff was reportedly knocked out in the ensuing melee. The Taxi drivers rather proved Boris’ point…

Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.

No. 10 is also expected to announce details of the latest list of cronies and donors to be bunged peerages this afternoon as well. Probably not a coincidence that TfL have chosen today to announce that they are backing down to the union bullyboys over all night tubes, either. A good day to bury bad news, not so good for holding power to account…

Control the Camera on this 360° Crossrail Video

Crossrail have just released this video shot over part of the new tunnel near Farringdon. You can control which direction the camera faces using the arrows in the top left corner. It’s the future…

At least the construction locomotive doesn’t look segregated…

Londoners Look to Driverless Tubes

The tube strike is over and, courtesy of Google Trends, Techno can provide some insight into what Londoners thought of the £50,000-a-year drivers who made them late for work. Searches for “driverless trains” rocketed over the last 24 hours…

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As Techno has revealed before, the only thing stopping the introduction of driverless tubes is the lack of political will to get tough on the trade unionists currently driving them. Robots don’t strike…

TfL Doesn’t Trust Staff Not To Lose Data

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Transport for London are pre-empting the inevitable dopiness of their staff by issuing them with military-grade encrypted USB drives. Workers throughout TfL have been issued with the ultra secure DatAshur USB flash drives, which require a code to access the data.

Staff have the “assurance” that when they lose customer data, the information will be protected.

Let’s hope they don’t forget the password…



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