Monday, 17 November 2014
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Subject: BBC Complaints - Case Number CAS-2965901-39PBGB
Thank you for your contact.
While we readily appreciate your concerns it’s also the case that headlines need to be concise and so this headline simply referred to a London “taxi” as generally understood to mean a motor vehicle licenced to transport passengers in return for a fare and, in this case, operated in London.
The body of the article subsequently makes clear that Mohamoud Amin was a private hire driver and so we don’t believe the use of the word “taxi” was unreasonable or otherwise materially misleading.
Thanks again for contacting us.
The email wasn't even signed.
While we understand that it may be necessary for headlines to be concise, surely the BBC has a duty to be accurate.
The BBC constantly blur the distinction between minicabs and Taxis at a time when minicab related serious sexual assaults are at an all time high.
Was it not the BBC's own "Inside out London" program, presented by award winning journalist Louise Hulland, that pointed out night revellers are confused about the difference between Licensed Taxis and minicabs?
Part of the reason for this rise in minicab related sexual assaults in London is ignorance. It would appear that the BBC is part of that problem, instead of being part of a solution.
Taxi Leaks would like to point out to the unnamed person who replied, that although there are only three extra letters in "London minicab driver" as opposed to "London Taxi driver", there is plenty of empty spaces in the two line title to describe the accused more accurately.
We would also like to take this opportunity to point out that under the London Cab Act, it is "illegal" for a private hire driver or operator to refer to themselves as Taxi drivers. They can not refer to their vehicle as Taxis. In fact they can not use the words Taxi, Taxis, Cab or Cabs in any promotional material or anywhere on their operating centre or vehicle.
If the BBC is in any doubt of the damage that this type of misleading article causes, not just in London but across the UK, I would urge them to read and digest the recently published article "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (who’s watching the watchmen)" by Wayne Casey on the Nation Taxi Association website.
The accused Mohamoud Amin, 38, of Park Royal, London, was twice referred to by the BBC as a Taxi Driver and his vehicle twice referred to as a Taxi.
This is unacceptable and we would ask the BBC to change the article which is still on the BBC News website.
If you the reader feel as insulted by this reply as we do, please fill in this online complaint form. It's long-winded but worth the effort.
Monday, 19 November 2012
But now it's time for the words to be directed towards the politicians.
Time to take action
We have chosen for our first campaign, LTPH's refusal to enforce the law against illegal plying for hire.
Every night we all see the lines of illegally rank PHVs, operating from a satellite office and controlled by clipboard men. Not only are the public being aggressively herded away from a choice of taking a legal Taxi, Taxi drivers are being violently discouraged from stopping by PHV drivers and club security staff.
What we need you to do now, is to use the yellow link box in the right hand column (mobiles choose web view) which will enable you to send an email to your MP and Assembly Members. Of course it would be much better if you pen your own letter, but for those who find this difficult, we have put together a template example.
The "Write to them .com" website records your email and also records if you receive a reply, which encourages recipients to respond.
I recently saw this article on the Guardian series on-line website.
A 22-year-old woman from Walthamstow was sexually assaulted as she was driven home by a man pretending to be a minicab driver.
As the man drove the woman to her home in Walthamstow he assaulted her.
Police are investigating the exact location but believe it could have happened close to the end of the journey in Waltham Forest.
A minicab driver from Bexleyheath, has been charged with sexual assault in connection with the incident.
There seems to be a conspiracy of silence between The Police, TfL and Politicians in general to ignore this scandalous situation.
Every night, while working as a licensed Taxi driver, I see lines and lines of minicabs illegally ranking outside clubs touting for work illegally. At the weekend unbooked private hire cars can be seen parked on both sides of Regent Street opposite Swallow Street. The same illegal ranks of PHVs can be found most nights all over the capital.
I regularly see the Police and local council Traffic Wardens walk by and ignore them, even on double yellow lines and Red routes!
Nearly 2 years ago, It was reported to the police and PCO that a gang of unlicensed touts were working an area by Piccadilly Circus into Regent Street. This complaint was repeated 6 months ago. Friday/Saturday night, vehicles belonging to this group were seen touting in the same place, just after midnight.
The general public are being gradually "educated' into accepting that it is alright to get into one of these vehicles because if they were dangerous they wouldn't be allowed to operate in the way they do, would they?
Meanwhile another young girl has fallen prey to a serious sexual assault/rape.
Whose daughter,sister wife or mother has to become a victim before this is addressed?
I hope you can understand how sickening it is to witness all this happening every night all over London, and then just before Christmas read one of TfL/LTPH/Police press releases under the Safer Transport at Night banner?
The offence of Illegally plying for hire carries the same level 3 penalty as touting. In fact its easier to prosecute as you do not have to prove solicitation. It's reportable not arrestable, so a non warranted LTPH officer can report an incident for a case to be bought against the driver.
It's already being successfully done up and down the country by other licensing authorities such as Manchester, Reading, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, St Albans, Milton Keynes and many others. In Cambridge recently, PHVs illegally plying for hire, have been given £120 fines, £150 +6 penalty points for no insurance, then ordered to pay £2000 court costs.
Could you please, on my behalf as a London Licensed Taxi Driver, contact TfL Transport Commissioner Mr Peter Hendy and ask him why TfL/LTPH are refusing to charge offending minicabs for illegally plying for hire. LTPH, hasn't prosecuted one single case for this offence since taking over from the Met Police over a decade ago
How many more rapes and sexual assaults do there have to be before somebody with the power to do something to change the situation wakes up to this scandal?
If you live outside London and want to contact your MP, use this site.
On the right hand side of the page, is a box to enter your post code, it will take you to your MP and give his email address
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Friday, 7 September 2012
Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
WHEN THEY CAME FOR ME,
there was no one left to speak up for me!
It's happening again, v.2000
First they came for the hackers.
But I never did anything illegal with my computer,
so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for the pornographers.
But I thought there was too much smut on the Internet anyway,
so I didn't speak up
Then they came for the anonymous remailers.
But a lot of nasty stuff gets sent from anon.penet.fi,
so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for the encryption users.
But I could never figure out how to work PGP anyway,
so I didn't speak up.
Then they came for me.
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
- Alara Rogers www.alara.net
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