CityAM is backing Sajid Javid over Uber. Unusually for them, they are minimising the complexities of the issue. Below is a comment I made on their article on Mr. Javid, which for some reason, they wouldn’t print.
Am shocked that CityAm, a publication I revere, is so ignorant about Uber. Uber is under global attack for lawlessness. They are being sued globally. https://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/uber-under-global-attack-for-lawlessness-as-boris-gets-tough/ This has serious repercussions for safety.
Uber cheap fares are based on criminality. https://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/dodgy-dealers-uber-cheap-fares-are-based-on-criminality/ They also practise tax avoidance. Uber drivers are treated so badly they are sleeping in their cars, peeing in private gardens and falling asleep at the wheel.
Boris Johnson is desperate to limit PHVs, but Osbo says No. Pollution is killing 9,500 people a year, Congestion is badly affecting the London economy. Gridlocks! https://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/boris-furious-that-gov-refuses-to-allow-primary-legislation-to-limit-phvs/
https://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/when-will-enough-be-enough-re-phvs-george-osborne/ Osbo is Mr. Gridlock because he has continually blocked legislation to limit PHVs. He loves it that Boris, his main rival for the Tory leadership, is getting in the neck for the dire state of London traffic.
Boris believes that since black cab fares are fixed by TfL and black cabs have devotedly obeyed TfL regs. since 1643, the government owes it to the BC industry to protect them from the blatant rule breaking of Uber. https://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/boris-blows-his-top-and-rips-lid-off-government-interference-re-uber/
https://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/uber-needs-to-accept-a-tfl-licence-means-tfl-regs/ Uber’s Jo Bertram needs to accept that a TfL licence means compliance with TfL regs. But Osbo insists that Boris and TfL “lay off Uber” and allow them to break regs.as much as they like.
The way Sajid Javid has assessed the situation re. Uber is superficial in the extreme. He is not benefitting the consumer. Granted, Uber provide employment, but it is employment based on blatant exploitation of their drivers. There is no complaints procedure. Any driver who complains is sacked. After the first few months, the drivers are taken off the VIP service and earn hardly any money, Uber takes 20%. Uber PR glosses over all this.
The Uber masterplan is to destroy the black cab trade, and as soon as they are gone, to whack up fares to huge levels. They want to introduce UBerPool to London, a ride sharing service where the drivers are not even licenced, banned in most parts of the word over safety issues. How can that be in the interests of the consumer?
How can the way Uber treat their drivers be in the interests of the consumer, if they are falling asleep at the wheel? How are the avoidance of criminal and safety checks in the interests of the consumer?
The CityAM flip,superficial analysis of the entire subject is callous in the extreme, and is actually quite sickening.
I love CityAM, I read it every day, but in this instance, they have not done their homework. Mr. Javid is tragically wrong, and if his way is allowed to prevail, the black cab trade, voted time after time, the best cab service in the world, will be gone and a very nasty, sleazy, irresponsible, grasping company, with no integrity, will be London’s main option.