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Regulation and Technology

Regulation and Technology

Regulation and Technology The disruption of regulated taxi markets around the world by ride hailing apps has been well documented. The taxi trades in London, New York City, Paris and other major cities, must abide by regulations and costs set out for them, while ride...

THE FIGHTBACK

THE FIGHTBACK

The conditional renewal of Uber's Private Hire operator licence in London came as no surprise to us at the UCG. It was a fait accompli with a little theatre and drama through the means of the witness stand at Westminster Magistrates Court, Uber and TfL played a merry...

TRADE v TFL Its time

TRADE v TFL Its time

TRADE v TFL – It’s time When we first joined the UCG, we were not around the table at meetings with TFL. When we built up the membership to become the second biggest org, they couldn’t refuse us a place in the room and now we are in the room we realise it is not worth...

Wonderful world of Taxi Charity

Wonderful world of Taxi Charity

2018 has been a red letter year for the charity, and we are only halfway through so far.  This is our 70th anniversary and therefore we have been even more active than usual. In January the charity hosted a lunch for our volunteer collectors, many of whom are in their...

Service with a smile

Service with a smile

I saw a tweet from @DizzyCab on twitter, where he said customer service in the USA is on a different parallel to the UK, this is definitely true. Customer service in the USA is almost a profession in itself. Smiles and politeness go a long way in life. I recently...

First Female

First Female

In the year we celebrate the suffragettes, just who was the first female cabbie. Tony Silver gives his blog on Marie White I started the knowledge with a friend and neighbour Phil in August 1975. After trying various schools we joined the LTDA school, run by Martin...

ASSAULTS: WHAT THE LAW SAYS

ASSAULTS: WHAT THE LAW SAYS

ASSAULTS: WHAT THE LAW SAYS We are seeing a rising number of assaults on cabbies by Moped and Street gangs. We have consulted our legal team and the advice is the following: Should you find yourself in this situation the law says you may use such force as is...

Cabbie family

Cabbie family

A community spirit has always existed in the cab trade as part of our history but have we still got it, or have we lost it? When it looked like my previous job would probably go to the dogs, it was my friend Graham who said: "Sarah you should become a cabbie, your...

UCG AGM 4/6/2018

UCG AGM 4/6/2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 4TH June 2018   Venue: Rugby Tavern WC1   Committee  present: Trevor Merralls – General Secretary, Angela Clarkson – Deputy General Secretary and chair for AGM, Steve Jones – Treasurer, Sarah Smith – Secretary, Brian Ghairban, Jamie...

All for one

All for one

I was always worried when it was decided regulation of the cab trade would pass from the Met police to TFL.  I had previously been in the Civil Sevice -where I was also a union rep- I had seen various department's "out-sourced", I never saw in a single case where it...

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