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The London Private Hire Scene

First of all i hope you have all had a good summer and are now rested and ready now for what we all hope is a busy end of year.

i have been looking at the PH trade in london at present and thought it would be good to share some of the views and news from around london that has been passed to me and give you some news of various PH companys in London.

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Risk Management

Recently I was the victim of an attempted car jacking. It could have ended very badly. Fortunately it didn’t.

The incident occurred on 31st August 2014 from an UberExec booking requested at 11.46pm for Paveley Street NW1. The area is a council estate which includes Tresham Crescent, Swain Street and Casey Close.

I was aware that the estate was a high risk area for minicab bookings. There have been incidents of bilking and on one occasion several years ago I refused a fare with Addison Lee when the destination for a cash booking was given as Tresham Crescent.

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Online Taxi Dispatch System

London has always been a star among the most visited capital cities on a worldwide level. In addition to this it is also a financial hub and attracts multinational companies, together with its adjacent great number of business men. With more than 7 million visitors each year and around 8 million inhabitants, anyone can see the necessity of a complex and efficient means of transport.

A manager of a private hire minicab company in London needs to keep up with the modern times as much as any other business sector. Great demand attracts a greater profit and also higher expectations.

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Cab4Now Joins Uber

I first drove a minicab over 30 years ago and joined Addison Lee for the first time over 20 years ago. The minicab or private hire industry is now entering a new exciting phase which will see massive growth, more merging of private hire operators and many more small minicab offices closing their doors.

The decision to move to Uber for me was a simple one. Regular readers here and on Twitter will know that when I am in England I was available for hire 7 days a week for an average of 14 hours per day. This made the company car deal at Addison Lee attractive. Most weeks in 2011 my Ford Galaxy was free. Due to operational reasons this has now changed and in 2014 the car now cost me £45 or £80 per week earlier this year.

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TfL – Transport for London

The London taxi and private hire trade is regulated by Transport for London also known as TfL.

Many prefer to use the initials TfL to mean Totally Failing London. In this article I will highlight failures of TfL which have affected me personally but I don’t propose to regurgitate the hundreds of failures of TfL that are well documented elsewhere. Just Google Totally Failing London. My focus will be on my own personal experience, regulatory alternatives and a possible solution.

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Cab4Now Joins Wheely

Another week. Another app. I joined Wheely on Tuesday due to the Wheely tweet shown on the left. It’s good they reach out to potential new minicab drivers in relevent conversations.

I emailed my interest on Monday evening and less than an hour later Darren made contact by telephone. I arranged to meet him at their office in Hammersmith.

The boarding process was simple and, again, less than an hour after us meeting I was ready to accept work from Wheely via their app.

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