Taxi standards in Carmarthenshire look shocking as cheap taxi firms maximise profits

We ask the public would you find this turn up acceptable in your county, town or city and would you pay for the same disgusting appearance

A Carmarthenshire Hackney Carriage taxi driver on wages can, be forced to driver a tacsi/taxi looking just like this one seen in Llanelli as, Carmarthenshire county council appear or seem to encourage poor standards and low fares in the county on examination

A member of the public reading our news sent in the photo of a Carmarthenshire taxi firm’s taxi that has been wooing the public with its cheap fares and presentation, for a great period of time, even today in the town of Llanelli, in Wales

As reported recently on the proposals to be put to the council on taxi fares to be increased in the county – Carmarthenshire council spokesman Justin Power stated the Council wish to find a balance without alienation of the public

As we know in many parts of the country taxi presentation is paramount and the example shown would not be permitted, and the authority would issue the proprietor of the passenger service vehicle in this case a leading town taxi firm with a notice of prohibition

I suppose when you are charging half price fares, presentation doesn’t matter said Cathrine Zita of the BIT organisation when she saw the evidence

16 plus Hackney Taxi Drivers wanted in Carmarthenshire after Council HAC

Carmarthenshire Taxi drivers hit bedrock after recent taxi fare consultation and fuel price hikes, and increased trade costs

The newly formed hackney taxi association named “HAC” Hackney association Carmarthenshire challenged the recent trade consultation outcome that left, members of the Hackney Carriage taxi trade feeling they weren’t having a Yabba dabba doo time over trying to successfully and justifiably get a fare increase

The newly appointed Chair for the hackney taxi association in Carmarthenshire Mr Paul Morgan recently, challenged the council on the result of the fare consultation as legally unrealistic, not only for the council but also owner drivers of hackney carriage taxis, for which there are few in Carmarthenshire

Mr Morgan citing the imbalance said……..

“Any taxi firms in Carmarthenshire employing hackney badge drivers on minimum wage to drive their taxi firms Hackney, were being unfair as well as unrealistic to those who are not working for them as, by disagreeing with a fare increase and not suggesting an alternative proposal increase was, completely unrealistic”

A researcher for the Cab Watchdog Service reported that many of these Carmarthenshire taxi firms were charging the public well below the meter rate, and keeping their operations tight to maximise profits, and so the public in Carmarthenshire forever complained of a poor service and a lack of availability on the street also

Many passengers under questioning agreed that it was realistic for taxi fares in the county to go up as nothing much had changed for almost 20 years said one

Following an email reply from Justin Power of Taxi Licensing Carmarthenshire which was emailed to all Carmarthenshire Hackney Badge holders, shown further below, sends a signal, that, the newly formed Hackney taxi association in Carmarthenshire has won its first victory in, this economic battle for parity so far

Carmarthenshire dropped from 45th place in February this year in the national league table for 2 miles to, a painful drop to 81st position @ £6.80 for 2 miles, with 73 councils now £7 and more for 2 miles today

The email sent by Carmarthenshire council on the 15th of July is a visible example of what these extraordinary times have resulted in as, a result of the formation of Hackney Association Carmarthenshire

Dear Sir/Madam,

Further to my previous emails in relation to the Increase in the Hackney Carriage Table of Fares that were introduced on the 17th January 2022. As you are aware, we sought the view of the Taxi Trade again in April/May 2022 regarding a proposal to increase the Hackney Carriage Table of fares. We contacted 513 licensed drivers and only received 41 replies. Of which 16 agreed with the proposal and 25 did not agree with the proposal.

Unfortunately, since we sought your views in relation to the Table of Fares, we have seen an increase in Fuel costs and the Cost of living.  We have been monitoring these increases and I have met with my colleagues from every authority in Wales and Officers from Welsh Government in relation to this matter. I enquired if there was any mechanism available to us to quickly increase the Table of Fares in such circumstances. I was informed that there was no mechanism available to us to quickly increase the table of fares, and that the legislation states the process we must go through.  

When considering the increasing Fuel Costs and the Cost of living, we are looking to strike a balance between what is fair to the Taxi Trade and the Fare paying passengers without alienating the public from using taxis.

The department is therefore seeking your views on the matter. If you have any proposals you would like us to consider, please send them through.

I have attached for your information our current tariff. If you would like a copy of the previous proposal, please let me know.

Thank you

Justin Power

Uwch Swyddog Trwyddedu / Senior Licensing Officer

Adran Cymunedau / Department for Communities

Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin / Carmarthenshire County Council

3 Heol Spilman / 3 Spilman Street

Caerfyrddin /Carmarthen

SA31 1LE

È Ffon / Tel: 01267 228932

     Mewnol / Internal: 2932

É  Ffacs / Fax: 01267 229141

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The general feeling on the response from the council was clear as HAC now seek to extend their membership by finding the most wanted 16 who voted YES.

The association has set up a webpage to deal with what the council and the Association seek to achieve and invite all to provide their feedback OR offer up their own proposal tariff, and in doing so register for free as a HAC member as their free right to do so

Taxi driver joins local Charity in saying its a ridiculous taxi fare increase

The battle was on ladies and gentleman and who would win is the story today, as a taxi trade and the charitable clash in order to take on the fight to destroy and so win the day

“I don’t need a major pay increase,” says an Isle of Wight Cabbie, who is against what they see as a killer of a price hike, ladies and gentleman

The verdict is now in ladies and gentleman

As a result of the Isle of Wight Council looking to approve a ‘significant rise’ in taxi fares — which would see some fares go up by as much as 50 per cent was their understanding

The Cabbie of four years had the opinion that the Island’s cab fares were already quite expensive and said an increase would lead to a drop in business, especially at night.

An Isle of Wight charity also objected to the plans, fearing for the people it represents.

The council have already consulted with the Island’s taxi trade and the majority were in favour of the increase, because of the rising running costs, including fuel.

The proposal was first discussed in March, when the proposal to increase the fares was put out for consultation. The proposal would have been automatically approved if there had been no objections.

However, five representations were received, including one from a Cabbie who objected, citing fears for a knock-on effect on pubs and restaurants, and possibly leading to more drink driving

A local charity, Sight for Wight, also submitted the strong objections saying this must be an unprecedented increase in taxi fares and therefore not reasonable

The charity said it understood petrol prices are rising but the increases simply cannot be justified based on that

It said its members, who are all blind and partially sighted, rely on taxis, many on a daily basis and with 16 per cent of its members of working age in employment, funds are not available to sustain such a hike in taxi fares.

The Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet is now being asked to approve the increase but is advised by officers to make sure fares are proportionate and affordable while still ensuring the taxi operators have a viable business

Hackney Carriage taxi trade rock into the lead by setting the pace on the 2 mile taxi fare table

The Hackney Carriage 2 mile new league table for this month, saw a massive jump into the lead at the top ladies and gentleman, as the taxi trade get to grips with the new costs to run a hackney carriage taxi and driver in 2022 in the UK

One council area is reporting a massive goal with a £3.20 increase on the 2 mile Hackney Carriage taxi journey for their town, giving them a massive leap up the table from 157 place to number 5 position, in the new national hackney carriage league table, ladies and gentleman

We also see Carmarthenshire fall 12 places in the league and others seeing their relegation plight in Wales and other parts of the UK

Below we show the public those 28 hackney carriage taxi trades that have leapt up the nation hackney carriage league table, including those that have reached the £7.00 plus for the 2 mile hackney carriage fare, and those now in the top 52 position in this month of May 2022

5SOUTHAMPTON£9.40 £3.20
8CARRICK£8.20 £0.90
10BRECKLAND£8.00 £2.40
12ISLE OF MAN£7.90 £1.60
16GUERNSEY£7.70 £0.40
17WEALDON£7.70 £0.80
18EAST AYRSHIRE£7.60 £1.60
22RUSHMOOR£7.60 £1.20
25HARROGATE£7.40 £0.40
29DARTFORD£7.30 £0.20
31ARUN£7.20 £0.60
36ROTHER£7.20 £0.50
41ARGYLL & BUTE£7.13 £0.93
47HARBOROUGH£7.09 £0.41
52STEVENAGE£7.00 £0.60
74TENDRING£6.80 £0.40
75VALE OF GLAMORGAN£6.80 £0.80
86SOUTH HAMS£6.66 £0.66
111LIVERPOOL£6.50 £0.90
122EAST RENFREW£6.40 £1.10
143DARLINGTON£6.30 £0.35
152THANET£6.21 £0.81
173CANNOCK CHASE£6.10 £0.40
200KNOWSLEY£6.00 £0.80
241NEATH PORT TALBOT£5.80 £0.34

Below the table as it looks today

5SOUTHAMPTON£9.40 £3.20
6WATFORD (X)£8.40
8CARRICK£8.20 £0.90
10BRECKLAND£8.00 £2.40
12ISLE OF MAN£7.90 £1.60
16GUERNSEY£7.70 £0.40
17WEALDON£7.70 £0.80
18EAST AYRSHIRE£7.60 £1.60
22RUSHMOOR£7.60 £1.20
25HARROGATE£7.40 £0.40
29DARTFORD£7.30 £0.20
31ARUN£7.20 £0.60
36ROTHER£7.20 £0.50
41ARGYLL & BUTE£7.13 £0.93
47HARBOROUGH£7.09 £0.41
52STEVENAGE£7.00 £0.60
67HART (X)£6.80
74TENDRING£6.80 £0.40
75VALE OF GLAMORGAN£6.80 £0.80
86SOUTH HAMS£6.66 £0.66
96HIGH PEAK£6.60
98MORAY (X)£6.60
111LIVERPOOL£6.50 £0.90
122EAST RENFREW£6.40 £1.10
140COTSWOLD (Y)£6.30
143DARLINGTON£6.30 £0.35
152THANET£6.21 £0.81
167ST ALBANS£6.20
173CANNOCK CHASE£6.10 £0.40
176EAST HERTS£6.10
179NEW FOREST£6.10
200KNOWSLEY£6.00 £0.80
209TEST VALLEY (X)£6.00
237HIGHLAND (X)£5.80
241NEATH PORT TALBOT£5.80 £0.34
246ORKNEY (X)£5.80
248RUTHERGLEN (X)£5.80
255YNS MON£5.80
261MID DEVON£5.70
264STIRLING (X)£5.70
277WEST LOTHIAN (X)£5.60
306CRAVEN (X)£5.30
307FENLAND (X)£5.30
313ST HELENS£5.30
314VALE ROYAL£5.30
321HAMILTON (X)£5.20

Radical national executive fallout at ADCU union-President and Secretary in denial over Cab trade destruction policy with blind members money

Cab trade and taxi trade members in the UK speak out about

the damage James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam will not stop at with money afforded them by new and old union subscriptions

The heads of a union called App drivers & couriers union who, ironically are not cabbies like their members appear to have reached a dead end?

Following our ongoing investigation into App drivers and couriers union

We captured a post online which seems to confirm if one joins App drivers & couriers union, ADCU UNION, that you have to expect the radical, the unusual, potentially unethical or unwise, as well as misleading information at executive level for members and new members joining and paying monthly

The list just gets longer if you capture the forensic facts and misleading information on App Drivers & Couriers union website even today online

Colin Dodds Taxi and Private hire forum ·

 Colin Dodds Taxi and Private hire forum

Interesting that ADCU Scotland Committee has resigned and have now formed a new association according to their own views and goals.

Below is what Eddie Grice former ADCU Chairman of Scotland said

Colin Dodds Stephen to answer the questions you both made about what the reasons for this are…

1) The committee members in Scotland were growing ever concerned with the direction that ADCU want to go in. They are seeking changes to the private hire trade that we find too radical. They want to see the entire trade change from a model of self employment to something closer to an employment model. They want branches to be going after operators regardless of whether or not the operator has shown itself to be in breach of misclassification or not. They just want to go after operators on the belief that all operators are misclassifying their drivers. We, the newly formed SPHA, affirm that we are self employed drivers. We recognise that the vast majority of private hire drivers want to remain as self employed drivers. This differing of views and objectives has been a major reason for us walking away from ADCU.

2) The fight against Uber over worker status was fair enough. However, that fight was fought and won. It should have ended there, bar any mopping up of the aftermath. It seems that the ADCU leadership doesn’t know when to stop though. They want to just keep going after them for any reason they can think of. Do Uber do a lot of things badly? Yes. But, there is a danger in constantly going after the one firm time and time again … one legal battle lost too many and there comes a time where the risk of Uber pulling out of UK markets becomes very, very real. This is obviously a nightmare scenario for the thousands of drivers relying on Uber for an income.

3) The demands being made on Uber by ADCU don’t match the wants or needs of drivers. Perhaps those demands match the wants and needs in London, but they don’t match nationwide for sure. Back in September, during the strike action, we were putting out a lot of fires internally with our own members who didn’t want to see fixed pricing scrapped and feel their earnings on Uber are good. We towed the line and tried our best to convince the members that the demands were correct. We asked them to stand in solidarity even if they didn’t agree. That particular strike didn’t attract big numbers which is telling in itself that the majority of drivers disagree with those demands. At the end of the day, the committee in Scotland has to recognise that the members here didn’t want it and don’t want it … we would be utterly remiss if we continue to ignore that.

4) Time and time again the members in Scotland stand in solidarity with the national structure, but we get very little support and solidarity in return. The national leaders don’t involve themselves in our campaigns. They don’t add their weight to our fights. Fair enough, it could be argued that they just leave us to get on with things because we are more than capable, but is that really solidarity? Is that really a union?

There are other reasons, but I find it distasteful to go too far with this. I feel bad in bad mouthing ADCU too much. Ultimately, the members up and down the UK are all doing what they think is best. There is a place for ADCU and it exists to serve the drivers out there that want to focus on employment law. For the members that resigned and walked away yesterday that is not our focus. It is not our mission.

We want to see positive changes for drivers, particularly in the licensing regime in Scotland. We want to see drivers remain self employed while making a decent income. We want to foster professionalism in the trade and help raise industry standards. We want to defend the livelihoods of drivers against threats to their licences. These are the fights we want to focus on. We have no appetite to continue focusing on issues of employment law and we have no desire to see the entire trade move away from fully self employed. This is why we haven’t left ADCU to form another trade union. We have left to form a driver’s association.

More on this story as we catch more forensic information on the destructive App drivers & couriers union from the top, and right down to members feeling it at the rock bottom

ADCU Falsehood-Deactivation Red Bull-The blocking game for Drivers and ADCU members

ADCU union members complain they are not being served

App drivers & couriers union look like hypocrites and cheaters when you look close up, and what a contradiction ladies and gentleman

This is truly heart-breaking they wrote recently

@AbduraHadi is one of the original claimants in the 7 year Supreme Court battle. He is a full time Uber driver but now faces losing out on a pension because of deep seated institutional racism & bias at Uber

We ask the public what does bias mean when you join ADCU as a member in the UK and, are you or anyone else entitled to be blocked as if you are an Uber driver working for Uber or any other operator that exercises the blocking game to get their way with you, and why do ADCU keep pulling the racist card without comment from their BAME officer on the subject

Cathrine Zita speaking for the Cab Watchdog service stated it is extraordinary that the union executive spend members money on driver rights but forget their own drivers when they see red

BIT organisation were passed the mail below in the interests of ADCU members or, those thinking of joining App drivers & couriers union as, the BAME officer of the App Drivers & couriers union reconfirms, as do others by our member sources that,

Aslam and the executives of ADCU union continue to condone monies being collected under false pretences as, part of their block the ADCU driver members campaign or deactivation policy within authorised at executive level even today, folks

Dario Nelson <>


Thu, 21 Apr at 10:23

Good morning 

It has been 5 months now that you have not responded to my email in reply to the data request

I note Mr Aslam has had a campaign of blocking information including on social media. 

What has been noted you have blocked the BAME officer on at least two facebook pages denying the member any access to information.

Mr Aslam was admin on Uber Drivers UK facebook page and also took the independent decision as part of his hate campaign towards paying ADCU members to block Mr Nelson also. When the owner of the page was contacted; he investigated the blocking as he was given no prior advice of the same. 

The result was Mr Aslam was demoted as admin from the page so he could no longer continue his hate campaign as part of his bullying tactics that appear to continue over time. 

I would definitely like a full explanation for this continued hate campaign for those members that complain of the hate tactics whilst awaiting reply to a request so a serious complaint can be raised regarding the hate practices previously recognised in 2020 and again in 2021, and now in 2022

Please also supply confirmation as to who is active as the national executive of ADCU as the information remains unclear or false. I note yet again ADCU have taken payment from Mr Nelson for membership, yet there has been no notification of meetings or minutes from meetings for some time. Again I require an explanation for the same, as do member/s in Wales and elsewhere who feel they are not getting the representation of their BAME officer in the UK 

What is clear; you are collecting monies from members and not providing what you should be as part of the ongoing hate campaign, a strategy effectively misleading the public of the true status of the union. 

AS I say I await an explanation for these practices mentioned in this email 

Yours Sincerely 

Dario Nelson    

County Cabbies like Rod signal away message in new 2 mile national Hackney Carriage league position fare race

Taxi drivers in North Lincolnshire could well be making a fast getaway if, their new taxi fare proposal gets approved thus taking them away from the pack,

and into the lead in the national league of Hackney Carriage fares over 2 miles in their region or regions, tells Cab Watchdog Service case handler, the race is on

The new taxi fare proposal amended and just submitted moments ago to the licensing authority in question, ladies and gentleman could, see many taxi counties in the national league table of hackney carriage taxi fares getting demoted,

and so left behind in the hackney carriage national table if, this proposal is approved at committee stage and then, at the public 14 day consultation period stage, subject to objections of course, if any

By the looks of the proposal now exposed to the UK trade, it looks as if this hackney carriage taxi trade are determined to move up the table and beat the further drop, and in doing so over take the field with, their proposal strategy, to get back into a viable operating financial position at the very least if…

when you look at the proposal content and, what it implies in that county area for todays taxi fare race in the 2 mile hackney carriage fare UK wide

North Lincolnshire Hackney carriage taxi trade make a generous offer in their revised table of fares accounted for the North Lincolnshire public and council committee, and North Lincolnshire taxi licencing

Cab Watchdog service looked at trade events in the last months, on applications made to increase the Hackney Carriage Table of fares in counties across the UK and see this as a very fare deal for the public at this time

The North Lincolnshire Hackney Carriage taxi trade have sought to increase the two mile journey with a couple of tweaks too, with a BIT more mentioned for the public to recognise, and you,

as a formula that can be used by any hackney taxi trade going forward, or in this case for even north Lincolnshire council taxi licensing to take note of the points, including you and, the north Lincolnshire committee considering the same for the North Lincolnshire public too or, for you in your taxi licensing council or county area

See the simple proposal explanations for taxi licensing authorities and taxi trades today considering an applications to increase their table of fares too, with what the content should be for a tariff change put forward by you or your trade in the country today, and what it should potentially look like

Once again Cab watchdog service expose to the taxi trade and you, how to be fair and leave the door open as North Lincolnshire taxi trade has, for the public to consider, as well as committee,

You and others can now look at their hackney carriage table of fares with the view to produce your own taxi fare proposal and, in doing so join the Up hill mob race

Once again the public are able to see fair play today, as they did in Carmarthenshire, using but one example in these crucial financial times when, any hackney carriage taxi trade needs to make an application to committee to increase the hackney carriage table of fares, in their part of the UK after looking at all the hackney carriage cost factors today with, a taxi driver in the calculation

As Del would say this taxi fare deal for the public looks pucker and…….

Application to increase North Lincolnshire Hackney Carriage Table of fares amended

Proposal date 13/04/22

Current Tariff table of fares

Tariff” 1 between 07.00 and 21.00 Mon to Sat

Tariff” 2 between 21.00 and 07.00 the following day except all day Sundays and Bank

Tariff” 3: Between 18:00 hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and before 06:00 hours the following morning, and for journeys commenced a<er 06:00 hours on Christmas Day  Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and before 06:00 hours the following morning

                          Tariff 1               Tariff 2                   Tariff 3

Mileage                 1                         1                              1

Yards                  1760                       1760                     1760

Distance              176                       146                       125

1st Drop              176                       146                       125

Metered              1760                     1760                     1760

Drops                      9                        11                         13

cost                     0.20                       0.20                      0.20

Initial Start       £2.00                    £ 2.80                  £3.00

1 Mile Fare       £3.80                      £ 5.00                  £5.60

Meter Drops     x 10                           x 12                       x 14

Next Mile =       £2.00                     £2.40                   £2.80

2-mile Fare =    £4.80                     £7.40                   £8.40

• Pets Charges 50 pence per animal

• Soiling Charge £50.00

New Proposal for Hackney Carriage Table of Fares

Tariff” 1: between 07.00 and 21.00 Mon to Sat

Tariff” 2: between 21.00 and 07.00 the following day except all day Sundays and Bank

Tariff” 3: Between 18:00 hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and before 06:00 hours the following morning, and for journeys commenced a<er 06:00 hours on Christmas Day  Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and before 06:00 hours the following morning

Calibration distances with calculated number of changes/drops in yards to a mile:

                  Tariff 1                           Tariff 2                Tariff 3

Mileage          1                                   1                            1

Yards           1760                              1760                     1760

Distance       176                              117.4                    103.5

1st Drop        176                             117.4                    103.5

Metered               1760                    1760                   1760

Drops    X                 10                        15                      17

Cost per drop        0.20                  0.20                     0.20

How the new tariff looks in calculation with calibration:

                                Tariff 1                             Tariff 2                                 Tariff 3

Initial Start             £2.60                                 £3.20                                   £3.60

1 mile Fare             £4.60                                 £6.20                                    £7.00

Meter Drops @ 20p x 10                                    x 15                                    x 17

Next Mile =              £2.00                                 £3.00                                  £3.40

2-mile Fare =          £6.60                                £9.20                                 £10.40

· Waiting Time to remain at the current rate of £18.00 per hour

· Pets Charges £1.50 per animal(increase of £1 to cover increased costs of cleaning inclusive of time out also)

· Soiling Charge £75.00 (increase of £25 to cover increased costs and losses in such a situation night or day)

N.B It would be usual to increase the running mileage rate. However, the trade has agreed to review the mileage rate later, in view of the rising costs the public are now faced with, and therefore this proposal is based on an interim formula based, on, what the trade does mostly, and therefore will be subject to further review, in the future by the trade when deemed appropriate to do so.

The mitigating circumstances surrounding the reason for the proposed increase in the public’s interests also:

  1. What is clear we have seen rising costs to run a Hackney Carriage and driver since the last 2017 table of fares increase, and as such the public have been afforded a fair deal by the taxi trade as a result. However, it is time for change.
  2. National minimum wage has gone up some £2 since 2017 and now sits at £9.50 per hour for most.
  3. Insurance premiums for Hire & reward has also increased steadily since 2017
  4. Licensing fees are also up
  5. Fuel has seen a massive leap since 2017 also: Latest UK average prices:
  6. Unleaded £162.48 Super unleaded £175.27 Diesel £176.58 LPG 88.83
  7. National insurance is also up
  8. Inflation and the retail index up today since 2017, with a sharp rise
  9. Car prices up as high as 28% at the top end
  10. Labour costs for repairs have increased and so has the price of car parts, including tyres, with prices rising sharply as the days go by including the past 4 years at the very least
  11. It should also be note that borrowing interest is also up recently
  12. Therefore, on balance, this proposal is a more than fair given the costs facing the trade today as outlined.

This document is issued for and on behalf the North Lincolnshire Hackney Carriage Taxi trade

Both Cathrine Zita President of the BIT organisation and Cab Watchdog Service team always getting to that BIT, spoke earlier wishing the North Lincolnshire Hackney Carriage trade all the best with the proposal, to increase the hackney carriage fares in their county of North Lincolnshire urgently

Cab Watchdog Service would also like to thank the member/s of the North Lincolnshire Hackney Carriage Taxi trade, that sought Cab Watchdog Service help, in order to successfully resolve their contact, compiling and processing issues with North Lincolnshire taxi licensing department, North Lincolnshire committee

We would also like to thank Mr Bramhill of North Lincolnshire licensing for his noted cooperation and swift clarification in his contact recently

so today’s hackney carriage taxi fare increase proposal for North Lincolnshire county has now been submitted to North Lincolnshire taxi licensing and Mr Bramhill, in quick step for the trade and all concerned <>

To:Nicholas Bramhill

Wed, 13 Apr at 18:51

Good evening 

Please find attached the final draft amended for North Lincolnshire Hackney Carriage Taxi Trade 

Also published by the BIT Organisation news – Cab Watchdog Service for the North Lincolnshire taxi trade to see sight of and others should they wish

Your sincerely 

Case Handler 

For and on behalf of Cab Watchdog Service  

Hackney Carriage 2 Mile fares surge Nationally in the new table league

Taxi fares up to 2 miles see a massive surge as the Hackney Carriage fare over two miles gets closer to the true cost in the UK as the top 22 show the way and others

Now for many trades today making the right calculations and not selling themselves short we get to see the real picture like never seen before

18 counties take up the challenge as we show below with increases in 18 locations ranging from 40 pence to 95 pence to £1.20 and £1.40 and as high as £1.80 or £2.00

The Hackney Carriage leauge Table of fares published today by –

We show the new positions for those in 324 position up to 137 th position to 62nd position and the top 22

1LONDON (HEATHROW)£13.40 £2.00
2EPSOM & EWELL£9.80 £1.20
3LONDON£9.80 £1.20
7WOKINGHAM£8.20 £1.80
9RESTORMEL£7.90 £0.95
10BRIGHTON & HOVE£7.80 £0.40
11SURREY HEATH£7.80 £1.40
22WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND£7.30 £0.40

62WOLVERHAMPTON£6.80 £1.20
69NORTH TYNESIDE£6.70 £0.90
71SHEFFIELD£6.70 £0.30
79CARLISLE£6.60 £0.80
81EDEN£6.60 £1.10
137SOUTH RIBBLE£6.30 £0.50
216STOKE-ON-TRENT UA£5.90 £0.95
245WIGAN£5.80 £0.50
324WEST LANCASHIRE£5.20 £0.50
1LONDON (HEATHROW)£13.40 £2.00
2EPSOM & EWELL£9.80 £1.20
3LONDON£9.80 £1.20
5WATFORD (X)£8.40
7WOKINGHAM£8.20 £1.80
9RESTORMEL£7.90 £0.95
10BRIGHTON & HOVE£7.80 £0.40
11SURREY HEATH£7.80 £1.40
22WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND£7.30 £0.40
55HART (X)£6.80
62WOLVERHAMPTON£6.80 £1.20
69NORTH TYNESIDE£6.70 £0.90
71SHEFFIELD£6.70 £0.30
79CARLISLE£6.60 £0.80
81EDEN£6.60 £1.10
84HIGH PEAK£6.60
86MORAY (X)£6.60
130COTSWOLD (Y)£6.30
133ISLE OF MAN£6.30
137SOUTH RIBBLE£6.30 £0.50
142ARGYLL & BUTE£6.20
159ST ALBANS£6.20
167EAST HERTS£6.10
170NEW FOREST£6.10
197SOUTH HAMS£6.00
201TEST VALLEY (X)£6.00
216STOKE-ON-TRENT UA£5.90 £0.95
231HIGHLAND (X)£5.80
239ORKNEY (X)£5.80
241RUTHERGLEN (X)£5.80
245WIGAN£5.80 £0.50
248YNS MON£5.80
255MID DEVON£5.70
258STIRLING (X)£5.70
272WEST LOTHIAN (X)£5.60
303CRAVEN (X)£5.30
305FENLAND (X)£5.30
311ST HELENS£5.30
312VALE ROYAL£5.30
319HAMILTON (X)£5.20
324WEST LANCASHIRE£5.20 £0.50
355WEST DEVON£0.00

North Lincolnshire taxi licensing cuts taxi fare in half to better the deal says outraged Cabbie

Licensing committee barter with Cabbies by suggesting their latest proposal was open to negotiation, like a 2nd hand car deal from Daley enterprises

A North Lincolnshire Cabbie was most upset recently, over the way their urgent fare increase turned into – can we meet half way, Terry

The North Lincolnshire Cabbie said they never gave me a chance to speak to committee and, cut the fare deal in half without an explanation, as if it was a deal down the market with Rodney exercising his two GCE’s

Cab Watchdog Service case handler took up the case after, emails were not replied to sent to North Lincolnshire taxi licensing last week, where as North East Lincolnshire taxi licensing replied to emails and then some

Our case handler ladies and gentleman managed to draw the council out, however they failed to justify how, they or committee arrived at the halving of the taxi fare proposal increase, or what formula they used to knock it back by half

Below is the reply from the North Lincolnshire council individual dealing with this rather unusual case thus far, as we mediate to further the trades fare proposal in the public interests, in order to get to that BIT

It should be noted the spokesperson at the time for the north Lincolnshire trade, claim they were given a unreasonable deadline to respond to the council and effectively missed it. We understand 2 days was the turn around time. Our case handler has replied asking for a stay in the matter so, the trade can resubmit a amended proposal to progress what appears to be an urgent matter in North Lincolnshire folks

Nicholas Bramhill <>

Tue, 5 Apr at 13:13

Good afternoon

Further to your email – I am somewhat concerned that you might not be aware of the full facts in relation to this matter.

A request was made by an HC operator to increase the table of fares, which did not work mathematically. We responded to the said person and asked how they would like us to proceed. We have not as yet had a reply.

Having had no reply, the table of fares was raised as an emergency matter before the Licensing Committee as we appreciate the need to have a realistic and reasonable table of fares for the trade. An increase of 10% was mentioned as an measure and an email was sent to the trade informally seeking their views before the formal consultation was carried out. As this was an emergency matter there was not an opportunity to invite the trade to attend. No response has been sent through from the trade regarding an increase as of yet other than your email. If it had it would have been passed to myself and I would have been able to go back to the Chairman of the Committee to ask for a different increase. I can still do this if I have that information. There is an urgent need to have an increase for the trade and we want to work with the trade to facilitate this, so I am happy to have a conversation.

As you will appreciate there is still the 14 day statutory consultation period that is required under the Act and I would much rather we implemented an increase that the trade wants rather than an arbitrary figure – so thank you for your email. We can hopefully get this right.

As for the front line staff who deal with queries, they should provide their name when asked and should be in a position to assist with enquiries. If they don’t know the answer then we have people who do. Incidentally, I do not manage the team concerned but I will make sure that the message is passed on.

If you would like to call me on the number bellow I am sure that this matter can be resolved.

Best wishes

Nick Bramhill

Assistant Group Manager – Food & Licensing

North Lincolnshire Council

01724 298171

Hot off the press -Taxi Trade Go Oliver Twist with fare increase in Carmarthenshire

Like a story from Oliver twist with a twist

The Carmarthenshire taxi trade tells licensing – I’m reviewing the situation for the public as ……………..

Carmarthenshire taxi trade to potentially tell committee chair imminently

We now expose a few major points and facts for the trade in the UK, considering their next proposal for an increase in their Hackney Carriage table of fares

Striking the balance for the Carmarthenshire taxi trade, licensing, committee, and the public

Application to increase the hackney Carriage table of fares final part

Compiled By D Nelson-Cab watchdog service researcher and case file handler, taxi driver & litigation friend

Date 04/04/22

  • Background:
  • We must balance the decline in the fare charged over the last 10+ years in Carmarthenshire, and so look at the economic impact because of, the running mileage cost standing still for so long, and what that means from a public perspective today, including committee and the trade or you faced with the same
  • In 2015 the rural hackney carriage trade was provided a formula template for calculating the cost to run a hackney carriage with driver, in a rural area such as Carmarthenshire and others in the UK
  • Carmarthenshire at the time fell short of the mark/formula as, their set fares at the time. continued to get further and further away from the required economic mark, even though minimum wage had increased, as well as other economic factors, since the last increase at the time
  • What is clear although the flag (Initial start) has been adjusted to £2.80 + £3.00: an increase of 60 pence across the board, which is very reasonable in today’s UK trade, if you go compare
  •  However, what remains as an issue since the flag increase; is still the click rate, per tenth of a mile on the meter, currently at 20 pence on Tariff 1, which is now a relic in economic terms or obsolete, given the duration it has been overused over time, now more than 10 years in existence, and firmly expired as a viable tenth per mile rate to contemplate anymore
  • Trade facts and the realization for even committee and the public at large in 2022:
  • When the trade neglect to have fares reviewed properly by providing a balance of explanation, thus affording committee good reason to support the trade
  • Often what happens is a misunderstanding, and an unjustifiable freeze by committee of fares, resulting in a justifiable request for an increase in taxi fares denied, through lack of presentation by the trade or proper argument in favor of an increase to the table of hackney carriage fares It is an automatic demise if not addressed in good time or appealed
  • The taxi fare formula and the templates with costs analysis for fare setting:
  • With taxi fare formulas now in the public domain, it is easy to keep up with costs and cost calculation trends for the rural taxi driver, on a wage, with associated costs, and running costs, including licensing fees, dead mileage, insurance, national insurance, and so on.
  • All of which continue to rise as the years go on. A subject covered in the first part proposal last year end, which should be referred to and considered today
  • What can happen to the trade when starved over time:
  • In some cases, there are firm reports of table of fares increase requests, being delayed by councils, to, an extend where the trade can be without a basic consultation process, and not furthered via the committee process, thus starving a trade for potentially years if no action is taken to remedy the need for a fare increase. The trade should never have to suffer
  • That too has a knock-on effect for the public when, it finally gets resolved, as the increase is invariably considerable for the public to take on board at first glance, and so it is important that public understand why it is so in every such case
  • What the trade need to do, their responsibility:
  • The trade has a responsibility to ensure they monitor increases and costs, and in doing so act in a manner that will see the public realize the increase is necessary, fair, as well as reasonable, when put under the looking glass, or microscope, or under committee scrutiny
  • Council supporting the taxi trade:
  • I am glad to say in fairness; Carmarthenshire taxi trade don’t have too much of a problem if we look at how Carmarthenshire efficiently dealt with the last proposal, and the consultation process right through to the end, including the questions at committee level, and how committee felt over the demise, of not keeping up with fare increases in the county for so many or too many years.
  • The previous consultation and why- Was it a get your view and a feedback exercise:
  • The answer to the above is mostly firmly a Yes, and we need to go through to the next round as soon as possible is my assertion and finding, and soon ladies and gentlemen to meet those now costs long overdue
  • What is clear the trade have highlighted the dilemma and so needed a 2 part consultation to gauge what the trade and committee would need to experience on the record even now
  • Mr Power advised: the council have records and recordings and therefore the account put forward here today, can be verified if anyone should be in doubt
  • Previous consultation sent a clear message:
  • Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the trade for replying to the previous consultation, and for the council’s expertise in expediting the whole process to the end conclusion, or interim conclusion, as they did.
  • We understand the cost to publish the notice in the gazette was some £3000.00. It is my observation money well spent, and much money saved by the council over the years as, the trade stayed silent for too long prior, and to their detriment, is the finding.
  • We also must put some blame towards committee as a previous proposal some years ago was rejected, which is why the trade finds themselves where they are today is the finding.
  • Contact with licensing prior to inform there will be a follow up proposal
  • As a result of the factors surrounding the contemplation of providing the final application to increase the Hackney Carriage table of fares, emails have been going backwards and forwards with Just Power of Carmarthenshire council, including off the record communication by phone
  • One wanted to make sure Mr Power understood how the trade calculates and evaluates even to a trade formula, including matters regarding the cost of contamination in a taxi
  • The mission was to inform, do analysis, make findings through email communication, with Carmarthenshire licensing authority, and experience whilst in communication by email with Mr Power; his expectations and considerations, views, conclusions where applicable,  in order to ensure he was aware of what was coming his way which he would eventually report on to committee
  • Licensing senior observes
  • Mr Power makes it clear in so many words; that there are calculations specific to the taxi trade, and complex calculations at that. He was sent a copy link of the rural formula,
  • It was only fair that the trade liaise with licensing to see if, there were any objections when you looked at other trades as a comparison, including those in Wales, when it came to taxi fares, including running mileage charges within a two mile range and more
  • Was there an objection or any reason why the Carmarthenshire taxi trade should not be higher in the hackney carriage table of fares for two miles
  • Why not in the top 15 zone of the PHTM Hackney Carriage chart for two mile fares nationally
  • Fare calculations and trends dictate tariff 1 is obsolete, in simple terms
  • So once again we must look at the simple fact that the UK rural trade have moved on in their calculations of £2.00 per mile or 20 pence per click, and many are still doing so, with councils getting applications across the country for fare increases because of trends specific to the trade’s economic survival in 2022, and especially in Carmarthenshire today
  • Many have re-applied for an increase this year after getting one last year
  • Tariff 1 is now outdated per click and has been for several years, we must face that fact
  • Tariff 2, effectively could be used as tariff 1 in the current format taking if so inclined or push for more
  • Carmarthenshire would not be the first County telling the public costs have forced the issue as the trade are running at a running mileage loss, after more than a decade without change, to the running click rate per tenth of a mile.  
  • When you have to close the gap on the mileage rate after a long time
  • The record does show mileage rates increasing by 40 pence per mile, is not unusual for a taxi trade that has let tariff 1 decline over many years. And Yes, in Wales using but one example in the last near few years.
  • Most recently we have seen a rise as much as £3 per mile for tariff 1, in one news report for the UK taxi trade recently this year too. The rumblings continue as eyes open again and again to the reality of running a taxi
  • The previous proposal to be included in this proposal:
  • Certainly £2.60 per mile (tariff 1) is already alive and well in rural taxi areas, including Pembrokeshire before 2021 and even now, including before petrol prices went up recently, not forgetting diesel, minimum wage, national insurance, including 2nd hand car prices up 28%, as outlined in the previous proposal, which should always form part of any argument for a taxi fare proposal for increased fares in Carmarthenshire today, including the UK
  • How the trade set the meter calculation for the public at times
  • Research shows that the trade tends to round off in silver when adjusting a tariff.
  • In many cases the mile is dissected into more pieces to arrive at that round number in silver. Some dissect the miles into more than 10 clicks per mile.
  • For example, Pembrokeshire split the mile into 13ths of a miles per click. Cardiff and other counties have their ways of dissecting the mile also, it’s not unusual.
  • Carmarthenshire keep it simple in line with car odometers that calculate the mile in tenths also. A likely advantage if a fare meter has been tampered with or is faulty
  • The Carmarthenshire taxi trade need to address what is long overdue.
  • The cost now for delay is too high as we move forward as a taxi trade in Carmarthenshire, still running at a loss and, below the recognized formula or the Carmarthenshire format which has been forgotten over time, and so today behind in charges per click for every tenth of a mile.
  • Before we move on to the proposal in hand -Below I have addressed a few points raised from the last proposal consultation, including comments from the committee meeting which, resulted in the flag being successfully raised by 60 pence across the board.
  • Mr Nelson attended the committee meeting, reminded committee in so many words, at the time that, it was as an interim proposal.
  • Later Mr Power was also informed the purpose of stage one-part one proposal. We are now at part two ladies and gentlemen, the final part

So let’s look at the points raised in the last trade consultation by both sides in this case:

  1. It was suggested 60 pence increase would not cover it by one trade member replying to the consultation process.
  2. My research shows that that the observation 60 pence would not cover it was, absolutely correct, without question when, you look at all financial factors over the decade, and all the associated graphs.
  3. It should be noted the purpose of the last consultation was to attack the problem in two parts by first getting all sides to recognize the gap, with the obvious realization that nothing has moved for a decade. One cllr asked Justin Power why.
  4. The previous proposal talked of how it would be usual to increase the mileage rate also.
  5. It should be noted one individual from the trade commented the mileage rate should go up a few pence. I see no argument that suggests that remark was unreasonable or unfounded, as trends confirm Carmarthenshire are lagging foolishly and at a cost for doing so
  6. Contamination fee was another question.
  7. Yes the contamination fee does not meet the costs to stop everything, and find a cleaner on location etc etc.
  8.  In most cases these contamination matters cannot be dealt with there and then, and as such huge costs are levied at the driver/proprietor, not to mention loss of earnings.
  9. We must consider a would-be minibus driver in the same position also.
  10. These contamination matters tend to explode during drink out nights or days, when valeting is not something that comes easy. It does not come easy at any time to be fair
  11. Bookings can be lost as a result and the costs go on and on. £50 just won’t cut it in the real world today.  £125 is already recognized as the fee in the UK
  12. As previously stated, the Contamination fee is effectively a civil matter if disputed. In such a case one’s details would need to be exchanged. Costs would then come under scrutiny. Lost time earning, and valeting costs. £125 would be deemed a maximum
  13. Then there was the question of Christmas periods and those high-end peaks.
  14.  I say this to the councilor and the member of the trade with the greatest of respect and without prejudice:  the structure of the Carmarthenshire tariff is embedded in the public’s way of life.
  15. Why change it, and upset the apple cart? Let’s get the fare right and keep the established ways Carmarthenshire ways. Let not the public be afraid of unworthy change
  16. Research shows different county councils have different expectations at Christmas and therefore research shows there is no real need to rock the boat on the balance of things, in Wales at least, and in this case called Carmarthenshire taxi trade v other taxi trades
  17. Why upset the public in Carmarthenshire, and give them good argument to object?
  18. The feeling is we should be mindful of the public opinion, and let the objective be to, be kind to the passenger, by applying fair in all economic circumstances,
  19.  Otherwise the trade may look greedy from a public perspective, was the finding, especially when committee has to way up the need, and the public consideration for change if challenged during, the public consultation process, which of course allows for public objections, within 14 days of the advertised notice that is very costly
  20. One individual from the trade also talked of inflation. Now that is costly
  21. Certainly, that number is most definitely higher and higher as the 11 years went by, with, higher costs here and now very much visible @ 8.7% last reported, and expected to climb was one grim report recently.
  22. The inflation chart since the last alteration to the mileage click rate per every tenth of a mile, is a long way off today in real loss and monitory terms, when you go look back and analyze the whole 10+ years or the whole 9 yards as they say.

What impact will the fare increase have:

  • Now, when you look at matters from a practical perspective, one must look at what the trade does, and how the public use the trade.
  • Overall, in a lot of town journey scenarios the proposed click rate, would see little impact on the public living nearby, supermarket runs and such like will see a 50p to a £1 rise
  • Bringing the trade up to the level they should be across the local tariff price range, given the Carmarthenshire formula in place over time, now more than a decade established, a formula established but never maintained in accordance with the recommendations given by the Licensing Best practice guide issued by Gov

Justification for a running tenth of a mile increase:

  • So now we have massive increases in fuel prices, minimum wage up, national insurance up, car tax up, price index up, inflation up even more, running mileage out of date and a loss as a result, especially when you hit the outer marker or run short locally
  • Based on the taxi formula, taxis are now running at a greater loss when they reach shall we say the outer marker of 10 miles – 12 miles or more, from their operating area base
  • What is clear the first proposal was to merely, touch base, an interim solution, and committee were advised the same, the original proposal did imply the same.
  • Justin Power took note of the same when he addressed the points in that interim proposal when reporting to committee also
  • It’s fair to say that Justin Power commented since the last increase; these are complex calculations for the trade (in so many words), and his duty is to deal with the public when they complain taxi fares are too high, and that’s certainly what he looks at or deals with
  • The trade must be able to reach a balance that the public must see, and see as fair play, or justifiable taken all into account
  • licensing departments have a public duty to immediately effect the sharing of any proposal with the trade immediately, and work to have an effective consultation process with all the trade, and not exclude some members of the trade for the council’s convenience  
  • What has been demonstrated in the last consultation process with a questionnaire that covered all – Carmarthenshire taxi licensing do use the most effective way for all the trade to consult, allowing at the same time for the highest number for or against to decide the outcome. Simply democratic by design, fast and effective, with minimum time loss. 30 days to have your reply in by email. Emails send out to all the trade in that same week.
  • It would be more than reasonable to reduce the impact on the public with this proposal, as much as possible, under the circumstances, as the Carmarthenshire taxi trade still fall below the much needed £2.60 per mile mark on tariff one, today
  • Looking at the formula it would be correct to maintain the current initial start rate.
  • Thus, minimizing the impact, and giving the sense of status quo and fair balance

Taking the route of a balanced fare increase now:

  • The Carmarthenshire trade now move into the new financial year, once again behind the times economically
  • However, it should be well noted that the trade has allowed good time for this matter to be resolved as, we are now firmly in April 2022, still running at a recognized loss, and a considerable one at that when, you take in the economic stresses and the mitigating circumstances being explained, for all to explore as facts going forward, including you

Council elections and potential delays in processing to committee stage meeting

  • Now with council elections coming up it is likely it may take some time before this final proposal comes before committee.
  • Mr Power made this quite clear ladies and gentlemen recently
  • So I ask the trades patience to allow new cllrs to be trained if applicable
  • We can only trust Mr Power will do his best to get this in front of committee in the summer of this year, or sooner, once the trade has replied to the renewed consultation, now before them as a result of this part 2 proposal for final settlement and resolution at this juncture
  • So taking in trends in the trade already in the public domain, and looking at the basic taxi formula -The proposal after long consideration is as follows, and looks like this, in order to minimize the impact on the public and, retain the established Carmarthenshire taxi formula, and in doing so giving fair argument why the taxi trade need to get back where they should be, to face the expense after all these years of neglect, with increased costs many ongoing
  • So once again this is a maximum and not a minimum and subject to journeys within the county of Carmarthenshire:

The proposed new tariff rates:

Tariff 1 – £2.80 initial start + 25 pence per every tenth of a mile – waiting time 25 pence per minute = £15 per hour. Representing an increase of 5 pence per 10th of a mile – Waiting time up from £12

Tariff 2  – £3.00 initial start + 30 pence per every tenth of a mile   – waiting time 30 pence per minute = £18.00 per hour Representing an increase of 5 pence per 10th of a mile – Waiting time up from £16

Tariff 3  –  £3.00 initial start + 35 pence per every tenth of a mile – waiting time 35 pence per minute – £21.00 per hour Representing an increase of 5 pence per 10th of a mile – Waiting time up from £18.00

Tariff 4 – (as per doubling up tariff 1)

Contamination fee £125 (A fee already applied to a taxi trade in Wales and elsewhere in the UK) Up from £50

All else to remain the same as of Jan 17/01/2022

It should also be noted the revised tariff’s have parity built in as the recognized formula for taxi fares

Current fuel prices observed 04/04/22 online:

Unleaded    Super unleaded           Diesel           LPG

   163.28           175.40                      177.2          83.76          

                                             RAC Fuel Watch

  • Summing things up in defense of the taxi trade that is Carmarthenshire
  • This proposal is compiled as a result of continued analysis by the Cab Watchdog Service, which includes analysis of weekly press announcements across the country of drivers and cab firms pushing for costs to be paid to meet the long list of increments not applied as yet to the existing tariff’s, in many parts of the country, including Wales, and taxi trades that have left their tariff unadjusted for long periods of time or far too long periods of time
  • Research includes getting tariff rates from other rural licensing authorities, and city based taxi trades and authorities; for an overall analysis and perspective of the trade that is taxi or private hire cab in 2022, even in Carmarthenshire or Wales or rural UK, including Scotland
  • The county names of Hackney Carriage trade members in the UK continue to line up for committee stage hackney carriage table of fare reviews, as the taxi trade continues to wake up to the fact that changes in the table of fares are needed and why, when taking in all factors of operating a taxi or cab in the UK today including rural UK
  • It has been quite an interesting development overall as you see the pattern emerging in front of you, let me tell you, and so this proposal is a statement of truth based on facts
  • You need only check the news online and contact licensing authorities where the trade say – That’s what it should be, here is the proposal
  • Make no mistake many taxi trades are visible today achieving the mark one for good reason
  • Today the taxi trade is now far removed from the taxi fare guessing game, which has proven detrimental to the trade over many years and decades, thus sending out the wrong public message at times or in areas ignorant of the facts or true factors in the UK today
  • Although taxi bye laws are still accounting for the horse and cart and hay, the industry has got organized and professional, as a result of the costs to be in the trade as licensing would have it
  • Licensing authorities should not consider fuel to be the only factor in taxi fares going up or to be frozen or frozen out when the trade come calling for justifiable reason to, get a review of the fares that is needed and why for absolutely the right reason
  • Licensing guidance on fares can be found online, licensing authorities send out tariff information when requested.
  • This proposal document is a statement of facts based on research and years of compiling how the trade really works in the hackney carriage trade today, with licensing committee or Cabinet committee in the mix, with established formulas in place, for some time, if not decades, which include how the difference in night tariff is also key and how it is calculated to promote availability
  • Directions from the institute of licensing and Gov agencies, in relation to taxis and private hire cabs and their guidance’s there in for licensing authorities, are readily available to research online for avoidance of doubt,
  • Best practice guidelines are issued to councils for their consideration and professionalism, also open for the public to see, and so available online when one does due diligence in such matters
  • The Cab Watchdog service, look at a number of factors including vehicle age policies, licensing fees, terrain, trade practices and trends in accounting, passenger movement, and the difficulties facing high costs and rejection at times from licensing authorities or denied access by licensing to the committee stage
  •  Cab Watchdog service also look at those taxi trades that simply do not act on their slow demise for whatever reason, thus forcing financial and operating decline overtime, which also has an effect on Hackney Carriage availability in one’s area, and so very often the public are forced to walk, using but one example
  • A rural taxi is a vital transportation link for many in Carmarthenshire to get off the street at night. It costs to provide these services day and night. The public deserve availability, but it comes at a running price, and we have to be realistic in our determinations
  • There should not be a decline in the hackney carriage because it’s not running as it should or meeting the costs to turn up
  • Carmarthenshire taxi trade set the pace for costs to run a taxi and driver, but later let it slip, is a clear finding, especially when you look at the first proposal and the discussions from all
  • I haver not included the Private Hire Taxi Monthly table of fares, simply because it is changing quickly. It is estimated Carmarthenshire will be in the top 15 if or when approved.
  • Whilst we expect fuel to fluctuate going forward, based on our findings, and looking west, the current proposal puts Carmarthenshire in theory, in the year 2019, when you consider Pembrokeshire’s mileage rate, and therefore what is on the table is a reasonable settlement solution at this juncture, by the Carmarthenshire taxi trade for the public’s recognition
  • It should be further noted: At the time of this document being compiled; Cab watchdog sources stage- They spoke to their old fruit, and you will find a new fare proposal is being compiled by the Pembrokeshire taxi trade with, several changes to include an increase to the flag/initial start, and more
  • The Carmarthenshire public should accept that they have had low fares for far too long courtesy of the taxi trade, but now the trade must now meet those costs because; been running at a loss for far too long, and in doing so have put forward a proposal that takes the public into account, especially in these difficult and expensive times, regardless of the fluctuating price of fuel, and the obvious rising indexes of the economic stats in different sectors, not forgetting inflation, and rising labor costs, vehicle costs, and all those associated costs in the public domain today, which the public cannot expect the taxi trade or the council to ignore
  • It is my finding this is a fares fair proposal, putting, the public first again in Carmarthenshire
  • Finally, I would like to thank Mr Power for his always professional self when, dealing with all communications in relation to the potential factual content mentioned in this proposal, in order he may start processing this final part proposal, requesting further amendments for the current table of fares in view of, the last consultation and committee meeting, and the content of the previous proposal.
  • It has now come to pass for the trade, and all others to consider the mileage rate and more
  • Please thank the artwork department for the tidy new tariff design


  1. Previous Proposal
  2. Pembrokeshire Current Hackney Carriage table of fares issued 28/06/19

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This is it – Application to amend Hackney Carriage fares


  • To:Justin Power Mon, 4 Apr at 16:33
  • Hi Justin Hope you are well and all is good. 
  • I am attaching 2 documents as part of the new proposal for this financial year. Effectively 3 documents form part of this proposal consultation if we take the last proposal into account. 
  • The new proposal to increase the Hackney Carriage of Fares, has a further supporting document (hackney Carriage Table of Fares Pembrokeshire) to be used as part of the new proposal documents for consultation on
  • I have not attached the proposal from last year as I assume you have a copy, that making 3 documents as part of the new consultation/proposal
  • You will find the proposal up for your reporting scrutiny to committee as and whenPlease note the documents are in the process of being made public via the BIT Organization news 
  • Best regards 
  • Dario Nelson 

Uber Claims the real latest news-solicitors tell it as it is says Cab Watchdog service

Solicitors update Uber driver claims on the real position only yesterday on the Uber tribunal case v Supreme court ruling, tells Cab Watchdog service

UBER Claims Progress Update


  • Liam McKay <>Fri, 1 Apr at 17:02
  • Dear Sir/Madam, UBER Claim – Progress Update & Next Steps 
  • We refer to our previous update of the 23rd of December. We have recently received a number of enquiries from drivers regarding settlements which have been paid to friends and colleagues who have instructed other firms. This email is to provide a further update to all drivers on the progress of their claims to date. Claims have been presented on behalf of all drivers represented by Dallas McMillan. On the direction of the President of the Employment Tribunal for England & Wales, all UBER claims are currently paused. This includes any new claims which have been presented within the last 3 months. This direction applies to all claims regardless of the firm instructed. As previously advised, the Tribunal has assigned dates in June of this year to determine a small number of lead claims. We have not received any correspondence from the Tribunal to indicate that its plans have changed. This includes the original claims raised against UBER, which ultimately went to the Supreme Court. The Tribunal will apply the law as clarified by the Supreme Court to determine what awards to make to the drivers. A small number of claims which were subsequently raised will also be heard. The Tribunal is expected to examine several issues which remain in dispute: 
    1. Time bar – UBER is arguing that claims presented to the Tribunal after the 13th of June 2021 are out of time, as drivers have been correctly paid since the 15th of March 2021. The Tribunal is expected to examine whether deductions from wages are still ongoing. We believe they are. We do not believe that UBER is properly calculating the holiday pay that it has now started paying to drivers. This means drivers continue to be underpaid, and therefore the claims are in time. 
    1. Whether drivers are entitled to holiday pay for more than just the most recent 2 years of underpayments. A recent decision from the Court of Appeal in England gives strength to the argument that they are. 
    1. Whether drivers are entitled to wages for the full time spent logged into the app. This will depend on the facts of the cases as UBER is arguing that its rules on accepting requests have changed since 2015, and drivers are no longer penalised for declining requests. We dispute this. UBER has been unwilling to make settlement offers which align with our position on the above issues. For this reason, your claim remains litigated.   We do not expect that UBER will present any settlement offers until after the lead cases are resolved in June. A Tribunal judgment typically takes a few weeks to be sent to the parties. Our recommendation continues to be to wait until after the lead cases are heard in June. We therefore anticipate that we will be able to provide a further update to you around late June or early July. Yours faithfully, Liam McKay |  Trainee Solicitor |  Dallas McMillan Solicitors 70 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2QZ Tel:  0141 333 6750    

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James Farrar App Drivers & couriers union maybe a public nuisance-LTD Company Dissolved

Today we ask the public is James Farrar of App Drivers & couriers union a real public nuisance as companies house shows the LTD company as dissolved

Below an email James Farrar has refused to answer or has not answered now many months along deeming him a public concern was the opinion of the Cab Watchdog service team last Christmas, when they got a copy of the email sent to App Drivers & Couriers union James Farrar office

The email was posted as part of a public exposure on the on going case file opened in June last year 2021 so the public could see what was going on as it unfolded, as ther means to a forensic account that could not be disputed by James Farrar who was found to be aggressive and manipulative to get his way

Who is James Farrar kidding, ADCU members or you ? Have you got stars in your eyes

Mr Nelson aka Cab WatchDog stated today that his sole intention from the outset after being elected to App Drivers & Couriers union, was to protect and serve members and those members of the public joining the union, something that James Farrar tried to obstruct in more ways than one as did the directors when challenged on the law and the union rules is the allegation

Below the email reply to James Farrar reply to a data request under GDPR rules in order to pursue a serious complaint as previously mentioned in our last news exposures, that James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam dodges like a bad smell

Dario Nelson <>


ADCU Office


Azeem Hanif


Tue, 2 Nov at 00:46

Good day

I understood from the Secretary’s last communication which was in fact in contravention to the ICO rules that there was considerable data and therefore Mr Farrar needed more time.

I await an explanation for the contravention under the circumstances, the first was not providing adequate notice under the ICO rules that the union needed more time.

From the reply there is very little data. Effectively the union are providing untruths in Mr Farrar’s previous excuse.

Certainly I would like an explanation for the same.

Whilst I am at it your operations were made aware of certain facts in relation to the rules and the Certification officer. However that was ignored without comment.

I attach a link clarifying that particular issue that was investigated by a third party and effectively the certification officer…/cab-watchdog…/

It reminds me of a tv show called Dad’s army theme song, have you heard it people

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App Drivers & Couriers union-Public Notice to Directors and national executives of ADCU

BAME officer of App Drivers & couriers union ADCU serves pre court notice in order to protect members investments into the union, and to show the court a message of settlement has been put forward in the public domain which has been served on ADCU – App drivers & couriers union ADCU

Dario Nelson <>

To:ADCU Office

Cc:Azeem Hanif,Abdurzak HADI,,James Farrar,Cab Watchdog Service – BIT Organisation

Mon, 21 Mar at 06:51

Good morning 

Notice of intended court action unless the demands are met and made public forthwith in the members interests as they have invested much money in your fiasco 

This email will be made public and will be used in evidence

As per the link attached, you are hereby served notice of intended court action for breaching the union rules as 3 Directors of the Ltd company that is App Drivers and couriers union trustee Ltd

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ASLAM, Yaseen

Correspondence addressApp Drivers & Couriers Union, 65 Broxhead House, 60 Barbados Road, Bordon, England, GU35 0FX Role ACTIVE Director Date of birth May 1981 Appointed on26 June 2020NationalityBritishCountry of residence EnglandOccupation Company Director

FARRAR, James Henry

Correspondence addressC/O App Drivers & Couriers Union, Broxhead House, 60 Barbados Road, Bordon, England, GU35 0FXRole ACTIVE Director Date of birth May 1968 Appointed on 7 February 2020 Nationality Irish Country of residence England Occupation Company Director

SHAH, Shafqat

Correspondence addressC/O App Drivers & Couriers Union, Broxhead House, 60 Barbados Road, Bordon, England, GU35 0F XRole ACTIVE Director Date of birth March 1968 Appointed on26 June 2020 Nationality British Country of residence England Occupation Director

Thus far App Drivers & Couriers union have deliberately not replied to emails for more than 5 part of your campaign to contain and control the collective members of App Drivers & couriers Union  ADCU 

App Drivers & couriers union have not provided information enabling a duly elected member to vote according to the directions laid out by the trustee LTD company. 

App Drivers & couriers union have in doing so obstructed the rights of every collective member, and in doing so have also exposed all the members to your negligence, and the potential demise of the ltd company.

It is regrettable but those duly elected of App Drivers & couriers union are also carry the burden of negligence as they attend meetings at national executive level and so bare the responsibility for the failings to date, as they cannot say they were not aware the BAME officer was being shut out and his complaint for bullying an hate was not being obstructed

You all as an elected body are therefore deemed not fit to be trustees of public money given the current outcome to date

Notice of intended court action – to strike off


App drivers & couriers union – Compulsory strike off notice by GOV.UK-Severe Red Warning to Cab trade

Union strike out with members money says Gov.UK and google review

We ask the public is it satisfactory for a union to behave like boys in the hood

App Drivers & Couriers Union – Are you telling your members the real facts

11 Jan 2022First Gazette notice for compulsory strike-off

App drivers & couriers union special exposure by Basil Fawlty and GOV.UK themselves

We ask the public do App drivers & couriers union ADCU look worth spending your money on, have you checked with GOV.UK recently

We call on App drivers & couriers union to suspend all direct debit payments, and refund monies to all members as a result of open negligence for many months, but not cancel memberships until Gov is satisfied and notifies the public with a correct account of their situation, after shocking findings only recently ladies and gentleman found on GOV.UK today

App drivers & couriers union -Boundary House, Cricket Field Rd, Uxbridge

The consequences of this type of action include: Any assets that are in the company, such as cash, stock or buildings will become property of the crown. Directors could be disqualified ad be unable to become a director for 15 years in the future as they have failed to act in the right and proper way.


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Important public reference notice
Very bad experience, lack of integrity and they break the rules when they want to was my finding, For example; if they see a number of drivers they can cash in all at once, then they will break the 3 month rule before you can get help. Cab Watchdog service found on google confirmed my concerns too after whistle blowing my experience. Certainly ADCU know I am no troll. Not replying to data requests and emails is hardly bogus feedback especially when it is a paid up member reporting despicable practices experienced. Hence the review in the public interests. ADCU are aware and it has been made public re untruths, false and misleading statements are a habit by ADCU President and Secretary when it came to members like me
The public need to be warned. Taking money from people and not complying with union rules is hardly appropriate, nor is breaking them or not being compliant in accounting matters. A BAME officer should never be subject to hate campaigns, and nor should any member of the public ADCU continue to cover up what is actually illegal in the real world on such matters of treatment towards people. They believe they can do what they like behind close doors was also my finding
A request for communication to be put on ADCU letter head, giving a full explanation of the Secretary’s untruths regarding extensive data he had requested so I may file my complaint, which in the end ADCU only provided a tiny portion of it, and to date ADCU have refused to provide an explanation for this failure, after originally claiming they needed more time because the data was so extensive, I posted these findings ( communications from ADCU) via facebook and BIT NEWS – TAXIWATCHDOG linked to the BIT organisation, an organisation that has been investigating trade issues for years. They exposed the truth which I reported on. The truth being -Aggressive tendencies, which were experienced by me, unethical and cheap practices too. Including unethical expenditure and cover up. The public need to be aware of these failures that has resulted in more than one resignation at executive level.
ADCU namely the President and the Secretary continue to obstruct a serious complaint by a member by blocking a data request so an official complaint can be made of: bullying and harassment and hate campaigns. There are serious concerns as a result, these practices could spill over to staff employed by the union and members paying or having trade issues, if they haven’t already
ADCU campaign that cab operators should not treat their drivers like slaves, but they did treat executives like slaves, and as in my case abused them or members like me, was the finding of the BAME officer, subsequently resignations continue whilst the website is not updated to reflect the same, was also the recent findings. A factor that contradicts the structure laid out in ADCU trustee Ltd company statement including the right to vote which I have been denied without proper process, Yet my name and face remains on the website as if I am their personal puppet at £7 per month .In the interests of public protection for employees employed by the union I requested the President to go on an anger management course after being effectively verbally attacked again and again which amounted to harassment and hate crime was the feeling at the time. The President in 2020 was warned if the President persisted in his vicious hate methods it would not be tolerated. The President did the same again in 2021 to me a member of the public. In doing so the President was caught clearly telling untruths as part of a hate campaign which affected me physically. ADCU President did not stop and continued the same. It has been almost a year now that I have been ignored, emails messages etc with emails requesting they come on the record properly and do the right thing in members interest as a matter of policy as stated in the rules. This post is based on my opinion and alleged goings on, it is a review in the interests of public protection and as a duty of care


Response from the owner15 hours ago – app Drivers & Couriers union

thank you for your kind feedback. It’s great to see trolls who have nothing better to do other then leaving bogus feedback

So ladies and gentleman and ADCU members, for the purposes of clarification App Drivers and couriers union ADCU have failed to deal with a serious complaint which is directly in contravention of their rules, and so did not providing the data on the record as requested in June 21 in order to further the complaint, now in waiting almost a year as previously stated. Therefore every member has not had the proper due process as a collective

It is therefore argued on that basis that it is a breach of ADCU members rule book pertaining to complaints and serious complaints, and as such during that period all members should be refunded to this day and beyond as stated, not excluding the strike off action by GOV.UK

App drivers & couriers union ADCU should reframe from collecting anymore money from members bank accounts forthwith until all matters are resolved or face legal action for not doing so, as they are not acting appropriately given what has been exposed and therefore the directors including the President and Secretary are not to be trusted under the rules or as directors trustees of members money under the same rules of the LTD company

The consequences of this type of action include: Any assets that are in the company, such as cash, stock or buildings will become property of the crown. Directors could be disqualified ad be unable to become a director for 15 years in the future as they have failed to act in the right and proper way.

Below we show the email to the member which does not provide the data requested which is written communication establishing when the alleged hate campaign took place. Instead they send out how much you’ve paid.

Here is a copy of the listing and date of the email

Dario Nelson – data subject access request


  • ADCU Office <>To:dario.nelson@ymail.comSun, 31 Oct 2021 at 15:16Dear Mr. NelsonWe write to you regarding your data subject access request. We can confirm that the App Drivers & Couriers Union is the relevant data controller and does hold and process personal data relating to yourself. The lawful basis for ADCU processing your personal data is our legitimate interest in doing so in order to administer your membership in the union according to Article 6.1.f of the General Data Protection Regulation. (GDPR). We have also received your consent to do so according to Article 7 of the GDPR. In general we process your data for the purposes of conducting union business. This involves general communication as well as regular processing of your subscription payments.We have sub processing arrangements with the following third party services:
    • Memberstack – for purposes of membership administration
    • Actionnetwork – for purposes of communication services
    • Mailchimp – for purposes of communication services
    • Stripe – for purposes of subscription payment processing
    The ADCU remains the primary data controller regardless of sub processing provision. For the purposes of data access and inspection, according to Article 15 of the GDPR, we can confirm we process the following categories of personal data some of which constitutes special category data:
    • name
    • address
    • phone number
    • your date of birth
    • your nationality
    • your gender identification
    • bank account/payment details
    • your employer details
    • your licensing authority details
    • your ethnic background
    • your language preference
    • trade union affiliation 
    We have attached data subject to ongoing processing for payment and membership administration purposes. We have not included email processing on the grounds that you already have full access to this data as either the sender or the recipient. Should you be not satisfied with the response you can raise an appeal with the ADCU Executive Committee by reply to this email or by submitting a complaint to the Information Commissioner at, or call the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113.Sincerely, on behalf of the ADCU Executive Committee–
    App Drivers & Couriers Union

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ADCU cited as ridiculous with their proposal to put 100K drivers out of work-The combative union exec

In a post only a short while ago today a driver in the trade makes a fair judgement by asking APP DRIVERS AND COURIERS UNION ADCU, why a union would say such a thing

We will let you be the Judge


App Drivers & Couriers Union

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ADCU calls on Mayor of London, Sadiq Khanto give Uber a strict ultimatum in Transport for London re-licensing decision due this month: EITHER respect Uber driver worker rights and immediately comply with the law to at least pay minimum wage & holiday pay for all working time OR leave London for good

The comments were captured this evening by our reporter who also pointed out what was said after ADCU App drivers and couriers union replied to the driver comments as seen below only in part as if stricken dumb by the drivers remarks

Shaf X Ali

so ADCU want Uber to leave 100k Uber drivers out of work by getting Uber to leave??


Unfortunately ADCU refused to answer the question as to why they would want to put tens of thousands of drivers out of work with their combative stance, something our reporter pointed out which resulted in ADCU blocking his freedom of speech as if they had direct instructions from the Kremlin

Following direct contact with an executive of ADCU later on, our reporter learned that Chair for Scotland and the entire committee broke away from ADCU telling the current BAME officer of ADCU that he was always right and they too had a breakdown with ADCU

A story that has been covered by the Cab watchdog service citing the President and Secretary of ADCU as outright bullies.

Currently the President is not available for comment when he was contacted today, just like when these two were asked to provide GDPR requests last year which they have still not done to cover up their bully practices within or provide an explanation for their obvious collision in untruths

We would like to take the opportunity to to wish Eddie Grice who recently resigned as Chair for ADCU Glasgow, and the entire break away crew from ADCU in Scotland, all the best in their new venture in the interests of Private hire drivers –

We call on James farrar to explain his untruths and Yaseen Aslam bullish behaviour towards executives that lead them to resign or just be cut out from meetings and blocked on facebook when, they make legitimate observations relating to the law and their practices including bullying the BAME officer . Probably the only elected member in a union bullied out of the union because he exposed the truth and asked Aslam and Farrar to act in the public or members interest. Yet Mr Nelson remains on the website whilst Farrar ignores the law and excludes Mr Nelson from any executive meetings to cover up their bullying

Practices that clearly resemble the Kremlin and Putin was the overall opinion

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Cab Watchdog Service Team accuses App union of milking it for dollars with a vicious smile Burger attack

We ask the public today – How vicious does it get or look in the cabbing game

Our reporter captures James Farrar of ADCU eating what Mr John Spain described as A Mr F vicious fame burger for dollars in Kingston Town ?

The unions post read with the happy chaps looking on vicious, like they were in Jamaica sucking up the rum and ting in Kingston town for fame at Kingston Police station mon, yeah man soon come

App Drivers & Couriers Union is at Kingston Police.

22:37  · Kingston upon Thames  · 

10:15pm. We’re at Kingston Police station supporting a member viciously assaulted by FREE NOW passengers tonight. There was no way to make emergency contact with FreeNow or Transport for London managers, maybe they’re tucked up in bed or out on the town. But ADCU is always on the job!

A reply by our reporter as seen above is shown below to this viciousness going on caught on camera

Top fanDa Nelson

Ultimately driver’s should not be working for robot companies. Better judgement is needed these days. Applying good common sense does matter when it comes to safety, including how you as a driver behave in a potential conflict situation. Something unions should be spending money on to educate drivers on as their real PR stunt in Kingston town. yeah mon!! see it deh

One does question what job they are actually referring to says Cab WatchDog Service

The public should take note our reporter which apparently Mr Farrar is aware of including Aslam, that they both have had a campaign of ignoring member contact unjustifiably, including Data compliance for at least the last 8 months after writing a huger whopper on their letter head

Apparently Mr Farrar likes to keep secrets from members ladies and gentleman and it is a trend within the dollar making organisation that is ADCU, and there is more we have learnt only recently

After writing serious untruths on the record by Farrar to cover up his viciousness which Aslam wants to keep secret, and make no mistake ladies and gentleman, we are reliably provided the forensic proof to support the same, and as such now on forensic file, some already exposed to third parties within the union itself including at executive level

As a result BIT organisation continue to investigate the practices of Aslam and Farrar lead ADCU, as a free service in the trade on the planet, as we continue to investigate the trends of trade unions in the UK said Cathrine Zita President of BIT organisation

All BIT organisation can say to Farrar and Aslam as the file remains open as we continue to get to that bit

On the Job !!

PUBLIC NOTICE-New Hackney Carriage Table of Fares Carmarthenshire County 17/01/2022

Welsh taxi trade smash the barrier after a decade

Carmarthenshire taxi trade new taxi tariff just released by the dragons in the council artists department, we have been told ladies and gentleman

The new Carmarthenshire taxi tariff came into effect on the 17th of January 2022 after no objections were received from the Carmarthenshire council public notice

Effectively putting the Carmarthenshire taxi trade at £6.80 for a 2 mile journey and just outside the top 20 for two miles in the UK

An overall fixed increase of 60 pence per hire or up 75 pence to £1 per additional passenger above 4

This being the first part of the economic package now in play, said Mr Nelson

Mr Nelson who compiled the original proposal for the Carmarthenshire taxi trade, is already preparing the 2nd half of the economic package to go before committee

Mr Nelson went on to say – He had already spoken to Justin Power Senior licensing officer for Carmarthenshire taxi licensing only today regarding, the follow up proposal which was intended to restore the trade to an acceptable level after 10 years of not keeping up with the times and associated costs, thus giving the public a false impression of the costs to run a taxi and driver

Mr Nelson said he anticipated finishing the 2nd half of the proposal by the summer, following the April minimum wage increase to £9.50 per hour

Allo Allo 99 percent of Carmarthenshire Taxis drivers could have a dicky ticker

Like a grand old clock mounted on the wall that chimed away, the business in hand was presented on the council Agenda

In a very interesting meeting Carmarthenshire council could well face a double wammy very soon, as further fare increase proposal could well land on council office desks in the near future, requesting the mileage rate and waiting time go up inline with April 2022 wage increases at the very least

During the the meeting which kicked off at 10 am this morning; Justin Power senior licensing officer, accounted how some trade members in Carmarthenshire talked, of an increase in the mileage rate of some 5 pence per mile across all 3 hackney carriage tariffs, and more.

One councillor agreed with one trade suggestion that the rates over Christmas should also be revised or varied to include a higher rate

Interestingly another councillor questioned licensing Senior, why it had taken 10 years for the fares to be looked at

Mr Nelson aka Cab WatchDog who compiled the proposal, reminded councillors that it was committee that rejected the last attempt by the trade to achieve a fare increase some years ago.

Mr Nelson advised committee that he could only agree with those that suggested an increase, however committee should only see this proposal as an interim proposal until April at the very least, which was suggested in Mr Nelson’s proposal document in so many words

The conclusion of the meeting with very few comments or objections from committee was; the proposed increase will now go to the public to voice their objections if any

Mr Power is tasked with submitting the notice forthwith and, it should be in the local paper any day now. 14 days is normally allowed for the public to respond.

At the same time also opening the door for trade members to restate their position as they did in the consultation process, allowing committee once again to take all into account.

Mr Power advised committee that once he has received the publics submissions, he will contact each individual and pass his findings to committee at the next available meeting, which will take place potentially at the end of January or February with any luck, said Mr Nelson

Mr Power reported to committee that there was a huge majority of 99% trade members in favour which, represented almost a 400% increase in responses to the consultation questioner, compared to the last consultation in 2011

One councillor considered further discussions based on some of the comments, but they were reminded by Senior licensing head, that there was a 99% majority in favor of the increase, and he would have to seek legal advice if the council were to go that route

Subsequently we can reliably report the motion was passed for the fare increase to be advertised in the press

Stay tuned folks

Those looking for details of the proposal to use in their own county as a guidline should look back on previous news alerts regarding the Carmarthenshire taxi trade

UBer offer £500 ?? No conditions ??

FREE money tells law firm

UBER £500 Goodwill Payments darionelson/Inbox

  • Liam McKay <>Sun, 21 Nov at 20:42Dear Sir/Madam, UBER Compensation Claim – £500 Goodwill Payments Dallas McMillan is aware that some drivers have received email correspondence from UBER regarding a payment of £500 to be made by UBER on the week commencing the 29th of November. UBER describes this as a goodwill gesture, payable where a driver did not make a claim through the UBER Worker Claims Portal by the 22nd of July 2021 when the Portal closed to new applications. To be eligible drivers must have taken a trip within 3 months of the 22nd of November. Although UBER describes this as an offer, payment is to be made automatically. Therefore, this cannot be treated as a contract. No obligations have been imposed upon you in exchange for the making of payment. Having reviewed the email being sent out, we note that there are no terms restricting your ability to pursue a claim against UBER nor continue with a claim already raised at the Employment Tribunal. We are therefore satisfied that this payment will not affect your claim. Yours faithfully,   Liam McKay |  Trainee Solicitor |  Dallas McMillan Solicitors 70 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 2QZ Tel:  0141 333 6750     Fax: 0141 333 6777  


Welcome to the club says private hire Dick

Do you speak English ?

Status for the record to show/Members


  • Dario Nelson <>To:ADCU Office,Eddie Grice,Azeem Hanif,Abdurzak HADI,Shaf Shah (SS)Sun, 21 Nov at 18:4
  • Good day 
    It is no secret that I await clarification in respect to a reply regarding the matter of a subject access request, and integrity 
    Thus far I have had no written reply from the executive since my last email to ADCU office.
    I have no executive pack to refer to on these matters. 
    Please advise this member what the time frames are for response, as you are holding up my complaint. 
    Its should be noted that a document was posted in whats app chat regarding Libel and a £12,500 due by IWGB. Please do not feel that this has any baring on my case. I see what I find. 
    You are aware that as aka Scrutiny officer you will take the view that I am disruptive, as Yaseen stated when he came on the record recently. 
    At the time he suggested I was “angry”
    I don’t do angry I am afraid. A factor pointed out when vexatious was on the table as a complaint matter. 
    Do you really obstruct my complaint at executive level asks Cathrine Zita 
    I await the explanations requested, and most certainly solidarity in the name of “Integrity as it is written ” 
    What is resolution ??
    BAME @ £7 per month confirmed 
    This email will be made public where appropriate given the expenditure todate   

Cab watchdog service find flaw in trade union and their integrity

Following an ongoing investigation as a result of previous alerts, we can reveal a serious flaw in a union’s practices in serious complaints after, a tip off from a member of the public who is being fed untruths, after looking at the unions description of the rules and their current practices in serious occurrences

Cathrine Zita, executive heading the investigation into unions in general, servicing the cab trade has serious concerns after reading a public file report on the matter, regarding a particular union and, what they practice as integrity for certain individuals at the top, including their operations

we can reliably report for those concerned in the trade the following concerns

Below an extract from the union in questions rules if for example their was a complaint or a suggestion by a member of bullying from within etc

D. National Executive Committee members and all elected officials must serve to the highest level of integrity and accountability to member interests. Union officials and the National Executive Committee must not overstep their powers and use disciplinary measures to victimise any union member. Such victimisation or vexatious action is grounds for appeal and all members will be advised of their further right to take any such complaint forward to the Certification Officer

CERT <>To:Mrs MoneyPenny Fri, 6 Aug at 16:13

Dear Cathrine Zita,

The Certification Office has been copied into this email. Please note that it is not our usual practice to take any action unless an enquiry is directed to us.

For reference the guidance about the Certification Office role and limits of her powers is available on the link below. As is set out in the complaint guidance the Certification Officer’s powers do not extend to complaints about the way a Union has represented a member or that it has refused to represent them at all.

I hope that the above is useful.

Kind regards

Mukid Ahmed | Liaison Officer | Tel: 03301093602|

Cathrine Zita went on to say- we have also discovered that the union are non compliant when it comes to subject access requests, which were originally requested in order to substantiate a complaint of further vexatious behavior and bullying, including unreasonable practices forced on elected member or member at times, according to one of our researchers investigation the case

A member interviewed claimed they felt harassed at one point and complained about the same which, fell on deaf ears when the secretary stepped in following a further allegation pointed at the President as well as the Secretary over written conversations and ganging up as a result of a hate campaign whipped up the victim stated

Fuel costs see Carmarthenshire taxi drivers seek fare increase after 10 years of minimum fares unchanged

With many increases in costs now very visible to the public after all these years Carmarthenshire taxi drivers unite to put Carmarthenshire back on top of the national table of Hackney Carriage fares in Wales, as they should be today

The Proposal was acknowledged by Carmarthenshire councils email system only moments ago, tells John Spain of the Cab Watchdog service, who is based in Carmarthenshire.

There were some errors picked up by Carmarthenshire licensing, who pointed out Private Hire Monthly Magazine Hackney Carriage Table contained errors.

Subsequently the proposal was updated 27/10/21 and a facebook ad campaign budget authorised by John Spain CEO and Cathrine Zita Executive Partner, which was subsequently launched by the BIT organisation to, inform the Carmarthenshire public of the goings on.

The ad campaign – notice, will run for some time in Carmarthenshire said a spokesman for the BIT organisation

You can get the latest taxi watchdog and private hire cab news in the UK with updates and more from our BIT NEWS

We continue to work in the private hire and taxi trade interests where ever they are in the country. let this proposal be a signal to other trades in the UK considering that their fares are too low

Application to increase:


1.Proposal to increase the initial charge by £0.60p on tariff 1, 2, 3, and doubling up on Tariff 4

2.Proposal to increase tariff extras for more than 4 passengers to £1 per passenger

3.Proposal to increase contamination fee (civil matter) to £60

4.Proposal to increase booking fee to £5 for a distance of 4 miles or more from base

Tariff 1 6am – 10pm Initial Charge £2.80

Additional mileage for each one tenth of a mile or part thereof £0.20

Waiting time (per minute) £0.20

Tariff 2 10pm – 3am Initial Charge £3.00

Additional mileage for each one tenth of a mile or part thereof £0.25

Waiting time (per minute) £0.25

Tariff 3 3am – 6am Initial Charge £3.00

Additional mileage for each one tenth of a mile or part thereof £0.30

Waiting time (per minute) £0.30

Tariff 4 Initial Charge £5.60

Additional mileage for each one tenth of a mile or part thereof £0.40

Waiting time (per minute) £0.40

A Tariff 2 surcharge on the meter shall apply on Sundays, Public and Bank Holidays and nightly after 10.00 pm until 3.00 am.

A Tariff 3 surcharge on the meter shall apply from 3.00am until 6.00am Note that Operators wishing to commence the operating period for Tariff 2 fares later than 10.00 pm and Tariff 3 later than 3am will be required to display this information in their table of fares in each vehicle.

Extra charges (Optional) Contamination fee for fouling of vehicle £60.00

Booking Fee £5 (where journey commences 4 miles or more from operators base)

Vehicles carrying 5-8 passengers: For each passenger exceeding FOUR £1.00 each


Last tariff change was in May 2011

Since 2011 there have been many increases in costs for the trade, including the many independent taxi drivers of the county and taxi firms.

Fuel has risen considerably since the last tariff had been introduced when it was some £1.37 if we examine archives –

If we glance at today’s figure as at 26/10/2021, one gets a guide of local costs –

UnleadedSuper unleadedDieselLPG
pence per litrepence per litrepence per litrepence per litre
↗ Likely to rise↗ Likely to rise↗ Likely to rise
25 October 2021

Minimum wage has increased –

A flow chart over the years –

Carmarthenshire is some what unique as taxi firms tend to pay minimum wage to drivers unlike other boroughs like Cardiff etc who do not pay their drivers but instead charge a weekly fee to owner drivers or drivers that rent vehicles, giving but one example in Wales if you look east

With the budget as at 27/10/21 the minimum wage will rise once again in April 2022 to £9.50 adding a further burden on the trade, which, is just around the corner. 

It should be noted this increase is not taken into account in the current proposal but will have some bearing going forward obviously as we approach April 22

I attach a link to support what is now in the public domain as mentioned

How much the UK’s minimum wage will increase in the Budget and what it is now

There is a further noticeable rise in goods and services, especially since the pandemic and Brexit –


The increase is a modest increase at this time taken into account the public demand at this time, and the obvious decline in trade as a result of the pandemic.

We see a sharp rise in car prices new and 2nd hand to date:

The overall situation is clear showing a obvious financial decline for the Carmarthenshire taxi trade now running at a loss since the last increase in 2011.

The Carmarthenshire once lead Wales in Hackney Carriage fare over 2 miles ( as a large rural borough with dead mileage/empty mileage as a result.

Over time fares have increased across the UK which is shown using the phtm stats showing the various increases over two miles, although it does not show mileage rate increases which have also occurred in Wales.

City taxis will have far less empty mileage than the Carmarthenshire trade as a matter of course, and therefore a rural county such as Carmarthenshire will see the trade having higher costs as a result of non paying empty mileage. Therefore less profitable with higher running costs, which was reflected in 2011 when the last tariff was introduced.

It is no secret that insurance premiums have also increased over the last decade.

As a brief example of how things stand in neighbouring areas over two miles:

Pembrokeshire £6.30

Carmarthenshire £6.20

Cardiff £6.10

Swansea £5.70

Bridgend £5.80

Neath £5.46

Ceredigion £5.46

Powys £5.40

It should be noted: It would be usual under the circumstances to increase the mileage rate also, but in the publics best interest minimal increases have been applied as a formula to, minimise the impact on the public in these harsh economic times since 2011 However it may well come to pass that a further increase to the running mileage rate will be sought in the future

London minicab operator death dealer defies minicab drivers strike and union calls with big balls

BOLT private hire taxi cab app operator in London-UK, refuses to backdown to minicab drivers in the UK that it constantly blocks, preventing many from working unnecessarily, is the call by many

BOLT tend to block the driver without explanation leaving the driver thinking

As of tomorrow a strike will commence putting the show on the road

Many drivers joining the picket line will be the familiar union supporters

Bolt according to the ADCU union, the cab app operator also launched in Nottingham, failed to cooperate to see off these poor practices for workers/minicab drivers, and as such stuck two fingers up at the union, and in defiance to the scheduled strike by BOLT drivers based in London UK

In complete true fashion of the grim reaper BOLT launched an incentive to draw their victims in, to cross the picket line and face the blocking game again

Question is will the minicab drivers of all unions and denominations really benefit from the ploy by BOLT aka the grim reaper death dealer squad

What you didnt know-Be amazed-The secret society methods-the shocking truth for cab drivers joining in the trade

We ask the public today is there really secret society practices for cabbies, is it a well kept secret too? Have you heard about this one?

Did you know a well kept secret existed in the cab trade? We didn’t till now, its quite a story

Cabbie tells John Spain you need to investigate unions and their complaints policies as, many cabbies are not aware that they need to be a member of another union if they are a Volunteer for any union. Bet you didnt know that folks? Come here there is more you probably did not know about the trade lately

Another Cabbie in the Mercedes class asks a researcher to investigate his union too, hes a member of that particular union, said Cathrine Zita

We will be looking at a numbers of unions on offer to the trade

Cathrine Zita spoke with John Spain, and a researcher, and said only minutes ago – I have launched an investigation as a result of some extraordinary communications that have come to light, and it would be negligent of me not to pay attention to what has been put in front of me. This I believe looks like a public interest case file for sure as it appears to be a human resources case of much interest for those out there joining in the Industry.

Clean air fee funny money-Disgraceful Uber-Transport For London Wake Up Call-Practices not fit and proper complaint 2

We ask the public you ever met a scammer? should a licensing authority like TFL ignore the obvious or the public? Should we ignore shocking scams or business practices in the trade? Would you ?

Following a case file handed over to App Driver & couriers union BAME officer for ADCU.

BAME officer Mr Nelson does what he promised his members he said he would recently do, said the BAME officer for ADCU only moments ago when he advised Cathrine Zita and John Spain that he had sent the email he intended for Transport for London licensing complaints, for an explanation on their ignorance to date when it comes to the Uber business model, and practices being not fit and proper today, with the clean air fee in mind. A story covered in Nov 2019 by the BIT organisation, but still unresolved, owing to TFL not following through on the complaint, said Cathrine Zita this afternoon

Uber Policies unacceptable – Complaint unanswered made public

ADCU BAME OFFICER <>16:34 (9 minutes ago)
Sent email

Private hire operator ” UBER”  policies and practices not fit and proper 
Good afternoon 
I write in respect to at least two complaints provided TFL which from what I see are practices of a private hire operator that are not fit and proper. 
For the purpose of clarity before I was elected BAME officer in May 2020 for ADCU, prior there were complaints provided by me as researcher at the time for the Cab Watchdog Service. 
What is clear the Supreme Court case regarding Uber; reconfirms the practices of a private hire operator that TFL can no longer dismiss or call fit and proper 
For avoidance of doubt TFL were provided a complaint in the public interests regarding the ” Clean air fee” practice/policy of an operator licensed by TFL 
For avoidance of doubt I attach the link containing the reference provided by TFL more than a year ago, which was made public on said date in the public interests – story covering the workings of the clean air fee for avoidance of doubt – is the practice monies are simply being collected on false pretenses. Many drivers have not been able to collect monies due, even after Uber have deactivated them. A further example of policies and practices not fit and proper for an operator, that I believe must be reported again as a reminder to TFL of these policies/practices the private hire operator has in place, which clearly TFL have been ignoring or are ignorant to them 
Then of course I must bring to your attention that private hire drivers are required to take phone calls as part of the operators practices. I must again complain in the public interests as thus far although a further complaint was made on this practice TFL decided to pass the buck to Cardiff, even though the same practices are on going in London, as highlighted by the Supreme court case. Cab watchdog Service highlight Uber’s intent to shut a driver up that catches them in the act and uses the Police to cry ” Threat to kill” 
One only need to research what the Police had to say in 2020 on Uber’s bogus complaint of threats to kill, which was established as bogus by South Wales Police, as a result of a telephone recording passed them and TFL on the subject. 
Given the notice sent to the trade recently by email by TFL; regarding operator practices, under the circumstances these issues are firmly in my grasp to ask what are TFL doing about these practices that are clearly not fit and proper. 
I attach further news stories to jog the memory of licensing enforcement officers:

I trust now that the business model has been clarified through the Supreme Court case against Uber, where even they fail to hide what they previously did using smoke and mirrors to baffle TFL, will now be addressed as practices/policies not fit and proper for an operator with private hire drivers, also subject to detrimental situations as a result of Uber’s practices/policies that can and do cost a driver’s their license unnecessarily
I have a number of concerns over practices that allow reviews to be used as data detrimental to drivers in their day to day job. Most certainly I cannot understand why such data is being used as if it is integral. I hope TFL will provide me an explanation why they feel review data has a baring on the true situation on how a driver performs at work and how that data can be seen as integral under the circumstances. 
Once again I communicate on the record with TFL on the basis that the email is sent in the public interests. 
I look forward to the complaints being accounted for and a full explanation for the delays and the refusal to see what the Supreme court saw and other courts, not to mention what the learned minicab driver or Uber driver also saw which TFL ignored as if blinded by a fantasy, Uber fantasy
Yours Sincerely 
D Nelson – BAME officer ADCU – App Drivers and couriers union
cc: Cathrine Zita & John Spain – Cab Watchdog Service   

As the public and the trade as well as ADCU members can see below the acknowledgement to the above email sent

Automatic reply: Uber Policies unacceptable – Complaint unanswered made public


Taxi Private Hire Complaints via 17:35 (0 minutes ago)
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Cathrine Zita said this afternoon we had shared the file with Mr Nelson so he may get to that BIT for thousands of Cabbies in London who, in this day and age should join ADCU as they remain the drivers choice today after two law firms have rejected Uber’s compensation plans as inadequate and not meeting the court findings. A result that will affect drivers working conditions if they were foolish enough to accept Uber’s offer

Speaking to the BAME officer for ADCU, who pointed out drivers must get their data in using the Worker information exchange so they can have all that costly data accounted for to get them the full compensation they deserve and not some small portion Uber have in mind.

For drivers that have worked for Uber since July 2015 and left, they will be pleased to know they can still claim compensation

Stay tuned folks for more news to get to that BIT and follow us on facebook

UBER OFFERS FOOLS GOLD-UBER COULD SURVIVE WITH BULL£HIT £££ for foolish slaves called Uber self employed crew thinking worker

We ask the public – Ever met a fool ?

Uber driver’s across the country are headed for or considering ” fool’s gold, after Uber come out the box with a text book move, like the only experts in the world ladies and gentleman, to ever offer fools Gold

Oh yes true experts that have surveys in place, that show they have many self employed cabbies thinking this was the gold they have been expecting. where as other Uber drivers however are, by their screens like homer here



The public report – Bolt deemed dangerous as, if running a death camp for private hire Drivers on the planet. No dignity in death in London town

Cab Watchdog service officially launched their investigation into the ruthless and callous mentality of the management that is BOLT in London and across the world

CEO John Spain of the Cab Watchdog Service said weve been waiting for the signal to get the god that is BOLT

Cathrine Zita speaking for the BIT organisation said,

We must issue a public warning at this stage of our investigation, as owing to a statement made by BOLT on their BOLT DRIVERS UK FB Page on the 19 FEB, relating to the priorities BOLT has towards drivers: what is clear to the BIT organization thanks to ADCU’s BAME officer’s opinion – BOLT’s statement wasn’t worth the screen shot view on fb, as it was merely lip service and insincere, as if we wind the clock forward to today, nothing has changed as they are really still saying …Frankly, my ………….

There is no priority when it comes to safety issues and wellness when a driver in this world is on the BOLT APP, said ADCU BAME officer, concerned for the untidy priority BOLT have in place, after being informed of the same by a BOLT driver who had wellness issues, as well as health and safety issues/concerns. ADCU BAME officer had talked to Mr Spain by phone, showing the various comments made by BOLT Drivers in order to substantiate the findings

We have been aware of BOLT for some time, but had no evidence to support the claims made not only by drivers but union members too, since the 19FEb, said Mr Spain

John Spain speaking for the Cab Watchdog service said in an interview at lunch time, that he was appalled by the callous treatment, of this what he described as a ruthless money grabbing machine with no respect at all for the living, never mind the dead.

We must press on now and communicate with BOLT in the public domain on what we call exhibit A Paragraph 2 made public for all concerned in the public interests, and for legal argument – Please make Bolt aware if you can – re – drivers is our priority

Cabbies into slaves and then just block them to their deaths. One does question how BOLT treat their customers too

Are these the standards drivers are to be lured into without proper protection from potentially modern day rogue App operators who pretend they care about wellbeing. In doing so bleed them to death with rating controls which amounts to detrimental data without proper legal advice factored in by their licensing authority as it stands today, Data that would cost an innocent driver thousands of pounds to defend, just to play the operators game. Like you have to do it the Mobs way

The only priority must be to stop the lies and the controls that put drivers in harms way, even financially, or needlessly, the prospect of losing your license for just doing the basics does seems ridiculous, as with many now it comes as a shock

Such is the sham of these operators exploiting the learned Cabbie in 2021 it has become mind boggling as these firms set up squads to kill you off

Mr Spain went on to say. It was decided that Cathrine Zita posted our most recent story in BOLT’s UK drivers facebook page to see if the deadly BOLT Grim reaper death dealer squad practices the public talk about are active

It should be noted ladies and gentleman true to form BOLT was true blocked Cathrine Zita and one other following the posted comments, which our stats show reached individuals in Romania, also,

It was obviously too much to bare so BOLT stepped in and proved the point their business model is deadly in more ways than one for Cabbies, and so there was absolutely no integrity by BOLT when they made the public statement about wellness and safety for their drivers

Mr Spain invites BOLT to come on the record in the public interests and resolve these serious issues that BOLT refused to address and thought it easier to play the blocking game. BIT organisation has a reputation for getting to that BIT

This file remains open and the BIT organisation will go through the window for the trade, and only have one thing to say to BOLT at this time, whilst we await them to resolve matters……..


Uber Cab passenger insurance looks void-Cab operator BOLT kills off drivers-minicab Insurance policy void-minicab breaches in licensing conditions act now

Following a release of a video by App Drivers & courier union only days ago a number of serious issues have been dropped in the trades lap which put thousands in precarious positions, including underwriters of insurance policies for private hire Industry as thousand of private hire drivers policies may well be void if they join the Uber app, log on without a private hire operators license

A business model explained by Uber in the Supreme Court only a few weeks ago now, said John Spain of the Cab Watchdog service. A model that puts drivers in control of bookings or in charge of bookings/calls, and to do so the driver must be licensed to do the same, which of course they are not. In a previous investigation it was highlighted that Uber expect their drivers to deal with passenger calls and booking amendments directly
The video posted on FB seen here on youtube was clear –

Cathrine Zita Said this morning – we have launched a number of cases after receiving a series of complaints recently, since the Uber supreme court ruling including, the case of a murdered mini cab driver who was using the BOLT app.

We recently made a public statement regarding serious concerns relating to the heath and safety practices at BOLT. BOLT effectively played dumb is our understanding. We have been handed the file by a trade member who challenged BOLT to end the obvious controls in the work place

We are aware some unions are already organising strike actions ongoing or intended

We intend to further our concerns with BOLT, and will ask them to come on the record with the contact information for those we can discuss our concerns with, in an attempt to avoid going to licensing authorities such as Nottingham Council and TFL with a series of complaint issues, some carbon copy relating to ratings and controls in the work place, with the found dangers for health and safety and mental health that Uber agreed they had when we investigated the ratings game.

We Understand BOLT were asked to drop the rating limits that put detrimental controls on app drivers in the work place. We have a number concerns over the data compiled by App firms and how it is used, along with the contractrual terms offered Drivers given the Supreme court ruling, and recent data cases in Amsterdam won by ADCU

Unions have been expressing what we have known for some time

Cathrine Zita assures our team will get to that and report back in the public interests as we go. The technology giants have worked our country’s workers in the trade and the country including licensing authorities, who now need to step up to the plate and see the seriousness of what the Supreme court revelations have on the trade and the basic licensing laws for drivers subject to insurance , and driving license,



Uber toast-Eat this-Free union and legal protection if you join the claim in Wales and England too-Uber-OLA Data is King-Even Local Operators FU£KED

App drivers courier union take the UK cab trade by storm with FREE UNION MEMBERSHIP IF YOU qualify for all those legal calculations whilst you were on the Uber app, including when you were empty waiting for a job, running for one and more

App drivers & couriers union BAME officer based in Wales tells the Cab Watchdog service tell the trade join ADCU compensation claim strategy to have their data and losses determined collectively and correctly after the supreme court ruling, judges Uber as slave traders in so many words said BAME officer

Don’t rely on some untidy free offering from Uber at this time as there is no need, make sure all calculations have been accounted for said BAME officer and ignore the BS regarding the supreme court judgement sent via the uber app says ADCU legal counsel/barrister

Cab drivers in places like Wales now have clear local representation as Mr Nelson BAME officer is on the case regardless which operator gives you the hump, your local operator in Wales will now have to think again if you are a Dragon in Wales

Mr Nelson speaking from his Wales base for ADCU to Cathrine Zita this afternoon, after a conversation with the ADCU national executive committee, tells the Cab Watchdog service the pirates from near the Caribbean with controls and slave trade practices are done in Wales as the union steps up a gear offering free membership for those that join the compensation claim with the proviso Uber data is King going forward

its game on for Hackney Carriage and Private hire drivers using the app in Cardiff and Newport and for those coming into the frame in all parts of Wales said the BAME officer

What hackney carriage and private hire drivers must realise, obtaining their data is key to getting the right compensation amount as part of their claim, a legal argument likely to run into a tidy sum for drivers in Wales and England

Cathrine Zita said the BAME officer was excited to bring this to the guys in Wales that work for local operators that will also be affected by today’s court decision, He urges them to join the union at no charge if they qualify for the claim being an Uber driver at least in the last few months

Cab drivers in Wales will now get free union representation said Cathrine Zita. BAME and all will have a Wales representative to help them with licensing issues, suspensions, and more as an added bonus as part of ADCU’s strategy for Wales too

ADCU national executive vote on legal representation for drivers all the time, only the other day in Scotland a driver received expert representation from ADCU appointed expert solicitors and had his suspension over turned.

A motion brought by Vice Chair for Scotland Alfie Wellcoat aka Well smooth

With solicitors costing £200 + an hour in the UK, it simply makes sense to have some sort of insurance as a cabbie on the road

Costs in these matters can be up to a thousand pounds said BAME officer during the call.

If it goes to appeal in court then more thousands are thrown into the pot. BAME officer stated when a case comes before committee, Chair for Nottingham aka Robin Hood has a saying , we dont do easy

In other words we will look at cases easy and hard as we did recently and all though it looked hard the committee gave it’s go ahead

Membership fees go into the legal pot to bring down poor operator and licensing practices said BAME officer for ADCU’s national collective

The case cost the union a tidy some in legal fees but the solicitor again pulled it off for our member.

A member comes under the full legal umbrella after his free membership has been in place for 60 days,

An absolute bargain if you are not paying membership Cathrine Zita told John Spain Ceo for the Cab watchdog service following the call from ADCU BAME

With that said taxi drivers in Wales will have a ” Duty litigation friend ” to call if they have licensing officers on their back for any reason.

Basically you have protection against being pressured into effectively making a mistake at the very beginning when you are challenged by a licensing officer looking to terminate your license. Many cabbie stitch themselves up with either the wrong answer or feel they have the experience to get out of the sshhgseeet

Its like having a solicitor for free from day one said BAME officer offering this service to cabbies in Wales, including Swansea and Llanelli of course not forgetting to mention London BAME members also

A protection that is afforded taxi drivers and private hire drivers or you is simple- you refer the licensing officer or Police officer to your ADCU ” Duty litigation friend ” as you are busy and he will answer all their concerns on your behalf all tidy like.

Many Cabbie out there go into shock and despair with the thought of losing their license because of some mickey mouse review or bogus complaint or deactivation. BAME officer told Cathrine Zita we are ready for them

That leaves you free to get on and us to consult with solicitors where appropriate to do so. It most cases we will attend a Police station or licensing interview to protect and shield you. No need to worry if your English is not perfect or your just plain scared

For information for those in Newport, Cardiff, Wales, BAME officer has set up an email email addresss –

Cathrine Zita would like to congratulate the two gentleman on their 6 year fight for justice, we cannot thank you enough for brining the pirates down.

A worthy action I am sure the queen and her majesty’s treasury will be eternally grateful for , especially if one considers the VAT claim

two gentleman that have effectively made history today not only for drivers but all self employed taxi and private hire drivers in Wales and England at the very least

The clear point not to be missed ladies and gentleman her majesty’s laws dictate that once you put control on self employed cabbies and the self employed they, become workers with rights to compensation if they have not been paid minimum wage whilst the app is on or the job is on, they also have rights to holiday pay as part of UK law

Nothing else matters for the self employed, if they take the view the don’t want to claim for the compensation available to them or are happy to be paid below the minimum wage whilst they plot waiting for a job, of course that is their choice, but the law states they would be an ass and so would be the organisation they are working with that is going against employment judgements made by the supreme court

Check out BIT NEWS on facebook for the latest updated news and videos

In Wales or England you can contact ADCU BAME officer and let him be your watchdog today – cabwatchdog@gmail,com

The verdict-Uber ready mix concrete out of control-Supreme court v the Queen’s Realm and Cabbie App Sparrow-UK Cab trade make Parliamentary history in court

Like Hamlet, the scene is set before the audience and the world – Its a murderess case,


As we join the supreme court ladies and gentleman -The advocate picks up the argument for Uber Slaves by, addressing the court, in response to Uber’s Player Queen for legal argument in this appeal case, now in the highest court of appeal on English soil, ma ladies and ma lords

The Uber murderess Queen Gertrude’s business is at hand, as justice comes calling, opposition lawyers working for free, to rid this slavery and this queen from the realm, as we know it. in the year of 2020, in the month of July, near 4 years or so since judged as slavery in 2016 on sovereign soil


Despite Gertrude’s gift for making shrewd observations she appears content not to act upon them, and instead submits to the schemes of her husband and his councellors
In Act -III, Scene-II of the play, The murderess Queen Gertrude says, when speaking to her son,
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
She a the lady queen character of the play, she is insincere, as she repeats dramatically that she would never marry again because of her undying love 
Like a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, we take you to the supreme courts virtual court chambers for your imagination to explore,  disruptive technology, come to the end of their play on sovereign soil, as would be pirates from the Caribbean

Arrrr the verdict – We set the scene, as if a gang called the Uber Pirates traveled from the America’s, and plundered the Queen’s sovereign land for supremacy, and gold bullion,

Arrrr me buccaneers, they finally came to court,

Be seated ladies and gentleman and call yourself a member of the Jury, as you continue on

courtinsessionUber pirates v British slaves before the crown’s only justice system


Case background – Charged with

  1. Trading unlawfully using concrete contracts, with ready mix cement
  2. Came to our shores to trade with unique control over slaves,  and rides
  3. Avoided the crown taxes with contractual ingenuity, is one of the submissions before the court today
  4. Parties in the matter have been sworn in, please take your seats



Ist mate Cock n Bull off the pirate ship Supreme Uber is accused with his outfit, of being masters at avoiding customs eventualities, if you look at previous cases in the law books, with the Queens taxation system factored in, including statute law, including sham contract inventions amounting to slavery, using clauses of “Control” Ma lords and Ma Lady, that is but a few submissions today before the supreme court, including members of the public jury that come before you in this session


Cabbie app sparrow off the Leigh-day flag ship. and others who were Uber slaves, were now anxious to see these pirates schemes buried with 1st mate Cock n Bull, once and for all, me cockers, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, arrrrrr me ship mates, let them walk the plank



The Uber pirates of San Fransisco with their ready mix concrete contractual terms, ladies and gentleman, were much to be desired under the scrutiny of statute law , in a controlled employment environment when you looked at other cases that had come before her Majesty’s courts


The slave’s advocate’s submissions had, good foundation, like a solid concrete building of law and case law spanning centuries, when he directed the court to the facts in law, rendering the Uber pirates that had sailed the Caribbean seas to become slave masters on British sovereign soil, slave masters in law in their trading of rides

The advocates for the Uber slaves were actually damning with their submissions to Ma Lord’s and Lady of the Supreme court that Wednesday, that you can rely on, ladies and gentleman of the Jury when you look close


Ironic as it maybe if you look at the ready mix cement case, where controls were in place, and therefore the workers were not contractors, as the Uber Pirates would have you believe, as the submission is that these Uber pirate contracts are a sham, ladies and gentleman of the public Jury, and therefore much is owed or to be calculated


If we apply statute law when we look at that case, the contract was not concrete and did not fit statute law, as the contract must fit statute law to be legally compliant if you want to mix concrete contracts and law, when taking on workers of any kind, subject to statute law on her Majesty’s soil if there are work related controls in place by the trader


Leigh day solicitors currently are reviewing the situation on a no win no fee basis if you are an Uber slave with a ready mix concrete contract which, you an Uber driver agreed to, with talk of much gold when you join the app, just like other ship mates recorded as slaves on the app that also agreed the terms of business as an Uber so called partner



Whilst we await the Supreme court’s verdict,  it could be said –  if you work for Uber at this moment they are paying your time in money,


should you fall below the minimum wage on your current shift, at any time in the near future, if not at this moment, with your app turned on, built by pirates for slaves who, have ready mix concrete contracts agreed by way of using the Uber appmixit+ready+mix+concrete

These slave traders take many a mindful soul with their ready mix concrete contractual practices, on British land today effecting, even the self employed cabbie on the street today in the industry working for Uber who, has effectively signed up for wages if he or she stands still or meets untidy payments that, do not meet the minimum wage level set in statute law or employment law today


Long live the Queen and her Majesty’s customs officers always on the job



These Uber slaves appear to be fine upstanding tax paying subjects, like all Cabbies throughout the Queen’s land, respecting her majesty’s sovereignty and customs, and the Prince of Wales, and of course statute law, especially if they should wish to employ someone and call them self employed


with her Majesty’s control protections put in place in statue law, should anyone write up a contract that does not fit her Majesty’s concrete laws or EU laws when they are in tandem with the realm, it would be a costly exercise over time for even a Uber agency should they try and beat sovereign enactment   

Morgan, John, 1823-1886; The Jury

one must ask the public, and you the jury to, consider the seriousness of the charges before the courts and employment tribunal in waiting, on the supreme court’s final decision on these San Francisco would be slaver traders, if the Uber slaves bro bono advocate’s submissions are deemed accurate again, in this final court of appeal process


The advocate for the slaves had shown many concrete case law cases for, many examples to follow, all of which was brought to her majesty’s supreme court’s attention for ma Lord and Lady to be sure, and in doing so worthy of the best parlay on sovereign soil that historic Wednesday, 22 July, of the year 2020, an event worthy for any horn blower or Ma Lord Admiral Nelson in attendance or the treasury 


Arrrr,  a great day for any slave traders to be hung by their own controls they put in place,  Ma lady, arrrr, shiver me timbers, a landing in sight for these pirate buggers, as history was in the making ma lords and Lady and people of the public jury


A shipping disaster for the Queens Lords to consider ladies and gentleman as the slaves rebel and seek knowledge from the queens customs officers,  Statute law, and case law, employment statute law, including cases and laws in Spain and France,and all the goings on, back hundreds of years Ma Lords and Ladies, oooowwww arrrrrr, it was quite a sight for even me ship mates


A Pirate crew that had already plundered France and Spain with their slave ready mix concrete control formula, which has allowed the Uber pirate gang to, disrupt the workers rights set out by enactment, and turn the nations people and me ship mates, into slaves for gold, ladies and gentleman people of the public jury here today


Arrrr a practice many fellow buccaneers feel they should hang for, if you pardon me ship mates, arrrrrrrr,  they is pirate beasts that came across the dark seas in the Black pearl, looking with their dead souls from Davy’s locker for a treasure on our Island in the name of slavery and rides


Ist mate Cock an Bull had a steady hand and a tint of rose coloured head of hair, as the Uber Queen explained Uber’s practices in slavery, that are no different to other cab firms across her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s British Island,

The Uber slave trader’s had 3 pieces to their business plan triangle, for gold, using their disruptive crew,  contracts for slavery with built in control clauses, a contract that the advocate for the Uber slaves said, resembled a Landlord of the 18 hundreds that thought his contract was concrete too, until he met her majesty’s statute laws head on, always improved or upgraded over the years and centuries

Contracts that in many cases fooled you, if you are self employed or looking to rent from a Landlord using but two examples used in the Supreme court this Wednesday hearing




Originating out of San Francisco dock, an unusual gang that were forever over looking customs and the Queens law and sovereignty, and always shooting off when you read witness statements from the slaves, including the pirates own ship log, and written replies back to customers, drivers, or licensing authorities such as TFL 



Supreme flagship Uber docked, courting the Queen and got caught by an employment act ma Lord, with a pirate from a dodgy agency set up, now running from customs officers also, said the advocate on behalf of the British cabbie’s turned contractual slaves, if Cabbie App Sparrow was anything to go by with his report on what went on, and in court that day


The witness statements reports many facts, ma Lords and ladies of the public jury here today,  as the advocate for the slaves, looked at what is normal in the cab industry, which is not what these Uber pirates do, if you look at Statute law in place, and what the law says when ready mix concrete slavery contracts are drawn up to fool the nation or Islanders of this sovereign soil


The Lords were told the Queen of England, and her parliament have, been putting in laws to stop controls written into app contracts, that workers are not being paid for, when they should be under statute law, especially if they are ever labelled self employed contractors at the same time


The Advocate for Uber slaves submission was, there is evidence of controls being used by the Pirates of San Francisco, especasilly when one examines their business communications to workers and customers


Something that 1st mate Cock an Bull off the Uber ship, seemed to over look in various cases, in her law book submissions, where contracts were found to be a sham as, they did not meet the legal standard passed by parliament, with many case law examples to show 1st mate Cock an Bull hasn’t checked enough case law, or got themselves out the stench wafting down her Majesty s streets and highways into the Supreme court of appeal

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”


The case broadcasting the fact that her majesty’s vat tax collectors could well be taking note of this partner of Uber called the London agency,  set up in the name of Uber, in London Town, as the Uber advocate tells Ma Lord’s and Lady. that they are a private hire minicab operator just like the others in town or in your village, and therefore they are not slave masters, but an Agency with no control of the customer, as they merely provide a means for drivers to earn


The agency is just that, and not a collector of funds for themselves directly, it is the driver that is in control, just like other private hire operators, including ratings to ensure drivers are justifiably working for Uber, as every other cab firm would have – you know ratings for workers, with controls and does and don’ts etc, as every Uber has total control as a self employed contractor, even over fares carried out awaiting the correct fare to be paid directly from the passenger, and not from Uber or it’s agency.


If the reader is confused then most definitely you should have been there to hear the fantasy being projected as their arguments as clear submissions for the Lord’s and lady to deliberate over, were ridiculous and shameful under the circumstances


The game looks like its up for the pirates of San Francisco, as, as usual they keep moving the goal posts to dodge the taxing eventualities for pirates landing in the Queen’s realm, where Uber state effectively that Uber drivers (slaves) are effectively their workers on the record in writing for all to see, should you wish to use it as evidence in court, which it was


Previous correspondence shows Uber referring to drivers as workers. The evidence is before the courts now members of the public jury


Ist Mate Cock and Bull sticks to his ready mix concrete argument as a minicab private hire operator who only takes a commission, and its all the same as any private hire firm. Just an agency with a principle called Uber too, plus the worker contract with “Controls” drawn up like a ready mix concrete outfit who, put controls on staff which did not meet workers rights in workers rights law or statute law that passed through the parliamentary processes to make statute





In short ladies and gentleman of the jury, there is not one Uber driver out there today that is not a worker for uber, if you look at Statute law, and Uber’s business practices financial and controlling, mixed in ready mix concrete app contracts, to agree, or, no slave work will be provided to them from the pirates app. Slaves are lured by clever contracts that do not meet the statute requirements even if they call you self employed in their contract terms


It is no wonder that these pirates from the America’s have been appealing every judgement they get on employment law that, shows them to be outside statute law or more importantly employment law for workers, who have gained protections for minimal wages and financial rights to pay and holiday on the job before Uber were even born



UK Uber drivers are taking the algorithm to court



A group of U.K. Uber  drivers has launched a legal challenge against the company’s subsidiary in the Netherlands. The complaints relate to access to personal data and algorithmic accountability.

Uber drivers and Uber Eats couriers are being invited to join the challenge, which targets Uber’s use of profiling and data-fueled algorithms to manage gig workers in Europe. Platform workers involved in the case are also seeking to exercise a broader suite of data access rights baked into EU data protection law.

It looks like a fascinating test of how far existing legal protections wrap around automated decisions at a time when regional lawmakers are busy drawing up a risk-based framework for regulating applications of artificial intelligence.

Many uses of AI technology look set to remain subject only to protections baked into the existing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). So determining how far existing protections extend in the context of modern data-driven platforms is important.

The European Commission is also working on rebooting liability rules for platforms, with a proposal for a Digital Services Act due by year’s end. As part of that work it’s actively consulting on related issues such as data portability and platform worker rights — so the case looks very timely.

Via the lawsuit, which has been filed in Amsterdam’s district court today, the group of Uber drivers from London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Glasgow will argue the tech giant is failing to comply with the GDPR and will ask the court to order immediate compliance — urging it be fined €10,000 for each day it fails to comply.

They will also ask the court to order Uber to comply with a request to enable them to port personal data held in the platform to a data trust they want to establish, administered by a union.

For its part, Uber U.K. said it works hard to comply with data access requests, further claiming it provides explanations when it’s unable to provide data.

Data rights to crack open an AI blackbox?

The GDPR gives EU citizens data access rights over personal information held on them, including a right to obtain a copy of data they have provided so that it can be reused elsewhere.

The regulation also provides some additional access rights for individuals who are subject to wholly automated decision making processes where there is a substantial legal or similar impact — which looks relevant here because Uber’s algorithms essentially determine the earning potential of a driver or courier based on how the platforms assigns (or withholds) jobs from the available pool.

As we wrote two years ago, Article 22 of the GDPR offers a potential route to put a check on the power of AI blackboxes to determine the trajectory of humankind — because it requires that data controllers provide some information about the logic of the processing to affected individuals. Although it’s unclear how much detail they have to give, hence the suit looks set to test the boundaries of Article 22, as well as making reference to more general transparency and data access rights baked into the regulation.

James Farrar,  an Uber driver who is supporting the action — and who was also one of the lead claimants in a landmark U.K. tribunal action over Uber driver employment rights (which is, in related news, due to reach the U.K. Supreme Court tomorrow, as Uber has continued appealing the 2016 ruling) — confirmed the latest challenge is “full spectrum” in the GDPR rights regard.

The drivers made subject access requests to Uber last year, asking the company for detailed data about how its algorithm profiles and performance manages them. “Multiple drivers have been provided access to little or no data despite making a comprehensive request and providing clear detail on the data requested,” they write in a press release today.

Farrar confirmed that Uber provided him with some data last year, after what he called “multiple and continuous requests,” but he flagged multiple gaps in the information — such as GPS data only being provided for a month out of two years of work; no information on the trip rating assigned to him by passengers; and no information on his profile nor the tags assigned to it.

“I know Uber maintain a profile on me but they have never revealed it,” he told TechCrunch, adding that the same is true of performance tags.

“Under GDPR Uber must explain the logic of processing, it never really has explained management algorithms and how they work to drivers. Uber has never explained to me how they process the electronic performance tags attached to my profile for instance.

“Many drivers have been deactivated with bogus claims of ‘fraudulent use’ being detected by Uber systems. This is another area of transparency required by law but which Uber does not uphold.”

The legal challenge is being supported by the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU), which says it will argue Uber drivers are subject to performance monitoring at work.

It also says it will present evidence of how Uber has attached performance-related electronic tags to driver profiles with categories including: Late arrival/missed ETAs; Cancelled on rider; Attitude; Inappropriate behaviour.

“This runs contrary to Uber’s insistence in many employment misclassification legal challenges across multiple jurisdictions worldwide that drivers are self-employed and not subject to management control,” the drivers further note in their press release.

Commenting in a statement, their attorney, Anton Ekker of Ekker Advocatuur, added: “With Uber BV based in the Netherlands as operator of the Uber platform, the Dutch courts now have an important role to play in ensuring Uber’s compliance with the GDPR. This is a landmark case in the gig economy with workers asserting their digital rights for the purposes of advancing their worker rights.”

The legal action is being further supported by the International Alliance of App-based Transport (IAATW) workers in what the ADCU dubs an “unprecedented international collaboration.”

Reached for comment on the challenge, Uber emailed us the following statement:

Our privacy team works hard to provide any requested personal data that individuals are entitled to. We will give explanations when we cannot provide certain data, such as when it doesn’t exist or disclosing it would infringe on the rights of another person under GDPR. Under the law, individuals have the right to escalate their concerns by contacting Uber’s Data Protection Officer or their national data protection authority for additional review.

The company also told us it responded to the drivers’ subject access requests last year, saying it had not received any further correspondence since.

It added that it’s waiting to see the substance of the claims in court.

The unions backing the case are pushing for Uber to hand over driver data to a trust they want to administer.

Farrar’s not-for-profit, Worker Info Exchange (WIE), wants to establish a data trust for drivers for the purposes of collective bargaining.

“Our union wants to establish a data trust but we are blocked in doing so long as Uber do not disclose in a consistent way and not obstruct the process. API would be best,” he said on that, adding: “But the big issue here is that 99.99% of drivers are fobbed off with little or no proper access to data or explanation of algorithm.”

In a note about WIE on the drivers’ attorney’s website the law firm says other Uber drivers can participate by providing their permission for the not-for-profit to put in a data request on their behalf, writing:

Worker Info Exchange aims to tilt the balance away from big platforms in favour of the people who make these companies so successful every day – the workers.

Uber drivers can participate by giving Worker Info Exchange their mandate to send a GDPR-request on their behalf.

The drivers have also launched a Crowdjustice campaign to help raise £30,000 to fund the case.

Discussing the legal challenge and its implications for Uber, Newcastle University law professor Lilian Edwards suggested the tech giant will have to show it has “suitable safeguards” in place around its algorithm, assuming the challenge focuses on Article 22