In todays news we bring you an update on the Bridgend public taxi fare consultation
We also look at what some say is not a riddle but a clear case of intentional deception if you are like the ice man
Are we today looking at another fraud case at Bridgend station, over taxi station permits, issued by NCP, has the NCP system been compromised again, you decide
It has been reported that some years ago a dynamic duo were able to manipulate the NCP system, it was only until station cabbies became suspicious that the fraud was uncovered
In an unusual twist Bridgend station taxi permit holders look dodgy again, says local Cabbie, after sending the TAXI WATCH DOG TEAM evidence that suggests some thing is not quite right here, an anomaly, that prompts an investigation by NCP and potentially transport police we are informed, as they too become part of the process when NCP have concerns, according to an in bound email from NCP as they look over the stability of the application process, said a member of the Taxi Watch Dog team, after reading the inbound email from NCP yesterday morning
In this rather unusual case we uncover and so expose two separate Bridgend railway station taxi permits, issued to two separate individuals/vehicles, cab drivers, that make you wonder if this is a matter of deception or convenient mistake
We will let you decide by letting you in on this rather interesting occurrence over time from the point of application through to renewal, and to this day
This story may well make an interesting pair, for those that like a yarn or a potential crime story of deception, if you want to stretch your imagination that way, and play the jury, to consider the evidence, and come to your own verdict, in what does seem like a game of poker for two
We ask the public are you a good gambler or poker player, do you like to bluff
You ever had an ace up your sleeve
So this dynamic duo – taxi driver one of two, applies for an NCP permit after moving to the top of the waiting list for a Bridgend station permit, and supplies the vehicle details and so receives the much coveted station taxi permit, on the condition that this is the vehicle he or she is using, and therefore the two should always match.
Failure to display can result in a £100 fine if caught by Transport Police we are advised
Among other options available to those concerned, would include misuse, and if deemed so by NCP administration, Drive would be at a loss, as the right to have the most coveted permit would be removed
It was reported one smart Station Cabbie who considers himself a fast one, and a local business man, removed his permit when transport police were in proximity, as he felt a bit hooky, one might think
Then there was the taxi driver that had been away for months, that return with the wrong vehicle registration, just to work weekends, and so is advised to contact NCP as he is not in the same cab he used to use
Apparently this drive thought of himself as a bit of a star, that twinkled in everyone’s eyes, when he mentioned on his return a week later, that he had contacted Bridgend Police station, and they said it was ok for him to rank, as his station permit was soon to run out
One taxi driver commented – When they were handing out brains, he got left behind at the hand out because he was on another planet, and he most certainly was way past the moon
So below we expose this unusual case of identity as exhibit A- belonging to a member of this dynamic duo, who made an application as seen, and as a result was issued with a NCP permit to rank on Bridgend train station property for a annual fee
Now we will have a look at another application from another one of this dynamic duo, for a totally different taxi vehicle, as observed by the Cabbie that recorded the events on the day, with these two different vehicles, both not with the correct vehicle registration to match the permit, a factor covered in recent blogs, where these taxi drivers decided it was better to leave their permits in the draw at home, and now we expose those permits
We understand NCP are checking their system and are potentially passing on the intel to transport Police officer based at Swansea railway station who is responsible for investigating any potential acts of fraud at any of the 3 railway stations under his jurisdiction
If anyone out there recognises any of the registrations it may well be a soap opera
But after checking the DVLA data base only one registration actually exists – https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk a fact pointed out to NCP
The other vehicle registration quite possibly could be from a 1975 SKODA Cab based on the permit already shown
Daniel Cook of shared regulatory services, who is currently facing a racist charge from the Senior Partner of the BIT organisation, comes on the record as if all is normal after BIT complained of a prolonged consultation period beyond 14 days, only this morning in a conversation with BCBC by phone recording, in the event the record needed to be shown to the ombudsman service
Cook, Daniel <Daniel.Cook2@cardiff.gov.uk>
21 Nov at 16:40
Good afternoon Mr Nelson,
I write to inform you that there have been objections to the public notice of the proposal to amend the table of fares in Bridgend County Borough, which must be considered by Cabinet.
I am currently in the process of putting together the Cabinet report, I can’t provide a copy of the objections at this stage but they will be available in due course.
Daniel Cook | Licensing Policy Officer
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