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Uber appeal faces further setback

Uber appeal faces further setback

Transport, Uncategorized
Uber is set to remain on London's streets as appeal is set for spring 2018 The US car-hailling company's appeal will not be heard until as early as April next year. Leaving cars on London streets for several months or more. Uber's license was revoked in September as TFL declared the company was not "fit and proper" to operate in the capital  and that its policies could "public safety and security implications" after accusations of failure to handle passenger safety. While the company's chief executive has apologised, Uber says it hopes to continue "constructive talks" with TfL. In hopes of winning TFL's approval once more, while a legal appeal against the ban has allowed it to continue operating in London without a licence until its heard.   Uber’s appeal against TfL’
Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Business, economy, London, London Mayor, News, Tech, Transport
Uber's appeal against TFL’s decision, to not renew their licence will not be heard until the spring of 2018. Judge Emma Arbuthnot proposed two dates, April 30 or June 25th for the five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court on Monday morning. TFL’s decision came after the company was declared not “fit and proper” after a series of failures over passenger safety. TfL said that the company’s approach and conduct “demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.” The company is in the process of repairing its reputation after they were hit with several controversies including harassment and a data breach that is thought to have affected millions. Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi fle
London mum comes up with tracker vests that could save children’s lives

London mum comes up with tracker vests that could save children’s lives

Breaking News, London, News, Transport
Children’s lives could potentially be saved in the busy streets of London through the safety vests and jackets of Sasha Pinnock. Pinnock, 29 and a businesswoman, came up with the idea of safety vests after a serious scare earlier this year when her daughter, 8, was on a school trip and close to Westminster Bridge as a man mowed down pedestrians in a terrorist attack. The single mum had no idea where her child was or whether she was safe, until the teacher confirmed it. In an effort to give parents like herself peace of mind when their children went on field trips, Pinnock developed a patented design of safety vests that were reflective, water-proof, and most crucial of all, housed a GPS tracker placed inside a pocket. Connected to an app available on Android and iOS, the tracker would
UK rail passengers face the biggest rail fare rise in five years

UK rail passengers face the biggest rail fare rise in five years

ReportingWeek2, Transport, Travel
Britain train fares will rise by an average of 3 per cent from January next year. All the fares on journeys in 2018 have been published, the biggest increase since 2013, including season tickets and off-peak leisure tickets. Passengers in the north of England will face an even greater increase, with Northern putting fares up by 4.7 per cent and TransPennine Express fares rising by 4.6 per cent. The Rail Delivery Group admitted it is a "significant" rise and unions describe the increase as “another kick in the teeth” for all passengers in UK. Reasons for the rail increase The main reason why rail fares will rise so high  is that the pace of the rail system improvement has not kept up with the increasing number of rail passengers in the UK. During the last 14 years, the number of pas
Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Breaking News, London, Transport, Tube
Two teenagers have been arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on suspicion of an anti-gay assault in London, which happened on 21 October. The assault has raised a question about how likely Londoners are to intervene when public attacks occur. A 19-year-old teenager and his friends were travelling on a westbound Jubilee line train between West Ham and North Greenwhich. They were dressed in fancy dress for an event that night when two men boarded the train at West Ham and became verbally abusive. Police claimed that the offenders were aggressive when challenged and forced the teenager into a headlock, snatched his phone and threatened to stab him. BTP said in a statement: "They demanded the victim apologise for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to br
Teenager forced to apologise for being gay

Teenager forced to apologise for being gay

Breaking News, Transport, Tube
Police are searching for two London youths after a teenager was physically and verbally attacked on the Jubilee Line in East London. British Transport Police (BTP) claim a 19-year-old male was placed into a headlock and continuously strangled until he eventually surrendered into doing what they told him. He was left gasping for air and struggling to breathe. The incident occurred while the victim and his friends were heading westbound on the Jubilee Line train between West Ham and North Greenwich on 21 October at around 11:10am. A man was abused, placed in a headlock and told to apologise for being gay in a homophobic assault on a Jubilee line train. Do you recognise these people? We'd like to speak to them in connection with the incident. Please text 61016 if you know them. htt...
Change to driving test angers drivers and examiners

Change to driving test angers drivers and examiners

Breaking News, Transport
Anyone looking to get their driver's licence in England, Scotland, or Wales will have to pass a more difficult test as of today, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Test-takers will now face a longer period of independent driving, a section of satellite navigation, changes to reversing manoeuvres, and will be required to answer vehicle safety questions while driving. Northern Ireland has a different set of standards. The DVSA is facing criticism from some for the changes and have been accused of encouraging distracted driving. https://twitter.com/pedalparity/status/937474578909138945 https://twitter.com/Cheshy68/status/937473662139207680 https://twitter.com/IntrepidLewes/status/937606967689965568 Examiners are also unhappy and have begun ...
London buses to be run by coffee to reduce pollution

London buses to be run by coffee to reduce pollution

Bus, Environment, Transport
Coffee has many uses. People drink it to wake up in the morning, and now it is going to be used to fuel buses in London as of today, 20 November. Shell and bio-bean announced that together they are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds. The B20 biofuel contains a 20 per cent bio-component which is partly coffee oil. It is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain and will help to power some of the buses.     Biofuel provides a cleaner, more sustainable energy solution for buses across London’s network by decreasing emissions, according to TFL. “Our Coffee Logs have already become the fuel of choice for households looking for a high-performance, sustainable way to heat their homes – and now, with the
Today, London Buses to be powered by coffee grounds

Today, London Buses to be powered by coffee grounds

#breakingnews, Bus, Transport
Waste coffee grounds will be used to fuel some London’s buses, Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean clean technology company revealed. A new biofuel that contains oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is added to the London bus public transport fuel supply chain. The oil is without need for modification.   Bio-bean said Londoner average drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, which produces over 200 thousand tonnes of waste a year and much of waste ends in landfill. The British coffee association also said UK people consumed 55 million cups of coffee per day. We’re so excited to finally launch our coffee biodiesel project! Thanks to bio-bean, @Shell and Argent Energy, your #coffee is now helping fuel London buses! Visit https://t.co/6GY5bVEpuB to find out more. #makethefuture #Lond
It’s a green light by regulators to reduce traffic on highways

It’s a green light by regulators to reduce traffic on highways

#breakingnews, Breaking News, Transport, Travel
With a great increase in traffic seen over the past few years, steps have been made by Highways England to ensure that there is a significant balance and control over this situation. According to Highways England traffic lights are to be placed on M6 and M62, the two busiest link roads to ease motorway congestion. The system testing have already begun, near Warrington in Cheshire and is expected to perform fully in December. Traffic lights were previously installed only on motorway slip roads. This could be completely rolled out if the £7m trial is successful, said a spokesman. The Highway England also said that electronic information signs and variable mandatory speed limits will be used on M62 to “provide smoother traffic flows”. PHOTO CREDITS: FLICKR Compared to any other ty