New SuperCabby Podcast
Stakeholders – SuperCabby Podcast Series 2 Episode 1
SuperCabby has embarked on a new series of podcasts where he will explore and talk about different issues within the London Taxi Trade.
There will be no co presenters, no guests, and no telephone calls but I would like your interaction via email, twitter, facebook or just shout when you see me.
New SuperCabby Podcast
London Taxi Radio Interviews Episode 35
In this episode Joe @TheHolbornCab interviews the ladies from the Save Our Black Taxis Facebook Group.
The group has had phenomenal success in attracting members to the cause on Facebook where the group now numbers over 12,000 members.
The groups focus is on showing the affect the TFL’s weak enforcement of private hire regulations is having on the families of London Taxi Drivers and the stresses it is causing within family life.
The group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaveOurTaxis
Russell Howarth – Arresting Uber Final Interview
This is basically the final interview of this type we will be doing with Russell as this is make or break time as to whether Russell comes to the UK to help the London Taxi Trade int heir fight with Uber.
Russell explains that he does not have sufficient funds to pay for his trip to London or to live while he is here, and neither should the London Taxi Trade expect him to do so.
Russell explains that he has an idea where every driver can help fund his trip to London for a very small amount per driver.
In this Episode SuperCabby Interviews a Private Hire Driver, John Preddy.
This interview was recorded back in November 2014 and a lot of people contacted me with their concerns about this interview as John has come under a certain amount of scrutiny for things that he has done during his life.
I was also dubious about putting this interview out but for different reasons, and that is the sound quality is not that great.
But over the last few weeks many drivers have contacted me asking for some more controversial interviews and a lot of suggestions were that I should interview some private hire drivers, so I decided to dig out the audio files and clean them up a bit and put this interview out.
John is quite a controversial character who uses the Twitter username of Cab4Now.
John also runs a Blog at Cab4Now.com where he airs his views and opinions on London’s Private Hire trade and also comments on the London Taxi Trade.
John explains in the interview that he has spent 3 periods of his life working as a private hire driver and most of that time has been spent working for Addison Lee until recently when he left to join Uber.
It is worth listening to John’s observations as to the type of work that he is doing on Uber.
Since this was recorded I am not sure if John is still working on the Uber platform as recently he was extolling the virtues of a new app aimed at the private hire trade.
I have also seen John advertising some of the cars that he rented to other drivers for sale, so maybe not all is rosy in Uberland anymore.
SuperCabby Interviews Russell Howarth from Arresting Uber 30
In this episode I interview Russell Howarth from Arresting Uber again in a follow up via Skype.
Russell returned to Australia after his visit to London and has been doing a lot of work with various Taxi Trades around the World to combat the rise of what he calls a Criminal Cartel, Uber.
Russell explains his plans for combating Uber in London and also shared a few ideas that are not in this podcast as he didn’t want Uber to know exactly what his ideas are.
Russell fully intends to return to the UK and he explains how this can happen during the interview, he also says that our trade really needs to come together and unite for a common cause in fighting these tech startups.
Russell is the guy, who in Australia has made citizens arrests on Uber X drivers for operating illegally without the correct licenses or insurance.
Russell states that he has managed, through his actions, to lose Uber over 60% of their business in Australia and he is being commended by both Taxi and Limo drivers across Australia.
Russell has travelled to the UK at his own expense and is here for nearly a month to talk to Taxi Trade Organisations and he also has a meeting scheduled towards the end of the month with Leon Daniels at TFL.
Russell has a lot of ideas as to the way in which the London Taxi trade can combat the phenomenal growth of Uber in London and to thwart their attempts at cornering the market in London and the UK as a whole.
Russell also said that any driver that is any doubts as to the effect that Uber could have on the London Taxi & Private Hire trades in London should speak to any driver in America where Uber operates, he said that Taxi drivers have found that they are now taking 75% less than they were before, so if you think you can sustain running a a London Taxi on a mere 25% or what you currently earn, pay the mortgage and put food on the table then please carry on burying your heads in the sand!
Russell Howarth Arresting an Uber X driver in Australia
Russell has some good angles on how to combat Uber, he recognises that Uber are licensed in London and that the drivers are also licensed by TFL but he also says that there are a number of points on which Uber are breaking the law.
You can follow Russell on Twitter @arrestinguber or take a look at the Arresting Uber website
This episode is Mayors Question Time at City Hall on Wednesday 25th march 2015 where Boris Johnson answered questions from the GLA Transport Committee regarding their Report “Future Proof” into TFL’s administration of the Taxi & Private Hire Trades in London.
I was unable to attend City Hall on the 25th due to prior commitments so MacTheCab took the audio recorder along and this is his first attempt at recording a podcast.