Poppy Cabs – Rememberance Sunday 2018

London’s Taxis will again be giving up their time to provide a free taxi service from the following mainline stations:

 

  • Paddington
  • Marylebone
  • Euston
  • Kings Cross
  • Liverpool Street
  • Fenchurch Street
  • London Bridge Waterloo
  • Victoria Mail Line
  • Victoria Coach Station

Plus the following service clubs

 

  • Victory Services Club
  • Union Jack Club

 

The Taxi service will run between the stations and Admiralty Arch and will also be providing return journeys from Westminster bridge.

For a number of years this event has been very well supported by hundreds of London Taxis drivers giving up their Sundays to assist veterans and their family’s remembering those fallen in two world wars and later conflicts.

Marshals will be at hand to direct veterans from mainline stations into waiting Taxis. Quotax are pleased to support this event with a number of Staff and family members assisting with the Waterloo drop off.

Drivers can support the event by turning up from 8am onwards at any of the mainline stations or you can contact Mike Hughes on mike@mikehughes.org.ukplease also follow @poppycabs and @UCGUP where information will be posted throughout the day.

Dean Richardson Maintains Unbeaten Record

London Taxi Driver, Dean Richardson, won his first fight under new trainer Gary Logan on Saturday night, making it his 8th consecutive victory.

Richardson improved his record to 8-0 with 5 knockouts with a shut out 60-54 points victory over Arvydas Trizno from Lithuania.

The South Ruislip boxer used his height and reach advantage to good effect using long jabs before landing hard left hands through the guard. Trizno only occasionally fired back with hard hooks but was ineffective as they were defended well by Richardson.

The fight, which was held at Tottenham Green Pools and Leisure Centre, was the first that Richardson and Logan had worked on together. The improvements were evident and the pair plan to continue their success together as Richardson eyes a shot at the Southern Area title in 2019.

Dean Richardson Fight 13th October

London taxi driver and professional boxer, Dean Richardson, will be returning to the ring on October 13th in his 8th professional fight of his boxing career.

His first fight of the season will be held at Tottenham Green Leisure Centre on a show headlined by a clash between Kay Prosper and Danny Cassius Connor in an eliminator for the English title.

Currently 7-0 with 5 knockouts, Richardson is hoping to keep improving his record as he closes in at a shot for the Southern Area light middleweight title.

Tickets for Dean’s fight are priced at £35 Standing and £65 Ringside, and are available on 07702 887088.

Dean Richardson vs William-Warburton 8x3 Super Welterweight

Minibus Summer Driving Tips

Summer driving brings unique challenges to driving, more vehicles locally, children playing outside, more caravans, cyclists and motorcyclists. This all equates to journey times increasing and traffic jams becoming more likely.

Those who manage drivers must be aware of the issues and schedules should be planned accordingly. Planning journeys for the undoubted holiday traffic jams. There needs to be an increased focus on vehicle conditions and symmetric information provided to drivers on allergies preventing fatigue and minimising RSI- Repetitive strain injury.

Vehicle maintenance

Check coolant levels regularly throughout the summer.

Keep washer fluid full and additional bottles within the car or boot, to prevent minimised vision.

Check tyres for damage due to hot weather increasing the risk of a puncture.

Make sure there is a suitable tread depth of 1.6mm minimum for your car to avoid slippery road surfaces.

Ensure air conditioning is maintained to avoid fainting and a lack of concentration during driving.

Avoid the glare

Glare from the sun can cause road accidents due to the distraction and the reduced vision during trips wearing correct sunglasses can reduce the glare and keep drivers concentration up and their vision. If a driver requires prescription lenses their sunglasses should have the same prescription.

Some lenses will not be suitable for drivers as they don’t in adequate light or they will let in too much due to the limitations as a light transmission. They should not obstruct your periphery vision.

Warm Weather Fatigue

Drivers are more likely to feel fatigued in warmer weather. Tachograph controls will indicate when a commercial vehicle driver should take breaks but drivers without this must follow the upcoming recommendations.

Break a 3-hour journey with a 20-minute stop

Take regular breaks to refresh yourself preferably ever two hours for longer journeys

Avoid eating heavy before driving

Make sure you are wide awake and possibly drink coffee to keep your reactions to a normal speed

Allergy Time

Hay fever causes itchy and watery eyes decreasing vision and concentration, this can be a big distraction to drivers and even a millisecond of not looking at the road can cause fatal accidents. It is advisable to ask drivers who suffer from hay fever to follow steps to reduce the likelihood of an outburst.

Use non drowsy Antihistamines such as cetirizine

Dehydration can decrease awareness and even lead to fainting so always keep an extra bottle of water in your car.

Wear sunglasses when the sun impair your vision while also keeping the pollen away from your eyes

Keep windows closed and use air conditioning to keep the vehicle cool

Provide vehicle purifiers to reduce pollen particles

The Country code

If your routes include rural areas it is better to know about the country code

Tractors can turn erratically and do not need indicators for daytime driving

Tractors have front loaders so the length of the vehicle could be more than you anticipate

Mud tracks left on the ground by tractors can be extremely slippery after rain, take caution.

Summary of key points

Driving in the summer can increase hazards that you may not notice, this can create unique challenges. It is recommended that managers raise awareness for these issues to avoid accidents.

Consider to plan your journeys to avoid the holiday jam and avoid the long queues.

Check that your sunglasses are suitable and with the correct prescription if need be.

Suggest to drivers without tachographs to take regular breaks and remind them about fatigue and the prevention of this.

Maintain your vehicle keeping it in the best shape to avoid controversy and potential danger to you and other drivers.

Monitor pollen count forecasts and work with drivers to ensure they can handle their hay fever.

London Taxi Driver Dean Richardson returns for his 7th Professional fight

London taxi driver, Dean Richardson, returns to the ring at York Hall, Bethnal Green for his seventh pro fight.

Having won his first five fights by way of knockout, he was taken the distance for the first time in his last outing where he won by unanimous decision against Jan Balog.

Richardson’s next fight, which is on 19th May, will be a step up as he is scheduled to fight in his first 8-round bout.  Due to the early stoppages, he has only gone a maximum of four rounds, despite one bout being scheduled for six.

Winning this bout will take Dean another step closer to a fight for the Southern Area Light-Middleweight Title, which he hopes will be within his next two fights.

Tickets are priced at £40 Unreserved Seating, £65 Ringside and £100 VIP and are available on 07702 887088 or if you wish to pay by credit/debit card, please go to bit.ly/IBT-DRichardson

Dean Richardson Hears the Final Bell for the First Time in Career

London taxi driver, Dean Richardson, 22, was taken the full four-rounds by notoriously tough Jan Balog at York Hall, Bethnal Green on 16th February, where the South Ruislip boxer won by a score of 40-36. He now has a record of 6 fights with 6 wins, 5 of which coming by way of knockout.

Dean was in control for the whole contest over his Czech opponent and upped the pace in the final round, landing punishing body shots, to secure the win.

Also on the card, Light-heavyweight amateur world champion Willy Hutchinson got his 3rd win as a professional with a 6 rounder decision win and Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce scored a first-round knockout to improve his record to 2-0 with 2 knockouts on the show which was promoted by David Haye’s Hayemaker Promotions.

Richardson is looking at boxing again on May 19th with further information to come.

Dean Richardson 6th fight to be at York Hall 16th February

London taxi Driver, Dean Richardson, is returning to the ring on Friday16th February at York Hall, Bethnal Green. This will be 22 year old Richardson’s 6th professional contest which will be on a show promoted by David Haye’s Hayemaker Promotions.

He faces the highly experienced Kevin McCauley who beat the home fighter Jamie Carley on the same show as Richardson’s last outing at Wembley arena last October.

Aiming for another win, Dean is undefeated in all 5 of his professional fights with all victories coming by way of knockout and is working his way towards a shot at the Southern Area light-middleweight title.

If you’d like to support Richardson, tickets are priced at £40 for Unreserved Seating, £70 Ringside Seating and £150 for VIP (Ringside table with table service food and drink) and available via 07702 887088 or iboxingtickets.com.  Doors open at 5pm with boxing commencing at 6pm.

London mayor put forward plans to pedestrianise large parts of Oxford street

Large parts of Oxford street are set to be pedestrianised by December 2018 in time for the launch of Elizabeth Line services.

Today the London Mayor Sadiq khan and Robert Davis the deputy leader of Westminster City Council have announced plans to stop Buses and black Taxis as well as other forms of transport as east to west traffic will be restricted from entering Oxford street between Orchard street and Oxford Circus.

The Mayor hopes that by restricting traffic this will deal with the air quality issues, frequency of accidents and serious congestion. The Elizabeth Line is hoped to have a positive impact on the number of visitors shopping in and around the Oxford street area.

 

School Minibuses – A Safety Guide

Minibuses are large vehicles and driving them requires a great deal of care.

The Responsibility of the Driver

 The volunteer who drives the minibus is personally responsible for keeping it roadworthy. If the Police were to find any faults the driver is liable and could be subject to a fine, motoring convictions or prosecuted for other offences.

The driver is responsible for ensuring the following:

  • The Insurance covers the uses to which the vehicle is going to be used for.
  • The number of passengers does not exceed the limit and the total weight

Training for drivers of minibuses

A Volunteers should only agree to drive if you have received suitable training:

  • Vehicle familiarisation
  • Simple vehicle checks
  • Procedures following an emergency.
  • Use of seatbelts
  • Use of passenger lifts if applicable
  • The loading and removal of wheelchairs and the securing of them to the vehicle.

Safety Checks on a School Minibus

  •  As any defects are the responsibility are the responsibility of the driver it is essential there is a proper vehicle maintenance system in place.
  • If you are not sure checks have been carried out, carry out the checks personally.

Driving Licence Requirements For Minibus Driver

 Quotax would always recommend that you confirm with The Vehicle and Operators Services Agency (VOSA) and the DVLA that you are able to drive the minibus as licensing can change.

If you volunteer to drive a minibus you must by law:

  • Ensure a section 19 permit has been obtained if one is needed;
  • Hold the appropriate full Driving Licence to do so.
  • Are insured on the vehicle.
  • The minibus has less than 18 passenger seats
  • Held a full UK Licence for over 2 years
  • Comply with the local requirements of the local authority.

If you have passed your driving licence before 1st Jan 1997 you would have a category B and D1 requirement automatically on your licence. These allow you to drive minibuses as well as private cars.

If you passed your car driving licence after 1st January 1997 you no longer have automatic Category D1 minibus entitlement. You would need to pass additional Category D1 test to drive minibuses.

Number of Drivers

It is recommended that a second trained driver accompany every teacher driving a minibus. By having two drivers this should help if an emergency arises. The second driver can act as a supervisor. For longer drives the second driver can share the driving to allow suitable rest times.

For more details regarding the licensing VOSA can be contacted on 0870 218 3818.

 

UK Petrol Price set to rise following Tropical Storm Harvey

The price of Petrol at the pumps is predicted to rise to its highest level in over 2 years following tropical Storm harvey.

U.S.A refineries on the Gulf coast have been shut down resulting in a surge of imported petrol. Port Arthur the US’s biggest refinery could be shut for over 2 weeks by flooding. Wholesale prices have risen 5% in the last week.

Petrol is set rise above the cost of diesel for the first time since June 2016. The storm has put approximately a quarter of the US refineries out of action.

The floodwaters have started to recede but it could be months before the crisis is fully over.