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

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

2018 – Classic Truck and Commercial Vehicle shows for your diary

As we enter 2018 it is time to open up your new diaries and book some important dates for the year’s Classic Truck and Van shows.

Classic Truck shows are a great way to buy parts that you have been unable to get hold of, admire other people’s restorations, share stories and have a good time.

Further details for all of these shows can be found online and we always recommend giving the organisers a call as the details may change from time of going to press.

 

Classic and Commercial Vintage Show

Date: 9th June and 10th June 2018

Location:

British Motor Museum

Gaydon

Warwickshire

CV3J 0BJ

Details: Two day event featuring over 400 vehicles, pre commercial, majority being pre 1990. Large Autojumble selling spares, photos, models etc.

 

Cornwall Truck Show

Date: 21st and 22nd July 2018

Location: Stithian’s Showground

Stithians

Truro

Cornwall

TR3 7DP

Details: Large number of HGV Vehicles including; Old, New Custom, Vintage and Show Trucks.

There are also a number of trade stands and evening entertainment.

 

Classic Van and Pick-Up Show

Date: 5th August 2018 10:00 to 16:00

Location:

British Motor Museum

Gaydon

Warwickshire

CV3J 0BJ

Details: Been running for 4 years with a wide range of light commercial vehicles including; Pick-up trucks, Vans, Police Cars, Vintage Vans and more.

 

Barnard Castle Truck Show

Date: 4th and 5th August 2018

Location:

Streatlam Farm

Barnard Castle

County Durham

DL12 8TZ

Details: Event Includes; Vintege Trucks, Auto Jumble, Camping, Commercial Stands, Show trucks and more.

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.

Pre-booked Taxis and Private Hire PCO Licencing

Pre-booked Taxis and Private Hire PCO Licencing

Over the last few weeks we have taken a number of calls asking about Licensing restrictions, particularly whether London Green Badge holders can pick up pre-booked fares outside London.

We have sought clarification from TFL and one of the Policy Officers has sent us the following Licence limitations:

Taxis

Taxis are permitted to accept pre-bookings, and can do so by taking bookings directly; through a taxi radio circuit or app; or through a private hire vehicle operator.

Taxi drivers are able to accept a pre-booked journey that starts or finishes outside of London, though if the journey is accepted by a Suburban (yellow badge) driver they must be in the sector (s) they are licensed for, when accepting the booking.

Private Hire Vehicles (PHV’s)

There are no constraints on where private hire journeys can start and / or finish and PHVs are free to undertake journeys anywhere in England and Wales provided :-

  • The vehicle, driver and operator are licensed by the same licensing authority
  • The booking is accepted by the operator at their specified operating centre within that authority

The above is commonly referred to as the ‘triple licensing requirement

Undefeated Dean Richardson, The Boxing Cabbie fights again on the 10th June

Following the disappointment of having to pull out of his fight in March due to illness, London taxi driver turned professional boxer, Dean Richardson, steps into the ring for the fourth time at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday 10th June.

The undefeated 21 year old, from South Ruislip, turned pro in November 2015 and has won all his fights by KO.  His last fight was in November last year when he fought on the undercard of George Groves vs Eduard Gutknecht at Wembley Arena.

If you would like to go along to York Hall and support Dean, tickets are available on 07512 542168 and are priced at £35 (Unreserved Seating), £65 (Ringside) and £100 (VIP which includes a free bar and food from 5-7pm).

 

Equal treatment for disabled taxi users

A change in the law now means that it is illegal for taxi drivers to discriminate against wheelchair users.

As of the 6th April 2017, taxi drivers will face a fine of up to £1,000 in the event they refuse to transport wheelchair users or if they attempt to charge the passengers any extra for the same.

By law taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will be obliged to;

  • Transport wheelchair users in their wheelchair
  • Provide wheelchair passengers with appropriate assistance
  • Charge wheelchair users the same as non-wheelchair users

Transport Minister Andrew Jones commented:

“We are building a country that works for everyone, and part of that is ensuring disabled people have the same access to services and opportunities as anyone else – including when it comes to travel. People who use wheelchairs are often heavily reliant on taxis and private hire vehicles and this change to the law will mean fair and equal treatment for all”

The law changes apply to England, Wales and Scotland and will affect vehicles that are wheelchair accessible.

Not only will drivers be faced with the fine of up to £1,000, they could also face having their taxi or Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) license suspended or revoked by the licencing authority. Drivers that are unable to provide assistance for medical reasons will be able to apply for an exemption from the new law.

Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive of Muscular Dystrophy UK, said:

“Today’s change in legislation is positive news, as we know that disabled people often have to rely on taxis where accessible public transport isn’t an option.

Taxi drivers can provide a vital service in getting wheelchair users from A to B so they are able to maintain their livelihoods and play an active part in society. Today creates a level playing field for both drivers and passengers.

The law now makes clear the rights for wheelchair users and the responsibilities of taxi drivers, including the penalties that will occur if they aren’t observed. Wheelchair users are frequent customers of taxi services, so instead of being apprehensive of these new rules, taxi companies should promote their accessibility credentials.”