Car Theft payouts at a 7 year high!

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) the insurance industry trade body have said claims for January to March for vehicle thefts have hit their highest level in seven years.

Some facts for January to March:

· The number of claims increasing from 14,000 to over 16,000.

· Costs of thefts at £108 Million, an increase of 22% on the same period

· LAST 4 YEARS – Overall theft costs have doubled.

The ABI said that this was partly due to an increase in thefts for vehicles with keyless entry. Working in pairs the thieves use electronic signal devices to steal the owner’s vehicle. One often stands by the car whilst his partner stands close enough to pick up the signal from the key and amplify it so the vehicle electronics believes the owner is in the immediate vicinity.

Ways of reducing the risk of keyless car theft:

· Leave keys in a signal blocking wallet
· Install CCTV
· Install spot lighting overlooking the vehicle
· Install a tracking device – whilst it doesn’t stop the theft it increases the chance of the Police finding the vehicle.
· Invest in a steering Lock

Richardson Scores Knockout Win As He Closes In On Title Shot

London Taxi Driver, Dean Richardson, downed his opponent three times on his way to a 3rd round knockout victory against Croatia’s Silvije Kebet at York Hall on 2nd March.

Now 9-0 with 6 knockouts, Dean looks to be on the verge of a Southern Area title fight. The same title is being fought for on 9th March between Sean Robinson and Josh Ejakpovi, with Richardson looking to fight the winner. In a post fight interview, Dean and his manager, Steve Goodwin, said they will sit down and plan a route to titles with a possibility of an English title eliminator if a fight for the Southern Area can’t be made and is looking to fight late May or early June.

We will keep you updated with more news on tickets as we receive them.

Quotax Insurance Expands With Opening Of New Office In Dartford, Kent

Quotax Insurance is pleased to announce that they have recently opened a second office in Dartford, Kent; this is in addition to their current office which is on site at Ascott Cab Co in Deptford, South East London.

Quotax Insurance is a family run business that was started in 2004 by John Fosker who was himself a Licensed London Taxi Driver. This specialist Taxi Insurance Brokers is now owned by John’s 2 sons Daniel and Paul Fosker.

Daniel explains why Dartford has been chosen as the location for their second office;
“Over the past 14 years Quotax has widened its Insurer Panel so that they can accommodate almost any London Taxi Driver regardless of their age or experience. This has created growth within the business and we consequently have outgrown our current offices in Deptford.

When the owners of Ascott Cab Co advised us that they were developing a New Bodyshop in Dartford we were delighted that they had ample office space that would be a perfect fit for our growing Sales and Renewals Team. ‘’

Ascott Cab Co have invested a significant amount into their new Bodyshop; the new premises are capable of carrying out repairs to the new electric vehicle as well as turning around repairs on existing models faster.

Quotax recognises that there are a number of London Taxi Drivers who live around the Dartford area and we would be happy to quote for your Taxi Insurance face to face if you are in the vicinity, or of course as usual in the Deptford office.

The address of the new office is:
Quotax Insurance Services
Unit 7 Avery Way
Questor
Dartford
Kent
DA1 1JZ

London Taxi driver Dean Richardson returns to the ring on the 2nd March 2019

London Taxi driver, Dean Richardson, returns to the ring on Saturday 2nd March as he looks to close in on titles.

The light-middleweight will be in a 6 round bout at York Hall, Bethnal Green, in the hope of setting up a shot at the Southern Area title later this year.

Richardson last boxed on 13th October, winning a shutout points victory and extended his record to 8 wins out of 8, with 5 knockouts.

This will be Dean’s second fight under new trainer Gary Logan, and the pair hope to pick up their first belt together in the very near future.

If you would like to show your support, tickets are priced at £40 Unreserved Seating, £65 Ringside and £100 and available on 07702 887088. Credit/debit card bookings can be made via http://bit.ly/mft-drichardson (booking fee applies)

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.