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Uber-angry driver - female passenger dragged from the car and hit twice across the face

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Why only a suspended sentence for this scumbag Ex Evening Standard news A young woman today told of how she fears to get in a minicab again after an Uber driver punched her in the face and racia… Read More
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
Why only a suspended sentence for this scumbag

Ex Evening Standard news

A young woman today told of how she fears to get in a minicab again after an Uber driver punched her in the face and racially abused her in a row over drop-offs.

Taleka White, 27, was dragged from the car and hit twice across the face after her driver, Shahab Akbar, 33, flew into a rage in Addiscombe, south London.

Non-emergency paramedic Ms White, who has a four-year-old son, was left with a lump on her head, bruising to her face and a bloodied wrist and knuckles.
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7m, 1w agoPosted 7 months, 1 week ago
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The attached story describes the assailant as being 33 years old. oO Are they sure? He could pass for 12 or 13 years old at the Home Office.



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I wonder if the driver was white and the passenger Asian it would have been the same sentence.
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cchopps
In London all female parties should use black cabs. No brainer.
Black Cabs Matter
banned 6 Likes
She told the court: “Whilst he doesn’t accept that he committed the offence, he does accept that the behaviour alleged is unacceptable. “He would like me to tell the court that this whole experience has been embarrassing for him and has been quite traumatic and left him feeling ashamed.”

Poor judgement. The guy doesn't seem to think he's done anything wrong. A recipe for a repeat offence.

The guy's seemingly worried about himself.

Edited By: cchopps on Oct 19, 2016 16:30

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11 Likes #2
I wonder if the driver was white and the passenger Asian it would have been the same sentence.
1 Like #3
When freed will he be allowed to continue as an Uber driver?

Edited By: Mark2111 on Oct 19, 2016 15:45
16 Likes #4
The attached story describes the assailant as being 33 years old. oO Are they sure? He could pass for 12 or 13 years old at the Home Office.



https://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/styles/story_medium/public/thumbnails/image/2016/10/18/13/shahabakbar.jpg
1 Like #5
Mark2111
When freed will he be allowed to continue as an Uber driver?


he got a suspended sentence which means he hasn't been locked up.
1 Like #6
Mark2111
When freed will he be allowed to continue as an Uber driver?
Unfortunately the sentence was suspended so he didn't serve any time at all.
[helper] 2 Likes #7
Mark2111
When freed will he be allowed to continue as an Uber driver?
"Akbar, who is married to a teacher, had his private hire vehicle licence revoked after the assault and no longer drives for Uber."

"A spokesman for Uber said: “We were appalled by this horrific incident. Uber does not tolerate violence or discrimination of any kind.
"We assisted the police with their investigation and immediately stopped this licensed driver from being able to use our app.”

Edited By: tregs on Oct 19, 2016 15:55
banned 6 Likes #8
She told the court: “Whilst he doesn’t accept that he committed the offence, he does accept that the behaviour alleged is unacceptable. “He would like me to tell the court that this whole experience has been embarrassing for him and has been quite traumatic and left him feeling ashamed.”

Poor judgement. The guy doesn't seem to think he's done anything wrong. A recipe for a repeat offence.

The guy's seemingly worried about himself.

Edited By: cchopps on Oct 19, 2016 16:30
1 Like #9
Sorry, I was on the hop earlier and didn't get the gist of it properly.


With an attitude like his towards women he will soon lose his temper again and as sad as it is that there will be other victims, hopefully he will eventually be locked up.
1 Like #10
SCUM oO
1 Like #11
He no longer works for uber but I'm sure another private hire firm will hire him.
1 Like #12
anita4
He no longer works for uber but I'm sure another private hire firm will hire him.

Out will plop the race card if not I'm sure.
banned#13
In London all female parties should use black cabs. No brainer.
7 Likes #14
cchopps
In London all female parties should use black cabs. No brainer.
Black Cabs Matter
1 Like #15
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.

At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?

For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.
#16
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.
At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?
For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.
Black cabs are my preference, standard fares, legal to work, cabs smell better.
#17
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.
At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?
For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.


What are the Uber cabs like in Brentwood?
1 Like #18
Uber drivers accused of 32 rapes and sex attacks on London passengers over the past year

in a short period they've managed to foster quite a few sexual predatory criminals.
3 Likes #19
I always use split fare or whatever it's called when using uber, at least I'm not on my own in the car. Haven't had any problems so far, will be using one this weekend so will report back if I'm not dead. :)
#20
Mark2111
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.
At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?
For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.
What are the Uber cabs like in Brentwood?

No idea and I'm not going to Essex just to find out. You go - there's some areas that you'll fit in pretty well I'd imagine.


davewave
Uber drivers accused of 32 rapes and sex attacks on London passengers over the past year
in a short period they've managed to foster quite a few sexual predatory criminals.

Surely you need to provide context for how that compares per 1000 journeys against other private hire firms and how many were proven.

Again, uber provides an electronic record of every journey which is so much safer than black cabs.
banned 2 Likes #21
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.
At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?
For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.

Well in this case the catalyst to the assault was the driver being confused about a drop off. Black cab drivers know where to go each and every time. Of course people can choose whatever they want. I've been travelling around London for decades. Me and my mates, whatever, an important meeting, black cab.

A female member of my family or friends. Black cab every time for a multitude of reasons.
#22
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Mark2111
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.
At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?
For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.
What are the Uber cabs like in Brentwood?
No idea and I'm not going to Essex just to find out. You go - there's some areas that you'll fit in pretty well I'd imagine.
davewave
Uber drivers accused of 32 rapes and sex attacks on London passengers over the past year
in a short period they've managed to foster quite a few sexual predatory criminals.
Surely you need to provide context for how that compares per 1000 journeys against other private hire firms and how many were proven.
Again, uber provides an electronic record of every journey which is so much safer than black cabs.
Nice to get an electronic record of the driver who assaults you. Not safer at all, cabbies are registered.
banned#23
Aiden1512
I always use split fare or whatever it's called when using uber, at least I'm not on my own in the car. Haven't had any problems so far, will be using one this weekend so will report back if I'm not dead. :)

Do you both get out the car together?
#24
davewave
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Mark2111
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.
At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?
For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.
What are the Uber cabs like in Brentwood?
No idea and I'm not going to Essex just to find out. You go - there's some areas that you'll fit in pretty well I'd imagine.
davewave
Uber drivers accused of 32 rapes and sex attacks on London passengers over the past year
in a short period they've managed to foster quite a few sexual predatory criminals.
Surely you need to provide context for how that compares per 1000 journeys against other private hire firms and how many were proven.
Again, uber provides an electronic record of every journey which is so much safer than black cabs.
Nice to get an electronic record of the driver who assaults you. Not safer at all, cabbies are registered.

And yet there are instances of black cab drivers sexually assaulting women. It's not full-proof, no system is but some people's fear of technology and progress isn't going to stop a safer system.

Uber is fantastic in my experience, and if it's work-related then you just use the Addison Lee company account. Can't imagine anyone using a black cab for an important meeting. Even the interns can use the account. X)

Honestly I'm not sure who in the city still uses black cabs regularly. Tourists maybe?

Edited By: HotEnglishAndWelshDeals on Oct 19, 2016 18:32
#25
cchopps
Aiden1512
I always use split fare or whatever it's called when using uber, at least I'm not on my own in the car. Haven't had any problems so far, will be using one this weekend so will report back if I'm not dead. :)
Do you both get out the car together?

:| no.
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Aiden1512
cchopps
Aiden1512
I always use split fare or whatever it's called when using uber, at least I'm not on my own in the car. Haven't had any problems so far, will be using one this weekend so will report back if I'm not dead. :)
Do you both get out the car together?
:| no.
Thats got you worried now hasn't it X)
2 Likes #30
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
davewave
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Mark2111
HotEnglishAndWelshDeals
Black cab drivers have been arrested for assaults and even rapes before.
At least with Uber there's a full record of who was picked up and when, isn't there?
For the record Uber is far better than black cabs around London. More convenient, cleaner and just a better service.
What are the Uber cabs like in Brentwood?
No idea and I'm not going to Essex just to find out. You go - there's some areas that you'll fit in pretty well I'd imagine.
davewave
Uber drivers accused of 32 rapes and sex attacks on London passengers over the past year
in a short period they've managed to foster quite a few sexual predatory criminals.
Surely you need to provide context for how that compares per 1000 journeys against other private hire firms and how many were proven.
Again, uber provides an electronic record of every journey which is so much safer than black cabs.
Nice to get an electronic record of the driver who assaults you. Not safer at all, cabbies are registered.
And yet there are instances of black cab drivers sexually assaulting women. It's not full-proof, no system is but some people's fear of technology and progress isn't going to stop a safer system.
Uber is fantastic in my experience, and if it's work-related then you just use the Addison Lee company account. Can't imagine anyone using a black cab for an important meeting. Even the interns can use the account. X)
Honestly I'm not sure who in the city still uses black cabs regularly. Tourists maybe?


100% Chongyspeak!
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EN1GMA
Aiden1512
cchopps
Aiden1512
I always use split fare or whatever it's called when using uber, at least I'm not on my own in the car. Haven't had any problems so far, will be using one this weekend so will report back if I'm not dead. :)
Do you both get out the car together?
:| no.
Thats got you worried now hasn't it X)

Not really. If I get hurt at least I've saved about £20 which will make it easier to deal with the pain X)
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Uber drivers in London will have to pass an English language proficiency exam to obtain a license, under new rules announced by Transport for London (TfL), the city's transportation agency. Unlike an earlier proposal, which would have applied to Uber drivers from non-English speaking countries, the rules announced this week apply to all drivers for UberX and Uber's black car service.

TfL, which oversees London's private car services, buses, and subways, defended the rules as necessary to ensure public safety. "It is essential for public safety that all licensed drivers can communicate in English at an appropriate level," the agency said on its website. "Communicating with passengers to discuss a route, or fare, as well as reading, understanding and being able to respond to important regulatory, safety and travel information sent by TfL is crucial to a driver’s role in transporting the public."

"PASSING A WRITTEN ENGLISH EXAM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMUNICATING WITH PASSENGERS."



Uber has warned that English language tests being introduced for private hire drivers could cost thousands of jobs.

Transport for London has introduced new rules requiring drivers from non-English speaking countries to undertake a £200 written English exam.

From October 1, drivers who don't pass the test will not have their private hire licences renewed.
#33
davewave
Uber drivers in London will have to pass an English language proficiency exam to obtain a license, under new rules announced by Transport for London (TfL), the city's transportation agency. Unlike an earlier proposal, which would have applied to Uber drivers from non-English speaking countries, the rules announced this week apply to all drivers for UberX and Uber's black car service.
TfL, which oversees London's private car services, buses, and subways, defended the rules as necessary to ensure public safety. "It is essential for public safety that all licensed drivers can communicate in English at an appropriate level," the agency said on its website. "Communicating with passengers to discuss a route, or fare, as well as reading, understanding and being able to respond to important regulatory, safety and travel information sent by TfL is crucial to a driver’s role in transporting the public."
"PASSING A WRITTEN ENGLISH EXAM HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMUNICATING WITH PASSENGERS."

Uber has warned that English language tests being introduced for private hire drivers could cost thousands of jobs.
Transport for London has introduced new rules requiring drivers from non-English speaking countries to undertake a £200 written English exam.
From October 1, drivers who don't pass the test will not have their private hire licences renewed.

Excellent, it will make the system even better.

Be sad when black cabs become an anachronism on the streets of London but that's progress for you. Can't imagine getting around London without Uber nowadays.

And eventually we won't have any drivers at all.
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Just so you know, I was curious about Uber. We don't have it here yet, so I was wondering what it was all about and signed up to be a driver with a throwaway email. Went through half the registration process. Never driven a car since I passed my test. They didn't ask! Filled me with confidence X)

They didn't ask me much at all, in fact. But you get to some interface where you can start touting for fares.

Edited By: moneysavingkitten on Oct 19, 2016 18:50
1 Like #35
moneysavingkitten
Just so you know, I was curious about Uber. We don't have it here yet, so I was wondering what it was all about and signed up to be a driver with a throwaway email. Went through half the registration process. Never driven a car since I passed my test. They didn't ask! Filled me with confidence X)
They didn't ask me much at all, in fact. But you get to some interface where you can start touting for fares.

Pretty sure its not as simple as you think lol. You need a PCO license.
#36
KM4353
moneysavingkitten
Just so you know, I was curious about Uber. We don't have it here yet, so I was wondering what it was all about and signed up to be a driver with a throwaway email. Went through half the registration process. Never driven a car since I passed my test. They didn't ask! Filled me with confidence X)
They didn't ask me much at all, in fact. But you get to some interface where you can start touting for fares.
Pretty sure its not as simple as you think lol. You need a PCO license.
Becoming a driver
If you want to become an Uber driver a set of wheels is essential obviously, but if you’ve got an old banger, forget it.

Cars must be under five years old. Details of suitable models can be found on Uber’s website, but you’re usually looking at a saloon or MPV vehicle to comfortably seat between four and eight people or a Mercedes ‘E-class’ or equivalent for four passengers.

What licence do I need to be an Uber driver?
You’ll also need a Private Hire Vehicle licence (PHV). You can apply for this through your local council.

Costs may vary according to where you live.

Stephen Rowland from Newcastle joined Uber in November. He was looking for work with flexible working hours after leaving his job as a college lecturer when his mother become ill.

He had to shell out for his private hire licence, which included a Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously a Criminal Records Bureau check), and interview, and had to pay £95 for a medical. He said the whole process took six weeks.

When you apply for your licence, your council needs to be convinced that your car is roadworthy. He explained: “The initial test cost £240 with repeat ‘MOT’-style tests every six months which cost £80 a time.”

Deborah Tucker from London paid a one-off fee of £450 for her private hire licence after going through a company that promised to ‘fast track’ her application, but the process ended up taking months. She says now that it’s a job she could have done herself, and for less money.

Insurance costs
Cover for ‘business use’ can be costly compared with your typical ‘social, domestic and commuting’ insurance cover.

Stephen was paying £180 a year for car insurance for his Mercedes ‘E class’ but even after shopping around it jumped to a whopping £2,700 a year. However this does include public liability, which is essential if you’re carrying fare paying passengers.

And even if you’ve got years of driving experience this won’t necessarily bring the price down. “You can’t transfer your ‘no claims’ bonus across for business use, so it was a case of starting again”, Stephen Rowland says.

Deborah was quoted £5,000 to cover her BMW Series 3, but eventually found cover for £1,800. Nonetheless this was a steep price hike compared with her usual £180 yearly car insurance costs.

Uber training
Applying to drive for Uber is as simple as filling in a form on the website or via Facebook. Both Stephen and Deborah were quickly given a two hour training course before being let out on the roads.

“It was more about practical things like if someone’s fallen asleep, or you’ve got to move a passenger”, explained Deborah Tucker. Within minutes of finishing the course, both claim to have had customers waiting.

How much can you make?
Uber claims that on average drivers make around £15 an hour, and that’s after it takes its 20% ‘service fee’ (though new drivers have to pay 25%).

For Stephen, driving for Uber provides him with a full time wage. He said: “I take home around £700 for a 35 hour working week; sometimes I’ll do more but I never go over 45 hours and I don’t always work weekends”.

While there have been complaints from drivers on chat forums about the time spent waiting for fares, Stephen claims he’s never waited more than ten minutes.

Deborah Tucker joined Uber as she wanted flexible work after leaving the fire service.

She said: “I like the fact there’s no minimum hours; you only have to make one trip a month to keep on the books and I do anything from an hour a week up to 60 hours, which brought in £1,100 after Uber’s cut”.

Petrol costs also need to be factored in; Tucker says she spends around 20% of her earnings on petrol.
#37
just Google Rotherham taxis. local mp warning that 40 drivers who failed test to get licence can just apply to another authority and work in Rotherham.
1 Like #38
shadey12
just Google Rotherham taxis. local mp warning that 40 drivers who failed test to get licence can just apply to another authority and work in Rotherham.
In Rotherham a minicab/uber is only for the brave!
1 Like #39
KM4353
moneysavingkitten
Just so you know, I was curious about Uber. We don't have it here yet, so I was wondering what it was all about and signed up to be a driver with a throwaway email. Went through half the registration process. Never driven a car since I passed my test. They didn't ask! Filled me with confidence X)
They didn't ask me much at all, in fact. But you get to some interface where you can start touting for fares.
Pretty sure its not as simple as you think lol. You need a PCO license.

Probably to drive, to get access to the website though, not so much.
#40
philphil61
davewave
Uber drivers accused of 32 rapes and sex attacks on London passengers over the past year
in a short period they've managed to foster quite a few sexual predatory criminals.
That's racist
It's natural for these type of men to carry out these type of attacks (it's part of their culture/religion) - how dare you state "they've managed to foster quite a few sexual predatory criminals"

What type of men?

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