The annual PHTM Expo was held once again last week in Milton Keynes – a fantastic opportunity for operators, drivers and third-party exhibitors to get together and share their thoughts, insights and questions.
This year, one topic of discussion amongst well-seasoned taxi professionals was in-car CCTV, given that taxi and minicab drivers in England and Wales could be obliged to install CCTV in their vehicles under government proposals to tighten up licensing laws.
A nationwide review of taxi and private hire vehicle licensing was conducted last September and called for CCTV in all cabs, which it argued would deter abuse of drivers, fare evasion and protecting passengers, as well as helping operators and law enforcement dealing with incidents more efficiently.
- Don't buy the cheapest in-car CCTV device on the market - often there are issues with corruption of SD cards.
- Opt for a SD card with large storage with the ability to store the maximum amount of footage possible.
- Consult your licencing authority for their legislation - i.e. the requirements of in-car notices to inform the passenger that CCTV is installed.
DRIVERS NOTICE - Tariffs, Office Rent and other changes6/09/19
Despite ever increasing costs, we have withheld and covered rising costs for a considerable time now, but cannot ask drivers to do so for ever and will make changes this autumn.
Expected changeover is w/c 30th September 2019.
While remaining affordable and competitive, we believe you will see a significant difference to your earnings.
The tariffs below also apply to Bank Holidays, excluding Christmas and New Year. The festive period rates will be announced closer the time once they have been finalised.
However, this will not affect the Chester Le Street tariffs.
We will be reviewing the set fares after the tariff increase and where possible we will be increasing or removing certain ones. Please note some may also stay the same depending on the journey.
We will be increasing the office rent by £5 one week after the fare increase takes effect.
We will no longer operate Battle Hill Taxis as a stand-alone entity and it will become a more integrated part of Blueline. Any customer who has previously requested a Battle Hill vehicle only will still have this applied to their record.
Driver Notice - Completing Jobs. 11/10/19
Following the recent system amendments, we would like to reinstate that it is essential that jobs sent to drivers must be completed.
If, for some reason, you want to query the job in question, please complete the job and later present your query to management for further investigation.
By completing work, not only do customers get picked up, but your earnings benefit from this too.
CARS AVAILABLE TO RENT27/08/19
AVAILABLE TO RENT:
- Newcastle plated Toyota Auris Touring (see photos below)
- 2017 (66 plate) 16-seater Transit (see photo below)
We are pleased to announce that we are now the official transport providers for The Brewery Tap!
Keep an eye out for our new signage at the venue, as well as Blueline sponsored tickets and beer tokens!
IMPORTANT NOTICE - NEW ADMIN OFFICES1/08/19
We would like to inform all drivers that the Admin Department is being located as of 05/08/2019.
The new office will are still located on Sycamore Street, but instead of upstairs above the call centre, it is now located on the corner of Sycamore Street - adjoined to the garage.