From these seemingly diverse cities spot the odd one out: Barcelona, Spain; Buffalo, New York; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vancouver, Canada; Frankfurt, Germany; Anchorage, Alaska; Austin, Texas; Oslo, Norway; Reykjavik, Iceland; London, England. Yes, you guessed it – London. The city voted many times as having the best cabbies, and with the most stringent taxi licensing regulations in the world has allowed Uber to operate with predictable consequences.
The Boris Garden Bridge is consigned to oblivion. This vanity project, known by luvvies as the garden bridge has already used £37.4 million of public money and by cancelling will cost a further £9 million. The bridge, which only served to obscure London’s best view and wasn’t even open to the public all year, should never have been considered. I know it’s heresy to say these days when we all should be cycling to work, but the £46 million could have been spent on a traffic bridge at Beckton thus reducing congestion at the Blackwall crossing. he new ECO cab has been unveiled with a £60,000 price tag. Assuming you write down the cost over 10 years (private hire come off the road at 10 years); spend £2,000 on insurance; £1,000 on maintenance; it cost you £10 per day on fuel and electricity to charge its batteries; and another £1,000 on one’s licence, plating the vehicle, medicals and sundry extras you arrive at £12,4000 per year. This is probably an underestimate, then, let’s be generous, you can earn £20 per hour for every hour that you are working, and that you work 5-day-a-week for 48 weeks a year you get a back of an envelope sum thus:£12,400÷48 weeks=£310 weekly overheads which equal 15.5 hours or 2 days’ work before you have earned a bean.
Still, we can look forward to the Boris Bridge MkII, over the Irish Sea or as it will become The Bridge Over Troubled Water
My local Lloyds Bank has now closed. Having been a customer since 1970 I will now have to travel over 4 miles and incur parking charges just to join the queue which will be longer than the line waiting for service was when my local branch was open. Thanks, Lloyds as you say in your current advertising campaign: ‘For Your Next Step’. My next step will be four miles long.
So Sadiq Khan has set up a ‘brains trust’ to look into ways of reducing congestion in London: more bikes; banning cars on certain days; no deliveries during daylight hours; you know the sort of thing. It would be less risible if he hadn’t issued 40,000 Uber licences.
With the rush to go electric, the AA has warned that the National Grid will have trouble coping with the demand of the electric cabs ‘plug- in’. A report by the National Grid concluded that another 30 gigawatts would be needed to power all future electric vehicles. That’s almost 10 times the total power output of nuclear power station Hinckley Point C now under construction after decades of debate regarding the advisability having it built.