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  1. Win a John Lewis Rucksack with DNA Insurance!

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    As a motor trader or taxi driver you will spend most of your days doing multiple jobs, so it’s of the utmost importance that your belongings are kept safe and secure at all times. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to rely on a worn-out bag, as in this month’s competition DNA Insurance is giving away a John Lewis rucksack!

    This lightweight rucksack is not only stylish but also functional as it comes with two adjustable shoulder straps, two front pockets and a top grab handle. For your chance to win this prize Like and Comment on our Facebook competition posts before Tuesday 25th November at midnight.

    Best of luck everyone!

    Entrants must be 18 years or older and based in the UK.
    Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook once all the entries have been counted.
    Prize must be claimed within 7 days or the winner will be redrawn.
    If original prize is not available then another of the same or equal value will be provided.

  2. Win a Turtle Wax Gift Set with DNA Insurance!

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    At DNA Insurance we have worked with numerous taxi drivers and motor traders over the years, and one thing we have learned is that it is almost impossible to clean a vehicle properly without the right products. This is why we have decided to give away a Turtle Wax Gift Set in our Twitter competition so one lucky winner can clean their car with ease!

    This set includes a Super Clean Wash & Wax, Shine & Protect Polishing Wax, Intensive Wheel Cleaner, Multi-Surface Interior Cleaner, two sponges and a polishing cloth. It even comes in a handy travel case meaning that if you are feeling generous you can lend it to a friend!

    For your chance to win this prize, just follow us on Twitter @DNA_Insurance and Retweet using the hashtag #DNAPrize. You better hurry though as our competition ends Sunday 31st August at midnight.

    Good luck!

    Entrants must be 18 years or older and based in the UK.
    Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Twitter once all the entries have been counted.
    Prize must be claimed within 7 days or the winner will be redrawn.
    If original prize is not available then another of the same or equal value will be provided.

  3. Taxi Drivers vs. Uber

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    There is a new App in town which is causing taxi drivers across the globe to arrange protests and even call on governments to ban it altogether. This App is called ‘Uber’, and it allows users to book a taxi using their mobile phones; however, many taxi drivers claim that Uber’s drivers are breaking the law and that the government should do something to stop them. Here, DNA Insurance looks the global issue in more detail:

    What is ‘Uber’?

    The creators of Uber wanted to revolutionise the way in which we use taxis, which is why they created an App enabling users to quickly book a private hire taxi via their mobile phones. The App also provides users information concerning the taxi driver that will be picking them up, including their name and photo. The App also lets approved friends ‘follow’ your journey via a map on their mobile phone and users can also have the route which their driver took emailed to them in order to ensure that they took the fastest option and didn’t try and overcharge them. The creators of Uber claim that this new technology enables passengers to stay safe when in a taxi and enables self-employed taxi drivers to run their businesses more effectively without the support of a taxi firm.

    Why are London Taxi Drivers protesting?

    The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) has recently complained to Transport for London (TfL) about Uber’s drivers as they believe they are breaking the law. This is because Uber’s drivers can use the App in order to calculate fares, which is illegal for private hire vehicles and can void taxi insurance policies. However, Transport for London have claimed that as drivers’ mobile phones aren’t connected to their vehicles, they are not technically breaking the law. TfL added: “We have seen no evidence to suggest that Uber London Ltd are not fit and proper to hold a London private hire vehicle operator’s licence, but no final decisions have been made whilst Uber’s operating model is still under investigation.”

    Complaints against Uber

    Even though TfL has claimed that Uber is not breaking the rules when it comes to private hire vehicle operator’s licences, Steve McNamara, LTDA’s general secretary, argues that Uber is dangerous to both the public and the UK’s taxi industry. He added: “Transport for London not enforcing the Private Hire Vehicles Act is dangerous for Londoners. I anticipate that the demonstration against TfL’s handling of Uber will attract many many thousands of cabs and cause severe chaos, congestion and confusion across the metropolis.”

    The LTDA’s demonstration is planned to take place at the beginning of June, and so far it seems that TfL has done little to discourage them. Steve McNamara also claimed that Uber “has a stated aim of challenging legislation that is not compatible with its business model. This is not some philanthropic friendly society, it’s an American monster that has no qualms about breaching any and all laws in the pursuit of profit, most of which will never see a penny of tax paid in the UK.”

    Worldwide Issue

    London Taxi Drivers are not the first to protest against Uber being used in their country, in fact the company had to pay a ten thousand Euro (£8,205) fine in Brussels after a court decided that drivers were picking up passengers without the necessary licences. Meanwhile, Berlin’s taxi association has won a temporary injunction against the firm, while in France the government has banned private car services from using GPS-enabled apps such as Uber altogether.

    However, Uber’s general manager in London, Jo Bertram, doesn’t sound too worried, as he said: “Competition in my view is always good for the customer because it makes all of us up our game in terms of quality and service. On the driver side, we offer a much more flexible model that is very different from the old-school private hire industry, that allows them to work as independent business operators however and whenever they choose.”

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  4. Taxi Drivers turning away fares over Safety Fears

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    Safety has always been a huge issue for taxi drivers, as essentially they let dozens of strangers enter their vehicles during each shift, and it only takes one to put them in danger. Unfortunately, we often see stories in the news about taxi drivers who have been assaulted by passengers because they are under the influence of alcohol or are trying to get away without paying their fare.

    This is why many local councils have regular meetings with taxi drivers in their constituencies – particularly public hire ones – where they discuss how to improve their safety. Some towns have already introduced taxi marshals at busy taxi ranks in order to improve the safety of both taxi drivers and those waiting for taxis; however some are thinking about going even further. For example, a number of taxi drivers and local politicians are campaigning for CCTV to be installed in all taxis, which will hopefully deter passengers from engaging in illegal activity, or will catch them if they do.

    However, some taxi drivers believe that the only way to stay completely safe is to flat out refuse fares which they think will put them in danger. Recently there has been a spate of robberies and attacks on taxis drivers in the East Lincolnshire area during the early hours of the morning, which has left many taxi drivers feeling concerned about picking up such fares. Roy Grantham from Links Taxis is just one of the taxi drivers in the area who has been affected, and he believes that the situation is becoming more dangerous.

    He said: “I started in 2001 and I believe it’s getting worse. We are hearing on a daily basis of people not getting paid and being threatened. I have had plenty of people refusing to pay, arguments
    with people that have been abrupt towards me, but this is the worst I have felt since 2008. My views on the job at the minute aren’t very good. We are very vulnerable. I think I’m going to have to stick with it at the minute but as soon as I get the chance to get another job I will be gone. It’s just not safe.

    “I’m going to be carrying on going out in the morning but I’m going to be very much more aware and self-conscious about picking people up on street corners and phone boxes. A lot of the taxi drivers I have been talking to said they are going to do the same. If they don’t like the look of somebody or are suspicious acting or who are not from a proper address they might all refuse the fare. There’s innocent people out there and you shouldn’t tar everyone with the same brush but we have got to do what is safe for us.”

    Paul Revell, manager of Links Taxis, understands why his staff including Paul are concerned, and added: “We have always had a problem with people not paying fares, but we have had a lot more support from the police than in the past in that they do tend to make an effort and follow up incidents in order to retrieve drivers’ fares. I can see a time where we are not going to pick anybody up in the twilight hours if they are not seen to come from an address.”

    When it comes to staying safe, Revell says that taxi drivers “have got to make a decision before they have got somebody in the car. It’s very difficult if you stop and they approach the car. The best thing is to weigh it up as you’re driving – you are not necessarily their car as far as they are concerned.” Naturally, if your vehicle is damaged or your money is stolen while on a job the local police and your taxi insurance provider will be there to help, however they are not always able to solve physical or emotional injuries to the drivers themselves.

    If you are ever concerned about a certain fare then it may be a good idea to adopt a policy such as Roy Grantham, and not pick up anyone unless it is from an actual address. Don’t forget that if you are affected by theft or assault by a passenger to call the police straight away, as it is likely the culprits will try the same thing again with other taxi drivers.

    Photo by Albert Bridge / CC BY-SA 2.0