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29 July 2015

TAXI LICENSE SCANDAL AT MILTON KEYNES

LICENSING OF TAXIS IN MILTON KEYNES - SCANDAL BY MAYOR - BUT STILL WONT RESIGN FROM THE COUNCIL IN MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes Taxi Licensing Scandal from Milton Keynes Borough Council


Rapist taxi driver in Milton Keynes: How this scandal unfolded and what happens now!!!!!

TO BE SAFE FROM THESE SIMPLY CALL CYBERCABZ 01908 263263

A rapist was twice given a license to drive a taxi in Milton Keynes.
The Mayor, who personally vouched for the man's good character, has now resigned. Another sex offender is still driving in the city.
This is your guide to the scandal which has rocked Milton Keynes Council.
A press conference was held at Milton Keynes Civic Offices to announce that Mayor Subhan Shafiq had stood down over revelations he personally vouched for a convicted rapist to be a city taxi driver.

Chief executive of the council Carole Mills and Leader of the council Pete Marland called the scandal a "serious issue regarding taxi licensing".
*When was the rapist driving in Milton Keynes?
Nadeem Ahmed Kiani worked as a driver from September 2011 to August 2014.
He received a private hire driver's license in 2011.
This was suspended in April 2012 but then given back to him in May 2012.
He received a Hackney Carriage license in March 2014.
Both licenses were revoked on August 22, 2014.
*What is his criminal background?
In 1991 Mr Kiani was given a conditional discharge for one year for both attempting to obtain property by deception, and theft.
In 1994 he was sentenced to eight years in prison for two buggery offences, assault with intent to commit buggery and rape. He served four years in prison.
*What is his connection to former mayor Subhan Shafiq?
Mr Shafiq told the Citizen he was not close friends with the convicted rapist and he was shocked to learn of his criminal past.
Documents seen by the Citizen say Mr Shafiq claimed that he had known Mr Kiani since childhood and could vouch for his "good current character and his family 
circumstances".
*Who gave Mr Kiani permission to drive a taxi?
He received his private hire licence from two council committees. The Hackney carriage licence was granted by an unknown council officer.
*Who else has resigned from their posts?
Lib Dem councilor Stuart Burke was chairman of the regulatory sub-committee in May 2012 and Labour councilor Gladstone McKenzie was on the panel alongside Councilor Alan Bradburn.
Mr Burke and Mr McKenzie have resigned from their posts. Mr Bradburn is no 
longer a councilor.
*Who has stepped down as a councillor?
No one.
*Are any other sex offenders driving cabs or private hire vehicles in Milton Keynes?
The Citizen understands that another sex offender is still working in the city.
An investigation by Milton Keynes Council found seven people were a "cause for concern".
Five drivers with declared convictions remain on the city's roads, while two have had their licences revoked.
One surrendered his plates voluntarily and after three interviews another has also handed back his plates. They will both no longer be allowed to drive taxis in Milton Keynes.
*What is Milton Keynes 
Council doing now?
A detailed review of all taxi license holders is underway and a new taxi licensing 
policy has been drafted up to be considered by the cabinet this month.
*Is it safe to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle in Milton Keynes?
Council Leader Pete Marland says the council are looking at every single issued taxi licence, but that "the vast 
majority are good, hard-
working people" and the small 
minority of those for concern have been identified.
*Has anyone apologized?
Ex-Mayor Mr Shafiq said he was "sorry for the situation".
The former vice-chairman of the regulatory sub-committee, Councilor McKenzie, said it was with "deepest regret" that he made the error after "many years of service to community and offered his "sincerest and most heartfelt" apologies.
Lib Dem Councilor Stuart Burke said it was with regret he decided to resign but said it was clear on reflection he made an "error of judgment".
The Lib Dems group leader, Councilor Douglas 
McCall said his members made the "honorable decision" to stand down.
*What should members of the public do if they are concerned about any of the private-hire or Hackney carriage drivers?
Call Thames Valley Police on 101.

VIDEO: MILTON KEYNES Investigation into rapist taxi scandal findings revealed

VIDEO: Investigation into rapist taxi scandal findings revealed


An investigation into how a rapist was allowed to drive a city taxi for
three years has been detailed in a report released this morning.
Milton Keynes Council launched an Internal Audit Service following the city
cabbie scandal that emerged in August.
The findings of that taxi licensing investigation were published today.
At a press conference this morning, chief executive of the council, Carole
Mills, and leader Pete Marland told the press they wanted to "restore trust"
in the council and taxi trade.

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TAXI for Shafiq: Ex-Mayor of Milton Keynes linked to immigration 'racket'

Disgraced sex scandal mayor Subhan Shafiq is linked to an alleged
immigration racket that provides false documents for foreign workers, the
Citizen Newspaper can exclusively reveal.
An office at the councillor's business premises charges people £500 to
'pass' an English language test so they can be granted a UK visa.
Yet the certificates for the test, which should cost £50, are suspected
fakes with the name of the company spelled wrongly.
Mr Shafiq denies having any involvement, saying: "Rockfield Immigration just
rent a room in my premises."
This week the Citizen is handing evidence of this alleged fraud to police
and urging officers to launch an investigation into Mr Shafiq, who is a
member of the Thames Valley Police Advisory Group.
We are also echoing calls and petitions from the public for him to resign as
a councillor.
The alleged racket centres around Rockfield Immigration, one of a number of
businesses registered at a property owned by Mr Shafiq at one Wolverton
address.
At the same premises he is registered as director of a motor accident claims
company, a tuition centre, and an international aerospace company.
"Subhan has a finger in so many pies and he does things to help people that
do not always seem right. But he is a very influential man in his community
and many are scared to speak out against him," said one source.
Over the past two decades the 42-year-old stalwart of Wolverton Mosque has
risen from taxi driver to a wealthy businessman with a portfolio of rental
houses.
But when Mr Shafiq was elected as councillor four years ago he neglected to
declare some of his business interests. He became Mayor in May but his
downfall began three months later when it was discovered he had given a
reference for his friend, convicted rapist Nadeem Kiani, to receive a taxi
licence.
A whistleblower has claimed two friends paid Subhan Shafiq £500 each for
fake immigration test certificates – without even sitting an exam.
"Their English was very bad. One of them could hardly speak a word. They
didn't have to have to take the test but got the certificates anyway.
"They looked fake because there was a spelling mistake on them," said the
whistleblower, who will talk to police. "
An undercover Citizen reporter called Rockfield Immigration on Wednesday
pretending to be an employer wanting English and Life in the UK certificates
for worker's visas.
We spoke to an Akhtar Hussain and said we had dealt with a Mr Shafiq on
previous occasions.
Mr Hussain said: "Subhan Shafiq? Yes, he can do this for you. First he needs
to see your people and their paperwork.
"The next course is on November 6."
When we enquired about the cost of the test Mr Hussain said it would be
around £400- £500.
Mr Shafiq would "sort it out", he said.
http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-for-shafiq-ex-mayor-of-milton-
keynes-linked-to-immigration-racket-1-6373821

TAXI-GATE: Ex-Milton Keynes Mayor vouched for asylum seeker who is now a convicted paedophile

Sex scandal mayor Subhan Shafiq has admitted giving a character reference to
ANOTHER serious sex offender - an asylum seeker who is now a convicted
paedophile.
This time Councillor Shafiq vouched for would-be cab driver Malik Aftab
Ahmed when he applied to come to the UK from Pakistan.
But after his application was granted Malik was arrested and convicted of
four counts of serious sexual assault - two of them involving a girl under
the age of 16.
He is currently serving a five-year prison sentence and will be on the sex
offenders register for life.
Mr Shafiq told the Citizen his Home Office reference was given "many years
ago" before Malik committed the offences.
"I have not spoken to this man for over five years and I am horrifed at
these offences," he said.
It is understood Ahmed worked as a taxi driver, though Milton Keynes Council
can find no record of him having a licence locally.
Mr Shafiq resigned as Mayor of Milton Keynes in August after it emerged that
a taxi driver he personally vouched for was a convicted rapist. Nadeem Ahmed
Kiani had four previous convictions for serious sexual offences, where he
and a friend worked together to threaten women with weapons before raping
them.
Although Mr Shafiq is no longer mayor he has refused to step down as a
councillor -and his party has encouraged him to stay.
Last week the Citizen exclusively revealed Mr Shafiq had been linked to an
alleged immigration racket that provides false citizenship test certificates
for foreign workers. Police have now requested to see our evidence.
On Wednesday, as the Citizen went to press, a spokesman for Lib Dem
headquarters in London vowed an "urgent investigation" would be held.
Meanwhile a Home Office spokesperson said: "We will consider all evidence we
receive concerning allegations of fraudulent behaviour in the immigration
system."
Already one leading Lib Dem has admitted Mr Shafiq may have to stand down.
Councillor Ric Brackenbury told the Citizen: "Any councillor only serves as
a representative of their electors with their consent.
"If they have lost their confidence or no longer wish to continue, the cost
has to be balanced against the lack of effective representation in that
ward."
Mr Brackenbury even suggested the public should have the right to sack
councillors.
He said: "MPs are discussing recall measures at the moment - maybe it's time
to look at similar measures for councillors to give power to our residents
to withdraw that consent, should they wish."

http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-gate-ex-milton-keynes-mayor-vo
uched-for-asylum-seeker-who-is-now-a-convicted-paedophile-1-6386984

TAXI LICENSE SCANDAL AT MILTON KEYNES

LICENSING OF TAXIS IN MILTON KEYNES - SCANDAL BY MAYOR - BUT STILL WONT RESIGN FROM THE COUNCIL IN MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes Taxi Licensing Scandal from Milton Keynes Borough Council


Rapist taxi driver in Milton Keynes: How this scandal unfolded and what happens now!!!!!

TO BE SAFE FROM THESE SIMPLY CALL CYBERCABZ 01908 263263

A rapist was twice given a license to drive a taxi in Milton Keynes.
The Mayor, who personally vouched for the man's good character, has now resigned. Another sex offender is still driving in the city.
This is your guide to the scandal which has rocked Milton Keynes Council.
A press conference was held at Milton Keynes Civic Offices to announce that Mayor Subhan Shafiq had stood down over revelations he personally vouched for a convicted rapist to be a city taxi driver.

Chief executive of the council Carole Mills and Leader of the council Pete Marland called the scandal a "serious issue regarding taxi licensing".
*When was the rapist driving in Milton Keynes?
Nadeem Ahmed Kiani worked as a driver from September 2011 to August 2014.
He received a private hire driver's license in 2011.
This was suspended in April 2012 but then given back to him in May 2012.
He received a Hackney Carriage license in March 2014.
Both licenses were revoked on August 22, 2014.
*What is his criminal background?
In 1991 Mr Kiani was given a conditional discharge for one year for both attempting to obtain property by deception, and theft.
In 1994 he was sentenced to eight years in prison for two buggery offences, assault with intent to commit buggery and rape. He served four years in prison.
*What is his connection to former mayor Subhan Shafiq?
Mr Shafiq told the Citizen he was not close friends with the convicted rapist and he was shocked to learn of his criminal past.
Documents seen by the Citizen say Mr Shafiq claimed that he had known Mr Kiani since childhood and could vouch for his "good current character and his family 
circumstances".
*Who gave Mr Kiani permission to drive a taxi?
He received his private hire licence from two council committees. The Hackney carriage licence was granted by an unknown council officer.
*Who else has resigned from their posts?
Lib Dem councilor Stuart Burke was chairman of the regulatory sub-committee in May 2012 and Labour councilor Gladstone McKenzie was on the panel alongside Councilor Alan Bradburn.
Mr Burke and Mr McKenzie have resigned from their posts. Mr Bradburn is no 
longer a councilor.
*Who has stepped down as a councillor?
No one.
*Are any other sex offenders driving cabs or private hire vehicles in Milton Keynes?
The Citizen understands that another sex offender is still working in the city.
An investigation by Milton Keynes Council found seven people were a "cause for concern".
Five drivers with declared convictions remain on the city's roads, while two have had their licences revoked.
One surrendered his plates voluntarily and after three interviews another has also handed back his plates. They will both no longer be allowed to drive taxis in Milton Keynes.
*What is Milton Keynes 
Council doing now?
A detailed review of all taxi license holders is underway and a new taxi licensing 
policy has been drafted up to be considered by the cabinet this month.
*Is it safe to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle in Milton Keynes?
Council Leader Pete Marland says the council are looking at every single issued taxi licence, but that "the vast 
majority are good, hard-
working people" and the small 
minority of those for concern have been identified.
*Has anyone apologized?
Ex-Mayor Mr Shafiq said he was "sorry for the situation".
The former vice-chairman of the regulatory sub-committee, Councilor McKenzie, said it was with "deepest regret" that he made the error after "many years of service to community and offered his "sincerest and most heartfelt" apologies.
Lib Dem Councilor Stuart Burke said it was with regret he decided to resign but said it was clear on reflection he made an "error of judgment".
The Lib Dems group leader, Councilor Douglas 
McCall said his members made the "honorable decision" to stand down.
*What should members of the public do if they are concerned about any of the private-hire or Hackney carriage drivers?
Call Thames Valley Police on 101.

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VIDEO: MILTON KEYNES Investigation into rapist taxi scandal findings revealed

VIDEO: Investigation into rapist taxi scandal findings revealed


An investigation into how a rapist was allowed to drive a city taxi for
three years has been detailed in a report released this morning.
Milton Keynes Council launched an Internal Audit Service following the city
cabbie scandal that emerged in August.
The findings of that taxi licensing investigation were published today.
At a press conference this morning, chief executive of the council, Carole
Mills, and leader Pete Marland told the press they wanted to "restore trust"
in the council and taxi trade.

VIDEO LINK BELOW
http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/video-investigation-into-rapist-tax
i-scandal-findings-revealed-1-6421669?utm_medium=twitter

<http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/video-investigation-into-rapist-ta
xi-scandal-findings-revealed-1-6421669?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

> &utm_source=dlvr.it

TAXI for Shafiq: Ex-Mayor of Milton Keynes linked to immigration 'racket'

Disgraced sex scandal mayor Subhan Shafiq is linked to an alleged
immigration racket that provides false documents for foreign workers, the
Citizen Newspaper can exclusively reveal.
An office at the councillor's business premises charges people £500 to
'pass' an English language test so they can be granted a UK visa.
Yet the certificates for the test, which should cost £50, are suspected
fakes with the name of the company spelled wrongly.
Mr Shafiq denies having any involvement, saying: "Rockfield Immigration just
rent a room in my premises."
This week the Citizen is handing evidence of this alleged fraud to police
and urging officers to launch an investigation into Mr Shafiq, who is a
member of the Thames Valley Police Advisory Group.
We are also echoing calls and petitions from the public for him to resign as
a councillor.
The alleged racket centres around Rockfield Immigration, one of a number of
businesses registered at a property owned by Mr Shafiq at one Wolverton
address.
At the same premises he is registered as director of a motor accident claims
company, a tuition centre, and an international aerospace company.
"Subhan has a finger in so many pies and he does things to help people that
do not always seem right. But he is a very influential man in his community
and many are scared to speak out against him," said one source.
Over the past two decades the 42-year-old stalwart of Wolverton Mosque has
risen from taxi driver to a wealthy businessman with a portfolio of rental
houses.
But when Mr Shafiq was elected as councillor four years ago he neglected to
declare some of his business interests. He became Mayor in May but his
downfall began three months later when it was discovered he had given a
reference for his friend, convicted rapist Nadeem Kiani, to receive a taxi
licence.
A whistleblower has claimed two friends paid Subhan Shafiq £500 each for
fake immigration test certificates – without even sitting an exam.
"Their English was very bad. One of them could hardly speak a word. They
didn't have to have to take the test but got the certificates anyway.
"They looked fake because there was a spelling mistake on them," said the
whistleblower, who will talk to police. "
An undercover Citizen reporter called Rockfield Immigration on Wednesday
pretending to be an employer wanting English and Life in the UK certificates
for worker's visas.
We spoke to an Akhtar Hussain and said we had dealt with a Mr Shafiq on
previous occasions.
Mr Hussain said: "Subhan Shafiq? Yes, he can do this for you. First he needs
to see your people and their paperwork.
"The next course is on November 6."
When we enquired about the cost of the test Mr Hussain said it would be
around £400- £500.
Mr Shafiq would "sort it out", he said.
http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-for-shafiq-ex-mayor-of-milton-
keynes-linked-to-immigration-racket-1-6373821

Uber Passenger Map Is A Fake. No More Than A Screen Saver.

UBER'S FAKE CAR MAP TO MAKE PEOPLE THINK THEIR ARE CARS NEAR THEIR LOCATION

If you use Uber, you’ve seen the map that comes up when you want a ride. The map shows little car graphics hovering adorably around your location and the wait time for a pickup. Once you request a ride, you can watch a little car creep closer to your destination as you wait. It’s a marvel of technology! Except it’s bullshit.

Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark, researchers studying Uber’s user interaction, discovered that the map Uber shows passengers of its available local drivers isn’t very accurate/may be intentionally misleading. I know—Uber, doing something sketchy?! We inhabit a wild world. But read on:

Rosenblat interviewed Uber drivers as research, including an Uber driver “Heather” who noticed that the passenger map wasn’t showing correct information, and published an account on Motherboard:

When Heather asked an Uber Help staff member, however, she was told that the rider map was just a “screen saver.”

“The app is simply showing there are partners on the road at the time,” the staffer wrote in an email. “This is not a representation of the exact numbers of drivers or their location. This is more of a visual effect letting people know that partners are searching for fares.”

“I know this seems a misleading to you but it is meant as more of a visual effect more than an accurate location of drivers in the area. It would be better of you to think of this as a screen saver on a computer.”

A screen saver on a computer! What a fantastic excuse. The next time anyone tells me, “Kate, the blog post you wrote is bad and you are bad,” I am going to say, “It would be better of you to think of this as a screen saver on a computer.” Ditto for if I accidentally make a seXXXt-tweet, Anthony Weiner style. “Excuse me. It is just a screen saver on a computer my friends, carry on.”

There are two different maps that Uber drivers can see: The driver map, which shows where people are requesting rides, and the passenger version, which ostensibly shows passengers where cars are but is apparently a screen saver on a computer.

Since Uber drivers have access to the driver app map as well as the passenger version, they can check the discrepancy between the two. Drivers have been wondering about why Uber puts “phantom” or “ghost” cars on passengers’ maps for a while. In one of many driver forum threads about the “ghost cars,” a driver said that Uber claimed it was just a technical issue:

This came up in our weekly virtual Uber webinar. They claim this is a new technical issue and are looking into it. Yeah, just like the ETA’s doubling after accepting it. Funny how all these ‘technical issues’ work in Uber’s favor and against drivers.

Another driver suspects that Uber was putting their car on the passenger map, even when they were signed out and not working as a driver: 

When I logged onto the rider app lat night it showed a car parked right in front of my building. It had to have been my car and I was not logged on as a driver. The ghost car was almost exactly where my car was parked. CREEPY

When Rosenblat asked about the issue, however, an Uber representative gave a very different answer:

“The map is as accurate as possible in the close vicinity of your location,” the representative wrote.

Other drivers haven’t been buying that, because they’re not stupid:

And now that this research corroborates suspicions that Uber is manipulating its passenger maps to make it look like there are more drivers, more Uber drivers are noticing:

Uber have been asked for clarification on its map/screen saver. I don’t know if we’ll get a straight answer about this, but there is a good reason why Uber would want to manipulate its passenger map results: When you open the app and see a bunch of available cars nearby, it makes it seem like it’s definitely the quickest way to get a ride, which makes Uber seem more attractive. But it's just a lie.


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TAXI-GATE: Ex-Milton Keynes Mayor vouched for asylum seeker who is now a convicted paedophile

Sex scandal mayor Subhan Shafiq has admitted giving a character reference to
ANOTHER serious sex offender - an asylum seeker who is now a convicted
paedophile.
This time Councillor Shafiq vouched for would-be cab driver Malik Aftab
Ahmed when he applied to come to the UK from Pakistan.
But after his application was granted Malik was arrested and convicted of
four counts of serious sexual assault - two of them involving a girl under
the age of 16.
He is currently serving a five-year prison sentence and will be on the sex
offenders register for life.
Mr Shafiq told the Citizen his Home Office reference was given "many years
ago" before Malik committed the offences.
"I have not spoken to this man for over five years and I am horrifed at
these offences," he said.
It is understood Ahmed worked as a taxi driver, though Milton Keynes Council
can find no record of him having a licence locally.
Mr Shafiq resigned as Mayor of Milton Keynes in August after it emerged that
a taxi driver he personally vouched for was a convicted rapist. Nadeem Ahmed
Kiani had four previous convictions for serious sexual offences, where he
and a friend worked together to threaten women with weapons before raping
them.
Although Mr Shafiq is no longer mayor he has refused to step down as a
councillor -and his party has encouraged him to stay.
Last week the Citizen exclusively revealed Mr Shafiq had been linked to an
alleged immigration racket that provides false citizenship test certificates
for foreign workers. Police have now requested to see our evidence.
On Wednesday, as the Citizen went to press, a spokesman for Lib Dem
headquarters in London vowed an "urgent investigation" would be held.
Meanwhile a Home Office spokesperson said: "We will consider all evidence we
receive concerning allegations of fraudulent behaviour in the immigration
system."
Already one leading Lib Dem has admitted Mr Shafiq may have to stand down.
Councillor Ric Brackenbury told the Citizen: "Any councillor only serves as
a representative of their electors with their consent.
"If they have lost their confidence or no longer wish to continue, the cost
has to be balanced against the lack of effective representation in that
ward."
Mr Brackenbury even suggested the public should have the right to sack
councillors.
He said: "MPs are discussing recall measures at the moment - maybe it's time
to look at similar measures for councillors to give power to our residents
to withdraw that consent, should they wish."

http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/taxi-gate-ex-milton-keynes-mayor-vo
uched-for-asylum-seeker-who-is-now-a-convicted-paedophile-1-6386984

TAXI LICENSE SCANDAL AT MILTON KEYNES

LICENSING OF TAXIS IN MILTON KEYNES - SCANDAL BY MAYOR - BUT STILL WONT RESIGN FROM THE COUNCIL IN MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes Taxi Licensing Scandal from Milton Keynes Borough Council


Rapist taxi driver in Milton Keynes: How this scandal unfolded and what happens now!!!!!

TO BE SAFE FROM THESE SIMPLY CALL CYBERCABZ 01908 263263

A rapist was twice given a license to drive a taxi in Milton Keynes.
The Mayor, who personally vouched for the man's good character, has now resigned. Another sex offender is still driving in the city.
This is your guide to the scandal which has rocked Milton Keynes Council.
A press conference was held at Milton Keynes Civic Offices to announce that Mayor Subhan Shafiq had stood down over revelations he personally vouched for a convicted rapist to be a city taxi driver.

Chief executive of the council Carole Mills and Leader of the council Pete Marland called the scandal a "serious issue regarding taxi licensing".
*When was the rapist driving in Milton Keynes?
Nadeem Ahmed Kiani worked as a driver from September 2011 to August 2014.
He received a private hire driver's license in 2011.
This was suspended in April 2012 but then given back to him in May 2012.
He received a Hackney Carriage license in March 2014.
Both licenses were revoked on August 22, 2014.
*What is his criminal background?
In 1991 Mr Kiani was given a conditional discharge for one year for both attempting to obtain property by deception, and theft.
In 1994 he was sentenced to eight years in prison for two buggery offences, assault with intent to commit buggery and rape. He served four years in prison.
*What is his connection to former mayor Subhan Shafiq?
Mr Shafiq told the Citizen he was not close friends with the convicted rapist and he was shocked to learn of his criminal past.
Documents seen by the Citizen say Mr Shafiq claimed that he had known Mr Kiani since childhood and could vouch for his "good current character and his family 
circumstances".
*Who gave Mr Kiani permission to drive a taxi?
He received his private hire licence from two council committees. The Hackney carriage licence was granted by an unknown council officer.
*Who else has resigned from their posts?
Lib Dem councilor Stuart Burke was chairman of the regulatory sub-committee in May 2012 and Labour councilor Gladstone McKenzie was on the panel alongside Councilor Alan Bradburn.
Mr Burke and Mr McKenzie have resigned from their posts. Mr Bradburn is no 
longer a councilor.
*Who has stepped down as a councillor?
No one.
*Are any other sex offenders driving cabs or private hire vehicles in Milton Keynes?
The Citizen understands that another sex offender is still working in the city.
An investigation by Milton Keynes Council found seven people were a "cause for concern".
Five drivers with declared convictions remain on the city's roads, while two have had their licences revoked.
One surrendered his plates voluntarily and after three interviews another has also handed back his plates. They will both no longer be allowed to drive taxis in Milton Keynes.
*What is Milton Keynes 
Council doing now?
A detailed review of all taxi license holders is underway and a new taxi licensing 
policy has been drafted up to be considered by the cabinet this month.
*Is it safe to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle in Milton Keynes?
Council Leader Pete Marland says the council are looking at every single issued taxi licence, but that "the vast 
majority are good, hard-
working people" and the small 
minority of those for concern have been identified.
*Has anyone apologized?
Ex-Mayor Mr Shafiq said he was "sorry for the situation".
The former vice-chairman of the regulatory sub-committee, Councilor McKenzie, said it was with "deepest regret" that he made the error after "many years of service to community and offered his "sincerest and most heartfelt" apologies.
Lib Dem Councilor Stuart Burke said it was with regret he decided to resign but said it was clear on reflection he made an "error of judgment".
The Lib Dems group leader, Councilor Douglas 
McCall said his members made the "honorable decision" to stand down.
*What should members of the public do if they are concerned about any of the private-hire or Hackney carriage drivers?
Call Thames Valley Police on 101.

Uber To Face Legal Action From GMB Ovri Drivers' Rights

App-based minicab and taxi booking service Uber is facing legal action over claims it is failing to provide basic rights to its drivers. 

The GMB union will challenge the company's claim that its workers are partners rather than employees.

The union says Uber is breaching its duty on pay, holidays, and health and safety.

The firm says making drivers employees would mean losing their flexibility, which makes the job appealing.

'Substantial pay outs'

GMB, the union which represents professional drivers, has instructed the law firm Leigh Day to take action on behalf of members driving for Uber. 

Nigel Mackay from the firm believes legal action could result in "substantial pay outs" for drivers: "We believe that it's clear from the way Uber operates that it owes the same responsibilities towards its drivers as any other employer does to its workers," he said.

"In particular, its drivers should not be denied the right to minimum wage and paid leave."

'Their own boss'

The GMB's Steve Garelick said: "Operators like Uber must understand that they have an ethical and social policy that matches society's expectations of fair and honest treatment."

Uber describes itself as a "pick-up" service that connects those needing a ride with a background-checked private driver, and takes a cut - typically 20% - of the fee.

In May, Transport for London reported the number of private hire vehicle licences had risen from 52,000 to 77,000 over the previous 12 months, and most of that increase down to new Uber drivers.

An Uber spokesman said: "One of the main reasons drivers use Uber is because they love being their own boss.

"As employees, drivers would drive set shifts, earn a fixed hourly wage, and lose the ability to drive elsewhere as well as the personal flexibility they most value."

    Source BBC News 



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