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  1. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    What seems to be the case for sure is that trials for both these services were announced at the middle of last year and indeed the mini-buses had already been purchased ever before even a licence had been applied for, let alone granted. I'm not sure I would go out and buy a £70,000 taxi without having the licence first. People will make up their own minds about this. Providing people understand or at least try to understand that the taxi trade have no problem at all with buses and scheduled services. I also infact think there should be a regular scheduled service to the airport from the north. The fact is though that the legal advice paid for independently by the private PPV industry clearly things that there was no legal justification to grant this particular licence under the Regulations associated with the 2001 Act. In simple terms this is not a private hire mini-bus but a Section 25 bus licence which we believe should not be allowed to run. That's not because I or any else that I know is being bitchy about it, but because of the licensing regulations. I hope I've explained that fairly clear. I don't work in a clerical job so I can only try my best.
  2. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Cheers. I appreciate your words. :-)
  3. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Hi John Hope you are doing ok and sorry to read on here you have not been too good as of late. I don't really have much more to add to this debate on here now, but you will understand with your employment background that a Section 25 Bus Licence has regulations attached to it's operations. Hopefully you will too understand that when the Act was written in 2000/2001 that the concept of booking a bus (forget minibuses as that's simply the type of transportation used for this particular service) would be by phone or app and the bus could pick you up from your house and also pick other customers THAT ARE NOT PRE-BOOKED along the way (if it wished), would have no fixed routes or variable routes and the Pre-determined journey limit is the entire island. This is not a private hire licence. This is a bus licence with not just all the criteria of a standard bus but also of a taxi. A Taxi (Ply for Hire) can only have a maximum of 8 seats and does not have all the freedoms of a DOI Bus. At the very least the granting of the licence is in contradiction to the Act. The unfair competition is a separate argument. What the Act says. *****25 Licence for regular service***** “regular service” means a service (not being an excursion), provided on more than one occasion, for the carriage of passengers at separate fares on either a predetermined route or a variable route which falls within predetermined limits, whether passengers are taken up or set down at predetermined stopping places or on demand.
  4. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    It is the patient transfer service. It is a door to door service and this one is being rolled out from the north. The home pick ups whilst amazing for passengers I guess means that there is no Pre-determined route and the all-island part is in contradiction I believe to Pre-determined limits. The actual approval letter was much longer than this paste.
  5. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    You make no sense at all and add nothing to a debate. It's because of people like you I rarely ever come on here and I lied about you being funny.
  6. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Thanks. You're really funny.
  7. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Manipulation. I think so. The DOI is a Transport Operator as well as the Transport Regulator. The Chairman of Travelwatch is the Chairman of the RTLC. It was never going to be easy.
  8. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    There was trials announced last year ever before the applications were even produced. I have fought the applications for over 6 months now and am surprised actually certainly the All Island one was approved. Genuinely. Not disappointed. Surprised. I did a phone interview on Talking Heads today. Have a listen. It'll explain why I was surprised.
  9. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    This question was in relation to picking up non-booked jobs in a private hire I think. It's all fine until there is an accident. When the insurance company wants the documented records to pay a compo claim and they are not in place. There's the problem. Apologies if I answered the wrong question.
  10. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Insurance is the issue. Private Hire on the island is open to abuse because of the lack or regulation. An old saying I like. "you can drive a car on bald tires, but will it stop".
  11. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Kopek. I seen you posted somewhere and asked if the taxi trade had missed a trick. No is the answer. What has happened here is that the DHSS have taken back patient transfers from the Red Cross and the Service Providers (Taxi and Private Hire firms) That's fair enough as far as I'm concerned but the concept that buses drive to people's houses and pick them up (including the airport patient transfers) has never been considered before under a Section 25 Regular Service Licence. The criteria for that service within the Act (Law) does not appear to support it. That's all I'm saying. I question the decision by the RTLC because the legal advice we received is opposite to what was decided.
  12. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Technical. Couldn't possibly say. Public safety though is always number 1
  13. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Uber would not need a licence. They would simply need licenced drivers in Operator Registered cars and all cars would have to be tested annually.
  14. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    This is regarding buses or am I missing a joke?
  15. Bazza Smurf

    Red Cross lose contract for patient transfer

    Yes he took me to Kirk Michael recently at 0100
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