& We’re not going anywhere
Firstly, thanks for checking out Taxiapp. Now, we know you’re probably thinking… Do we need another hailing app? Honest answer, we don’t. Not one like the others at any rate. That’s why we’re different.
We’re the only cabbie owned app. The only one that’s a not for profit. The only one committed to protecting the trade. It’s our livelihoods the same as it’s yours. And we don’t want the corporates calling the shots.
We’ll be honest, running the app isn’t free. Advertising. PR. Upgrades. It all adds up. That’s why we charge £20 a month. All of us pay it, no one gets a free ride.
Buttas, Veterans, Mushers and Renters alike. We don’t want to see our trade hijacked by moneymen. So we’ve all come together to fight back. And at 67p a day, you won’t find a better value fight.
This is your app and your trade. We have the tech to compete in the market now. The success of the app is in our own hands. As is the future of London’s black cab trade.
How to join us in making a stand
- Download the App from App store or Google store.
- Open the App and ‘ALLOW’ us to send you ‘Notifications’ and ‘Access your Location’ when prompted.
- Enter your mobile number and tap ‘REQUEST CODE’. You will receive an SMS, enter the number and press ‘DONE’.
- Next you will need a suitable photo of yourself and your Cab Driver Licence (bill) showing the licensing area. Once you have completed your details, you will be redirected to GoCardless to set up a direct debit mandate for £20.00 per month for the membership fee.
- We will verify your documents and once we have your GoCardless mandate your App will be activated. You will receive a text message once your App is activated.
- When you open the App for the first time and ‘Start Shift’ you will be prompted to enter an IBAN number for your bank so that we can pay you for In App jobs. You will find your IBAN number on your bank statement or you can contact you bank who will be able to advise. Please enter this correctly as mistakes are hard to rectify.
- You will then be free to accept jobs on the App. Drivers are paid weekly.
Taxiapp Secondary Rules
Taxiapp’s view that every driver should have an equal opportunity to offer their services to bring progressive ideas to help build a forward thinking technology driving business, that will lead the taxi industry into new arenas, by actively contributing free time on a voluntary basis.
1. Taxiapp’s Core Values
2. Taxiapp’s core values are the fundamental principles that dictate Taxiapp working in the interests of their members.
3.a. Every member is an equal owner of the Co-operative.
3.b. Taxiapp cannot be sold for a profit.
3.c. No PHV on Taxiapp.
4. Member’s voting rights
4.1.a. Board of Director’s. (Reference rules 8.1&2 & 12)
4.1.b. Changes to the Core Values.
4.1.c. Sub Committee. (Reference rules 7.2 & 12)
4.1.d. Working practices that are not within the taxi industry.
5.1. The procedure to vote on changing the following. Core Values. Rules changes. Working Practice that are not within the taxi industry.
5.2. Proposed changes by Member’s require full procedural rules to be followed, that being; in the first instance a request should be submitted to the Sub Committee together with a detailed written explanation for the request.
5.3. The Sub Committee will review the request and their decision is final and conclusive whether it should be submitted to the Board of Directors at the next official Board meeting.
5.4. The Board of Directors on receiving a Change request may debate the request and may vote on the proposed Change.
5.5. The Board may decide if the Change should be submitted to the members to vote.
5.6. Proposed changes to one or more of the Core Values may be voted on, subject to the Boards decision, once procedure has been followed. The vote would require an EGM and only if the proposed change benefits the members.
6. Taxiapp political policy
6.1. Taxiapp is politically neutral and will not endorse nor campaign against any organisation, association, union, political party within or outside of the taxi trade.
7.1. The Sub-Committee will be selected in the first year from Taxiapp’s PR Group. Members would have been active in the Group for a minimum of 6 months. At every subsequent annual general meeting one-third of the Sub Committee, or if the number Is not a multiple of three then the number nearest to one-third, shall retire from office. The Sub Committee to retire shall be the Sub Committee who have been longest in office since their last election. Where Sub Committee have held office for the same amount of time the Sub Committee to retire shall be decided by a lot. A retiring Sub Committee member shall be eligible for re-election.
7.2. Members who have actively contributed to Taxiapp,by a voluntary minimum of two hours per week. May be permitted to stand for election to the Sub Committee by stating their case of the role they wish to take on and how will they will improve Taxiapp by their contribution.
7.3. The Sub Committee will comprise of a maximum of nine members [or less]. At the discretion of the Board of Directors.
7.4. Directors will delegate and direct jobs to the Sub-Committee. Members of the Sub-Committee must be actively engaged on working to to improve Taxiapp or may be deselected by the Board of Directors.
7.5. One member of the Sub-Committee can be elected by the Sub-Committee to represent them at Board meetings. The period will last a maximum of one term equalling one calendar year.
7.6. Each year the Sub-Committee will elect a new member to represent them on the Board. If a representative, for any reason, leaves the position before the completion of the year, a new vote will take place in order to fill the position until the end of the year. The replacement will be eligible to stand for re-election for an entire year at the next vote.
7.7. The duties of the member elected by the Sub Committee will be to make representation of the Sub Committee at Board meetings and to report back to the Sub Committee decisions of the Board of Directors. The Sub Committee member has no voting rights at Board of Director meetings.
7.8. On completion of a full year, as the representative of the Sub-Committee, the member will be entitled to stand for election to Board of Directors at the AGM.
7.9. The Board of Directors may at any time fill a casual vacancy on the Sub Committee by co-option. Co-opted individuals must be Members of the Co-operative and will hold the position as Sub Committee only until the next general meeting.
8. Election to the board of Directors.
8.1.* At the first annual general meeting all Directors shall stand down ***(and automatically re elected). At every subsequent annual general meeting one-third of the Board of Directors, or if the number Is not a multiple of three then the number nearest to one-third, shall retire from office. The Directors to retire shall be the Directors who have been longest in office since their last election. Where Directors have held office for the same amount of time the Director to retire shall be decided by a lot. A retiring Director shall be eligible for re-election.
8.2. Only members that are retired Board members and the representative of the Sub-Committee are permitted to stand for election to the Board of Directors.
8.3. The Board of Directors can choose to increase or decrease the amount of Directors by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.
8.4. If for any reason more than one Board member chooses not re stand for election to the Board, the shortfall in Board positions may be made up from the Sub Committee.
9. Directors Voting
9.1. All Directors must be given an opportunity to vote by any means on voting proposals. A simple **majority of 51% shall be valid and effective. The majority vote is final and conclusive.
9.2.* In the case of equality of votes the status quo shall be maintained.
10. Powers and Duties of Directors
10.1. Within the rules of the Co-operative, the day-to-day running of Taxiapp will be managed by the Board of Directors and can exercise such powers, without limits, in the interests of Taxiapp.
10.2. Transactions that incorporate purchase and/or selling of assets over one million pounds sterling may require the vote of the members.
11. Directors job description
11.1. Directors will be given a title and job description that they will be expected to fulfil – updates will be reviewed at Board meetings and the AGM.
11.2. Members standing for election, to become Directors, must state their case of the role they wish to take on and how they will improve Taxiapp.
12. Members voting
12.1. Each member of Taxiapp is given one vote.
12.2. All members will be notified of voting resolutions prior to the AGM and voting will be conducted by electronic means (only) post AGM.
13.1. Means any Board of Director appointed to perform the duties of the Secretary of the Co-operative.
13.2. Duties to include but not limited to attending Co-operative causes, keeping up with rule changes and implementing the rules of Taxiapp and the Co-operative
14. Help and Advice
14.1. Taxiapp will make every effort to help and advise members with disputes within the taxi industry. Taxiapp have no legal obligation to help and advise members.
15. Secondary Rules of Taxiapp
15.1. The Co-operative rules and Taxiapp’s secondary rules can be viewed. www.taxiapp.uk.com secondary rules are subject to change at any time.
** majority of 51% of votes cast. Abstentions do not count in tallying the vote negatively or positively.