“Cos now GDPR is cleaning out ma closet”… apologies to Eminem

Its not even spring anymore and yet I am enjoying a proper spring clean. I have written in my last few blogs about The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming to get they are coming. Well now that they are here, I had forgotten the that as well as all the work that we business […]

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Rise of the machines. PHTM Article

As I prepare this article, my office is also preparing for the PHTM exhibition, and I am reminded about the changes that I have seen as an exhibitor, over the last twenty years. From being surrounded in the early days by chammy leathers and circuit radio sellers to being flanked by tech companies. In the […]

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The Gary Jacobs Blog April 2018

As I write this column the LHPCA are waiting to hear the results of their challenge TFL in the high court regarding the crippling and divisive new operator fees. I believe the results will be in as Pro Driver goes to press. I wish all involved every luck in their endeavours, let’s hope we can […]

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The Gary Jacobs Christmas Blog 2017

Not a London Cabbie Writes: I’m Ubercus. Uber is a taxi service according to European law. A landmark case settled recently that is setting the bar for those companies waiting in the wings to take their disruptive technology crown.This could be the first of the big gig economy legislations that will impact on us all. […]

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Advice on Chauffeur Trading Models

This month I have been dealing a great deal with chauffeur trading models and their effect on VAT. It seems that for many in the Private Hire and chauffeur world, planning is a dirty word (I say many but thankfully not all). We can’t really go in to too much detail here because everyone and […]

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Keep Talking ‘Appy Talk

There are some problems regarding the use of APPs (which are of course becoming ubiquitous with our trade), some technical and some ethical and not necessarily in a way you would expect. For operators, it is the effect on their VAT position. There is already much debate and a little confusion on the specifics of […]

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Do robot cars dream of electric drivers?

For drivers, the end of our trade that haunts so many of our sleeps is going to have to be postponed for a while. As we relook at the practicality of driverless cars. It seems that Apple’s driverless project has hit a brick wall. Apple have announced a strategy shift and has fired hundreds of […]

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Help for the Disadvantaged

A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been launched today. People from disadvantaged groups face challenges that many others do not – such as having to work around childcare requirements, lack of formal qualifications or gaps in their employment history. Ministers want to help […]

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Making Tax Digital will be the Biggest Thing to Affect Drivers in this Industry since Licensing

HMRC claim that five million people are now using digital personal tax accounts (PTAs) as part of the campaign to move all tax submissions online. Making Tax Digital is supposed to end the tax return as we know it, with solely digital quarterly returns scheduled to be in effect by 2018. Personal tax accounts, launched […]

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Why the New IR 35 Ruling will Affect Us

From April 6th, public sector clients will be required to check whether their contractors pass IR35 using a new online tool yet to go live on HMRC’s website. It’s a pretty uncomfortable time for contractors to say the least; they are expected to continue as normal when their employment status is placed under the microscope. […]

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