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Post by Aftab on Thu 18 Sep 2008 - 17:46

PCO Notice 30/08

Transport for London Public Carriage Office

Under bonnet fires in TX4s

Taxi manufacturer LTI has informed the Public Carriage Office of a number of engine fires in TX4s with a ‘56’ registration. The manufacturer is recalling all London TX4s in this registration range to allow further investigation and a thorough safety check of the engine compartment components. While there have been no injuries to date, measures are being put in place to minimise the risk to both passengers and drivers.

There is a need to inspect all ‘56’ registered TX4 taxis, and LTI will be contacting owners to arrange these checks. In particular, owners of very early production TX4 taxis (VIN range 200000 to 200500) will be contacted to bring the vehicles in for immediate inspection before continuing using them for passenger service.

TfL/PCO will make facilities available at Penton Street for LTI to carry out some of these inspections and LTI will also make arrangements with its main dealers to use their facilities to carry out inspections and any necessary repairs.

Based upon LTI’s advice, the PCO requires all of the vehicles in-scope, that is ‘56’ registered TX4 taxis, to have completed the LTI check and to be signed off by LTI, and for this to be noted by the PCO. The early production vehicles (see VIN range above) must be signed off by LTI by Friday 19 September and the rest of the ‘56’ registrations by Friday 26 September.

Any vehicle not signed off by LTI may have its licence suspended by the Licensing Authority and will therefore be unfit for passenger service.

LTI further advises all taxi drivers that, in the event of smoke originating in the engine compartment of any cab, the driver stops the cab; removes him/herself and any passengers from the cab; does not lift the bonnet; and calls the fire brigade.


Ed Thompson Taxi & Private Hire Director
12th September 2008
For previous PCO Notices visit tfl.gov.uk/pco


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Post by Aftab on Thu 18 Sep 2008 - 17:51

London taxis recalled in fire alert
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hV-Ub-wDB8DGH7Kbq9dKk6jHJoMA
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LONDON (AFP) — Hundreds of London black taxi cabs are being called in for checks because they keep bursting into flames, authorities said Wednesday.

Around 600 of the black cabs, a British icon, will undergo safety checks over the coming days following a series of engine fires, Transport for London (TfL) said.

Seven under-bonnet fires have occurred in the past three months, the BBC reported, affecting TX4 model taxis registered between September 2006 and March 2007.

"The manufacturer is recalling all TX4s in this registration range to allow further investigation and a thorough safety check of the vehicles' engines which must be carried out within the next two weeks," a TfL spokesman said.

"The safety of London's black cab drivers and their passengers is our top priority. We have therefore written to all affected taxi owners to advise them that we will suspend the licence of any cab which has not passed this inspection by the deadline set."

If investigations left any doubt as to the safety of the cabs involved, "we may have to withdraw our approval of this type of vehicle. We simply cannot take any chances when it comes to safety," the spokesman added.

There are about 21,000 black taxi cabs in London.
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Post by stf on Tue 23 Sep 2008 - 17:19

Furious taxi drivers told faulty cabs must stay off the road


Published Date: 23 September 2008
By FAY WINTER
DOZENS of taxi drivers have been told their vehicles may be off the road indefinitely because of a fault which can cause them to burst into flames.
A total of 44 TX4-type cabs have been taken off the streets in Edinburgh, and yesterday those affected were "red-stickered", which saw them issued with a notice branding them "unfit for purpose".

David Gillan, 45, and his brother Robert, 36, share a taxi affiliated to Central Taxis.

Robert was driving the taxi when it caught fire on Frogston Road West in February and the pair are trying to recoup 10,000 of lost earnings and expenses caused by the faulty cab.

They had the vehicle repaired, and it was checked along with all affected TX4s by the Edinburgh Cab Office last week, only for it to be taken off the road again yesterday.

David said: "It came across the meter that all the cab drivers were to go into the office.

"Now I can't use the vehicle until further notice. It is my sole income and it is very difficult to get my head round it. I'm just worrying how I'm going to put food on the table for my family.

"Until such time (cab makers] LTI can guarantee these taxis are not going to catch fire again, none of us are working. They don't know what the problem is."

The problem, which affects TX4 cabs with a 56 registration, has also hit 500 cabs in London.

Mr Gillan said Transport for London was discussing compensation for the London taxi drivers affected, but said there had been no similar moves in Edinburgh.

Another driver, who did not want to be named, said: "All TX4 black cabs have been ordered back to the cab office.

"They've never done this before. The drivers are livid. They had the clean bill of health when they were checked out last week."

LTI has launched an investigation into the cause of the fires, which have affected at least two Edinburgh cabs.

A spokesman for LTI said: "LTI appreciates the seriousness of this situation and the impact this decision will have on drivers and owners and would like to assure customers that it is applying every effort to resolve the problem.

"An extensive study is being conducted involving both LTI and external expert engineers to establish the root cause of and liability for the problem.

"We recommend that drivers of the affected '56' plate vehicles make arrangements to share or rent another black cab to mitigate their losses and retain an accurate record of any costs incurred. When the engineering investigation has established liability LTI will be able to advise affected drivers of what compensation will be available and from whom."

Edinburgh City Council confirmed 44 vehicles were taken off the road. Lothian and Borders Police, which runs the cab office, made no comment.

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Post by stf on Tue 23 Sep 2008 - 17:30

Over six hundred taxi-cabs have been taken off the road & confusion is rife amongst the ranks of London's taxi-cab drivers.

A manufacturer that hasn't identified the fault & a regulator in the Public Carriage Office that could have acted much sooner.

Here at the London Daily News we support the plight of the innocent taxi-cab drivers who have effectively been left to ring around taxi garages in the hope they may find a spare taxi-cab to rent, but who's paying their bills?

What of compensation and what of legal action, surely it would be better for all those effected to join together in one action against the party at fault here.

A united front is required by all the drivers and one trade organisation should do the right thing and take a lead. For far too long the hard working driver has sat back and stayed silent in the face of incompetence and adversity.

The time may well be nearing when younger intelligent leaders will come to the fore and save the one institution that London can be rightly proud of and that is it's Taxi-cab drivers.

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Post by Aftab on Sun 28 Sep 2008 - 18:15

Found this on TDO forum
UPDATE ON TX4 UNDER BONNET FIRES

LTI have been carrying out a full and thorough investigation into the cause of the twelve under bonnet fires that have occurred over the last few months. LTI have employed independent fire investigators, the leading engineering company Ricardo and VM Motori, the manufacturer of the TX4 engine to assist them in the examination into the cause of the under bonnet fires.

LTI have identified a range of solutions designed to stop the type of under bonnet fire that has been experienced in the twelve early TX4s occurring.

The PCO and Licensing Authorities have been kept informed during the process of investigation and rectification. PCO officials are reviewing the results and considering the rework programme that LTI has proposed to enable drivers to begin using their TX4s that were affected by the suspension of their licenses.

LTI will carry out the following actions:

Replace the Exhaust Gas Recirculation pipe
Fit a thermal sleeve to the Exhaust Gas Recirculation pipe
Install a heat shield over the Exhaust Gas Recirculation pipe
Replace the bulkhead Noise Vibration and Harshness pad with one of a new design and material
Thoroughly inspect all pipe runs and wiring for evidence of unusual wear and replace as necessary
To rebuild driver confidence in the TX4, LTI will also fit a fire suppression system.

LTI have employed the services of Sigma who are a specialist rework company in the automotive industry and very experienced in carrying out corrective action programmes. Sigma will initially be based at Mann & Overton London on a day and night shift and will utilise thirty ramps and sixty technicians to initially rework approximately 50 vehicles per 24 hour period.

Drivers will be contacted by LTI in ascending VIN number order and will be requested to leave their vehicle at Mann & Overton for the day or night for the work to be carried out. It is important that drivers adhere to the booking system to avoid similar scenes at Mann & Overton when drivers tried to queue jump the inspection process. Only by following the designated process can LTI be assured that they have correctly reworked all the affected vehicles in the fastest possible time.

Once this rework process has begun in London it will immediately be extended to the regions to rework the vehicles outside of London as well.

LTI apologise again for the inconvenience caused and will work to ensure that the rework programme can be carried out in the shortest possible time.

ENDS

News release issued on behalf of LTI Vehicles by Connect PR. For further information call Lee Southen on 01902 714957 or email lee@connect-group.com.


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