London transport regulator strips Ola’s operating licence over public safety failings

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By Rebekah Mathew

(Reuters) – London’s public transport authority stripped Indian ride-hailing company Ola of its London operating licence, saying that the taxi app was not “fit and proper” to hold one, having put passenger safety at risk.

Bengaluru-based Ola entered the London taxi market in February this year. The market is dominated by rivals including Uber <UBER.N>, Freenow and Bolt, and traditional black cab drivers who previously blocked streets in protest at what they see as a threat to their livelihoods.

Transport for London (TfL) said in a statement that it refused to grant Ola, a Softbank-backed <9984.T> operator, a new London private hire vehicle (PHV) operator’s licence as it “cannot find it fit and proper to hold one after discovering a number of failures that could have risked public safety.”

TfL’s decision came days after Uber won a legal bid to restore its London operating licence, which was taken away over safety concerns, after a judge ruled that the company was a fit and proper operator despite “historical failings”.

TfL said it had discovered a number of failures in Ola’s operations, including breaches of its licensing regime, which led to unlicensed drivers and vehicles undertaking more than 1,000 passenger trips on the platform’s behalf.

Ola was also accused of failing to notify Tfl of the breaches when they were first identified.

“Ola can continue to operate pending the outcome of any appeal process”, TfL said, adding that Ola had 21 days to appeal against TfL’s decision.

In an emailed statement, Ola said it was working with TfL during the review period and “have sought to provide assurances and address the issues raised in an open and transparent manner”.

“Ola will take the opportunity to appeal this decision”, the company said, adding it would continue to operate as normal.

Choosing The Best Suitable Colour for Your LED Strips

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Nowadays there is a wide variety of LED strips, available in the market. The most commonly used strips are RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colour. By mixing these three colours, any colour can be created. The intensity of each colour must be controlled, in order to mix the colours and create the desire outcome. LED strips are used in lighting design, specially in coves or building exteriors to create an artistic view and different moods in the space.

Apart from RGB strips there are more colours available in the market, such as cool white or warm white colour. Cool white is suggested for using in office or kitchen. Warm white is nice for the living room or TV area. If there is an area used both as TV area or reading, natural white colour can be used.

A quite new technology is the RGBW LED strip, which combines the Red, Green and Blue colours with the White colour. With this extra fixture, the user can create a clear white colour. Previously, that was not possible, as by mixing only the Red, Green and Blue colours the White colour is not very clear. This RGBW LED strip consists of two different chips, an RGB SMD5050 chip and a white chip, installed at the strip line and sold as RGBW strip.

Today, an innovative technology of the LED chip 5050, which combines red, green, blue and white colours (RGBW), is available in the market. This chip combines all in one SMD5050 package chip. Unfortunately, as it is the newest technology on LED strips, it is quite expensive. Though it is expected to become the new “must have” in lighting design.

Another brand new technology, concerning the LED strips, is the constant current 24V LED strip series. This strip can be installed in longer …