Hackney Cab drivers launch £1 to town scheme

Bucks Free Press: Hackney Cab spokesman and driver Ghulam Rasool Hackney Cab spokesman and driver Ghulam Rasool

CAB drivers are launching an innovative scheme in a bid to educate residents about the difference between Hackney taxis and private-hire vehicles.

Residents that flag down a Hackney Cab that is available for hire and is heading towards High Wycombe will be taken into town for just £1 per head between 9am and 4pm up until December 31.

It is part of a scheme by the Hackney drivers to raise awareness about the difference between their cabs – which people can hail from the roadside – and private-hire cars, which prominently need to be pre-booked.

Hackney Cab spokesman and driver Ghulam Rasool said: “It appears no-one seems to know that they can just hail us in the street, a lot of people think they have to walk to a taxi-rank or book us.

“We are just like the black cabs in London, if you’re walking down the road and see us, just wave us down and we can pick you up.

“We felt with Christmas coming up, and people needing to go into town for shopping, this was the perfect time to do this and give something back to the community.”

If the scheme proves popular the Hackney Cab trade has not ruled out making the town for a pound programme a permanent fixture.

There are about 100 Hackney Cabs operating in the Wycombe district, split evenly between saloon cars with large white taxi signs on the roof and traditional-looking ‘London black cabs’.

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12:22pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Catflap says...

am i missing something here but don't all taxi's have a large white sign on them. I don't think i would know the difference. Also the public adverts repeatedly advise against flagging down a taxi and recommend that you only use pre-booked cabs.
am i missing something here but don't all taxi's have a large white sign on them. I don't think i would know the difference. Also the public adverts repeatedly advise against flagging down a taxi and recommend that you only use pre-booked cabs. Catflap
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12:40pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Welwyn Dowd says...

I'd happily pay more than £1 if the driver promised not to use his mobile phone while he was driving. Also I've yet to see a black London-style cab on the station rank - I can't believe thare are 50 in Wycombe.
I'd happily pay more than £1 if the driver promised not to use his mobile phone while he was driving. Also I've yet to see a black London-style cab on the station rank - I can't believe thare are 50 in Wycombe. Welwyn Dowd
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1:18pm Wed 7 Nov 12

MOCOB says...

Very innovative - hackney cabs will almost certainly have been picked up from one of the town ranks; they will returning empty to town to rejoin the rank and await the next fare. If they can pick up someone on the way, even a £1 is a £1 more than they would otherwise get, for driving almost the same journey!
Unlike London cabs, the local cabs do not drive round, making themselves available to be hailed - you have to go to a rank to find one.
Very innovative - hackney cabs will almost certainly have been picked up from one of the town ranks; they will returning empty to town to rejoin the rank and await the next fare. If they can pick up someone on the way, even a £1 is a £1 more than they would otherwise get, for driving almost the same journey! Unlike London cabs, the local cabs do not drive round, making themselves available to be hailed - you have to go to a rank to find one. MOCOB
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1:37pm Wed 7 Nov 12

ivor says...

The 'pound to town' scheme is an excellent idea.
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As far as I am concerned the taxi drivers are one of groups that can be considered the heroes of Wycombe as they do such a good job for our town.
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Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page.
The 'pound to town' scheme is an excellent idea. ~ As far as I am concerned the taxi drivers are one of groups that can be considered the heroes of Wycombe as they do such a good job for our town. ~ Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “BLOGS” link at the top of the page. ivor
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2:22pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Stalemate says...

Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me:

Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages?

One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam?

I have got number plates if that would help?
Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me: Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages? One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam? I have got number plates if that would help? Stalemate
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2:35pm Wed 7 Nov 12

realist_highwycombe says...

Stalemate wrote:
Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me:

Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages?

One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam?

I have got number plates if that would help?
Well stalemate instead of spouting stuff like the above on here, if you have numberplates why not report it to the council and police so they can take action?

I think its a great idea.

The confusion can sometimes lie due to the style of cab used. The city where I am originally from has a rule that "Hackney Cabs" must be proper "Cabs". I.E. The London Style TX1 etc.

This way everyone knows and is familiar with the taxis they can hail whereas the private hires are all normal cars.

A good idea though and hope it takes off
[quote][p][bold]Stalemate[/bold] wrote: Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me: Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages? One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam? I have got number plates if that would help?[/p][/quote]Well stalemate instead of spouting stuff like the above on here, if you have numberplates why not report it to the council and police so they can take action? I think its a great idea. The confusion can sometimes lie due to the style of cab used. The city where I am originally from has a rule that "Hackney Cabs" must be proper "Cabs". I.E. The London Style TX1 etc. This way everyone knows and is familiar with the taxis they can hail whereas the private hires are all normal cars. A good idea though and hope it takes off realist_highwycombe
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2:40pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Judge 2 says...

Stalemate wrote:
Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me:

Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages?

One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam?

I have got number plates if that would help?
If I was a young asian taxi driver, I would feel offended by your comment.

If you feel someone, taxi driver or otherwise is providing a taxi at a totally unacceptable price or he isn't a register taxi, then you can forward the details to the council and they will look into your claim. The council is very strict in enforcing the conditions and on stamping out illegally operating taxi / drivers.

Posting this to a spokesman isn't the way to channel any concerns you have.

I use my taxi provider on a regular basis, and it is a young asian driver who is smart, trustworthy and honest with the fare
[quote][p][bold]Stalemate[/bold] wrote: Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me: Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages? One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam? I have got number plates if that would help?[/p][/quote]If I was a young asian taxi driver, I would feel offended by your comment. If you feel someone, taxi driver or otherwise is providing a taxi at a totally unacceptable price or he isn't a register taxi, then you can forward the details to the council and they will look into your claim. The council is very strict in enforcing the conditions and on stamping out illegally operating taxi / drivers. Posting this to a spokesman isn't the way to channel any concerns you have. I use my taxi provider on a regular basis, and it is a young asian driver who is smart, trustworthy and honest with the fare Judge 2
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2:50pm Wed 7 Nov 12

ArnyP_HW says...

An excellent idea.

My only regret is that I don't walk in the direction of town very often but well worth knowing in case I am in that situation.
An excellent idea. My only regret is that I don't walk in the direction of town very often but well worth knowing in case I am in that situation. ArnyP_HW
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8:22pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Judge 2 says...

Where have all the comments gone?
Where have all the comments gone? Judge 2
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1:17am Thu 8 Nov 12

Hackney Trade says...

Welwyn Dowd wrote:
I'd happily pay more than £1 if the driver promised not to use his mobile phone while he was driving. Also I've yet to see a black London-style cab on the station rank - I can't believe thare are 50 in Wycombe.
Hi,
You don't see the London style cab on the train station rank because chiltern railways won't issue the permits for them to park there. They are discriminating these vehicles where the government is promoting them because they are wheelchair access vehicles. You will find them all parked on the High Street taxi rank.
[quote][p][bold]Welwyn Dowd[/bold] wrote: I'd happily pay more than £1 if the driver promised not to use his mobile phone while he was driving. Also I've yet to see a black London-style cab on the station rank - I can't believe thare are 50 in Wycombe.[/p][/quote]Hi, You don't see the London style cab on the train station rank because chiltern railways won't issue the permits for them to park there. They are discriminating these vehicles where the government is promoting them because they are wheelchair access vehicles. You will find them all parked on the High Street taxi rank. Hackney Trade
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1:22am Thu 8 Nov 12

Hackney Trade says...

Stalemate wrote:
Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me:

Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages?

One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam?

I have got number plates if that would help?
The Hackney taxis cannot charge £20 for one mile because they are metered taxis and for one mile at that time the fare would be about £5.00.
[quote][p][bold]Stalemate[/bold] wrote: Ghulam, could you answer a couple of questions for me: Its about the cabs that are out in High Wycombe town-centre after 2am on a Saturday and Sunday morning. You know, the ones that slow down near any pedestrian that is still out and offers them a lift 1 mile down the road for £20, are they private hire or hackney carriages? One more question, with regard to other cars, out at about the same time, and driven by young asian males, that sometimes just look like someone's car and not a taxi at all, and slows down to a stop near anyone passed out on the pavement, bundles them into the back seat, rifles their pockets for all their cash and drops them one mile down the road, are they private hire vehicles or hackney carriages Ghulam? I have got number plates if that would help?[/p][/quote]The Hackney taxis cannot charge £20 for one mile because they are metered taxis and for one mile at that time the fare would be about £5.00. Hackney Trade
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1:43am Thu 8 Nov 12

Jessica Ws says...

I would just like to thank the Hackney Trade for coming up with such a unique idea. I am a local who uses the buses on a daily basis and it is quite tiring waiting around for buses which are often late. This would atleast give me the comfort of knowing i can flag down a Hackney taxi which I never knew and also only £1! I always see Hackney taxis driving by and I will definitely be taking advantage of this new scheme.
Once again, well done and thanks!
I would just like to thank the Hackney Trade for coming up with such a unique idea. I am a local who uses the buses on a daily basis and it is quite tiring waiting around for buses which are often late. This would atleast give me the comfort of knowing i can flag down a Hackney taxi which I never knew and also only £1! I always see Hackney taxis driving by and I will definitely be taking advantage of this new scheme. Once again, well done and thanks! Jessica Ws
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2:15am Thu 8 Nov 12

Lividov says...

These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...
These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ... Lividov
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7:22pm Thu 8 Nov 12

300Aylesbury says...

Never mind the £1 into Wycombe, its the fare coming out that should be imprroved, they are shocking compared to private hire vehicles. You will also be guaranteed a roller coaster ride too as they wizz back to get back on the rank!
Never mind the £1 into Wycombe, its the fare coming out that should be imprroved, they are shocking compared to private hire vehicles. You will also be guaranteed a roller coaster ride too as they wizz back to get back on the rank! 300Aylesbury
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11:39pm Thu 8 Nov 12

BOOKERite says...

Lividov wrote:
These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...
I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious.
[quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...[/p][/quote]I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious. BOOKERite
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6:45pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Hackney Trade says...

300Aylesbury wrote:
Never mind the £1 into Wycombe, its the fare coming out that should be imprroved, they are shocking compared to private hire vehicles. You will also be guaranteed a roller coaster ride too as they wizz back to get back on the rank!
Hackney Taxis might be a £1 or £2 more expensive but for the convenience of the customer it is there to be hired immediately whereas you can wait for a private hire vehicle sometimes anything from 30 minutes to an hour. This is not good service especially when it is raining or freezing cold.
[quote][p][bold]300Aylesbury[/bold] wrote: Never mind the £1 into Wycombe, its the fare coming out that should be imprroved, they are shocking compared to private hire vehicles. You will also be guaranteed a roller coaster ride too as they wizz back to get back on the rank![/p][/quote]Hackney Taxis might be a £1 or £2 more expensive but for the convenience of the customer it is there to be hired immediately whereas you can wait for a private hire vehicle sometimes anything from 30 minutes to an hour. This is not good service especially when it is raining or freezing cold. Hackney Trade
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6:50pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Hackney Trade says...

BOOKERite wrote:
Lividov wrote:
These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...
I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious.
Your probably a private hire vehicle driver. The best drivers are the Hackney Taxi drivers.
[quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...[/p][/quote]I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious.[/p][/quote]Your probably a private hire vehicle driver. The best drivers are the Hackney Taxi drivers. Hackney Trade
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5:54pm Sat 10 Nov 12

gotanybiscuits? says...

Lividov wrote:
These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...
Sounds useful.

But not for me.
I think I'll stick to travelling in a vehicle that obeys most of the 'rules of the road', most of the time.
[quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...[/p][/quote]Sounds useful. But not for me. I think I'll stick to travelling in a vehicle that obeys most of the 'rules of the road', most of the time. gotanybiscuits?
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6:16pm Sat 10 Nov 12

BOOKERite says...

Hackney Trade wrote:
BOOKERite wrote:
Lividov wrote:
These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...
I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious.
Your probably a private hire vehicle driver. The best drivers are the Hackney Taxi drivers.
No I'm not actually. I am just a driver who spends most of the time trying to avoid them around the streets of High Wycombe. I do occasionly use taxi's but haven't a clue how to order a Hackney cab. Perhaps you could give me a telephone number?
[quote][p][bold]Hackney Trade[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...[/p][/quote]I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious.[/p][/quote]Your probably a private hire vehicle driver. The best drivers are the Hackney Taxi drivers.[/p][/quote]No I'm not actually. I am just a driver who spends most of the time trying to avoid them around the streets of High Wycombe. I do occasionly use taxi's but haven't a clue how to order a Hackney cab. Perhaps you could give me a telephone number? BOOKERite
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9:22am Sun 11 Nov 12

bluebanana says...

So what's the difference between hackney & private hire apart from one you can hail & one has to be pre booked? I.e. does the licence cost more, are there stricter police checks, are there stricter vehicle conditions? Otherwise, wouldn't all taxis be hackney?

Anyway, i think all taxis are generally too expensive if you're travelling by yourself. I would never ever get a taxi by myself but for £1 i would. I got one a few months back (in Chiltern DC) because my friend couldn't walk the 1 mile journey. It cost £6 & the driver's attitude was like it almost wasnt worth his effort! And lets just ignore the 60mph he was doing all through a 30mph zone shall we!
So what's the difference between hackney & private hire apart from one you can hail & one has to be pre booked? I.e. does the licence cost more, are there stricter police checks, are there stricter vehicle conditions? Otherwise, wouldn't all taxis be hackney? Anyway, i think all taxis are generally too expensive if you're travelling by yourself. I would never ever get a taxi by myself but for £1 i would. I got one a few months back (in Chiltern DC) because my friend couldn't walk the 1 mile journey. It cost £6 & the driver's attitude was like it almost wasnt worth his effort! And lets just ignore the 60mph he was doing all through a 30mph zone shall we! bluebanana
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2:08pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Hackney Trade says...

BOOKERite wrote:
Hackney Trade wrote:
BOOKERite wrote:
Lividov wrote:
These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...
I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious.
Your probably a private hire vehicle driver. The best drivers are the Hackney Taxi drivers.
No I'm not actually. I am just a driver who spends most of the time trying to avoid them around the streets of High Wycombe. I do occasionly use taxi's but haven't a clue how to order a Hackney cab. Perhaps you could give me a telephone number?
To get a Hackney Taxi they are normally on the ranks in High Wycombe. They are parked in Frogmoore, High Street, Bus Station, Sainsburys and Lily's walk. So next time you get a taxi from these locations, do ask a driver for a telephone number.
[quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hackney Trade[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lividov[/bold] wrote: These cab drivers aren't heroes - they are (not all I might add) some of the worst drivers I have ever ever come across. Erratic, running lights, changing lanes inappropriately, driving too fast and worse after 1130pm ...[/p][/quote]I agree, especially the T***r cabs, I wouldn't get into one of these if you paid me. Mostly their standard of driving is atrocious.[/p][/quote]Your probably a private hire vehicle driver. The best drivers are the Hackney Taxi drivers.[/p][/quote]No I'm not actually. I am just a driver who spends most of the time trying to avoid them around the streets of High Wycombe. I do occasionly use taxi's but haven't a clue how to order a Hackney cab. Perhaps you could give me a telephone number?[/p][/quote]To get a Hackney Taxi they are normally on the ranks in High Wycombe. They are parked in Frogmoore, High Street, Bus Station, Sainsburys and Lily's walk. So next time you get a taxi from these locations, do ask a driver for a telephone number. Hackney Trade
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