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Taxi News Roundup June 2017
UberPop Pulls Out of Finland
Uber’s troubles in Europe continued in June, with the company announcing the withdrawal of its UberPop service from Finland. The withdrawal is only expected to be temporary, with Uber stating the services have been suspended whilst it waits for a law that will deregulate the countries taxi industry to be passed.
Joel Järvinen, manager of Uber’s Finland operation, stated: "While we are looking forward to the reforms coming into effect, we have decided it is best ...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup May 2017
UK Drivers Protest Working Conditions
Late may saw drivers in a number of regions staging protests and threating strike action, with most looking to raise awareness of what they consider to be increasingly difficult working conditions.
Drivers in Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, York, Brighton, Oldham and London all took part in demonstrations to protest the oversaturation of vehicles in their areas. The protests were in part organised by the GMB union, which claims that a lack of string...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup April 2017
Drivers in South Lanarkshire Threaten Strike Action
Earlier in April we reported that drivers in the South Lanarkshire towns of Rutherglen and Cambuslang had threatened strike action, in protest over increasingly tough working conditions in the area. Drivers were concerned with what they view as an over-saturation of the number of taxis operating in the region, which they say is severely affecting their ability to earn a decent wage on a day to day basis.
South Lanarkshire grante...Read full story
Football's Most Expensive Sackings
We’ve all heard of the expression "get him a taxi" when watching football on the telly. Every passing week seems to see another coach ingloriously given the boot, whether their team’s been too muted on the pitch or too raucous off it, with too few goals going in and too many coming the other way.
At the sport's highest level, what's always consistent are the enormous amounts of money involved when a football club decides that it's ready to part ways with its manager. It’s safe ...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup March 2017
Uber Withdraws from Denmark after Legal Face-Off with Danish Government
Uber, the company behind the widely-used but controversial ride-share app of the same name, are set to end all of their operations in Denmark, after the introduction of new Danish law that requires all hire cars to have seat occupancy sensors and fare meters, which many Uber drivers’ cars will not be able to meet.
An Uber spokesperson, speaking after news broke of the law’s implementation, said: “For us to ...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup February 2017
The Taxi Centre Goes Electric
During February, The Taxi Centre took delivery of its first batch of 100% electric Nissan Leaf's, one of the most popular EV’s in the taxi industry. Although initially taking a batch of 15 Leaf’s, it's forecasted that over 100 sales of the EV will take place during 2017, with that number predicted to more than triple in 2018.
Allan McGinness, General Manager at The Taxi Centre, said: “The LEAF has a proven track record in service with taxi operato...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup January 2017
Uber Trials Self Driving Taxis
Select groups of Uber users in the USA can now request to be picked up by a driverless vehicle. The service is being offered to app users in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and California, following on from a year and a half of intense testing.
Uber has been cautious to state that the service is still only in a trial stage, branding it as a “research exercise”. For safety (and testing) reasons, each vehicle is manned by at least one Uber engineer, who ha...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup - June 2016
Uber defends "unsafe" 65 hour week comments
Uber has come under criticism for allegedly encouraging drivers to work 65-hour weeks on a page on its UK website. The now reworded page promised that drivers could turn their cars into "money machines" and earn up to £3360 a month Uber stated that this was based on "average net payments of partner drivers in London who have driven 55-65 hours [per week]', despite the legal safe limit for lorry, bus, and taxi drivers being 56 hours a week...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup - May 2016
Uber Launches Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Service
Uber has recently announced that it is launching a fleet of 55 WAV taxis across London, allowing wheelchair users to guarantee wheelchair access at the push of a button. The option will be listed on the app as "Uberwav', and will be fared at the same price point as the companies UberX vehicles, currently the lowest priced vehicles. Uber has launched the option in partnership with accessibility charities, including Sco...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup - April 2016
Uber launches in Cardiff
After much rumour and speculation, last month finally saw Uber launch in Cardiff. The official launch took place on the 22nd of April, following on from a week of driver registrations. However, despite registrations taking place a week earlier, potential drivers were kept in the dark about the actual date the service would roll out, only being informed via text message before the day before the launch. Uber received its license to operate in Cardiff earlier...Read full story
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