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Taxi News Roundup January 2018
Uber makes headlines again
After a somewhat busy 2017, filled with managerial switchovers, court cases, hacking cover-ups and license withdrawals, it doesn’t look like this year will be much quieter for Uber.
The rideshare company made headlines again in January, although this time for slightly more run-of-the-mill reasons. First up was another protest by the London black cab industry, which held a series of demonstrations to “highlight corruption”. Organised by the Independent Taxi ...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup December 2017
Uber is a taxi company, says European Court of Justice
Uber’s future in Europe looks to be in doubt, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice stating the company must be viewed as a taxi company and not a digital service.
The ECJ came to the decision that ‘[connecting], by means of a smartphone application and for remuneration, non-professional drivers using their own vehicle with persons who wish to make urban journeys’ must be classified as ‘a service in the fie...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup November 2017
Uber admits to covering up hack
November turned out to be a shaky month for Uber, with the company admitting that it covered up a breach that exposed the personal data of around 57m customers and drivers.
The breach occurred in October 2016, with hackers gaining access to millions of customer names, email addresses and phone numbers, alongside data on around 600,000 drivers in both the USA and UK.
Uber chose to pay the hackers $100,000 to delete the data affected and keep quiet about the br...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup October 2017
Scotland’s first Hydrogen taxi comes to Aberdeen
Scotland’s first all hydrogen taxi is set to take to the roads of Aberdeen. The hydrogen powered Hyundai ix35 will be operated by Aberdeen Taxis on a one-year trial basis, after Aberdeen City Council granted the vehicle a private hire license in September.
Aberdeen is fast becoming a city known for its adoption of alternative fuel; alongside being home to Europe’s first all hydrogen bus fleet, Aberdeen also operates 9 hydrogen powered ...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup September 2017
Uber’s TFL license revoked
During September Transport for London rejected Uber’s application for a new five-year license in the city, deeming the American company not ‘fit and proper’ to operate, essentially barring the company from operating in the city.
However, Uber has twenty-one days to appeal the decision, and can continue to operate until the appeal period ends.
In a press statement, Transport for London said: ‘Uber’s approach and con...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup July 2017
Britain stops sale of petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040
July’s biggest news was the announcement that sales of all petrol, diesel, and hybrid vehicles are to be banned from 2040, as part of a government air quality initiative.
The move is designed to curb pollution in the UK’s towns and cities, something that government sources estimate costs the UK around £2.7 billion a year in lost productivity.
Speaking about the plan, a spokesperson commented: “Poor air quality is the biggest ...Read full story
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