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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
Taxi Survey 2016
Have you ever wondered whether the price you're paying for a ride home is "normal'? Whether your driver appreciates you whiling the miles away with chat about your cat, or if they’d prefer the strong silent type? If not leaving your driver a tip is fine, cos, well, nobody tips in taxis, do they?
To be honest, probably not. But here at The Taxi Centre, we have, and we’ve decided to get to the bottom of things. We've surveyed taxi passengers from Dorset to Durham, to find out how a...Read full story
Taxi News Roundup - March 2016
Gett Plans Radio Taxis Acquisition
During March, the black cab rideshare app Gett announced its intentions to acquire London's Radio Taxis. If the deal is successful, Gett will be the operator of around 11,500 of London’s black cabs - roughly equivalent to around half of all licensed taxis in the city. The takeover, which is to be approved by shareholders, would also make Gett the biggest black cab company in the UK.
Radio Taxis was started back in 1953 as a cooperative company, u...Read full story
Are Robot Taxis The Future?
Just 20 years ago, in car entertainment and electric windows were the pinnacle of consumer auto technology. However, today much of the work going on behind the scenes of the major vehicle manufacturers is more comparable to something straight out of a sci-fi film.
We're talking of course about the emerging autonomous vehicle market - or, in layman's terms, self-driving cars. In the past few years, it seems like the auto industry has been moving closer and closer to bringing out vehi...Read full story
Is The Knowledge Under Threat?
They're an iconic and much loved mode of transport with a rich history, but recently it seems like London's black cabs could be under threat. With competition from rideshare and private hire firms on the up, and a declaration from a high court judge that black cabs are "devoid of inherent distinctive character" paving the way for a new generation of eco cabs, the future of the black cab seems rocky.
It's not just the exterior of black cabs that might be about to change forever eithe...Read full story