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Uber-drivers kill 4 in Amsterdam in two months; Road safety organization demands Uber ban

Uber-drivers kill 4 in Amsterdam in two months; Road safety organization demands Uber ban

“Uber must be banned.” advocates the VVN, the Dutch road safety organization after a series of fatal accidents caused by Uber drivers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. “They are kamikaze pilots,” says Rob Stomphorst, the organization’s speaker. In two months time, Uber-drivers have killed 4 people in three separate incidents. Recently an accident which happened on(…)

Meera Joshi, CEO New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to step down

Meera Joshi, CEO New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to step down

Meera Joshi, since 2014 CEO and chairwoman of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, will be stepping down in March, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday, January 6. A source told Crain’s New York, a local business publication, on Friday that Joshi had told her senior staff Tuesday of her plans to depart. The(…)

Dubai Taxi fleet adds 1,090 new vehicles – mostly hybrids

Dubai Taxi fleet adds 1,090 new vehicles – mostly hybrids

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai on Saturday announced it will be adding 1,090 new vehicles to the Dubai Taxi fleet. According to Gulf News, the new vehicles will include 776 hybrid vehicles powered by fuel and electricity. This means the total number of hybrid vehicles in the Dubai Taxi fleet will grow(…)

John Boit, TLPA’s new Executive Vice-President

John Boit, TLPA’s new Executive Vice-President

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) named communications expert John Boit, who has already been working with the trade association since 2008, as its new Executive Vice President. Boit will work directly with Alfred LaGasse, TLPA’s CEO. LaGasse has been with the organization for 41 years, serving as its chief executive for the past(…)

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention : ‘One solution – Diversifying the business’

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention : ‘One solution – Diversifying the business’

Making a diversified business is another challenge for TLPA’s membership. “We need to expand more into new modes – from taxi into new areas,” said past-president Bill Scalzi, who runs M7, a large cab company in Connecticut. “We need new services, so we got into coaches.” Like others he – with his 100 CNG-powered vans(…)

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention: All change for the future!

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention: All change for the future!

Several motivational speeches, a large cake and subdued optimism marked the 100th Anniversary of the Taxicab Limousine and Paratransit Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The TLPA-organisers had rolled the dice and chosen Las Vegas for the 100th Anniversary. The gambling town always guarantees a large turnout (less than the usual 1.000(…)

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention – continued: ‘Some palpable optimism’

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention – continued: ‘Some palpable optimism’

“Honour the past and move quickly towards the future. There is a bright future in transportation” said TLPA CEO Al LaGasse in his opening speech. “We are restructuring and rebranding TLPA and we are making a Herculean effort in repositioning the association.” At next year’s Spring Meeting the association’s new logo will be presented. With(…)

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention: ‘Why are you buying companies?’

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention: ‘Why are you buying companies?’

The most riveting presentation at TLPA’s Annual Convention was saved for last. In a segment called ‘Doubling Down – Bullish operators discuss why they are buying taxi fleets’ three (young) operators – Bill George, zTrip, Kansas City; Chris Sweis, Yellow Cab San Francisco and Will van der Linde, Old Dominion Transportation Group, Charlottesville – were(…)

Illegal taxi drivers thrive on Facebook

Illegal taxi drivers thrive on Facebook

Police say that people are risking their safety by travelling in cars with drivers who could be sexual predators. Thousands of Britons are earning between £40 and £200 a night by offering illegal taxi services on social media, prompting police warnings. The Times found 18 Facebook groups with a total of more than 50,000 members(…)

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