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IRU’s International Taxi Forum to be held together with European Taxi Fair

IRU’s International Taxi Forum to be held together with European Taxi Fair

Taxi services worldwide are facing monumental structural challenges due to paradigm shifts in legal, social and technological norms affecting the industry. How can the latest vehicle technologies, future legislation, and an elevated role for taxi services in emerging business concepts such as Mobility as a Service (‘MaaS’) provide an environment suitable for fair competition and(…)

New staff members for passenger transport at IRU Brussels

New staff members for passenger transport at IRU Brussels

Raluca Marian joined the International Road Transport (IRU) in Brussels in May 2018 as Senior Adviser passenger transport, where she manages the representation of interests and legal matters relating to passenger transport by road. Before joining the IRU, Raluca spent more than 10 years as a lawyer on competition and regulation in Norton Rose Fulbright’s(…)

Higher VAT rate and indexation makes Dutch taxis 5,75 percent more expensive

Higher VAT rate and indexation makes Dutch taxis 5,75 percent more expensive

Taxifares in The Netherlands will be considerably higher from January 1, 2019. The increase of 5,75 percent is partly due to the upcoming VAT increase on passenger transport from 6 to 9 percent and the annual price indexation (2017: +0,4%, 2018: +1,2%). Even on the base of a booming economy, taxi fares would go up(…)

Haleh Mansour joins Flit Technologies (Karhoo) as representative for the DACH-region

Haleh Mansour joins Flit Technologies (Karhoo) as representative for the DACH-region

At the beginning of September Haleh Mansour joined Flit Technologies/Karhoo as new representative for the DACH-region. She will be responsible for the expansion of Karhoo in the German-Swiss-Austrian area. She describes herself as “a third culture kid, born in Iran (Tehran) and she grew up in the North Rhineland Westphalia-part of Germany.” Mansour is a(…)

Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

As part of its ongoing redemption mission, Uber is introducing a new feature that checks if you’re OK if it thinks that you may have been involved in a crash. The Ride Check feature, which is expected to roll out in the coming months, uses GPS and other sensors embedded in the driver’s smartphone to(…)

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

New York: On a Monday morning in February Doug Schifter, a New York City cab driver, wrote an angry 1700-word Facebook post outlining his despair at the state of his industry. “Companies do not care how they abuse us just so the executives get their bonuses,” the 61-year-old veteran of New York’s taxi and hire(…)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

I REFER to the report “We will give cabbies all the help” (The Star, Aug 31) on Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s statement about the government’s bid to assist cabbies to obtain loans to buy their own taxis. Taxi drivers do deserve help but it would be counterproductive if the assistance given lures more drivers into(…)

To beat Uber and Lyft, some taxi companies are trying to become them

To beat Uber and Lyft, some taxi companies are trying to become them

Taxi companies have been battling ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft for years. Now, they have a new strategy: If you can’t beat them join them. Dale Evans, president of Charley’s Taxi, says her company recently beefed up it own app, which it developed several years ago. It also applied with the state for a transportation network(…)

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