About Wim Faber

As a specialist journalist, I have been working in the taxi, FHV and public transport industries for over 35 years. I’m a regular contributor to many trade magazines worldwide. I am also the managing editor and publisher of quite a few of these publications. And in doing so, I have built up a widespread and sizeable network, particularly in the taxi and FHV industry, in many countries in the world. Many of you recognise me as a reliable, unbiased and independent source of background information.

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The new TX (eCity) by ‘new’ LEVC

The new TX (eCity) by ‘new’ LEVC

The TX, LEVC’s new electric taxi, combines the company’s expertise as a manufacturer of urban commercial vehicles with proven electric vehicle technology and the latest in advanced material manufacturing. This combination of old and new is reflected in the look of the vehicle. The instantly recognisable rectangular grille and circular headlights have been incorporated into(…)

First driverless taxi trial in UK

First driverless taxi trial in UK

Later this year, a two-kilometre route in Greenwich will become the site of the first real driverless taxi trial in the UK. The route, connecting a hotel close to the O2 Arena with the Millennium Village housing development, will have four stops and will also call at a river-bus stop and the Emirates Airline cable-car terminal.(…)

New York Councilman calls to ‘level the playing field’ against Uber

New York Councilman calls to ‘level the playing field’ against Uber

New York Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez said he will introduce a bill to require half of Uber and other black cars to be wheelchair accessible, just like yellow cabs. As the taxi industry continues to reel, City Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez called for new rules to “level the playing field” between cabs and ride-hail operators(…)

On London’s streets Black Cabs and Uber fight for a future

On London’s streets Black Cabs and Uber fight for a future

Katrin Bennhold has written an intimate portrait of the Black Cab vs. Uber ‘wars’ in London for the New York Times. A detailed and brilliant piece, I would have liked to have written it myself. Bennhold also frames the ‘war’ in a different context. Worth a read! The photos (by Andrew Testa) are great too!(…)

German court bans Uber BV in Germany

German court bans Uber BV in Germany

The Frankfurt regional court has banned the activities of Amsterdam-registered Uber BV throughout Germany, in particular as far as ridesharing with private drivers is concerned (UberPOP, UberX in the US). Each infringement carries a fine of 250,000 euros or a prison sentence of six months. The judge decided that the German Passenger Transport Act (PBefG)(…)

IRU: UberPop banned in Germany, rest of EU must follow

IRU: UberPop banned in Germany, rest of EU must follow

The international transport organization IRU (International Road Transport Union) warmly welcomes the news that UberPOP has been banned from operating on German territory. This follows on from the recent bans in The Netherlands, Brussels, Milan and other cities. The rest of Europe must follow to guarantee safe and secure quality services for citizens. Dutch regulators(…)

INTERVIEW: ERTA – From User Group to CEO-meeting

INTERVIEW: ERTA – From User Group to CEO-meeting

In 1990 radio circuits in the Scandinavian countries started the Nordic User Group. Initially for the MDI dispatch system, then for Motorola, MDSI and finally for DDS. Nowadays all participants have different fleet management systems, but the group is as tightly-knit as ever.

Changes in Dutch law to accommodate Uber?

Changes in Dutch law to accommodate Uber?

In view of the evaluation of the taxi-element in the Dutch law governing Passenger Transport (Wp2000), Henk Kamp, Secretary of Economic Affairs, recently hinted at a review of the rules that apply to apps, in particular Uber. The evaluation is due this Autumn and the Secretary was reacting to parliamentary questions regarding the ban on(…)

Parisian anger directed at ‘VTC’

Parisian anger directed at ‘VTC’

As a result of the large-scale demo in Paris on June 11, representatives of the taxi unions and associations were invited to discuss the problems surrounding the ‘VTC’ with representatives of the French prime-minister.

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