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A wonderful story: Madagascar’s love affair with the 2CV

A wonderful story: Madagascar’s love affair with the 2CV

Citroen’s 2CV cars tend to be associated with rural France. But for decades it has been the car of choice for taxi drivers more than 5,000 miles (8,000km) away on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, reports the BBC. Clare Spencer made a great photographic report. Feno Rafanomezantsoa’s father had a 2CV which he bought(…)

365 taxicabs say “Bonjour” at Montréal-Trudeau

365 taxicabs say “Bonjour” at Montréal-Trudeau

Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), the Bureau du taxi de Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and the City of Montréal today welcomed the entry into service of 365 new taxi vehicles bearing the “BONJOUR” logo at Montréal–Trudeau airport. “Montréal–Trudeau is the main gateway to Montréal, and tourists’ first point of contact with the city. We want them to have(…)

Uber investors continue to push for higher pricing in the SoftBank deal

Uber investors continue to push for higher pricing in the SoftBank deal

It’s been more than three weeks since Uber director Arianna Huffington said a deal for a massive investment from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank was “very likely” to reach an agreement on the starting price within the next week, Recode reports. Since then SoftBank has even hinted it might go for an investment in Lyft instead. Only(…)

Gett and Carey International announce strategic partnership

Gett and Carey International announce strategic partnership

Gett, the global leader in corporate on-demand transportation, and Carey International, the worldwide leader in chauffeured services and transportation logistics management, announced today a strategic partnership to provide complete ground transportation solutions for business travelers across the globe. The partnership will see Gett and Carey International cooperatively develop integrated solutions for business travelers across many(…)

Uber enters the loyalty game with new credit card

Uber enters the loyalty game with new credit card

According to specialist travel magazine Skift it makes sense for Uber to enter the credit card and loyalty arena, as it has just done. This Uber card could be a solid alternative for frequent travelers who don’t want to shell out a large annual fee, writes Skift’s Andrew Sheivachman. Ridesharing giant Uber launched its first(…)

Blacklane adds worldwide airport concierge services

Blacklane adds worldwide airport concierge services

Blacklane recently acquired Solve, a platform to book global airport concierge services, to ease travelers’ airport anxiety around the world. It will go live in December. Among its features: – Curbside and airside passenger meet and greet. – Fast-track security. – Expedited customs and immigration. – Connecting flight assistance. – Lounge access. “Frequent travelers’ most(…)

São Paulo city readies own app to support taxi drivers

São Paulo city readies own app to support taxi drivers

The city of São Paulo will launch its own mobility application to help taxi drivers compete in the sharing economy. The SPTaxi tool will be available to a limited number of drivers from January 2018. It is result of a project led by Department of Transport and Prodam, the city’s information technology company. The app(…)

Behind the scenes at London’s ‘infamous’ Knowledge schools

Behind the scenes at London’s ‘infamous’ Knowledge schools

The amount of information aspiring black cab drivers have to remember is so huge that it’s been shown to actually increase the size of certain sections of the brain. Knowledge Point, North London. Being in the Knowledge schools is kind of like being in a monastery; all around you people are calling routes and road names.(…)

Uber launches appeal against loss of London licence; continues to operate

Uber launches appeal against loss of London licence; continues to operate

This morning (Friday the 13th) Uber launched its appeal against Transport for London’s (TfL) decision not to renew its private hire licence for not being a ‘fit and proper’ operator. According to The Guardian, the ride-hailing service lodged papers with Westminster magistrates court, starting an appeal process that will allow it to continue operating in(…)

Dutch taxi unions gain 3% wage increase after half a day’s strike

Dutch taxi unions gain 3% wage increase after half a day’s strike

Yesterday, Dutch taxi trade unions FNV Taxi and CNV Professionals reached an agreement about a 3% wage increase with employer’s association KNV Taxi. Yesterday morning employers let a 06.00 union ultimatum expire, whereupon the unions embarked on a very short and limited strike. Union militants travelled to the employers’ annual meeting to support their demands.(…)

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