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Climate initiative Taxis4SmartCities presses the ‘reset button’ in Brussels

Climate initiative Taxis4SmartCities presses the ‘reset button’ in Brussels

It was (and is) a bold initiative to forge a coalition of 14 taxi companies to keep the taxi sector at the forefront when it comes to climate improvement. The 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris changed the programme, otherwise the joint taxi sector would have made a demonstrative ride on the Champs-Elysées at the end(…)

New EU climate plans and practical taxi support in Paris

New EU climate plans and practical taxi support in Paris

The EU DG Clima speaker at the Taxis4SmartCities, Alexandre Paquot (Head of Road Transport), pointed out that road transport is responsible for one third of greenhouse gas emissions in the broadest possible sense, three-quarters of which come from cars and that emissions from that sector since 1990 has only increased. The Commission’s approach is to(…)

Ambitious EU climate targets for 2030: Climate neutral by 2050

Ambitious EU climate targets for 2030: Climate neutral by 2050

November 28, the European Commission launched its new long-term strategic vision “for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy” that provides 100% climate neutrality by 2050 (instead of the previous 85%). But this plan is only a first step. By achieving zero emissions in the next 30 years, climate warming can (possibly) still be kept(…)

IRU International Taxi Forum – continued: ‘Are all operators paying taxes and VAT?’

IRU International Taxi Forum – continued: ‘Are all operators paying taxes and VAT?’

During the IRU’s International Taxi Forum important metropolitan regulators like Moscow’s Dmitry Pronin showed that in their multifaceted and highly regulated mobility approach the taxi is clearly a force to be reckoned with. Moscow’s cleaned-up taxi fleet is – thanks to replacement subsidies – one of the youngest in the world with an average vehicle(…)

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(…)

Transportation competitors Uber, Mears to partner in Orlando

Transportation competitors Uber, Mears to partner in Orlando

Once fierce competitors, transportation companies Uber and Mears announced a partnership in Orlando Monday, reports clickorlando.com. The two companies made the strategic partnership official Monday during an announcement at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts Center. Uber app users in the Orlando area will soon be able to select the taxi option on the Uber app to select a Mears taxi.(…)

Needing growth, Uber returns to Germany on its best behaviour

Needing growth, Uber returns to Germany on its best behaviour

Guido Goebel stopped driving for Uber three years ago when the company abandoned his hometown, the German city of Düsseldorf, after a battle with regulators. Several weeks ago, the ride-hailing service reached out to him again. Uber told Mr. Goebel that it was returning to Düsseldorf and offered him a bonus of 500 euros, or(…)

New York City taxi chief: Congestion fee will hurt yellow cabs

New York City taxi chief: Congestion fee will hurt yellow cabs

A new surcharge in part of Manhattan will be ‘potentially devastating’ for the city’s struggling yellow-cab industry, the city’s taxi chief has warned. Beginning in January, it will cost $5.80 just to get into a yellow cab in the most congested parts of Manhattan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Meera Joshi(…)

8th NYC professional driver dead by suicide

8th NYC professional driver dead by suicide

On November 14, 2018, Bhairavi Desai, New York Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director, released the following statement: “We are devastated by the news that an eighth New York City professional driver has died by suicide. Friends described Roy Kim as hardworking, quiet, and dignified. Roy worked six days a week up to 14 hours a day.(…)

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