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Uber’s Northern Europe chief departs after London license loss

Uber’s Northern Europe chief departs after London license loss

Uber’s regional general manager for Northern Europe, Jo Bertram, is leaving the company. The news was reported earlier by Reuters and confirmed by an Uber spokesman who forwarded the departure email sent by Bertram and a reply from Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s head of EMEA. Uber’s London general manager Tom Elvidge will take over as acting(…)

Taxi Europe Alliance (TEA) supports new EU initiative on fair taxation of digital economy

Taxi Europe Alliance (TEA) supports new EU initiative on fair taxation of digital economy

Miguel Ángel Leal, as Chairman of the TaxiEurope Alliance (TEA), has sent a letter to Mr. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, in which he expresses TEA’s support to the new European initiative on the taxation of digital companies. The rationale behind this letter’s drafting is two-fold: * The letter welcomes the(…)

Uber is in trouble, but Uberization is a must-have

Uber is in trouble, but Uberization is a must-have

What a rotten week for Uber. First, it was blindsided by Transport for London’s (TfL) decision not to reissue its operating license for that city, a market worth 5% of the company’s global customer base. Then, in a battle over regulations with the provincial government of Quebec, Uber opted to walk away (for now) rather(…)

Queensland Uber drivers need to have taxi licenses from January 2018

Queensland Uber drivers need to have taxi licenses from January 2018

According to The Courier & Mail in Brisbane, UBER drivers in Queensland will from January need to hold a taxi licence under reforms introduced on Sunday. Other changes to affect any booked hire service will include improved signage and security within vehicles, Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said in a statement on Sunday. “If operators,(…)

In power move at Uber, Travis Kalanick appoints 2 to board

In power move at Uber, Travis Kalanick appoints 2 to board

The divisions between Uber and its former chief executive, Travis Kalanick, are widening. For the past few weeks, Mr. Kalanick, who had resigned as chief executive in June, kept a low profile. Last month, Uber installed a new chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, and the company appeared to be trying to get past a turbulent period(…)

Britain’s taxi industry (led by Autocab) will use Uber’s playbook against it

Britain’s taxi industry (led by Autocab) will use Uber’s playbook against it

It’s creating a network of local firms that can cover the country instantaneously. My adopted city is pretty forward-looking, but it was still a surprise when local taxi operations, as one, began offering their own Uber-style apps. It’s a phenomenon that’s occurring across the UK, with smaller outfits suddenly adopting app- and cloud-based booking systems.(…)

Greek plan to regulate taxi apps draws customers’ ire

Greek plan to regulate taxi apps draws customers’ ire

A Greek government plan to regulate taxi-hailing apps, such as Taxibeat and Uber, has angered many consumers who are worried it could disrupt a popular service for their daily commute. Greece is shaping up as the latest battlefield over fast-growing taxi apps such as Uber, which has faced regulatory and legal setbacks around the world(…)

Uber will shut down US car-leasing business

Uber will shut down US car-leasing business

Uber is shutting its costly car-leasing unit as new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi pushes the company to focus on businesses that make money. “We have decided to stop operating Xchange Leasing and move towards a less capital-intensive approach,” a spokesperson told CNBC. Xchange, a wholly-owned unit of Uber, had operations in U.S. cities including Los Angeles(…)

As Uber threatens to leave, Montreal-born Téo plans to triple fleet to 350 taxis

As Uber threatens to leave, Montreal-born Téo plans to triple fleet to 350 taxis

With Uber threatening to pack up and leave Quebec, Alexandre Taillefer is planning a major expansion of his Téo Taxi all-electric service. On Wednesday, the entrepreneur who founded Téo in 2015 said he will more than triple the number of vehicles in the Téo fleet. It will have 350 cars within 18 months, up from the current(…)

Vietnam: Traditional taxis continue fighting against Uber and Grab

Vietnam: Traditional taxis continue fighting against Uber and Grab

The Hanoi Taxi Association have continued their vendetta against app-based taxis with a proposal to the municipal Department of Transport to ban their rivals from using roads traditional taxis can’t use. According to Do Quoc Binh, the association chairman, said that currently many streets in Hanoi ban taxis. However, in reality, app-based cars such as(…)

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