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Can Uber offer improved service to riders in wheelchairs?

Can Uber offer improved service to riders in wheelchairs?

Uber has unveiled a new initiative that aims to provide improved service for riders with disabilities, aiming to improve on a poor record of serving users in wheelchairs. Uber says it now offers wheelchair-accessible vehicles in 15 minutes or less, on average, in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Toronto. The company(…)

NYC Council advances bills protecting taxi, ride-hailing drivers

NYC Council advances bills protecting taxi, ride-hailing drivers

The New York City Council passed a batch of bills aimed at protecting taxi drivers and drivers for app-based ride services such as Uber and Lyft from mounting financial and emotional pressures, Bloomberg writes. The six bills, approved Nov. 14 by the overwhelmingly Democratic-controlled council, are meant to supplement earlier actions signed in August by(…)

Uber now has another rival in the world’s most congested city

Uber now has another rival in the world’s most congested city

Mexico City is about to become the setting for a ride-hailing demolition derby. Didi Chuxing, the Beijing-based behemoth that drove Uber Technologies Inc. out of China, says it will butt heads with Uber in Latin America’s biggest metropolis, starting as soon as next month. And now a Mercedes Benz-owned startup called Beat says it’s muscling(…)

Court rules Addison Lee drivers are workers, not self-employed

Court rules Addison Lee drivers are workers, not self-employed

Minicab drivers for Addison Lee are not self-employed contractors but workers with rights and are entitled to the national minimum wage and paid holiday, according to the latest gig economy verdict from the employment appeals tribunal. The tribunal confirmed an earlier ruling in a case brought by three drivers for the company that they were(…)

Uber’s CEO wants to ‘get the facts’ on Khashoggi killing before rethinking Saudi ties

Uber’s CEO wants to ‘get the facts’ on Khashoggi killing before rethinking Saudi ties

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he’s waiting for more information about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before taking any action over the Saudi government’s significant investment in the startup. Khosrowshahi was one of the first major CEOs to pull out of a high-profile Saudi business conference last month as the international outcry grew over(…)

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(…)

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