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TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention: All change for the future!

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention: All change for the future!

Several motivational speeches, a large cake and subdued optimism marked the 100th Anniversary of the Taxicab Limousine and Paratransit Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. The TLPA-organisers had rolled the dice and chosen Las Vegas for the 100th Anniversary. The gambling town always guarantees a large turnout (less than the usual 1.000(…)

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention – continued: ‘Some palpable optimism’

TLPA’s 100th Annual Convention – continued: ‘Some palpable optimism’

“Honour the past and move quickly towards the future. There is a bright future in transportation” said TLPA CEO Al LaGasse in his opening speech. “We are restructuring and rebranding TLPA and we are making a Herculean effort in repositioning the association.” At next year’s Spring Meeting the association’s new logo will be presented. With(…)

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(…)

Illegal taxi drivers thrive on Facebook

Illegal taxi drivers thrive on Facebook

Police say that people are risking their safety by travelling in cars with drivers who could be sexual predators. Thousands of Britons are earning between £40 and £200 a night by offering illegal taxi services on social media, prompting police warnings. The Times found 18 Facebook groups with a total of more than 50,000 members(…)

Uber and Lyft: Side by side comparison

Uber and Lyft: Side by side comparison

If you’re a casual user of ridesharing, it probably doesn’t matter much if Lyft or Uber gets the call. Their offerings are fairly close. Sam Abuelsamid, a senior auto analyst at Navigant Research, told Autoblog, “In my use of the services, I’ve never really found any significant differences, apart from some app design changes. Lyft(…)

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(…)

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