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Kenya’s shared taxis (matatus) to go cashless

Kenya’s shared taxis (matatus) to go cashless

In many African countries shared taxi systems, usually based on 15- or 22-seater minibuses, form the backbone of public transport. In Kenya it is the matatus which provide public transport. But whereas cash, usually passed from the back of the (mini)bus to the person sitting next to the driver, was the norm, the BBC discovered(…)

The end of the India’s Ambassador Taxi?

The end of the India’s Ambassador Taxi?

The maker of India’s iconic Ambassador taxi, Hindustan Motors Ltd., has halted production of car at the Uttarpara plant near Kolkata, claiming lack of demand and lack of funds.

BBC-series ‘A cabbie abroad’ starts June 22

BBC-series ‘A cabbie abroad’ starts June 22

In the first of a new three-episode BBC-series ‘A cabbie abroad’, starting June 22 on BBC TV, London taxi driver Mason McQueen follows up on his Mumbai taxi driving experiences in the ‘Toughest Place to be a Taxi Driver’.

More taxi-drama on TV

More taxi-drama on TV

More taxi-drama on TV…. Already on French channel TF1 and Belgium’s La Deux. Now NBC has also acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to EuropaCorp Television‘s Taxi Brooklyn for a summer debut on June 25.

IATR: ‘New world order for ground transportation regulation’

IATR: ‘New world order for ground transportation regulation’

Although held in the ‘Big Easy’, New Orleans, between September 21 and 25, 2014, the topics at the Annual 2014 Conference of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) will not be so easy. ‘The times they are a-changing’, says IATR-president Matt Daus in his conference preview. “Several worlds are colliding: technology disruption; sustainability, disability rights(…)

Nissan NV200 taxi back on course for New York?

Nissan NV200 taxi back on course for New York?

On June 10 a four-judge New York state appeals court overturned a ban on the Bloomberg-inspired ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’-programme, replacing the present yellow cab fleet with the chosen Nissan NV200-vehicles. Judge David Saxe ruled that the programme was  a “legally appropriate response to the agency’s statutory obligation to produce a 21st-century taxicab consistent with the broad interests and(…)

Special websites for app-complaints

Special websites for app-complaints

Following the example given by the US-website, created by the Taxi Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA), the german taxi association BZP recently launched Schwarzkonkurrenz (in English: ‘illegal competition’).

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