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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.(…)

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(…)

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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