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Uber pulls plug on UberPOP in The Netherlands

Uber pulls plug on UberPOP in The Netherlands

Yesterday tech company Uber announced it would pull the plug on the mobile UberPOP-app in The Netherlands. With this app, customers could order a ride from a private individual who would drive the customer in his own private car. From Friday November 20 at 12.00 hundreds of UberPop drivers can no longer offer the service,(…)

‘I am Paris’

‘I am Paris’

During and after the horrific attacks in Paris, this Friday, countless Parisian taxi drivers helped people to safety, offered them shelter in their cabs and transported many wounded to hospital – not for a moment expecting anything in return. Later during the evening the city of Paris even requisitioned taxis to carry people home from(…)

Sweden’s Fagelviksgruppen (FVG) adds 400 Bi-Fuel Volvos to taxi fleet

Sweden’s Fagelviksgruppen (FVG) adds 400 Bi-Fuel Volvos to taxi fleet

The Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel is to be FVG’s vehicle of choice for its Swedish taxi fleet. Westport Innovations Inc. together with Volvo Car Sverige and Upplands Motor, announced today that Sweden-based Fagelviksgruppen (FVG) has signed an agreement covering the purchase of 400 Volvo V70 Bi-Fuel taxis with Westport technology and fuel systems including options to purchase(…)

Dwight Kines new president for TLPA

Dwight Kines new president for TLPA

The Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) named Dwight Kines, vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region at Transdev, which owns and operates Yellow and Checker Cab Company of Baltimore, as the new president of the nearly 100-year-old trade association. Kines, based in Baltimore, Maryland, now steers the largest professional trade association serving the for-hire passenger-transportation(…)

Peter Norman – new chairman of Swedish Taxi Association

Peter Norman – new chairman of Swedish Taxi Association

Former Finance Minister Peter Norman was elected as the new chairman of the Swedish Taxi Association. Its congress welcomed him as successor to former chairman Bo Bylund. “Norman served as Finance Minister in the Reinfeldt government of 2010-2014 and has extensive expertise and experience from government office and large organizations, giving the Swedish Taxi Association(…)

Uber-withdrawal in Germany

Uber-withdrawal in Germany

In Germany Uber Technologies is retreating to the cities of Berlin and Munich as it grapples with a ban from using unlicensed cab drivers in its UberPOP-system. Services in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf will be suspended. In a statement last week it pointed at ‘a difficult regulatory environment.’ , it said in a statement on(…)

EU pushes for (electronic) business without borders

EU pushes for (electronic) business without borders

The EU Commission is seeking to equalize access and prices of products and services in the 28-country bloc, foster startups and boost the sharing economy, according to the internal market strategy released last week in Brussels. The EU’s proposals include harmonizing value added taxes, making bankruptcy less problematic and helping startups expand across borders. The(…)

New automatic concierge service with Bttn

New automatic concierge service with Bttn

The leading taxi operator in San Diego launches a concierge service with Bttn to provide a better way of calling cabs than ride-sharing apps. San Diego Yellow, the leading taxi company in San Diego with over 300 vehicles, launches its new Concierge service with Bttn, the internet-connected push button. Restaurants, hotels and boutiques frequented by(…)

Transport ministry inspectors (IL&T) raid Uber offices in Amsterdam

Transport ministry inspectors (IL&T) raid Uber offices in Amsterdam

Transport ministry inspectors from the taxi inspection service IL&T on Thursday lunchtime raided the Amsterdam offices of online taxi service Uber, a move the US company described as a ‘warning to international start-ups’ not to set up shop in the Dutch capital.    The raid was part of an investigation into UberPOP, a service which allows(…)

UberPOP banned in Germany

UberPOP banned in Germany

Just when taxi drivers in Amsterdam -fed up by the lack of policing of UberPOP- were attacking UberPOP drivers and Uber offices in Paris and Brussels were raided for evidence of illegal activities, the Frankfurt Regional Court dealt Uber an even bigger blow: as of now all UberPOP activities in Germany are banned and the UberPOP business model is illegal.  (…)

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