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Uber wins back London licence for probationary 15 months

Uber wins back London licence for probationary 15 months

Uber has won back its licence to operate in London after a judge overturned a ban. Transport for London (TfL) refused to renew the licence when it expired last September, saying the US ride-hailing firm was not a “fit and proper” operator. After a two day court hearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Uber has been(…)

Uber plays nice in London licence defence

Uber plays nice in London licence defence

Yesterday, Uber began its legal bid to regain its London licence at Westminster’s Magistrates Court. In this most high-profile test of the ride-hailing app Uber will defend its right to operate in London and attempt to shed its reputation for its problematic culture and conduct under founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick. Regulator Transport for(…)

Would Uber prefer an 18 month London licence?

Would Uber prefer an 18 month London licence?

TfL stripped Uber of its licence in September 2017, and said the decision was made on the basis of “public security and safety implications” following numerous complaints the company was failing to properly screen the backgrounds of its drivers with multiple complaints of sexual assault made by women customers. Last August, Metropolitan Police Inspector Neil(…)

mytaxi, Europe’s leading taxi app, announces new management structure.

mytaxi, Europe’s leading taxi app, announces new management structure.

- Eckart Diepenhorst has been appointed acting CEO of mytaxi – Diepenhorst will be supported by Johannes Mewes (CPO), Andy Batty (acting COO), Thomas Zimmermann (CMO), Jan Sören Ramm (CTO) and Lena Dröge (People Director) – Marc Berg is the new CEO of mytaxi’s Parent Company Intelligent Apps mytaxi, Europe’s leading taxi app, earlier this(…)

Taxi King’s medallions go for $170,000 apiece—and some for $250,000

Taxi King’s medallions go for $170,000 apiece—and some for $250,000

The conversion of taxi medallions from a coveted license into a distressed asset accelerated Thursday as a hedge fund paid $170,000 apiece for 131 medallions at an auction in Flushing, Queens, writes Crain’s Matthew Flamm. The winning bid came to $22,270,000. A separate pool of eight medallions sold for $2 million, or $250,000 apiece. All(…)

Uber’s goodwill campaign arrives in New York City

Uber’s goodwill campaign arrives in New York City

With momentum building in New York City to curb the growth of companies like Uber, the corporation’s CEO spent Monday recasting the Silicon Valley unicorn with the bad-boy reputation as Mr. Nice Guy. Dara Khosrowshahi, the former Expedia CEO who’s been trying to reshape Uber since replacing Travis Kalanick last summer, began the day by(…)

Sony rolls out ‘Everybody’s Taxi’ dispatch service later this year

Sony rolls out ‘Everybody’s Taxi’ dispatch service later this year

Sony is moving forward with plans to introduce a taxi-hailing service in Japan, unveiling a joint venture with cab companies called ‘Everybody’s Taxi’, writes Bloomberg. The Japanese electronics maker, which announced in February that it was forming an alliance, said it will begin services within the current fiscal year through March. Subsidiary Sony Payment Services(…)

Uber and Lyft failing to support those with reduced mobility in New York

Uber and Lyft failing to support those with reduced mobility in New York

Out of a fleet of 100,000 for-hire vehicles in New York City, the Taxi and Limousine Commission has estimated that only 0.5 per cent of them are wheelchair accessible, reports intelligenttransport. A recent report by New York Lawyers For The Public Interest (NYLPI) has highlighted a serious fault within the operation of for-hire vehicle (FHV)(…)

Uber posts rare profit, sort of, MoneyCNN reports

Uber posts rare profit, sort of, MoneyCNN reports

Uber just turned a big profit — but don’t get used to it. The startup said Wednesday that it posted a $2.5 billion profit in the first quarter after years of mounting losses. However, the impressive figure was almost entirely the result of Uber ceding two of its operations abroad to rivals. Uber said it(…)

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