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Washington DC: In a once-flourishing taxicab mecca, rides plummet

Washington DC: In a once-flourishing taxicab mecca, rides plummet

The nation’s capital – Washington DC – once boasted the highest number of taxis per capita of any city, but in 2019, the number of taxi rides in the District are plummeting — leaving some wondering if the industry is doomed, WTOP reports. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, while the number of ‘one-tap’ ride-hailing trips using(…)

More green (hydrogen) taxis for Denmark

More green (hydrogen) taxis for Denmark

The Danish government has presented a plan to kickstart the green transition for the taxi sector. From 2025 all taxis in Denmark must be zero emission and from January 2019, all current green taxis will receive benefits. All taxi drivers who own a zero-emission car, such as a hydrogen fuel car, will now be guaranteed(…)

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(…)

IRU International Taxi Forum – continued: ‘Are all operators paying taxes and VAT?’

IRU International Taxi Forum – continued: ‘Are all operators paying taxes and VAT?’

During the IRU’s International Taxi Forum important metropolitan regulators like Moscow’s Dmitry Pronin showed that in their multifaceted and highly regulated mobility approach the taxi is clearly a force to be reckoned with. Moscow’s cleaned-up taxi fleet is – thanks to replacement subsidies – one of the youngest in the world with an average vehicle(…)

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(…)

Uber’s CEO wants to ‘get the facts’ on Khashoggi killing before rethinking Saudi ties

Uber’s CEO wants to ‘get the facts’ on Khashoggi killing before rethinking Saudi ties

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he’s waiting for more information about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before taking any action over the Saudi government’s significant investment in the startup. Khosrowshahi was one of the first major CEOs to pull out of a high-profile Saudi business conference last month as the international outcry grew over(…)

Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

Uber now uses a phone’s sensors to detect if you’ve been in a crash

As part of its ongoing redemption mission, Uber is introducing a new feature that checks if you’re OK if it thinks that you may have been involved in a crash. The Ride Check feature, which is expected to roll out in the coming months, uses GPS and other sensors embedded in the driver’s smartphone to(…)

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

Whilst New York cracks down on Uber, Airbnb may spread around the world

New York: On a Monday morning in February Doug Schifter, a New York City cab driver, wrote an angry 1700-word Facebook post outlining his despair at the state of his industry. “Companies do not care how they abuse us just so the executives get their bonuses,” the 61-year-old veteran of New York’s taxi and hire(…)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

The help taxi drivers need (Letter to the Editor from a taxi driver)

I REFER to the report “We will give cabbies all the help” (The Star, Aug 31) on Transport Minister Anthony Loke’s statement about the government’s bid to assist cabbies to obtain loans to buy their own taxis. Taxi drivers do deserve help but it would be counterproductive if the assistance given lures more drivers into(…)

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