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Matatu hailing app launched for Nairobi commuters

Matatu hailing app launched for Nairobi commuters

MobiTill Epesi Smart Transport Solution, has come up with a mobile application system that aims to streamline public transport the same way ride-sharing apps have done with the taxi economy. According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mary Mwangi, the app will schedule matatus and buses in Nairobi which will, in turn, reduce congestion at(…)

Alliance of Hong Kong taxi operators preparing to go head to head with Uber

Alliance of Hong Kong taxi operators preparing to go head to head with Uber

An alliance of 17 taxi groups is gearing up for a head-on battle against ride-hailing firm Uber with a forthcoming app that it claims can match the popular Uber app, and do more besides. “Whatever Uber can do, we do it better. Whatever Uber cannot do, we can,” declared Hung Wing-tat, chairman of the Hong(…)

Gardaí confirm numbers arrested in Dublin taxi scam

Gardaí confirm numbers arrested in Dublin taxi scam

Gardaí have revealed details of their operation targeting non-nationals operating taxis using fake licences. Up to 90 officers carried out 10 raids on houses in Lucan and north inner city Dublin at 8am today (March 6). The Garda National Immigration Bureau operation uncovered 134 cases where the immigration status of people who applied for or(…)

Taxify rebrands as Bolt to expand its transport options beyond private cars

Taxify rebrands as Bolt to expand its transport options beyond private cars

Taxify, the ride-hailing company from Estonia backed by Didi and Daimler and now active in 30 countries, is making a key shift in its business today (March 8, 2019) as it gears up for its next stage of growth, TechCrunch reports. The company is removing “taxi” from its name and rebranding as Bolt, the same(…)

Two wins for Uber in London; London black cab drivers lose Uber legal action

Two wins for Uber in London; London black cab drivers lose Uber legal action

London black cab drivers have lost a legal challenge which argued that Uber’s London operating licence was granted by a biased judge. The United Cabbies Group (UCG) said the decision to give Uber a 15-month permit in June was “tainted by actual or apparent bias.” The ‘probationary’ licence of 15 months was granted after Transport(…)

Voting on Flemish taxi deregulation postponed

Voting on Flemish taxi deregulation postponed

Yesterday, Wednesday 27 February, the controversial Flemish taxi law decree was supposed to be voted in the Flemish Parliament. However, an amendment by opposition parties sp.a and Groen for the introduction of minimum rates was – completely against expectations – unanimously approved. The majority parties noticed their voting mistake too late, so they had to(…)

Amsterdam creates ‘Taskforce Uber’ and excludes the taxi trade

Amsterdam creates ‘Taskforce Uber’ and excludes the taxi trade

Following a series of recent fatal accidents (4 in total) involving Uber drivers, Amsterdam alderman Sharon Dijksma and Uber have agreed to set up a joint ‘Taskforce Uber’. Rob van Holten has been appointed as chairman. Van Holten has extensive experience in the transport world and was co-founder of bus company Qbuzz in 2008, where(…)

Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests in ride sharing service for children Zūm

Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests in ride sharing service for children Zūm

Volvo Cars has acquired a stake in Zūm, a fast-growing on-demand ride sharing service for children, via the Volvo Cars Tech Fund, its venture capital investment arm. Zūm, a California-based company, was founded in 2015 and provides a trusted network of vetted drivers that allows parents and schools to schedule transport for school commutes, after-school(…)

Ride hailing around the world: Is the dust settling?

Ride hailing around the world: Is the dust settling?

Ridesharing companies are starting to come to the public market in 2019. With Lyft planning an IPO in March, and Uber and Didi also preparing for an IPO this year, it’s important for interested investors to understand the competitive dynamics in this industry around the world. A number of major players around the world have(…)

Two wins for Uber in London; London black cab drivers lose Uber legal action

Two wins for Uber in London; London black cab drivers lose Uber legal action

Last Sunday, members of the taxi industry came together to discuss what changes they would like to see from the government. Two Quebec taxi drivers’ unions have joined forces with a league of taxi permit owners to present a united front to Transport Minister François Bonnardel as he prepares to implement sweeping reforms to the industry. Bonnardel promised(…)

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