With new CEO Pat Lashinsky at the helm, US-based travel app Taxi Magic is making its presence felt in its major markets. At the beginning of June the app surprised dozens of Los Angeles taxi users with an in-taxi comedian, games and prizes. Earlier Taxi Magic had dared Angelenos to hail a taxi in its […]
“The truck of the future is a Mercedes-Benz that drives itself.” Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, member of Daimler’s Board of Management responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses, came straight to the point in his description of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, which had its world premiere mid-June.
Given the fact that little is known about the taxi industry on an international scale and more international cooperation is needed, Taksi Helsinki has taken the initiative to launch a Europe-wide strategy programme including a benchmarking study to map and compare European taxi companies and organisations. The study, for which questionnaires have gone out at […]
Kate Toran, who was in charge of the Paratransit Programme at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), has been appointed Interim Director of Taxis and Accessible Services. She succeeds Christiane Hayashi who retired from SFMTA after 6 years in the ‘taxi hot-seat’ and 18 years with the City and County of San Francisco as Deputy […]
Jordi Vila, Nissan Europe’s General Manager Corporate Sales Fleet and LCV, replaced Robert Lujan as Managing Director Nissan Netherlands. Lujan continues his career as Division General Manager Global EV Operations at Nissan Motor Company. Olivier Marion, presently International Fleet Sales Manager at Nissan Motor Company, will be taking over Vila’s responsibilities. Vila (Barcelona, 1963) is […]
In New York City Uber has (temporarily?) cut prices for its shared-ride service UberX (also known as UberPOP in Europe) by 20%. This means the shared-ride service is effectively undercutting a typical ride with the yellow cabs. Uber’s changed pricing policy was interpreted both as a warning shot for competitor Lyft, who is hoping to […]
Was the motto ‘Keep it in the family’? Fact is that after over 30 years in the driving seat of Belgian taxi and private hire association GTL, Claude Delire hands over the reins to his son, Marc Delire. Marc is director of Brussels taxi company Taxis Autolux (130 vehicles, 300 employed drivers), one of the […]
At the end of June the Swedish Parliament voted in favour of the government bill ‘Accounting Centres for taxi’. A new law stipulates that anyone with a taxi licence must transmit meter data to ‘accounting centres’ who, in turn, send these data to the tax authorities. The main purpose of this measure is to facilitate […]
In view of the evaluation of the taxi-element in the Dutch law governing Passenger Transport (Wp2000), Henk Kamp, Secretary of Economic Affairs, recently hinted at a review of the rules that apply to apps, in particular Uber. The evaluation is due this Autumn and the Secretary was reacting to parliamentary questions regarding the ban on […]
As a result of the large-scale demo in Paris on June 11, representatives of the taxi unions and associations were invited to discuss the problems surrounding the ‘VTC’ with representatives of the French prime-minister.