Ford has launched its biggest ever minibus, seating 17 passengers plus the driver, Europe-wide. The new minibus comes in a three-vehicle line-up (including 12- and 15-seater models) with fuel-efficiency improved up to 6 per cent compared to previous models.
Car2go is pulling out of the UK. The car-sharing scheme using Smarts, set up by Daimler and EuropCar, had been operating in three London boroughs since 2012 and in Birmingham since 2013.
The App Committee of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) has studied the regulatory issues with ‘rideshare’ companies and has come up with an advisory alerting US regulators concerning insurance coverage issues raised by rideshare companies. Some of the concerns were:
On 23 May the Law Commission for England and Wales presented its final report and draft Bill on Taxi and Private Hire Services.
Following the large demonstration against Uber and other apps in the centre of London on June 11, announced by the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA), cities like Paris and Berlin will follow the London-lead and also protest on that day.
Once a year the heads of Europe’s largest radio circuits meet in a different location to discuss new developments in the taxi business: threats as well as opportunities.
Just as the London taxi industry is in the middle of a sea change,
Since the ’90’s The Netherlands opted for transporting people with mobility handicaps via a long-distance taxi system, separate from local transportation systems. Originally this Valys-system started with a combination of train and taxirides.
“Hailo works with the UK’s licensed and trustworthy taxi drivers, and approves each driver individually”, it says on the Hailo-homepage.
SuperShuttle has officially inaugurated its branded shared-ride service in Cancun on May 7