Taxi & FHV

Largest London radio circuits plan merger

Largest London radio circuits plan merger

After several years of unrelenting app-activity in London (Uber, Hailo, GetTaxi and several others) plus the meteoric growth of the private hire sector, there is a possible merger or partnership on the cards between the Mountview House Group (Radio Taxis) and Dial A Cab, reported Taxi Times. This would create a new radio-circuit of about(…)

App propaganda war heats up in US

App propaganda war heats up in US

In the USA and Canada the app propaganda war is clearly heating up with the release of the short and hard-hitting YouTube-clip ‘Four Uber Myths Debunked – Four things about Uber you wish you never knew’ mentioning the fact that Uber and Lyft are not just technology companies, UberX- and Lyft-passengers are not insured properly,(…)

Netherlands and Brussels: room for Uber?

Netherlands and Brussels: room for Uber?

Will all of Uber’s various activities (UberBlack, UberLux and UberPOP) be allowed a place on the Dutch taxi market? Although the Dutch taxi-inspectors recently fined four UberPOP-drivers in Amsterdam € 1.500 and are intensifying their activities, Dutch secretary of state Wilma Mansveld (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment) in a recent parliamentary debate indicated that Uber(…)

Richard Boyer dies

Richard Boyer dies

On October 15, Richard Boyer, who since the 80’s has been a leading light in the Montreal and Canadian taxi-industry, died. Since the 1980’s Boyer worked for the Communauté Urbaine de Montreal, creating the Bureau du Taxi. As a regulator he worked tirelessly to restructure the Montreal taxi industry, especially creating extensive industry training and(…)

Transdev on Demand buys Florida taxi companies

Transdev on Demand buys Florida taxi companies

Transdev on Demand (formerly Veolia Transportation on Demand) just bought PTG Enterprises LLC taxi operations with locations in Jacksonville, Clearwater, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, and Naples, Florida.  This purchase also includes taxi services to Jacksonville and Palm Beach Airports.  

NY Mayor appoints two industry favourites

NY Mayor appoints two industry favourites

New York mayor Bill de Blasio recently appointed two industry favourites: former TLC-Commissioner Fidel Del Valle is now Commissioner and Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings – an office which oversees administrative hearings, including those concerning cases against taxi operators. Earlier De Blasio appointed Izabella Vais to assistant-Commissioner at the TLC.(…)

First UberPOP drivers in Amsterdam arrested

First UberPOP drivers in Amsterdam arrested

Less than a week after UberPOP opened its service to all users of the Uber-app in Amsterdam, the Dutch Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT), together with the Public Prosecution Service and the Amsterdam police caught four illegal UberPOP-drivers red-handed and arrested them. The Saturday night action with mystery guests had been planned well in advance.(…)

Large IATR-conference mainly deals with apps and accessibility

Large IATR-conference mainly deals with apps and accessibility

In its ‘biggest conference ever’ with around 200 attendees from numerous countries, the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) mainly dealt with two topics: apps and accessibility. Not that there were not many more other topics at the 24th IATR Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans from September 21 to 24, but somehow they all had(…)

New rules for taxi and private hire in France

New rules for taxi and private hire in France

A left majority in French parliament, after a long and arduous battle that lasted from Spring this year, has voted for a two-tier taxi/private hire system. The private hire part is made up of the previously rather weakly regulated VTC: ‘Voitures de tourisme avec chauffeur’. In the old situation these VTC, because of their weak(…)

One-stop Checker Motor Cars supports the Checker community

One-stop Checker Motor Cars supports the Checker community

The iconic Checker cab returns! Steve Contarino, an avid car enthusiast and collector, has started Checker Motor Cars, a business dedicated to support the iconic Checker car. Contarino believes this will be a new, innovative concept to make collecting and owning a piece of automobile history exciting and rewarding. Offering restored and reconditioned cars, original(…)

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