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. […]
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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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The latest issue of the international German-English taxi magazine Taxi Times, launched in June this year, is out. The September-issue contains an overview of autonomous driving (including an interview with IT and autonomous specialist Prof. Rojas, who denies taxis will be driverless or for that matter a thing of the past) and the latest developments […]
One of the largest private hire groups in the UK (and in Europe), Addison Lee, has been put up for sale by its private equity owner Carlyle Group, reports The Guardian. Both Carlyle and Addison Lee declined to comment.
Moovel GmbH (formerly known as Daimler Mobility Services GmbH) has added the German taxi-apps myTaxi (Intelligent Apps GmbH) and Ridescout (USA) to its portfolio. The general mobility app moovel (part of Daimler Financial Services AG) was one of the largest investors in myTaxi, together with T-Mobile. Both companies will continue their activities from their present […]
Uber-drivers are looking for fairness and a stronger voice with the app-company. That’s why this set up the California App-Based Drivers’ Association (CADA) which recently met in El Monte, California, to formalize its affiliation with Teamsters Local 986. CADA was established earlier this year in an effort to unite drivers who operate under smartphone-based ridesharing […]
Bandwagon, a New York-based ridesharing app and logistics startup, is testing in-app integration with Hailo, one of the world’s fastest growing e-hail apps. This test is the first alliance between a leading shared ride company and an e-hail provider, and makes sharing taxis and splitting fares easier than ever.