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2016 New York Legislative Preview:  The Calm Before The Regulatory Storm

2016 New York Legislative Preview: The Calm Before The Regulatory Storm

The New Year brings the potential of major changes in New York State and City legislation governing the operation of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. While Uber and Lyft have operated in New York City (NYC) as licensed car services, since 2011, they have operated in a gray area outside of(…)

Improving relationships with your regulator and your target audience – A few tips

Improving relationships with your regulator and your target audience – A few tips

Diane Bertolin & Malachi Hull Many businesses today cannot escape dealing with a governmental department or agency in conducting their regular business affairs. From licensing to permits, a business at some time or another will need to deal with a political figure or a staff person, the ‘bureaucrat’ who administers the legislative regime affecting the business.(…)

Is the taxi industry still in denial?

Is the taxi industry still in denial?

The Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Rosswas a pioneer in near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969), where she first discussed her theory of the five stages of grief. These stages inspired Professor James Cooper (International Professor of Urban Transport Regulation at the University of Missouri) to apply them to(…)

Daus (IATR) proclaims ‘New World Order’

Daus (IATR) proclaims ‘New World Order’

In his ‘State of the Union’ at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) in New Orleans (September 21-24), president Matt Daus spoke of a ‘New World Order’: “Some people believe the changes we are seeing are due to a conspiracy theory, to sinister people acting behind the scenes. Fact is(…)

Uber good design

Uber good design

According to the Oxford Dictionaries design is “A plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is made.” This is absolutely true and most likely more or less the definition of design as understood by many.

Checkers back in New York City. For a brief moment.

Checkers back in New York City. For a brief moment.

Although the last regular Checker cab disappeared from New York’s streets in 1999, Checker Motors stopped making cabs in 1982 and the Kalamazoo factory finally packed up in 2010 after its bankruptcy as a parts-supplier to the automotive industry, there still is a great mystique to and love of the Checker Motors brand. Not only(…)

INTERVIEW: ERTA – From User Group to CEO-meeting

In 1990 radio circuits in the Scandinavian countries started the Nordic User Group. Initially for the MDI dispatch system, then for Motorola, MDSI and finally for DDS. Nowadays all participants have different fleet management systems, but the group is as tightly-knit as ever.

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