Covid-19 Safety

Seven points to keep you Covid-safe as the taxi business starts the post-lockdown bounce-back

By Mark Bursa | 23 April 2021, 09:15

The lockdown is easing, and some aspects of our old life are returning to our world. We can socialise, and enjoy a drink in a seasonably chilly pub beer garden. We can’t yet travel internationally, but that will come. And as the vaccination programme continues to roll out, the road map back to normality means…

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Making electric cars affordable for private hire drivers

By Mark Bursa | 22 December 2020, 15:27

One of the main barriers to going electric for private hire drivers is the cost of the vehicle. Manufacturers are still pricing EVs at a premium, and for private hire drivers, that extra cost is a major reason to delay a switch from diesel or hybrid. In London, of course, drivers wanting to register a…

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yell survey

Direct messaging, online bookings and home deliveries are key to Covid communications strategy

By Mark Bursa | 3 December 2020, 08:10

With news of a Covid-19 vaccine giving the battered economy a glimmer of hope, a survey of automotive businesses carried out by directory firm Yell Business has revealed how businesses have adapted their customer communications during the coronavirus crisis, with online communications an increasingly used tool. The survey, entitled ‘Who’s getting the message?’, covers all…

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How can we find new business clients in the post-Coronavirus ‘new normal’?

By Mark Bursa | 28 July 2020, 09:15

From airport runs to late-night pub pickups, much of the taxi, chauffeur and private hire business’s regular work has evaporated since the Coronavirus pandemic kicked in. When will this work return, and how do we go about building business back up again? Clearly, the world has changed, perhaps permanently in some ways. According to the…

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Covid Screens

Why you should fit a partition screen in your car – and how to find a supplier that will fit one safely

By Mark Bursa | 28 July 2020, 09:00

One of the most obvious measures to protect private hire drivers during the Coronavirus crisis is fitting of some kind of partition between the front and back seats. From big fleets to independent drivers, many people started looking at partition screens as soon as the lockdown started in March. You’d think fitting a screen would…

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QSi Awards winners revealed at a night of celebration

By Professional Driver Magazine | 28 November 2019, 14:36

Twenty-four companies collected 32 Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at the seventh annual Professional Driver QSi Awards dinner.

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Geneva Motor Show 2019 report

By Mark Bursa | 13 March 2019, 09:06

The annual Geneva Motor Show is the European car industry’s premier showcase for new models and new technology. This year electric cars and plug-in hybrids took centre stage as automakers rise to the challenge of cleaner motoring. Professional Driver’s Mark Bursa presents our annual guide to the new and future cars that are likely to…

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