pd website news local radio cars

New offices for fast-growing Midlands operator Local Radio Cars

A family-run West Midlands taxi firm has moved into larger premises to cope with growth. Local Radio Cars, which was acquired by Andy Williams in March 2022, has since then doubled its driver numbers to around 100, and has moved to a new office…

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Government could miss motorway services EV charger target by end of 2023, says RAC

The Government is unlikely to meet its target of having six or more rapid or ultra-rapid electric vehicle chargers at every motorway service area in England by the end of 2023, according to new research by the RAC. Only 27 of 119 motorway services…

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Wrexham’s Crown Cars joins fast-growing Take Me group

Take Me Group has made another acquisition, with Crown Cars of Wrexham joining the fast-expanding cab conglomerate. The north Wales-based company was founded in 1983, and has been run from its base in Rhosllannerchrugog by Andy Roberts since 2016. It currently has a fleet…

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EV users can save £260 a year using public chargers overnight, says charge app Bonnet

Electric vehicle owners using public chargers overnight are on track to save up to £260 a year, according to new research undertaken by EV charging app Bonnet. Bonnet reviewed the habits of more than 100,000 drivers using its app, looking at where and how…

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Ford reveals new all-electric E-Tourneo Courier ahead of 2024 launch

Ford has released a new compact electric MPV called the E‑Tourneo Courier. The five-seat vehicle is the latest fruit of Ford’s alliance with Volkswagen on EVs. Ford has committed to offering 10 EV models in Europe by 2024, as it targets zero emissions for…

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pd website news cma fuel prices

Competition watchdog to grill supermarkets over petrol and diesel price ‘profiteering’

Petrol and diesel prices are unnecessarily high, according to the UK competition watchdog. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said oil companies could not blame global factors such as the war in Ukraine for high prices, and accused retailers of taking bigger margins than…

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pd website news levc ev taxi

LEVC reveals next-generation all-electric London black cab platform

The next-generation LEVC London black taxi will be a fully-electric vehicle, the company has announced. LEVC has released images of its next-generation all-electric platform, which will replace the current LEVC series hybrid TX taxi and VN5 van models in the next, which use a…

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pd website news osprey hull

Osprey Charging Network adds 150kW charge points in Hull and Bridgend

Hull and Bridgend are the latest locations to receive new Osprey rapid electric vehicle charge points as part of the operator’s ambitious plans to have more than 1,000 rapid chargers in operation by the end of 2023. In Bridgend, the new public charging sites…

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pd website news inverclyde cctv

Inverclyde Council approves CCTV cameras following pressure from operators

Inverclyde Council has reversed a ban on in-cab CCTV cameras following a series of attacks on drivers in the area. In a landmark decision, councillors voted unanimously to allow operators to have cameras in their cabs, following pressure from local trade bodies and unions.…

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pd website news tfl zest

Zest wins TfL contract to set up electric charging points on public land in London

Transport for London has awarded electric vehicle infrastructure provider Zest a contract to roll out 39 new EV charging bays by the end of 2024. The charge points will be built on 24 sites in south and south-west London, The 39 new bays will…

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pd website news addlee profits

ComCab takeover helps Addison Lee double profits in 2021-22 financial year

Addison Lee doubled its profits in the 2021-22 financial year, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and a chronic shortage of private hire drivers. The business achieved an adjusted EBITDA of £19.1 million, up from £7.9m the previous year, on a turnover of…

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Eddie Townson (1952-2023)

ProDriver magazine is saddened to hear of the death of Edward (Eddie) Townson over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Eddie was a well-known and popular figure in the private hire industry, having served as Chairman of the Private Hire Board. Eddie was instrumental in securing…

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pd website news charge uk ian johnston

New EV charging trade body ChargeUK pledges to double UK network by year end

Eighteen of the biggest electric vehicle charging companies have joined forces to form a new UK trade association called ChargeUK, with a goal of doubling the size of the charging network by the end of 2023. ChargeUK, backed by major players including BP Pulse,…

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pd website news taxi butler report

Global taxi market recovering, but bookings down on 2019, says Taxi Butler report

Global taxi and private hire bookings are recovering month-on-month, but are still some way below peak-pre-pandemic 2019 levels, according to a new report from Amsterdam based dispatch systems supplier Taxi Butler. But the Global Taxi Booking Industry Report showed that Q1 2023 experienced a…

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Volkswagen reveals upgraded ID.3 EV with simplified model line-up

Volkswagen has revealed a facelifted version of its ID.3 electric car, and is putting in new production facilities in Germany in order to ease supply restrictions on the car. UK customers can now order the enhanced Volkswagen ID.3 for delivery later in the year,…

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pd website news mina report

Home and public EV charging costs have stabilised after tough winter, says Mina report

The cost to charge an EV has stabilised over the past few months, following a year of climbing prices, according to new research from EV charging payment specialist Mina. In its latest EV Report, Mina claims the average cost of home charging only increased…

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pd website news freenow eastbourne

Eastbourne taxis go live on FreeNow app after successful Brighton launch

Hackney taxi drivers in the south coast town of Eastbourne will be able to take jobs via the FreeNow app from May 3. The move follows a successful launch of the ride-hailing service in nearby Brighton in 2018. The company registered a 25% growth…

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pd website news bolt taxis

Bolt adds London black cabs to app as dedicated booking option

Ride-hailing app Bolt has added London black cabs as a dedicated booking option on its London’s iconic black cabs available on its platform. Black cabs have previously been available on FreeNow, following its acquisition of dedicated app Hailo, but Bolt is by far the…

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