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Bedford Council rejects call to remove PHV roof lights on ‘safety’ grounds

Bedford Borough Council has rejected calls to do away with roof sign requirements for private vehicles, claiming they were a “community safety issue”. In the town, hackney taxis have yellow lights while PHVs have green ones. But David Masih, owner of local private hire…

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Pd Website News Driveyork Stephen Ashford

York Council ordered to remove special conditions over Drive cross-border hires

York Council had no right to impose additional conditions on a private hire operator looking to use drivers licensed in neighbouring cities, Harrogate Magistrates Court has ruled. In a case that has implications for cross-border hiring, District Judge Adrian Lower ruled that taxi operator…

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Renault calls in administrators for ‘not financially viable’ Karhoo

Renault has closed its Karhoo mobility service after seven years. It is the second time the business has entered administration, after the first version of the company went out of business in 2016. A blunt statement on the Karhoo website reads: “Unfortunately, the decision…

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New BMW i5 Touring hits showrooms this month

The new all-electric BMW i5 Touring estate arrives in the showrooms this month. BMW’s first all-electric estate car offers a range of  up to 350 miles (WLTP) and fast DC charging at up to 205kW. This means it takes around 10 minutes to add…

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Taxi app Gett sold to Israeli car parking firm Pango in $175m deal

Israeli parking payments app Pango has acquired ride-hailing app Gett in a deal worth $175 million (around £140m) – a fraction of the company’s $1.4 billion ($1.17bn) valuation in 2018. Pango is buying the shares from a number of private venture capital investors, including…

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Pd Website News Privilege

Privilege expands in Leeds with elite Voyager takeover

Leeds-based chauffeur operator Privilege Executive Cars has acquired local rival Elite Voyager Chauffeur Travel. The deal adds eight chauffeurs to the 30-strong Privilege team of over 30 chauffeurs and six more vehicles to the company’s fleet of Mercedes-Benz S-class,  E-class and V-class vehicles. “This…

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Pd Website News Uber Matthew Freckelton

Uber targets Aberdeen and Dundee as part of UK expansion drive

Uber has re-applied for a license to operate in Aberdeen, having previously surrendered its license in the city in 2018. Matthew Freckelton, Uber’s UK Head of Cities, told the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce that he hoped Uber would be up and running…

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Cab My Ride can keep operating despite Southampton ‘fit and proper’license loss

South coast private hire operator Cab My Ride has been stripped of its license by Southampton Council after the council’s licensing sub committee found the business was not “fit and proper”. Cab My Ride will be able to keep its licence with the two…

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Black cab drivers launch £250 million class action lawsuit against Uber

A group of more than 10,000 London black cab drivers has launched a class action lawsuit against Uber, alleging the ride-hailing platform breached taxi booking rules between 2012 and 2018. The drivers are suing for loss of earnings throughout the period, and the lawyers…

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New data reveals how Wolverhampton dominates UK private hire licensing

The extent to which Wolverhampton has become the UK’s taxi capital has been revealed by new licensing data from private hire insurance provider Zego. In the 12 months from April 2023 to March 2024, Wolverhampton council issued 32,169 Private Hire Vehicle licenses, a rise…

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Pd Website News Take Me Nuneaton

Take Me strengthens Midlands operations with Nuneaton Direct Taxis acquisition

Take Me has strengthened its presence in the Midlands with the acquisition of Nuneaton-based Direct Taxis. This strategic acquisition adds a further 80 cars to the fast-growing Take Me national fleet. Under the deal, Direct Taxis will work closely with the Solihull-based arm of…

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Uber resumes new direct launches with services in Swansea and Stockton

Uber has restarted launches in UK towns and cities following the collapse of the Local Car scheme late last year. The ride-hailing giant has announced plans to launch in Swansea, south Wales, and Stockton, north-east England. Uber said there was high demand for the…

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Veezu moves into south coast market with Portsmouth’s Aqua Cars acquisition

Veezu has made another major acquisition with the purchase of Portsmouth-based private hire giant Aqua Cars. The move is Veezu’s first move on to the South Coast, and represents the biggest deal for the fast-growing group since it bought Sheffield-based City Taxis and Britannia…

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Pd Website News Chabe Limo Plus

Chabé jets in to private aviation sector with Limo Plus acquisition

Fast-growing chauffeur operator Chabé has acquired Farnborough-based Limo Plus. It is the first acquisition that Chabé has made in Britain since the Paris-based company set up its UK subsidiary in 2020. Limo Plus serves a similar portfolio of high-end clients to Chabé – and…

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Pd Website News Cmac Comfort

ComfortDelGro to propel CMAC global expansion after £80 million takeover

Singapore-based transport giant ComfortDelGro has acquired ground transport management specialist CMAC Group for £80 million. The deal has been done through ComfortDelGro’s wholly-owned subsidiary CityFleet Networks, and is expected to drive CMAC’s expansion into mainland Europe. As well as the UK, CMAC has operations…

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Pd Website News Tfl Helen Chapman

LPHCA demands urgent talks with TfL over ‘unacceptable’ 2024 signage requirements

The LPHCA has written to TfL Director of Licensing Helen Chapman (pictured), demanding an urgent meeting over “unacceptable” new signage requirements and complaints procedures for all private hire vehicles, due to come into force next July. The new signage rules could see vehicles –…

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Pd Website News Bolt Toms

VAT victory for Bolt as HMRC loses case over Tour Operator Margin Scheme charges

Bolt has won its appeal against HMRC over whether private hire operators are eligible to use the Tour Operator Margin Scheme (TOMS), which reduces liability for VAT to the margin of a trip rather than the full fare. The ruling is a major victory…

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ADCU in turmoil as Farrar resigns after independent report cites “toxic” culture

The trade union that won landmark employment rulings against Uber has been plunged into chaos after an internal report highlighted multiple cases of abusive and racist behaviour within the organisation. The report has resulted in the resignation of App Drivers and Couriers Union founder…

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