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Addison Lee offers £5,000 incentive in bid to recruit 1,000 new drivers

By Mark Bursa | 15 October 2021, 13:20

Addison Lee is offering new drivers a guaranteed £5,000 for their first month with the company in a bid to recruit 1,000 new drivers. The payment will be made if the driver completes at least 140 jobs during the month.  It is also offering a competitive vehicle rental plan, and drivers do not have to…

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Uber announces pension plans for UK drivers, and puts pressure on rivals over worker status

By Mark Bursa | 24 September 2021, 18:38

Uber has announced it will roll out its pension plan to all eligible UK drivers. The move is another outcome of the March 2021 Supreme Court ruling that it must reclassify its 70,000-plus drivers in Britain as workers. Uber has previously offered guaranteed holiday pay and minimum wage rights – though only when the drivers…

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Employment tribunal rules drivers are workers in Bounds Taxis dispute

By Mark Bursa | 23 September 2021, 08:16

In a landmark ruling, an Employment Tribunal has ruled that private hire drivers at Northampton/based Bounds Taxis are workers. In a case brought by drivers Shafqat Shah and Samuel Adjei and backed by the App Drivers & Couriers Union (ACDU), the Employment Tribunal has confirmed that Bounds Taxis must respect the right of drivers to…

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Osprey Charging to invest £75 million in 150 electric vehicle rapid charge hubs

By Mark Bursa | 22 September 2021, 17:16

Osprey Charging has announced a £75 million plan to open 150 high-powered electric vehicle charging hubs across the UK over the next four years. The rollout is a major boost to the UK’s public EV charging infrastructure and will support drivers with EV charging ahead of the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol…

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Uber extends Local Cab service to four more towns as national roll-out gathers pace

By Mark Bursa | 21 September 2021, 22:33

Uber has announced four new UK towns into which it is launching its Local Cab service, which gives local operators on Autocab’s iGo platform the opportunity to take on Uber jobs. Local Cab is now live in Northampton, Aylesbury, Stranraer and Dumfries, with the latter two being the first Local Cab launches in Scotland. The…

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Addison Lee chooses Volkswagen ID.4 to drive transition to fully electric fleet by 2023

By Mark Bursa | 21 September 2021, 17:14

Addison Lee has formed a strategic alliance with Volkswagen as part of a plan to go all-electric by 2023. The private hire giant has chosen the Volkswagen ID.4, recently chosen as 2021 World Car of the Year, to begin its transition to a fully electric fleet. Over the next two years, Addison Lee will invest…

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Luxury on demand – Can a chauffeur service work like a ride-hailing minicab? Yes it can, believes ambitious operator Wheely

By Mark Bursa | 21 September 2021, 09:11

Can a chauffeur service work like a ride-hailing minicab? Yes it can, believes ambitious operator Wheely. Ride-hailing may have revolutionised the minicab market thanks to the efforts of Uber, Bolt and others. But high-end chauffeuring has remained largely out of bounds to the world of click-and-hail systems. Wheely is here to change that – and…

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It’s great to be back! Our Car of the Year judging days returned with an electric atmosphere

By Mark Bursa | 27 August 2021, 13:28

Great cars, great weather and a great turnout marked the return of the Professional Driver Car of the Year judging event this week. The much-loved event couldn’t happen last year, so we were delighted to be able to invite our friends in the industry to the first post-Covid social event of 2021. One thing had…

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Shortlist announced for Professional Driver Car of the Year judging days, August 24-25, 2021

By Mark Bursa | 6 August 2021, 09:05

Here’s our shortlist for the 2021 Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards judging days. There are some very special cars on the list – and the focus is on electric, as that’s the way our sector has to go. All these cars will be available to test on the day – so don’t miss…

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Insurers threaten Uber with CMA investigation over new Instadoc document checking system

By Mark Bursa | 30 July 2021, 08:41

Leading insurers are threatening Uber with a referral to the Competition & Markets Authority after the ride-hailing operator introduced a new insurance system that excludes a number of the biggest companies. Uber has introduced a system called Instadoc, which it says is designed to streamline and simplify the documentation approval process for drivers. The Instadoc…

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Addison Lee will keep in-cab safety screens until Summer 2022

By Mark Bursa | 26 July 2021, 17:12

Addison Lee will keep partition screens between drivers and passengers in its vehicles until at least summer 2022. The announcement comes as the Government announces the removal of most restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite a sharp rise in infections in recent weeks. The installation of partition screens into Addison Lee’s fleet of 4,000…

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Chabé takes on Global Chauffeur to grow London luxury sector presence

By Mark Bursa | 26 July 2021, 16:28

French-backed chauffeur operator Chabé, which launched in London last year, has grown its operations in the capital with the takeover of Global Chauffeur, the chauffeur division of Global Interconnextions. The move is a good strategic fit, according to Chabé UK managing director David Bruce (pictured), as both companies are aimed at serving the London luxury…

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Industry anger as private hire cars are hit with Heathrow’s £5 drop-off charge from October

By Mark Bursa | 23 July 2021, 13:49

Heathrow Airport is planning to introduce a new £5 drop-off charge for all vehicles – including taxis and private hire vehicles – from this October. The move – another blow to the beleaguered travel sector – will apply to any vehicles entering any of the terminals. The airport says the charge is designed to “improve…

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Gridserve unveils plans to create nationwide high speed electric vehicle charging network

By Mark Bursa | 2 July 2021, 07:46

Gridserve has unveiled plans to establish a national network of high-speed electric vehicle charging stations under the Gridserve Electric Highway brand. The move follows the acquisition of Ecotricity’s EV network in May. Under the new plan, Gridserve, which opened Britain’s first electric charging forecourt in Essex last year, will open 100 more Electric Forecourts, a…

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Uber launches third Local Cab service with Bedford operator Key Cars

By Mark Bursa | 2 July 2021, 07:45

Bedford has become the third town in which Uber has launched its new Local Cab product, which enables passengers in the town to book a trip with a local taxi company via the Uber app. Uber has already launched the service in Plymouth with Need-A-Cab, and in Oxford with 001 Taxis. In Bedford, the Local…

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Take Me moves into West Country with £1.8m acquisition of Plymouth’s Tower Cabs

By Mark Bursa | 2 July 2021, 07:44

Ambitious taxi group Take Me has added another company to its growing portfolio, with the addition of Plymouth-based Tower Cabs. The £1.8 million deal has been funded by Take Me managing director David Hunter and fellow director John Gardner. It is not part of the ongoing funding agreement with MBH Corporation, which has bankrolled much…

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Minicabit announces strategic partnership with travel management company Roomex

By Mark Bursa | 2 July 2021, 07:43

Cab comparison app Minicabit has entered into a strategic partnership with travel management company Roomex aimed at offering safe and affordable transport services to customers of both platforms. Roomex helps customers book, manage, pay, and analyse all their accommodation and expenses in one place – bringing control and visibility into all travel spend. Roomex already…

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UK pricing and specification revealed for Mercedes-Maybach S-Class ahead of Autumn deliveries

By Mark Bursa | 2 July 2021, 07:42

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is now on sale, with prices starting from £162,390 for the Maybach S 580 4Matic, and £177,025 for the S 580 4Matic First Class. The top-line, V12-engined Maybach S 680 4Matic First Class costs £204,375. The cars are available to order now, with first UK vehicles arriving in early Autumn. The Mercedes-Maybach…

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