Addison Lee in global app rollout and £65m new car deals

By Mark Bursa | 31 January 2018

Addison Lee has extended its app to more than 100 cities worldwide as part of a renewed global expansion drive. The company has also committed £65 million into new vehicles for its fleets in the UK and US.

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Uber to restrict drivers’ hours as it bids to convince TfL it is “fit and proper”

By Mark Bursa | 17 January 2018

Uber’s charm offensive is gathering momentum as it bids to win back its London licence. The US-owned taxi operator has announced it would introduce a new policy on UK drivers‘ hours from next week in the interests of safety, forcing drivers to take breaks after 10 hours of driving.

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TfL extends Addison Lee London licence for five years

By Mark Bursa | 16 January 2018

Transport for London has extended Addison Lee’s licence to operate in the capital for another five years.

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Taxi protest at Elephant & Castle kicks off week of Uber demos

By Mark Bursa | 16 January 2018

Angry taxi drivers brought traffic to a standstill at South London’s busy Elephant & Castle junction on Monday afternoon as part of a week-long series of protests against Transport for London’s handling of Uber’s private hire licence.

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Uber given green light to launch in Aberdeen

By Mark Bursa | 16 January 2018

Uber has been granted a licence to operate in Aberdeen. The controversial US-based taxi operator said it was looking to launch in the city “as soon as possible”.

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Glasgow private hire giant Network Cars chooses Autocab as technology partner

By Mark Bursa | 9 January 2018

Network Cars, one of the largest private hire operators in Scotland, has signed up with Autocab as its technology supplier, moving from a fixed system to a cloud-based dispatch system.

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Daimler Mobility Services acquires majority stake in leading French private hire operator Chauffeur Privé

By Mark Bursa | 2 January 2018

Daimler Mobility Services has increased its push into the chauffeur sector by acquiring a majority stake in the largest French private hire company, Chauffeur Privé, for an unspecified sum.

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Arrow Taxis scraps electric fleet plan after council blocks bus lane access

By Mark Bursa | 22 December 2017

Leeds-based Arrow Cars has scrapped a plan to introduce 30 electric Tesla cars in the city after the local council refused the company’s request that electric private hire cars should be able to use bus lanes.

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Uber faces massive VAT bill as ECJ rules it is a transport provider

By Mark Bursa | 20 December 2017

Uber is facing a billion pound VAT bill after the European Court of Justice ruled the company was a transport service, not an “information society service”, as it had claimed.

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Almost one in three cab rides could be autonomous by 2025, says Addison Lee boss

By Mark Bursa | 19 December 2017

Up to 30% of taxi and private hire journeys could be served by autonomous vehicles by 2025, according to Addison Lee chief executive Andy Boland.

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Leeds Clean Air Zone could mean daily £12.50 charge for taxi drivers

By Mark Bursa | 8 December 2017

Leeds taxi drivers could face a daily £12.50 ULEZ charge unless they upgrade their cabs to cleaner vehicles – and local driver trade associations fear that many will not be able to afford to upgrade.

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Loughborough taxi drivers in go-slow protest over cross-border hires

By Mark Bursa | 8 December 2017

Around 80 taxi drivers brought Loughborough town centre to a near standstill last week with a go-slow protest against cross-border sub-contracting.

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Uber drivers responsible for half of London cab-related sex offences in 2016

By Mark Bursa | 8 December 2017

The total number of sexual offences in London’s taxi and private hire cars rose from 136 in 2015 to 164 in 2016 – and almost half of those convicted were Uber drivers, according to Metropolitan Police data.

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Taxify reshuffles management in new bid to launch in London

By Mark Bursa | 8 December 2017

Estonian Uber rival Taxify has hired former Gett chief marketing officer Rich Pleeth (pictured) in a bid to revive its bid to launch in London.

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Three Liverpool taxi firms join forces to battle Uber

By Mark Bursa | 8 December 2017

Three major Liverpool taxi firms have joined forces to create a 700-car alliance covering most of the city.

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Sheffield Council suspends Uber’s private hire licence

By Mark Bursa | 8 December 2017

Sheffield Council has suspended Uber’s operator’s licence in the city after the company “failed to respond to requests from the local authority’s licensing team about their management”.

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Portfolio Cars orders 30 Jaguar XF Sportbrake estates for VIP Heathrow transfers

By Mark Bursa | 7 December 2017

Jaguar has delivered 30 all-new XF Sportbrake models to Portfolio Cars. The estate cars will be used to offer a VIP transfer service to and from London Heathrow airport.

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LPHCA expresses “dismay” at Uber data breach and backs TfL licence refusal decision

By Mark Bursa | 4 December 2017

The Licensed Private Hire Car Association has reaffirmed its support for Transport for London’s decision to deny Uber a private hire operator licence in London.

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