Hailo name disappears as Daimler launches Mytaxi app in London

By Mark Bursa | 14 March 2017

The Hailo brand has been replaced in London by Mytaxi, following the merger of the two operations last July. Mytaxi is owned by Daimler, and will focus on providing “virtual hailing” for black cabs in London via its app.

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Uber loses appeal on English language tests but wins concessions on insurance and call centres

By Mark Bursa | 3 March 2017

Uber has lost its high court battle with Transport for London over mandatory written language testing for drivers. The ruling means anyone applying for a minicab licence in London will have to pass a written English exam, including a 120-word essay – and this could lead to thousands of drivers being refused a licence.

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Birmingham emissions targets could force 2,000 cabs off the road

By Mark Bursa | 27 February 2017

Hundreds of taxi and private hire drivers in Birmingham could be forced to replace their vehicles as the city has been ordered to clean up air pollution.

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Murphy and four others guilty in PCS Events clocking trial

By Mark Bursa | 24 February 2017

PCS Events boss John Murphy and four other individuals have been found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud at Chester Crown Court after a six-week trial. The five have been convicted of a car clocking conspiracy that involved wiping a total of around 7.5 million miles off the odometers of more than 100 cars from…

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July tribunal date for Addison Lee unfair dismissal case

By Mark Bursa | 22 February 2017

The Employment Tribunal on the Addison Lee unfair dismissal case will take place in London on July 4, 2017, it has been announced.

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eVolt chargepoints support new Taxi Central EV fleet

By Mark Bursa | 22 February 2017

Electric vehicle chargepoint supplier eVolt has completed the installation of three rapid chargers for a new Scottish taxi business. The chare points support Kirkcaldy-based Taxi Central’s five new Nissan Leaf EVs, which are now fully operational in its private hire fleet.

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Liverpool plans city-wide license after local drivers get nasty with Uber interlopers

By Mark Bursa | 17 February 2017

A group of Liverpool taxi drivers staged an extraordinary protest against Uber drivers licensed in other cities who are said to be working in Liverpool.

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Acquisitions and booking growth boost for Addison Lee profits

By Mark Bursa | 17 February 2017

Addison Lee says it expects a 40% increase in revenue this year as the effect of major acquisitions kick into the company’s finances.

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Uber challenge forces TfL backdown over English language test

By Mark Bursa | 14 February 2017

Uber has Transport For London to delay its plans to force all drivers to pass English language tests, following a legal challenge. TfL has now postponed implementation of the requirement by six months.

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Go Green boosts Newbury presence with H&H Taxis takeover

By Mark Bursa | 1 February 2017

Go Green Taxis has followed its recent move into Newbury with the acquisition of local rival H&H Taxis with immediate effect.

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PCS “wiped 7 million miles off odometers” in massive clocking fraud, court hears

By Mark Bursa | 26 January 2017

Directors and staff at north-western chauffeur operator PCS Events wiped a combined seven million miles off the odometers of more than 100 cars in a “clocking” scam, Chester Crown Court has heard.

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Oxfordshire’s Go Green Taxis expands into Newbury

By Mark Bursa | 26 January 2017

Oxfordshire-based Go Green Taxis has expanded its service into the west Berkshire town of Newbury.

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Karhoo Rises From The Ashes

By Mark Bursa | 12 January 2017

British based taxi price comparison and hailing app Karhoo, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November, is back in the saddle following a deal backed by a finance branch of Renault group.

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New taxi licences suspended by Knowsley Council as officials struggle to cope with demand

By Mark Bursa | 10 January 2017

Knowsley Council has stopped issuing new taxi licences as officials cannot cope with a deluge of applications following the removal of local “knowledge” tests.

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Merseyside minicab giant Delta grows despite Uber entry

By Mark Bursa | 10 January 2017

Bootle-based private hire operator Delta has reported a rise in turnover and a reduction in losses last year, despite new competition on Merseyside from Uber.

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All-new Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi launches in London

By Mark Bursa | 6 January 2017

The all-new Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi is now officially on sale in London, priced from £168 a week with a zero deposit, based on a four-year lease with a final £15,900 payment, and 30,000 miles a year.

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Addison Lee’s global drive gains momentum with massive US Flyte Tyme takeover

By Mark Bursa | 5 January 2017

Addison Lee has made a major acquisition in North America with the purchase of major New Jersey-based executive car service Flyte Tyme.

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