London-licensed Uber drivers fined for plying for hire in Reading

By Mark Bursa | 4 July 2017

Reading Council has successfully prosecuted two London-licensed Uber drivers for illegally plying for hire in the city, where the service is not licensed.

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Industry calls for revised TfL language tests as Uber appeal forces deadline delay

By Mark Bursa | 4 July 2017

Transport for London is urging private hire operators and drivers to complete English Language tests, despite a six-month delay in their implementation and growing calls to revise the plan.

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Club Class sets the Gold standard

By Mark Bursa | 29 June 2017

Club Class Chauffeurs, and its insurance arm, Club Class Insurance, are celebrating the retention of its prestigious Investors In People Gold Standard accreditation. This places Club Class in the top 1% of UK organisations recognised for best practice in people management.

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Aberdeen delays decision on move to 100% wheelchair accessible taxi fleet

By Mark Bursa | 21 June 2017

Aberdeen Council’s licensing committee has delayed a controversial decision to make all taxis in the city wheelchair accessible.

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Longer but lower – BMW reveals roomy new 6-Series Gran Turismo to replace 5-Series Gran Turismo in November

By Mark Bursa | 15 June 2017

BMW’s biggest hatchback has moved up a class. After eight years, the 5-Series Gran Turismo is being replaced by a new, longer and lower 6-Series Gran Turismo, which offers more headroom and boot capacity despite its reduced overall height.

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Uber chief Kalanick takes “indefinite leave” after report exposes the company’s “dysfunctional” and “flawed” culture

By Mark Bursa | 14 June 2017

Uber’s founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick has stood down and taken indefinite leave from the company, following numerous and damaging scandals at the online taxi operator.

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Cloud-based dispatch systems can make automated bookings across licensing areas, judge rules in Skyline Taxis case

By Mark Bursa | 13 June 2017

A Milton Keynes-based taxi operator did not break 2015 Deregulation Act’s rules regarding cross-border bookings, a judge has ruled.

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Veezu appoints Hope-Bell as chief executive officer as Ragan takes a back seat

By Mark Bursa | 6 June 2017

Veezu has appointed former chairman Joel Hope-Bell as its new chief executive officer following Paul Ragan’s decision to stand down from the role.

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Taxi trade brands TfL ‘cowards’ over controversial Uber four-month licence renewal

By Mark Bursa | 30 May 2017

Transport for London has granted Uber a temporary four-month London operator’s licence rather than a full five-year licence, claiming it needs more time to decide whether to allow the taxi app to remain operating in the capital.

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Northern taxi drivers hailed as heroes after offering free rides for stranded Manchester Arena terror victims

By Mark Bursa | 24 May 2017

Northern taxi drivers were praised as heroes for their actions in the wake of the terror attack at Manchester Arena last month.

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TfL to spend £18m on rapid charge points for electric cars

By Mark Bursa | 23 May 2017

Transport for London is planning to spend £18 million installing new rapid charge points for electric vehicles across London in the next few months.

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Bristol joins Birmingham in crackdown on out of town taxi drivers

By Mark Bursa | 23 May 2017

Bristol city council is threatening to crack down on out-of-town taxi drivers after 100 local drivers protested outside the council offices.

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GMB urges councils to use existing powers to control ‘Wild West’ cross-border taxi operations

By Mark Bursa | 12 May 2017

GMB union for is writing to council leaders urging them to use existing powers to curb what it describes as “Wild West taxi regulation”.

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Operators face vast rise in licence costs as TfL deems the system “unfit for purpose”

By Mark Bursa | 25 April 2017

Transport for London is proposing a major shake-up of the London licencing structure, with major increases in fees for operators across the board.

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PCS bosses jailed for clocking fraud, but Emirates defends continued use of criminals’ firm

By Mark Bursa | 24 April 2017

Five men found guilty in the PCS Events car clocking fraud have been sentenced to a total of nine and a half years in jail.

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Facelifted Mercedes-Benz S-Class breaks cover in Shanghai ahead of July launch in Europe

By Mark Bursa | 20 April 2017

Mercedes-Benz chose the Shanghai motor show to unveil a mid-life facelift on its flagship S-Class saloon ahead of the European market roll-out in July.

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PCS sentencing delayed but further hearings scheduled

By Mark Bursa | 2 April 2017

Sentencing of the guilty defendants in the PCS Events clocking fraud case has been delayed until April 20-21 at Liverpool Court.

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Emmerson “reluctantly” leaves TfL as ‘Ubergate’ lobbying scandal claims its first victim

By Mark Bursa | 29 March 2017

The unfolding scandal over Downing Street’s alleged “lobbying” on behalf of Uber appears to have claimed its first victim, with the announcement that Garrett Emmerson, Transport for London’s chief operating officer for surface transport, was leaving with immediate effect.

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