Uber York

Police to eject Uber drivers from York in cross-border crackdown on ride-hailing giant

Uber drivers attempting to pick up bookings in York are likely to be escorted from the city by Police, as the city looks to protect local operators. York removed Uber’s operator’s licence in December 2017 when the City of York council gambling, licensing and…

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Uber Farrar

Analysis: Supreme Court rules that Uber drivers are workers, but legal wrangles will continue over multiple app employers

The Supreme Court’s decision to reject Uber’s final appeal against an Employment Tribunal ruling that its drivers are “workers” sets a precedent that will have a significant effect on the gig economy. Lawyers representing the drivers who brought the claim in 2016 now expect…

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Pd Website News Supreme Court

Supreme Court to make final judgement on Uber employment rights on Friday

The Supreme Court is expected to announce its judgement this Friday, February 19, on Uber’s appeal against an earlier ruling that its drivers are classified as “workers”, not independent contractors. The dispute has been grinding through the courts since 2016, and the final ruling…

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Bournemouth taxi licensing revamp

Operators angry as south coast towns vote to remove licence cap in Bournemouth licensing revamp

Taxi operators and drivers in the south coast towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are angry at local council plans to introduce sweeping changes to taxi and private hire policies in the towns. Despite the massive downturn in trade resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic,…

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Jaguar XJ EV

Jaguar axes production ready electric XJ as part of major strategic revamp for JLR

Jaguar has axed the production ready, all-electric new XJ as part of a radical revamp of Jaguar Land Rover’s strategy. The move will come as a blow to chauffeurs who were looking to Jaguar to provide a luxury alterative to the big three German…

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DG delivery

DG Cars’ delivery business growth helps Nottingham taxi firm take on drivers during Covid-19 lockdown

DG Delivery, Nottingham private hire giant DG Cars’ takeaway food delivery business, has now signed up more than 160 restaurants across Nottingham and Derby – and helped the company buck the trend of driver losses by recruiting 175 new drivers during the pandemic. The…

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TC Cars

Birmingham’s TC Cars joins growing Take Me portfolio in £2 million takeover

Ambitious taxi operator Take Me has added another company to its growing portfolio, with the addition of Birmingham-based TC Cars. And Take Me managing director David Hunter said the company had at least three more acquisitions in the pipeline to be announced in the…

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Uber connect

Uber launches Uber Connect same-day delivery product with pilot schemes in three UK cities

Uber has launched a new same-day delivery service called Uber Connect in the UK. Costing the same as a regular UberX journey, the new product will initially be available in Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds as a pilot programme. Uber Connect allows users to deliver…

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Sadiq Khan

Mayor Khan excludes ‘inappropriate’ taxis and PHVs from his future London transport strategy

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has excluded taxis and private hire vehicles from his Transport Strategy as they still cause brake, tyre and tailpipe emissions – and taking a cab is “unhealthy”. Mayor Khan (pictured) said he wanted 80% of all journeys in London by…

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Nick and Joseph Havn

Blacklane acquires majority stake in Jaguar-backed London e-chauffeur Havn

Global chauffeur service Blacklane has acquired a majority stake in Havn, the Jaguar-backed London electric chauffeur start-up, and has added the brand to its offering in the capital. Blacklane now plans to grow Havn’s service and offer more zero-emission rides in London, as well…

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Gett

Gett under HMRC investigation over VAT on B2B rides

Ride-hailing app Gett has been hit by an HMRC investigation into £5 million of business-to-business VAT receipts, according to documents filed at CompaniesHouse.  Gett is part-owned by Volkswagen, works with both private hire operators and London black cabs. According to Gett, the dispute centres…

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Burnley screens

Burnley Council to pay for Covid-protective screens to be installed in all local private hire cars

Burnley Council has secured funding to fit protective screens inside private hire vehicles in the town. The funding is part of its overall Covid-19 response to supporting local businesses, and includes the cost of the screen and fitting. The screens will be restricted to…

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Brighton grant

Brighton Council proposes Covid support grant for local taxi and private hire drivers

South coast taxi and private hire drivers could be handed a £500,000 financial lifeline by Brighton and Hove City Council, if party leaders approve the latest round of Covid grants. Three taxi drivers in the city have died of coronavirus since the start of…

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covid deaths

Covid-19 death toll for professional drivers reached 209 in 2020, ONS data reveals, while drivers are still dying in 2021

The death toll from Covid-19 for taxi drivers, private hire drivers and chauffeurs passed 200 in 2020, and the occupation continues to be one of the most high-risk, with a death rate for male drivers more than three times higher than the national average.…

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Welsh PPE

Drivers to receive free packs of medical grade PPE from Welsh Government

Taxi and private hire drivers in Wales will be able to claim free PPE and vehicle cleaning material packs as part of a new scheme, funded by the Welsh Government. The pack contains medical grade re-usable face coverings and hand sanitiser, as well as…

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UVA Rees

UVA plans 2021 ride-hailing launch with fixed prices, flexible commissions and recruitment drive

Another new player is preparing to launch into the ride-hailing business, as Solihull-based UVA UK has launched a recruitment drive in the West Midlands. UVA is set to start services in a number of UK cities including Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Exeter and London in early…

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Pd Website News Al Now

Addison Lee launches two-hour delivery service aimed at local London businesses

Addison Lee has expanded its courier service with the launch of AL Now – a two-hour, rapid delivery service for local London businesses. Rather than giving customers all-day delivery windows, AL Now allows users to offer consumers a specific two-hour delivery window. The service…

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Pd Website News Herts Cars Mg 1

Herts Cars adds first two electric MG5 estate cars as start of transition to all-EV fleet

Radlett-based Herts Cars has taken delivery of two all-electric MG5 estate cars as the start of a transition to a fully zero-emissions fleet. Managing director Muhammad Qureshi said the company had a pre-Covid fleet of 150 cars, and by the time business returns to…

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