Engie to install dedicated taxi and PHV electric charging infrastructure in West Yorkshire

By Mark Bursa | 6 December 2018, 08:13

Energy supplier Engie is to supply a dedicated network of electric vehicle rapid charge points solely for the use of taxis and private hire vehicles.

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Birmingham council call to boycott Wolverhampton drivers over licensing spat

By Mark Bursa | 6 December 2018, 08:12

A Birmingham City Councillor has called on local residents to boycott the Wolverhampton-licensed private hire drivers who operate in Birmingham.

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Q Despatch rebrands as OnCue Transport, splitting healthcare and private hire services

By Mark Bursa | 4 December 2018, 08:49

Professional Driver QSi Award-winning private hire operator Q Despatch has changed its name to OnCue Transport.

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Jaguar I-Pace is the 2018 Professional Driver Car of the Year

By Mark Bursa | 22 November 2018, 15:18

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace has been judged to be Car of the Year for 2018 by readers of Professional Driver magazine. The I-Pace also won the Green Car of the Year category in the Awards.

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Government launches consultation on taxi database

By Mark Bursa | 26 October 2018, 07:34

Defra has launched a consultation on plans to create a central national database to help local authorities identify taxis and private hire vehicles.

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Addison Lee plans to offer autonomous car services in London by 2021

By Mark Bursa | 22 October 2018, 12:30

Addison Lee is planning to launch self-driving taxis on London’s streets by 2021. The private hire giant has teamed up with self-driving specialists Oxbotica to develop autonomous vehicles over the next three years.

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BMW readies new X7 flagship seven-seat SUV for April 2019 launch

By Mark Bursa | 22 October 2018, 12:28

BMW has revealed its new flagship SUV, the X7. On sale from April 2019, it’ll compete directly with the Range Rover, Mercedes GLS and the new Audi Q8, with prices starting from £72,155.

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Four Ioniqs join Hubert Cars’s growing fleet

By Mark Bursa | 4 October 2018, 08:15

New-start rental company Hubert Cars has taken delivery of four new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid cars, which it intends to rent out to private hire drivers looking to work for Uber and other operators.

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LPHCA vows to fight on over language tests and licence fees

By Mark Bursa | 2 October 2018, 14:44

Up to 20,000 private hire drivers could lose their jobs if Transport for London presses ahead with plans to force all drivers to take a written English test.

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You’ve got it wrong on ULEZ, TfL told

By Mark Bursa | 2 October 2018, 14:43

Transport for London’s plans to force private hire drivers into “zero emissions capable” plug-in hybrids could make London’s pollution problem worse, panellists at the LPHCA conference claimed.

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The Professional Driver Car of the Year Judging event keeps on growing

By Mark Bursa | 25 September 2018, 12:41

The biggest and best reader-judged car awards programme in the country just keeps growing. We expanded our 2018 Professional Driver Car of the Year Judging event to two days this year, at our regular venue at Sandown Park racecourse in Esher, Surrey. And for the first time, the event was supported by a number of…

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LPHCA’s ‘grave concerns’ over DfT plans to limit PHV numbers and introduce operating restrictions

By Mark Bursa | 25 September 2018, 06:09

The Licensed Private Hire Car Association has expressed “grave concerns” over a number of recommendations in a new Department for Transport report into the taxi and private hire trade.

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Mayor Khan seeks power to cap app-linked London private hire drivers

By Mark Bursa | 21 August 2018, 16:49

London mayor Sadiq Khan has asked for powers to cap the number of private hire drivers linked to ride-sharing apps in the capital, claiming the rise in numbers since Uber’s market entry in 2012 has increased congestion and pollution.

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Indian Uber competitor Ola confirms UK launch with Manchester and South Wales licences

By Mark Bursa | 8 August 2018, 11:10

Indian Uber rival Ola has revealed plans to launch in the UK next month. The company has obtained private hire licences in Manchester and South Wales, and the company is promising more generous commissions for its drivers than they could earn with Uber.

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Chauffeur finance growth drives Ethos Finance to new Harrogate head office

By Mark Bursa | 8 August 2018, 10:59

Chauffeur finance specialist Ethos, has relocated to larger premises to support its strong business growth. The company is staying in south Harrogate, and has moved to a larger office suite on the same business park.

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Burnham calls for unified private hire standards across Greater Manchester councils

By Mark Bursa | 2 August 2018, 07:41

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham (pictured) is launching a consultation across the city in a bid to draw up common licensing standards for private hire and taxi regulations across all authorities within Greater Manchester.

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CMAC Group acquires Cabfind from Transdev in move to focus on mobility

By Mark Bursa | 9 July 2018, 13:12

Lancashire-based transport and accommodation provider CMAC Group has acquired managed taxi specialist Cabfind from Transdev, creating the UK’s largest corporate ground transportation network with revenues in excess of £50 million.

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LPHCA vows to fight TfL’s proposal to scrap congestion charge exemption for London private hire vehicles

By Mark Bursa | 6 July 2018, 14:53

The Licensed Private Hire Car Association has reacted angrily to Transport for London’s proposal to remove the exemption from congestion charging for London’s licensed private hire vehicles, minicabs and chauffeur cars.

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