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Lancashire council invests £64,000 to fit safety screens to all taxis and PHVs

Blackburn with Darwen Council in Lancashire has invested £64,000 to fit perspex screens in all of the borough’s 1,000 licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in a bid to protect drivers from the Covid-19 virus.  The project has been backed by Pennine Lancashire licensing…

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Clean Air Zones on hold in UK cities as Covid-19 keeps commuters off the roads

There are few positives from the Coronavirus crisis as far as the taxi and private hire trade is concerned. But one might be the delay – perhaps indefinitely – of Clean Air Zones around the UK. While a cleaner environment is something everyone wants,…

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Parker boss Polley quits LPHCA and launches stinging attack on Uber’s “parasitic wasp” Autocab deal

Parker Car Service managing director Joe Polley has issued a strongly worded response to Uber’s acquisition of dispatch systems provider Autocab, accusing the ride-hailing app of acting like a “parasitic wasp” on the private hire trade. Polley has also resigned from the LPHCA over…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Uber’s takeover of Autocab marks the start of a new approach for the ride-hailing giant, says its European head Jamie Heywood

Uber has always considered itself a disrupter, and the company’s announcement that it had acquired dispatch systems provider Autocab has certainly disrupted the equilibrium of the fragile, taxi and private hire business. In a sector weakened by the ongoing effects of Covid-19, the deal…

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Mercedes reveals all-new S-Class, with major upgrades to computing power, and electric versions to follow

Mercedes-Benz has revealed its all-new S-Class, including major upgrades in technology and safety. The new range, which will go on sale in the UK in December, will include a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid model with an electric range of 60 miles, with an all-electric EQS…

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Karhoo adds new travel sector partners to bolster global ambitions

Mobility aggregator Karhoo has added four new partners to expand its exposure in the international travel market. Now owned by Renault, Karhoo connects taxi and chauffeur fleets with travel clients. The new partnerships are with; Fareportal, which also operates and; accessible…

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Investment specialist MBH Corporation acquires Leicester taxi company ADT for £3.4m

London-based investment company MBH Corporation PLC has bought Leicester-based taxi operator ADT for £3.4 million. ADT has 600 drivers on strength and the company owns 150 of its cars. ADT is part of the Riide network, and indeed in 2017 changed its company name…

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‘Trojan Horse’ Autocab deal hands Uber a lifeline and will bring about taxi industry’s demise, claims iCabbi CEO Walsh

The CEO of iCabbi has launched a ferocious attack on Uber’s takeover of iCabbi’s main rival, Autocab, accusing the dispatch systems supplier of throwing Uber a lifeline, and claiming the takeover was a “trojan horse” for Uber to take business from the private hire…

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Autocab moves to quell operators’ data fears after dramatic Uber takeover

Autocab has reassured operators that the company’s sale to Uber will open up new opportunities for them, as it will give them access to jobs in towns and cities where the US ride-hailing operator does not operate. Uber yesterday acquired 100% of the Manchester-based…

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IWGB leads London private hire protest on Tower Bridge against Congestion Charge price rise

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain has organised a two-hour blockage of Tower Bridge by London private hire drivers in protest against the rise in the Congestion Charge. The protest passed close to City Hall, with the IWGB blaming London Mayor Sadiq Khan…

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Free Now

Black cab drivers unhappy as merged Free Now app adds private hire cars in bit to beat Uber

Taxi app Free Now is now offering both hackney carriage and private hire services via the same app in London. The move follows the merger earlier in the year of Free Now and Kapten, both of which are owned by Daimler. The combined service…

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Government’s new taxi and private hire guidance falls short of standards required, says Institute of Licensing chief

The Department for Transport has drawn criticism for its “robust” new statutory standards for the taxi and private hire vehicle sector – including app-based services – across England and Wales. Among new recommendations announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps (pictured), drivers will have to…

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Andy Bunham

Manchester proposes colour-coded scheme for taxis and private hire vehicles as part of major upgrade to services

Greater Manchester’s combined authority has proposed that the region’s hackney taxis be painted black and all private hire vehicles white as part of plans to “modernise” services. The combined authority said it wanted to introduce common minimum standards for taxi and private hire firms,…

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Ford reveals partition screens for Transit and Tourneo models, with car screens to follow

Ford has also launched its first protection screens, designed to fit the Transit and Tourneo Custom models. The screens are part of the manufacturer’s official accessories range, and are likely to be approved by TfL future for use in Tourneos used for private hire…

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TfL approves official Toyota temporary partition screens

Transport for London has approved partition screens supplied by Toyota to fit a range of its cars. The Toyota screens are the first to be officially approved by TfL, which earlier forced Addison Lee to remove screens from its fleet after a customer videoed…

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New car market likely to be down 30% in 2020 despite signs of recovery in June as dealerships reopen

The reopening of car dealerships in June and the gradual easing of the Coronavirus lockdown could lead to the release of pent-up new car demand and the start of a revival, industry analysts believe. But the overall market for new cars could be 30%…

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Addison Lee tells drivers to remove partition screens after video of collapsing screen led to TfL licensing threats

Addison Lee has been forced to remove vehicle partition screens after Transport for London threatened action. The move comes after video footage was made public showing a faulty partition screen coming away from its rooftop fixing and folding over into the passenger compartment. Addison…

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