Contrite Uber ‘on probation’ as court reverses TfL licence ban

By Mark Bursa | 3 July 2018, 06:01

A London court has granted Uber a short-term “probationary” license to operate in the English capital for the next 15 months, subject to the taxi app obeying stricter conditions.

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Club Class sticks with long-term partner Volvo in fleet renewal

By Mark Bursa | 3 July 2018, 06:00

Club Class Chauffeurs has taken delivery of 41 new Volvo saloons, estates and SUVs as part of a major fleet renewal.

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Renault-owned RCI Bank bolsters iCabbi with majority shareholding

By Tim Barnes-Clay | 22 June 2018, 09:38

iCabbi has announced a strategic partnership with RCI Bank and Services, the financial services provider for Groupe Renault.

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OBITUARY: John Coombes Senior, chairman and founder, Fylde Executive Cars

By Mark Bursa | 22 June 2018, 09:37

Professional Driver is saddened to report the death of John Coombes Senior, founder of Blackpool-based chauffeur operator Fylde Executive Cars, on June 17, following a long and courageous battle against Leukaemia.

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GMB demands ride-share ban to safeguard passengers and drivers

By Mark Bursa | 5 June 2018, 09:34

Trade union GMB has called on the government to outlaw ride-sharing in private hire vehicles. The move would ensure the safety of private hire drivers and their passengers, the Union resolved at its annual congress yesterday.

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Ford dealer network targets SMEs with Business Week event

By Mark Bursa | 1 June 2018, 10:47

Ford dealers are gearing up for a Business Week event starting tomorrow, June 2, to June 10. The dealer network is priming its business specialists to target drivers working for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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LPHCA vows to keep fighting for fair fees on after high court rejects challenge to TfL licensing structure

By Mark Bursa | 31 May 2018, 10:03

The Licensed Private Hire Car Association has pledged to continue fighting for fairer private hire operators’ fees in London after the High Court ruled against the trade body’s challenge to Transport for London’s new licence fee structure.

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ProDriver Congress London to host LPHCA Special Session

By Mark Bursa | 29 May 2018, 20:06

All ProDriver Congress London 2018 delegates are welcome to attend a special LPHCA update meeting, which will follow the conference on Tuesday June 12 between 14:00 and 15:00.

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Drivers told to ‘be patient’ for motor cover in the wake of Alpha Insurance collapse

By Tim Barnes-Clay | 11 May 2018, 07:45

Cab drivers have been rushing to reinsure their cars after insurance company Alpha went bankrupt on Wednesday, invalidating their policies.

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WeKnow Group launches Heathrow-based electric chauffeur service with Jaguar I-Pace fleet

By Mark Bursa | 11 May 2018, 07:44

WeKnow Group is launching one of the UK’s most ambitious zero-emissions chauffeur services with a fleet of up to 200 Jaguar I-Pace electric cars, operating from Heathrow Airport.

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Alpha Insurance collapse puts thousands of taxi and private hire drivers off the road as policies are cancelled

By Mark Bursa | 10 May 2018, 09:14

Thousands of taxi and private hire drivers suddenly found themselves without insurance yesterday after Danish underwriter Alpha Insurance filed for bankruptcy, causing the immediate cancellation of all policies.

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Brighton council refuses Uber licence on grounds of customer safety and data protection

By Mark Bursa | 4 May 2018, 14:24

Brighton and Hove has become the latest UK city to refuse Uber a private hire licence. The city council refused to renew the company’s licence, citing data beaches and the company’s use of non-local drivers.

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Uber’s Brighton licence renewal hearing draws angry response from licensing panel

By Mark Bursa | 1 May 2018, 07:49

Uber’s bid to get its licence renewed in Brighton has resulted in angry exchanges at a licence hearing in the south coast city.

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LPHCA “gave everything” in TfL court battle as judge considers ruling on operator licence fees

By Mark Bursa | 1 May 2018, 07:48

Licensed Private Hire Car Association boss Steve Wright said the association had done all it could to convince a judge to rule in its favour in its court case over Transport for London’s massive increase in operator licence fees.

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Class-leading rear legroom and safety technology for new Audi A6 Avant

By Mark Bursa | 14 April 2018, 12:14

Audi has released the first images of its forthcoming A6 Avant estate model, available in the UK later in the year. Order books open in the summer at Audi dealers.

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Another Uber rival hits the London streets as ViaVan launches ride-share scheme

By Mark Bursa | 14 April 2018, 12:14

Another ride-sharing service has launched in London. ViaVan is a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and US ride-sharing start-up Via, which lets passengers call a vehicle through an app, but does not offer individual rides.

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Plymouth’s Need-A-Cab takes over second rival in four months

By Mark Bursa | 26 March 2018, 08:42

A Plymouth taxi firm is set to swallow up another rival in a multi-million-pound merger – making it one of the biggest in the city.

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GMB blames ‘hands-off’ Boris Johnson and TfL app regulation for Uber damage to taxi trade

By Mark Bursa | 21 March 2018, 15:05

Former London mayor Boris Johnson’s hands-off policy toward app regulation has led to lax control of apps and the companies providing them, says trade union GMB London. This has had a serious effect for street hail and taxis.

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