Liam Griffin completes Addison Lee Group acquisition

By Mark Bursa | 26 March 2020

A consortium led by Liam Griffin and Cheyne Capital Strategic Value Credit (SVC) has completed the acquisition of troubled private hire giant Addison Lee from the Carlyle Group.

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Taxi drivers can continue working during latest Covid-19 lockdown, Government confirms

By Mark Bursa | 26 March 2020

Taxi and private hire drivers can continue working during the Coronavirus lock-down, the Department for Transport has confirmed.

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Tayport Taxis adds zero-emissions MG ZS EV to its fleet

By Mark Bursa | 24 March 2020

Tayport Taxis of North Fife, Scotland, has taken delivery of its first zero-emissions vehicle, an MG ZS EV. The car was supplied by local franchised MG dealer Mackie Motors of Brechin.

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Glasgow private car hire firm reduces driver subscriptions to help during crisis

By Mark Bursa | 24 March 2020

Glasgow-based Network Private Hire has moved to help its drivers during the coronavirus crisis by reducing subscription fees by up to 32% until further notice. “Our reasoning behind the reductions is to assist our drivers financially during this crisis as much we can.”

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Glasgow Council to extend taxi and private hire drivers licences for three months

By Mark Bursa | 24 March 2020

All taxi and private hire drivers’ licences issued by Glasgow City Council that are set to expire by the end of May will automatically be extended by three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Virus pandemic likely to delay launch of Leeds and Birmingham CAZs

By Mark Bursa | 24 March 2020

The launch of clean air zones in Birmingham and Leeds looks likely to be delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Transport for London suspends Congestion Charge and ULEZ until further notice

By Mark Bursa | 24 March 2020

All London road charging schemes have been temporarily suspended from March 23 to help ensure supply chains, critical workers and emergency vehicles can move freely during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Practical steps for drivers to keep the Covid-19 risk to a minimum

By Mark Bursa | 20 March 2020

Leading chauffeur company and Professional Driver QSi Gold Award winner iChauffeur is training all its chauffeurs to follow correct safety procedures in terms of hygiene in order to minimise the risk of its drivers and customers catching the Covid-19 virus.

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In detail: the Government’s £330bn business support package

By Mark Bursa | 20 March 2020

The Government has announced – and is continuing to announce – packages to help businesses through the disruption caused by the Covid-19 virus.

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Veezu adds fifth UK hub in West Midlands and Shropshire with Go Carz acquisition

By Mark Bursa | 20 March 2020

Veezu has strengthened its positon as the UK’s largest private hire operator with the acquisition of Shrewsbury-based Go Carz, ranked number 6 in the ProDriver 100.

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Private hire and taxi operators help the old and vulnerable, despite massive Coronavirus hit to business

By Mark Bursa | 20 March 2020

Taxi and private hire operators across the UK are providing a public-spirited response to the Covid-19 crisis, despite a massive tail-off in regular work as travel shuts down and people “self-isolate”.

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CityFleet Networks plans north-west expansion after Argyle Satellite Taxis purchase

By Mark Bursa | 11 March 2020

CityFleet Networks has acquired one of Merseyside’s largest taxi operators, Argyle Satellite Taxis, in a seven-figure deal. The move is a strategic move for growth in north-west England, one of the largest private hire vehicle markets outside London.

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Ola focuses on safety and training as ride-hailing app goes live in London with 25,000 drivers

By Mark Bursa | 10 February 2020

The London ride-hailing app market is getting more crowded with the launch today of Ola, another rival to market leader Uber, and rivals Bolt and Kapten.

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New Addison Lee owners set to reappoint former CEO Liam Griffin

By Mark Bursa | 10 February 2020

Former chief executive Liam Griffin is to be reappointed to run the company after banks agreed a bailout deal for the struggling company.

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Addison Lee banks plan to take control as takeover talks run aground

By Mark Bursa | 27 January 2020

Addison Lee’s banks are planning to take control of the company in a bid to avoid the threat of administration. The move is in reaction to a lack of progress in selling the business, which is facing a debt replayment of more than £250m in April.

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Veezu claims UK private hire top spot following two more South Wales acquisitions

By Mark Bursa | 24 January 2020

Ambitious private hire group Veezu claims it has overtaken Addison Lee to become the largest private hire operator in the UK, following the acquisition of two more companies in South Wales.

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Nissan Sunderland plant in to supply 2,000 Leaf electric cars for Uber drivers

By Mark Bursa | 24 January 2020

Uber has announced an agreement for Nissan to supply up to 2,000 electric cars to its drivers in London. Under the deal drivers will be able to apply to use the vehicles, which are manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland factory.

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Congestion charge data reveals only 75,000 individual PHVs entered Central London zone between April and November

By Mark Bursa | 24 January 2020

More than 75,000 individual private hire vehicles have paid the capital’s Congestion Charge in the first eight months since TfL withdrew exemption from the charge to the trade.

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