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EV quotas and no extension for PHEVs will slash impact of Sunak’s 2035 deadline shift

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement that the ban on petrol and diesel new car sales would be kicked back from 2030 to 2035 has provoked strong reactions. Environmental groups accuse the PM of watering down commitments to Net Zero, while some automakers are angry…

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Uber Leaks: a revelation, or just old news

The well-publicised Uber Leaks shine a spotlight on malpractice at the ride-hailing giant from 2013-17. But Uber claims it has changed more than its management since then. Is there anything in the leaked files that we don’t already know? The revelations about the ride-hailing…

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Uber has mounted a legal challenge in Sefton, to charge VAT on all fares. Should we be worried?

Much of the chatter around the stands at recent taxi trade events was about Sefton. Not the heroic police horse, but a forthcoming court case involving, once again, Uber, in the Merseyside borough of Setfton. There’s much wailing and gnashing of teeth about this…

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Taxi consultation is your chance to demand proper national standards – please take part!

The idea that the present government is capable of producing something competent provokes thoughts of a corpulent, pink, grunting beast flying over Parliament (not the current temporary occupant of 10 Downing Street). But hold the front page – the new consultation on the taxi…

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The price of the perfect storm – peak pricing, wage inflation and full-time drivers?

As the pandemic’s stranglehold on normal life gradually loosened, the beleaguered travel sector looked optimistically to September as the month where the comeback truly started. Schools were back, holidays – or staycations – were over, and travel corridors began to come back to life.…

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How Uber and the AA are working together to rethink safety in a time of crisis

Uber and the AA are both in the business of helping people travel safely from A to B. This crisis has meant both the AA and Uber have had to prioritise safety more than ever before. As the country once again finds itself in…

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Threat or opportunity? Does Uber’s Autocab takeover signal a much-needed change of direction for the ride-hailing app?

Uber’s acquisition of Autocab has added another twist to 2020’s plot, and as you might expect, it has been a divisive move as far as the industry is concerned. Many Autocab users reacted badly to the news, with some vowing to ditch Autocab’s dispatch…

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Professional Driver’s response to the Government’s consultation on the proposed phase-out of petrol, diesel and hybrid models by 2035

The consultation on the Government’s proposal to phase out the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid models by 2035 rather than 2040 closes today (July 31). As a publication, we are completely in favour of a move toward cleaner vehicles. Our readers operate…

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How Coronavirus and the need for screens has brought the issue of national standards for taxi and private hire into focus

The lockdown is lifting, shops and bars are reopening and furloughed workers are going back to their offices. The Covid-19 crisis has been extremely challenging, and let’s face it, our industry has been on the front line. And make no mistake – the taxi…

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Sign the Safe Taxi Charter pledge for safety and cleanliness

How do we ensure levels of safety as business resumes and starts to build up again? It’s clear that much has changed. The taxi and private hire sector remains on the front line – indeed, the Government has now recognised that professional drivers are…

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