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Video: Man charged for alleged assault on Australian taxi driver

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2Ny24gg A man has been charged following the alleged assault of a taxi driver in Sydney yesterday. Earlier this week, a 36-year-old man was driving a taxi west along market Street with a female passenger. As the taxi driver was changing lanes on Market Street an altercation occurred with the driver of a Hiace van. As both vehicles approached the intersection of Market Street and Clarence Street the signal was red and both vehicles came to a stop. It’s alleged the driver of the van got out of his car and approached the taxi driver where a confrontation occurred. The taxi driver remained in the taxi while the man allegedly jumped on the bonnet and smashed the windscreen before walking to the driver’s side window where he started punching the driver. Members of the public came to the aid of the taxi driver and both parties left the area. The taxi driver attended Surry Hills Police Station where he reported the matter. The 36-year-old driver of the van attended…

Taxi driver caught on camera speeding says its a must to make to make any money

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2MH30CQ A taxi driver from Liverpool was caught on camera weaving in and out of moving traffic at speeds way above the limit. He told surprised police officers he’d make no money if he drove to the limit. The dashcam footage was captured by Merseyside Police's Roads Policing Unit and appeared on Twitter earlier this week. It clearly shows the taxi travelling at speeds over 50mph in a 30mph zone. When the driver was pulled over and given a caution the driver said: “Go 30mph on the cabs you make no money”. Watch the video here by pressing the image below: August 30, 2018 at 02:42AM https://ift.tt/2ufVjKI Perry Richardson

Member of the public calls 999 to have Private Hire Operator arrested for not having any cars available

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2NAB27O Surrey police have issued a statement via their Facebook page reminding the general public to only call 999 in a state of emergency after they received a phonecall reporting a local minicab firm because they never had any available cars to come and pick them up. Although rushing down to the local pub to get a few pints under your belt may seem like an emergency to some, your lack of modes of transport is not considered an urgent matter by the police force. Surrey police said in their statement : "We received a 999 call from a member of the public asking us to come arrest a taxi company because they didn't have any cars available."While we get that not being able to get a taxi can be a bit frustrating, we don't need to know about it and it is not a policing matter and does not warrant a call to 999.""Only call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger, or if the crime is happening right now." August 29, 2018 at…

Manchester cabbie has licence revoked for watching porn whilst working

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2oj5QPC A cabbie in Manchester has had his taxi licence revoked after accessing porn on his mobile phone whilst carrying passengers. On Febraury 2018, 64 year old Mohammad Deinali from Wythenshaw had picked up a passenger and his 10 year old daughter from Manchester Airport and asked to go to an address in Altrincham. The court heard that troughout the entire length of the journey, Mr Denali had been watching pornography, and on one occasion he had nearly collided with anoth vehicle due to being distracted. The passenger reported the incident and Mr Deinali's phone was inspected by council officers, who had found that the cabbie had been accessing pornography for most of the day. The cabbie had his licence revoked after a council hearing in April 2018. The revocation was subsequently appealed against. Manchester City Councils decision was upheld and Manchester Magistrate's Court and Mr Deinali was ordered to pay £250 in court costs as well as having hi…

Uber’s shift to scooters “will not end successfully” says Zoom

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2Lx6JNK Uber’s chief executive has said it will switch its focus from taxis to electric bikes and scooters in order to grow its global business. The app has said it will promote the different methods of transport which can work better in inner cities, with Dara Khosrowshahi telling the Financial Times that whilst the move would cost Uber in the short term, in the long term it would be better for cities, users and the company. “During rush-hour, it is very inefficient for a one-ton hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks,” he said. Uber has added e-bikes to its app in some US cities and spent about another $200m to buy the bike-sharing firm Jump earlier this year. It has also invested in the electric scooter firm Lime. Speaking to Sky News, Zoom.taxi’s chief operating officer Fareed Baloch said he did not think the move would be hugely successful for the company. “Uber’s biggest competition was car ownership but for scooters the biggest competition is sel…

Better space for cyclists and pedestrians shouldn’t be at the expense of taxis says LTDA

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2C9vqk3 The LTDA has recently submitted its response to the City of London’s transport strategy, which aims to improve access for cyclists and pedestrians. We have highlighted areas where we think the plans will have a positive effect, but also some areas where it be detrimental to the way we work. We recognise City’s ambition to make the area more pleasant and accommodating to cyclists and pedestrians. The spread of private hire vehicles has contributed to increased pollution and congestion on London’s roads, resulting in worsening air quality, reduced safety and a worse experience for cyclists and pedestrians. The LTDA recognises the health and wellbeing benefits of walking and cycling, but notes that these benefits are not equally available to all. In particular, walking and cycling may not be practical for road users with disabilities and visual impairments, and may not be a feasible transport mode for certain lifestyles, including certain professions…

Taxi demos continue in Newcastle as angry cabbies descend on Eldon Square

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2PJrY2h Angry cabbies have descended on a rank between Haymarket and Eldon Square for the second time in a week as their dispute with Newcastle City Council continues to bubble over.The taxi drivers, who also protested last Thursday, in what was dubbed as "go to work day" are taking the council to task over shrinking rank space, an over subscription of private hire licenses and lack of enforcement.The action was called by the The Newcastle Hackney Carriage Drivers Association in response to the councils lack of action surrounding all of the issues.The council are believed to now be working with the NHCDA in identifying potential rank space. This is tempered by Newcastle City Council stating that they can do nothing about PHV numbers due to the lack of legislation surrounding the issue, echoing many areas across the UK.In an earlier statement by the NHCDA the group said: “The Newcastle Hackney carriage Drivers Association, the main body represent…

Pedestrian left with critical injuries following collision with cyclist in Hackney

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2LB8BF2 Officers from the Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Command are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman was left with critical injuries following a collision with a cyclist.On Tuesday, 28 August at approximately 17:07hrs police were called to reports of a pedestrian and cyclist in collision on Kingsland High Street, E8.The pedestrian, a woman, believed to be in her 50s collided with the pedal cyclist as she attempted to cross the road.Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.The woman was taken to hospital where she remains with life-threatening injuries.Officers are currently trying to trace her next of kin.The cyclist, only described as a male, initially stopped due to coming of his bike, however, made off a few moments later.The bike was later abandoned on Approach Close, N16 and it has been recovered by police.At this stage there has been no arrests.Road closures are in place and …

Driver and Private Hire Operator allowed to keep licenses after using unlicensed vehicle to ferry passenger

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2MCa1o7 A private hire driver from Somerset has been allowed to continue operating although he was caught using a personal unlicensed vehicle to ferry a paying passenger around. Sedgemoor District Council called the driver and his unnamed private hire operator before their licensing panel to decide whether they were still considered "fit and proper" to hold respective licenses. Both the driver and operator were reprimanded after it was revealed that the driver used a personal vehicle supplied by the operator to pick up an elderly lady from a doctor's surgery. According to the Somerset Live, the "confidential session" was held on Monday 20, with the full details of the decision being published on the Thursday. The panel said that the operator must be held accountable just as much as the driver of the vehicle and that "public trust and confidence was vital" within the private hire industry. The driver admitted driving an un…

Driverless taxis set to feature at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2MVA9tx A Japanese robotics firm has teamed up with a local taxi operator in a bid to launch an autonomous taxi in Tokyo just in time for the 2020 Olympic Games. Robotics company ZMP’s CEO Hisashi Taniguchi said on Thursday after announcing the partnership with taxi firm Hinomaru Kotsu “Autonomous taxis and the taxi industry can grow and prosper together," Hinomaru are said have 607 cars operating in the Japenese capital putting them in the top ten in terms of taxi fleet size. An aging population, especially in more rural parts of Japan, has made recruiting the number of drivers to meet demand for vehicles more difficult for some taxi operators. "We have been trying to improve diversity by hiring more new graduates, women and foreigners, but this will not be enough to ease labor shortages," Hinomaru President Kazutaka Tomita said."We will have to compensate for the lack of supply by using autonomous driving technology."If testing is …

mytaxi comes to Oxford

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2BTKa6b As Uber shelve plans to operate in Oxford, mytaxi launched in the city yesterday. The licensed taxi app have around 100 drivers on the platform at the moment, in what is the sixth city in the UK from where they operate. Local interest has prompted mytaxi’s leap into Oxford. One of the main attractions of mytaxi to cabbies in the area is the potential reduction of down-time and the willingness to work within the regulatory framework. Whilst some drivers are enthusiastic at MyTaxis arrival, there are also some who are a little more cautious, with concerns being voiced regarding the fact that MyTaxi being a national app as opposed to a local entity. MyTaxi are offering a 50% reduction on all trips until the end of September. August 28, 2018 at 12:45PM https://ift.tt/2ufVjKI

Welsh Cabbie steals thousands of pounds from  disabled passenger

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2NqdOBu A cab driver from Pembrokeshire, Wales, has been jailed for 18 months for stealing over £5,000 from a disabled passenger who he would regularly pick up. Gary Michael Bourne, 52, gave his victim, Brian Griffiths, 72, regular lifts around Pembrokeshire and had known him since 2010. Griffiths was said to of trusted Bourne "implicitly", even allowing him to withdraw money from a cash machine, giving him access to his personal pin code. The court heard that in January 2017, Mr Griffiths, who suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma, was unable to leave his bedroom due to his illnesses and had left his bank cards in his living room. It wasn't until mid-February that he realised one of his bank cards was missing. While Investigating the missing card, Griffiths noticed that a number of withdrawals and point of sale transactions had …

Taxiapp: Help us work for you

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2LxXnRN The London taxi is as quint-essentially British as a cup of tea or fish and chips. It’s woven into the very fabric of the city itself. Taxis have faithfully served both Londoners and visitors alike for over 350 years. The amber glow of a “taxi” sign has become a symbol that represents familiarity and safety in equal measure. Unfortunately, in recent years we have faced a new interloper, a heavily financed one, whose political influence and technological capability has decimated incumbent trades around the globe. When I first heard about this particular “disruptive”ride-sharemodel, it was causing problems in Paris, but I didn’t think too much of it. “London is different,” I thought. I wasn’t aware of how heavily financed it was, or how much political sway it garnered The rest, you could say is history. The path was cleared for Uber to sweep through this great city of ours recruiting up to 1,200 drivers per week. It literally felt like an alien invas…

Uber to appeal ruling that drivers are employees

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2wrP6Jx A Brazilian labour court ruling, which ruled that a driver was an employee, is to be appealed by Uber. Reuters reported that Uber will appeal the decision before Brazil's highest labour court. Uber have won over 120 similar cases in Brazil, whilst losing just 4 cases. Brazil is Uber's second largest market, and is an area where they do turn a profit. Uber has received widespread criticism from across the globe by labour advocates, in relation to their labour and liability policies. Any ruling will not be implemented until the appeals process is exhausted. August 28, 2018 at 05:17AM https://ift.tt/2ufVjKI

Toyota and Uber “extends collaboration” with $500m investment

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2wj7yVA Toyota and Uber have announced that they have agreed to “expand their collaboration” with the aim of bringing to market autonomous ride-sharing. To accomplish this, technology from each company will be integrated into purpose-built Toyota vehicles to be deployed on Uber's ride-sharing network.Separately, Toyota is investing $500 million in Uber."Combining efforts with Uber, one of the predominant global ride-sharing and automated driving R&D companies, could further advance future mobility," said Shigeki Tomoyama, executive vice president, TMC, and president, Toyota Connected Company said "This agreement and investment marks an important milestone in our transformation to a mobility company as we help provide a path for safe and secure expansion of mobility services like ride-sharing that includes Toyota vehicles and technologies."As Uber and Toyota look ahead to a self-driving future, this partnership will be critical in…

18 month Class Action lawsuit close to being settled, with Uber drivers set to receive $75 each

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2PHQv7S In February of last year a class action lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco federal court alleging that Uber were consistently under-paying drivers based on the company's own formula. The suit named; Dulberg V. Uber, represented over 4,500 uber drivers looks to now be settled, with an overall payment of $345,622 being agreed. If a federal judge approves the agreement it will see each driver receive a sum of $75 before attorneys fees are calculated. Lead plaintiff Martin Dulberg had claimed that due to the company's own formula to calculate fares, drivers were receiving between 70 and 80 percent of any given trip rather than the 80 percent they would've expected when they first started working for the ride-hailing firm. According to a report in arstechnica, the issue with the fare calculations started when Uber began to offer upfront pricing. Dulberg claimed that before upfront pricing was introduced, the fare was calculated based on a…

New York cabbies to take on Uber with their own app

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2LxOojs Cabbies in New York are about to take on Uber at their own game, by launching their own app to compete with the minicab giant. Waave will use various pieces of information, such as route, traffic flow and time of day to give customers a set price. Previously, taxis could only work to the metered fare under Taxi and Limousine Commission rules, however, a ruling passed in March, has allowed taxi drivers to use apps that operate flexible fares. The app was launched last Thursday, with rides being available within a week or two. A fee will be applied to the driver, although that is presently undisclosed. It is believed that New Yorks cabbies have suffered around a 30% loss in income, and has so far caused six drivers to take their own lives. New Yorks cabbies will still be able to accept street hails and run fares according to what the meter shows. There are no figures available as yet as to how many drivers have signed up to use Waave. August 27, 2018 at 1…

Uber set to use bikes instead of cars to combat congestion

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2PHpbGz It's been revealed that Uber are set to use bikes and scooters to replace private hire vehicles for shorter journeys so as to ease congestion and pollution. The scheme, which ihas already started in the US could be making its way over to the UK. Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of minicab company Uber, who lost over 3.5 billion dollars last year, has stated that to take somebody a relatively short distance in a car is inefficient, and whilst in the short term, it isn't financially expedient for Uber, long-term, everybody wins. The Red bikes are already in use in New York, Washington DC and Denver, with move across the Atlantic to the UK in the pipeline. Unsurprisingly, it is believed that Uber drivers may bare some of the financial burden surrounding Ubers latest move, although Khosrowshahi has stated that after explaining the logic behind the move, drivers have been enthusiastic towards the plan, especially when inforned that drivers will be undertakin…

TfL’s Congestion Charge proposals and their impact on the industry

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2P7s6Hr TfL launched a consultation at the beginning of July, aiming to find ways to improve the air quality in the capital. Here, we look at these new measures and analyse the potential future developments, together with their impact on the taxi and private hire industries. Currently, Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers are required to have a pre-existing booking when entering the congestion charge zone. However, the emergence of Uber and other app-based providers has resulted in PHVs remaining in the zone whilst awaiting a booking.The Private Hire Exemption Under Review One of TfL’s proposals is to remove the congestion charge exemption for Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs), including Uber and minicabs. These changes would be implemented from April 2019, and would not apply to wheelchair accessible PHVs. TfL said that the number of vehicles entering the zone each day has decreased by around 30% since the congestion charge was introduced in 2003. However, in the…

Ride-hailing giants Didi under fire as second woman is raped and murdered by one of their drivers in four months

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via taxi-point https://ift.tt/2P7GxLL The safety of ride-hailing giants Didi Chuxing's passengers is under fire again as a second killing has taken place involving one of their drivers. According to reports in the South China Morning Post, police found the body of a 20-year-old female on Saturday in China's eastern Zhejiang province. A driver for the Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi has been arrested after he confessed to the rape and murder of the 20-year-old. Investigations are still ongoing to gain a complete picture of the circumstances leading up to the murder. According to 9news, the victim was in a Didi carpool ride on Friday when she messaged a friend raising concerns about her safety. Police said her friend then lost contact with her. The 27-year-old driver of the vehicle, who has been named as a Mr Zhong, was found the following morning by police in Yueqing city. Didi Chuxing, who by number of trips alone, are globally the biggest ride-sharing firm said in a statement:…