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The Taxi News for Thursday August 14, 2014
man sentenced to three years in prison in fatal Myrtle
Beach taxi cab crash
The Island Packet - (Bluffton, South Carolina)
By Tonya Root
August 13, 2014
A Connecticut man was sentenced to serve three and a half
years in prison and pay $6,000 in restitution after he
pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a fatal crash
involving a taxi driver in Myrtle Beach, according to
Jomo Robert Foley, 43, of Waterbury, Conn., pleaded guilty
to hit and run, duties of a driver involved in an accident
with death and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Paul M.
Burch, according to court records.
Burch sentenced Foley to 10 years in prison and a $10,000
fine, but suspended that sentence upon Foley’s completion of
three and a half years in prison, $6,0000 restitution and
three and half years on probation, court records showed.
Foley’s probation will be terminated after he pays
restitution and serves 18 months.
Foley also was ordered to complete substance abuse
counseling, undergo random drug and alcohol testing and pay
court costs, according to records. - more....
of a lady cab driver
City Pages - (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Twin Cities-based cabbie Chey Eisenman talks death and taxis
and everything in between
By Chey Eisenman Wednesday, Aug 13 2014
A woman slipped into the backseat of my cab, sobbing. Since
I am, as a general rule, uncomfortable around tears, I
wanted her to stop.
"The rule in my taxi is that if you're going to cry, you
must share the story behind the tears," I told her,
expecting the typical "my boyfriend/girlfriend dumped me" or
"I lost my job."
Instead: "My daughter drowned a few days ago. And tonight I
came home to find my husband on top of our neighbor."
The cab fell silent, as if all the air had been sucked out.
As she spoke, the tears stopped and her speech became flat
and void of emotion.
The pressure pushed me to say something, anything, to break
the silence. But what do you say to something like that?
Tears began to creep into the corners of my eyes.
As I dropped her off at a motel, I thought about the story
she shared: a woman baring her soul about (I hope) the worst
thing that will happen to her. What would compel someone to
share something so raw and intimate with a complete
But I already knew. Cab drivers are the nomadic priests of
the streets, hauling people from every walk of life,
listening to their confessions. We offer no absolution, no
penance, only a listening ear.
We see the best and worst of humanity. - more....
ride-sharing drivers are breaking the law in Vancouver,
city attorney says
The Oregonian - (Portland, Oregon)
By Joseph Rose
on August 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM
Maybe Uber is illegal in Vancouver after all.
As The Oregonian reported last month, Vancouver a few years
ago jettisoned a city code specifically prohibiting
residents from using personal cars as de facto taxis. As a
result, Uber's ride-sharing service essentially sneaked into
Portland's largest suburb without feeling the need to say as
much as a "hello" to City Hall.
But that doesn't mean that local drivers being hailed by
riders using Ubder's smartphone app are making a legal
living, according to a recent
memo from the city attorney's office. (PDF)
For all intents and purposes, a cut-rate ride provided by an
UberX driver – someone who uses his or her private vehicle
to pick up fares on an independent contract with the San
Francisco company -- "is still a taxi ride" under Vancouver
law, wrote Brent Boger, assistant city attorney.
On the other side of the Columbia River, strict ordinances
designed to protect the taxi industry from competition have
made Portland the largest U.S. city without Uber or its
chief competitor, Lyft. Portland Commissioner Steve Novick
has said the city is just starting to examine ways to let
ride-sharing operate within its borders.
Currently, Vancouver city code defines a taxi service as a
ride with a destination controlled by a customer and a fare
is dictated specifically by a contract rate or a physical
meter. - more....
hailing app GetTaxi gets $150M to take on Uber
VentureBeat - (Internet)
August 13, 2014 7:04 AM
Tired of the Uber and Lyft drama? There’s another taxi app
you should be paying attention to.
GetTaxi, also known as Gett, just announced a big $150M
funding round, reports Israeli news site Globes. The
announcement comes two months after competing service Uber
raised $1.2 billion in funding.
Taxi hailing is the hot new venture. Much of the attention
has centered on the drama between Uber and Lyft, and
possible attempts at sabotage. Uber employees have been
reportedly scheduling car rides with other services like
Lyft and Gett, then canceling them. Gett has taken something
of a back seat to all the publicity — at least here in the
U.S. - more....
said to be working on universal app integration
The Drum - (Internet)
Taxi app Uber is reportedly close to introducing a universal
‘request a Ride’ button for incorporation into third party
apps via a public API, according to reports on TechCrunch.
Such an interface would allow anyone to install an Uber link
in their products with the service already said to have
opened talks with Facebook about linking with their
Google Map users who have downloaded Uber can now access a
‘Get an Uber’ button as a public transport option,
calculating the time and distance and linking directly to
the Uber app from where the cab can be booked.
By eliminating the faff involved in hiring a cab by
streamlining the number of clicks Uber hopes to drive ever
more people to rely on the service.
Mulling the potential opportunities of such a move Josh
Constine of TechCrunch said: “Maybe Yelp, Foursquare, or
OpenTable could let you book a one-tap ride to a restaurant.
Travel apps like HotelTonight could offer an instant Uber to
your bed. Navigation apps like Waze, Bing Maps, and Yahoo
Maps could get integrations just like Google Maps. Even
social apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp could let
you hail a ride to an address you’re discussing.”
Uber has declined to comment on the speculation.
|Europe, Africa, and the Middle
taxi drivers call off strike
Zee News - (India)
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 22:05
Kolkata: After holding the people to ransom for two days, a
strike call by the taxi drivers in the city was on Wednesday
called off following a meeting with West Bengal Transport
Minister Madan Mitra.
"We have decided to call-off the strike as the minister
promised to look into our demands," INTUC leader Ramen
Pandey, who represented the city's taxi drivers, said.
"We basically have three demands - one is increase in fare,
night charges of 25 per cent above the fare and thirdly
cases against 22 taxi drivers be dropped unconditionally,"
"Mitra said he would look into the legality of dropping the
cases against the drivers and let us know in three to four
days," he added. - more....
taxi hits the streets of Melbourne
The Age - (Melbourne, Australia)
Date August 13, 2014 - 6:06PM
London-style taxis look set to become a part of Melbourne’s
streetscape, after a test vehicle began touring the city on
The London Taxi Company has already put a fleet of its
purpose-built cabs on trial in Perth and hopes to start a
100-car trial in Victoria by the end of the year. In the
meantime, the company is test-driving one of its new models
on the streets of Melbourne.
The grey cab, with the distinctive London-style shape, seats
six people and has a wall to separate the driver from four
passengers in the back seat.
Evan Simeon, CEO of the company in Australia, said the new
taxi had been adapted for Australian conditions, with a
stronger airconditioner and better radiator to deal with the
“Australia has a lot harsher roads and harsher conditions
[than London],” he said. - more....
Q2 revenue crosses billion-dollar mark for first time
Today - (Singapore)
Published: 9:29 PM, August 13, 2014
SINGAPORE — ComfortDelGro has reported a 9.9 per cent rise
in second-quarter net profit to S$75.7 million. Revenue for
the three months ended June grew 11.9 per cent on-year to
S$1.02 billion — crossing the S$1 billion mark for the first
The land transport group said the growth was broad-based,
with overseas revenue accounting for more than 40 per cent
of overall revenue, and half of the group’s operating
profit. Revenue growth was also boosted by positive foreign
currency translation of S$10.4 million.
In Singapore, bus operations revenue from SBS Transit rose
10.2 per cent to S$191.9 million, due to higher fares and
ridership. - more....
An Epic Rant By The Cabcharge CEO On The Digital
Disruption In Australia's Taxi Industry
Business Insider - (New York City, New York)
Peter Terlato Aug 13, 2014, 2:54 PM
Cabcharge CEO Andrew Skelton has highlighted major concerns
with Australia’s fast-growing taxi industry in regards to
insurance, regulation, legality and accountability.
Following the news that Uber has expanded its Australian
app-friendly business into the closely guarded and lucrative
corporate market – releasing a shareable company account for
corporate employees – Skelton told Business Insider
Australia that Cabcharge-related apps were available “long
before the so called ‘innovators’ arrived”.
Here’s his statement in full (with our highlights added): -
Taxi App Lands in Jakarta
Jakarta Globe - (Jakarta, Indonesia)
By Vanesha Manuturi on 08:06 pm Aug 13, 2014
Jakarta. Traditional taxi companies in Indonesia may soon
face a big shift in the market, as new competition from
smartphone-based transportation services like San
Francisco’s Uber taps into the insatiable demand for
transportation in the world’s fourth-most populated country.
Uber — a software company focusing on transportation
services — officially launched its eponymous smartphone
application into Indonesia on Wednesday, gunning for the
growing middle class population in the capital city Jakarta.
The company, which has established its presence in 43
countries worldwide, had previously arranged a soft
launching in Jakarta earlier in June and rolled out its
service in the Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD).
“There are currently tens of thousands people who have
signed up for Uber. That’s what’s exciting about Jakarta —
things go viral very easily,” said Chan Park, Uber’s head of
expansion for the Asia-Pacific region, to the Jakarta Globe
The Uber app assists Indonesian commuters in finding
transportation — private driver included — through its
partnerships with local limo and car rentals, offering
brands ranging from Toyota Camry to Hyundai Sonata.
Its base fare currently stands at Rp 7,000 (60 cents), with
each additional minute costing Rp 500 and each kilometer Rp
2,850 — placing Uber at par with local taxis.
“You can think of [Uber] like Expedia,” said Park, referring
to a travel booking website. “We’ll facilitate the
transactions and that transportation experience by
connecting driver and transportation provider with the
rider, and we provide the app that enables that.”
Uber will be jumping into a competitive market that’s
already filled with various public transportation options
for the Indonesian middle class, such as taxis and ojeks ,
or motorcycle taxis. - more....
Updated aug 13 @ 18:51 GMT
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