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The Taxi News for Thursday September 18, 2014
charged with killing cab driver due at preliminary
WLKY-TV Channel 32 - (Louisville, Kentucky)
Published 9:47 AM EDT Sep 17, 2014
A man charged with killing a Louisville cab driver is due in
court for a preliminary hearing.
Miles Matthews, 27, is charged with the murder of 34-year
old Adam Gregg.
Police say Matthews called for a cab from a Preston Highway
motel in July and then murdered Gregg before dumping his
body in Oldham County.
Matthews is charged with murder and theft.
Driver Stabbing Suspect Back in Court
It's Relevant- (Stamford, Connecticut)
Victim's family, friends hoping for conviction, life
By: Christina Chiarelli
Stamford, CT | Added on September 16, 2014 At 04:28 PM
The man who's charged with the murder of a Stamford taxi
driver was back in court Tuesday. The suspect --
29-year-old Shota Mekoshvili -- is pleading not guilty in
the stabbing death of 47-year-old Mahomed Kamal.
Off camera, family friend Kamrun Mannan says Kamal was a
hard working family man, and is survived by his wife and
their 3-year-old son.
"They had so many dreams and so much planned out. Not
just for the coming months but for a couple of years.
They were planning on having another baby and getting their
son in school. That's all shattered because of this guy,
just because of his decision to kill him," said Mannan. - more....
MP Devinder Shory warns council more taxi plates could
hurt drivers’ earnings
Metro News - (Calgary, Alberta)
By Jeremy Nolais Metro
September 16, 2014
As city council prepares to debate the addition of hundreds
more cabs to Calgary streets, a local MP has issued a
written warning to municipal lawmakers that such a move
could threaten the earnings of current drivers.
Calgary Northeast MP Devinder Shory wrote to Mayor Naheed
Nenshi and members of council after meeting numerous drivers
concerned about a recommendation coming forward from livery
officials Monday that recommends introducing 383 more taxi
plates to the city.
“Through my consultations with taxi cab drivers, businesses
and stakeholders have made it clear to me that they believe
that the 383 proposed new taxi plates should not be issued
all at once and that doing so will increase the number of
cabs on the road and will make it increasingly difficult to
compete for fares during non-peak operating hours, thus
threatening cab drivers’ livelihoods,” Shory wrote in the
letter obtained by Metro.
Shory also said drivers are concerned about the emergence of
rideshare app Uber — officials behind the increasingly
popular smartphone offering have expressed an interest in
the Calgary market but say “archaic” rules around minimum
fares for luxury rides must change.
Calls to Shory’s Calgary Northeast constituency office
Monday were not returned. - more....
approves city's push for wheelchair-accessible cabs and
New York Daily News - (New York City, New York)
BY Stephen Rex Brown
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 2:11 PM
Under the agreement, half of the cities yellow cabs will be
wheelchair-accessible by 2020. Chris Hondros/Getty Images
Under the agreement, half of the cities yellow cabs will be
wheelchair-accessible by 2020.
A Manhattan Federal court judge approved the city's
agreement Tuesday to make half of its fleet of yellow cabs
wheelchair-accessible by 2020, calling it “one of the most
significant acts of inclusion in this city since Jackie
Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.”
Judge George Daniels got choked up while signing off on the
city's settlement reached with the Taxis for All Campaign
“We should not minimize the importance of this historic
moment. Decades from now, most will take it for granted,” he
“It makes us a better city. It is simply the right thing to
The settlement, which was approved by the Taxi and Limousine
Commission in April, implements a 30-cent surcharge for all
fares starting in 2015 that will fund a new fleet of 7,500
wheelchair-accessible cabs. Each of the new cabs will cost
"It's a great thing for the disabled community," said Dustin
Jones, 26, of Queens, who uses a wheelchair. "It's long
overdue. We have the option if we like to travel around like
anybody else." - more....
services decimate S.F. taxi industry's business
San Francisco Chronicle - (San Francisco, California)
Updated 6:42 pm, Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The fall of the taxi industry in San Francisco, as
less-regulated ride services have taken hold, has been both
steep and sharp. The number of trips taken by taxi plummeted
65 percent in just 15 months, according to a report
presented to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation
Agency board Tuesday.
It's been evident that the booming popularity of
app-dispatched ride services like Lyft and Uber have
dramatically eaten into the taxi industry's business. But
the report on the status of the taxi industry reveals the
depth of the impact.
The average number of trips per taxi has been on a steady
slide - from 1,424 per month in March 2012 to 504 this July.
The new ride services "have dramatically changed the
for-hire transportation industry in San Francisco," said
Kate Toran, the city's new taxis and accessible services
While the MTA regulates the taxi industry, the state Public
Utilities Commission has claimed jurisdiction over the new
ride services, which typically contract with people to use
their personal cars to carry passengers who hail them with a
smartphone app. - more....
issuing messages that it wants to roll in New Orleans
but still opposes some city regulations
The Times-Picayune - (New Orleans, Louisiana)
By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on September 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM
The Uber digital ride finding company is issuing online
messages indicating it plans to begin operating in New
Orleans soon, while simultaneously protesting city
regulations that it says remain in the way.
The New Orleans City Council earlier this month approved
rule changes clearing some regulatory blocks on the
much-debated service, such as a previous requirement that
luxury car trips must last at least three hours. But the
council kept a minimum fare requirement for premium car
rides, with the lowest tier starting at $15. Uber opposes
the minimum fare.
The Uber_NOLA Twitter account on Friday tweeted: "We can't
wait to get rolling in the big easy soon." It linked to an
article on Uber's website saying the City Council helped but
didn't go far enough. - more....
Drivers Cited In Fayetteville
Ride-sharing Service Not Permitted Under City Code
Benton County Daily Record - (Bentonville, Arkansas)
By Joel Walsh
Posted: September 16, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Two drivers for the ride-sharing service
Uber were ticketed over the weekend for violating a city
The company, which connects independent drivers with
customers using a mobile app, launched in Fayetteville late
last month, despite objections from City Attorney Kit
City code requires all taxicab companies to obtain a
certificate of public convenience and necessity, which must
be approved by the City Council. All applicants have to
submit to a background check. Companies must provide proof
of liability insurance covering commercial vehicles. All
vehicles are subject to a city inspection and must display a
Neither Uber nor any of its drivers have met those
Fayetteville Police Sgt. Craig Stout said Monday officers
arranged for a ride from Aaron Welch, 31, of Rogers through
Uber's mobile app. When they met Welch at 251 N. West Ave.
on Saturday evening, they issued him citations for operating
without a certificate of public convenience and necessity
and operating without a taxi inspection decal.
Welch was driving a 2013 Hyundai Sonata. He faces $185 in
fines. - more....
chart bodes very badly for the taxi industry in its
battle against Uber
The Washington Post - (Washington D.C.)
police arrest Uber driver for possession of nearly
quarter pound marijuana, drinking vodka while driving
The Huntsville Times - (Huntsville, Alabama)
Sarah A. McCarty
on September 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Less than month since Uber launched
its ride-share service in Tuscaloosa, police have arrested
one driver for possession of marijuana and issued several
citations to other drivers for violating the city's taxicab
Tuscaloosa police charged an Urber driver last week with
possession of marijuana and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Police also issued the driver, Brandon
Devante Oliver, 21, of Tuscaloosa, citations for driving on
a suspended license, violation of the open beverage law, not
having a tag light, operating a vehicle for hire without a
business license, not having a chauffeur permit, and
operating a vehicle for hire without proper insurance.
The arrest was part of an undercover operation by the
Tuscaloosa Police Department, which released a statement
earlier this month saying that according to the city's
taxicab ordinance "all drivers and companies that are
involved in a taxi service or ride sharing program" must
have a business license, a chauffeur license, a background
check and vehicle inspection. - more....
Puts Brakes On App Launch Due To Overwhelming Customer
WINS-AM 1010 - (New York City, New York)
September 15, 2014 6:48 PM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The so-called SheTaxis have hit a
bump in the road.
As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, there has been so much
interest in SheRides from women who want female cabbies that
the company is holding off for now on launching the app in
New York City.
SheRides spokeswoman Tamika Mallory said that’s because they
only have 100 female cab drivers ready to go.
“We need at least 500 drivers in order for us to be able to
come into the market and release our app to the public,”
“We’re not going to carry money at all,” she said. “And
we’re going to be very safe because for you to get in my car
they’re going to have your picture in the app. You’re going
to see my face, and I’m going to see who I’m picking up,
The company is still launching its website and opening up
offices in Long Island City and Mamaroneck to recruit
drivers, Rincon reported.
Fewer than 3 percent of the city’s 115,000 licensed taxi,
livery and limousine drivers are women, and that can be a
problem for women who are reluctant to get into a cab alone
with a male driver because of safety concerns or religious
and social mores.
New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman Fernando
Mateo called it a civil rights issue, WCBS 880’s Alex
“We are telling women that are sitting home that fear coming
into this industry — come on in,” Mateo said.
Taxi and Limousine Commission regulations say for-hire car
services are prohibited from refusing customers. The app’s
creator, Stella Mateo — Fernando Mateo’s wife — said female
drivers registered with her app are free to pick up anyone
they want; the app merely helps women who are looking for
SheTaxi, called SheRides in New York City, has been two
years in the making. It will be available for the iPhone
initially, and an Android version is in the works. There
also are plans to expand to other cities.
revisits rule cracking down on taxi startup Lyft
Crain's New York Business - (New York City, New York)
Andrew J. Hawkins
September 16, 2014 1:59 p.m.
After proposing—then dropping—a new rule that would make it
harder for taxi startups like Lyft and Uber to share each
others' drivers, the Taxi and Limousine Commission is taking
another run at cracking down on the practice.
The new rule would prohibit for-hire vehicle bases from
dispatching drivers affiliated with rival bases without
first obtaining permission from the base owner. As first
reported by Crain's, some customers were confused when,
after hailing a Lyft car, an Uber driver would show up
With these experiences mounting, Uber complained to the TLC
that Lyft was exploiting a loophole that allowed it to poach
Uber drivers as long as it displayed the base number to
customers. In response, the TLC blasted out an industrywide
notice in early August declaring its intention to close the
loophole, but suddenly reversed course after Lyft complained
that would jeopardize its ability to attract new customers.
On Tuesday, the TLC said it would hold a public hearing in
October on a proposed rule to "require [for-hire vehicle]
bases to submit trip records to the TLC, prohibit
dispatching another base's vehicles without an agreement
between the bases, prohibit dispatching a vehicle affiliated
with a different class of FHV base, and require bases to
provide the customer with the name and license number of the
base with which the dispatched car is affiliated."
The proposal has Lyft in a frenzy over the possible effects
on its business. The company says it could eliminate a
"tremendous amount" of drivers from its pool of usable
vehicles and hand Uber a veritable "monopoly" over the
for-hire vehicle business. - more....
Uber and Lyft battling TLC dispatch proposal
AM New York - (New York City, New York)
By DAN RIVOLI September 16, 2014
Uber and Lyft are bitter rivals in the taxi app game, but
they have found common ground: Opposing Taxi and Limousine
Commission rules on how people will get their
The TLC said Tuesday it will revive a proposal to stop bases
from dispatching another base's car, unless both owners
agree -- an unlikely scenario between Uber and Lyft. That
means drivers who use both services would have a smaller
pool of fares and it could be a hurdle for companies to
attract enough drivers to meet their demand.
"We are concerned the proposed TLC rule changes will have
unintended consequences that limit driver flexibility,
reduce consumer convenience and squash innovation in the NYC
transportation market," said David Mack, Lyft's director of
public affairs. Meanwhile, Uber put out a statement that
said the TLC rules are "bad for both riders and drivers." -
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hostage: Taxi driver who ‘just wanted to help’
The Daily Star - (Beirut, Lebanon)
Sep. 16, 2014 | 12:12 AM
LONDON: A British hostage who is being threatened by ISIS
militants is a taxi driver from northern England who
volunteered to drive a humanitarian aid convoy to Syria for
a Muslim charity.
Alan Henning, a 47-year-old father of two teenage children,
was shown in the same video released Saturday that
documented the gruesome murder of Briton David Haines.
He was kidnapped in December as he was driving with an
unofficial aid convoy to a camp for internally displaced
people in Syria.
Henning’s family lives in Eccles near Manchester. Nicknamed
“Gadget” for his love for new technology, he was not a
professional aid worker but friends and colleagues said he
was touched by the suffering of Syria’s civilian population.
He joined a group of Muslim friends who founded the charity
“Aid4Syria” and had the name tattooed on his arm, said
Catrin Nye from the BBC Asian Network, who met him before
She described him as a “very likable” and “funny” man and
said he had been “inspired” by friends who had been to
“Alan is a man who is full of compassion,” said Kasim
Jameel, a friend and fellow taxi driver from the Manchester
area, who also helped organize the convoys, the Times
Jameel said Henning had insisted on taking part in the
convoy instead of spending the New Year’s holidays with his
family. - more....
cabbies protest following attack
Peterborough Telegraph - (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,
Published on the 16 September 2014
Dozens of Hackney Carriage drivers held the protest in
Westgate, Peterborough at about 1pm.
The protest followed a brutal assault on fellow driver Nasar
Khan on Friday, September 5 in Peterborough.
Mr Khan’s brother, Imran, said: “Taxi drivers have been left
traumatised after the attack on my brother.
“The attack on my brother left him hospitalised for over 5
days and him not been able to leave the house.
“He has sustained head and eye injuries and has less
movement in his right arm.
“He feels his taxi career has come to and abrupt end and
left him to ponder about his future.”
Imran also called for a meeting with police and the council
to improve security for hackney drivers in the city.
judge lifts temporary ban on Uber ride-sharing
Reuters - (Internet)
By Eric Auchard and Harro Ten Wolde
FRANKFURT Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:39pm EDT
(Reuters) - A Frankfurt judge granted a reprieve to Uber,
the online transportation service, setting aside a temporary
injunction issued two weeks ago against the Silicon Valley
company from operating a novel car-sharing service across
Frankfurt Regional Court Judge Frowin Kurth said on Tuesday
that the issues in the case brought against Uber by German
taxi operator group Taxi Deutschland deserved a fuller
airing in court, but lacked the urgency for a temporary
"There could still be grounds for an injunction" against
Uber, Kurth said in deciding on the company's appeal of the
court's original decision. "But during our deliberations it
became clear there were no grounds for an immediate
The lawsuit, which pits taxi operators against the
fast-growing U.S. start-up recently valued at around $18
billion, has underscored Germany's mounting unease over the
impact of digital technology on established businesses and
Taxi Deutschland had sought the injunction as part of a
civil lawsuit to bar the company's ride-sharing service,
citing what it saw as unfair competition by Uber against the
professional taxi drivers whom it represents.
The original injunction barred Uber from using its Uberpop
mobile phone app to connect ride-sharing drivers to
potential passengers, ruling that Uber's network of
volunteer drivers lacked the commercial licenses to charge
passengers for rides.
Each infraction of the court's injunction carried fines of
up to 250,000 euros ($323,775). Uber quickly appealed the
ruling, leading to Tuesday's hearing.
Taxi Deutschland said in a statement it was baffled by
"The taxi industry accepts competitors who comply with the
law. Uber does not. That is why we are announcing today that
we will go immediately to appeal," it said. - more....
Taxi Drivers to Appeal Lifting of Uber Ban
The Wall Street Journal - (New York City, New York)
By Ulrike Dauer
Updated Sept. 16, 2014 10:51 a.m. ET
FRANKFURT—German taxi drivers will appeal a decision by a
Frankfurt court removing a nationwide ban on Uber Inc.'s
UberPop service, the drivers' association said Tuesday.
The ban, which put a serious roadblock in the way of Uber's
expansion plans in Germany, was removed when the court
lifted a temporary injunction against UberPop. The
injunction had been imposed last month after the taxi
drivers filed a complaint saying UberPop, which connects
passengers with drivers who lack professional transportation
licenses, posed... - Subscription
now cheaper than the Tube in London
Mareeg Media - (Internet)
Posted on September 14, 2014 by Warsame in English, World
Uber has announced a 15% price cut on all UberX journeys
effective from 3pm today (August 29).
Uber is a smartphone app that allows users to call a taxi to
wherever they are.
They are given a choice of different types of taxi,
with the UberX offering being the cheapest.
The drop in cost combined with a new minimum £5 fare for
journeys means that fare splitting would put UberX trips
cheaper than the Tube at peak times.
The application has caused controversy of late, with the
London Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) arguing that it
disrupts the business model of black cabs by acting like a
taxi meter, which private cars are not permitted to
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set to be banned from taxis
Lancashire Telegraph - (Blackburn, Lancashire, England)
First published in News Lancashire Telegraph:
SMOKING electronic cigarettes in taxis in the Ribble Valley
could be banned under plans to be discussed today.
The borough licensing committee will consider the proposal
to alter the standard conditions for private hire and
hackney carriage vehicles.
If the idea is approved a driver shall ‘not smoke in the
vehicle or permit any passenger to smoke in the vehicle,
which for the avoidable of doubt shall include smoking or
using electronic cigarette or any other vapour-producing
The idea was first discussed in March after the council
received a query from a taxi driver over whether the
existing smoking ban included electronic cigarettes.
The council’s conditions for taxi drivers simply state that
they must ‘not smoke in the vehicle or permit any passenger
to smoke in the vehicle’, with no mention of e-cigarettes.
Smoking is defined in the 2006 Health Act as ‘smoking
tobacco or anything which contains tobacco’ and being ‘in
possession of lit tobacco’. - more....
taxi drivers may no longer face 'knowledge' test
Liverpool Echo - (Liverpool, England)
Sep 17, 2014 10:55
By Georgina Stubbs
Merseyside taxi drivers may no longer face 'knowledge' test
Taxi drivers at some of Merseyside’s biggest firms may be
allowed to carry passengers without taking the traditional
Sefton council’s licensing committee will decide on Monday
whether to keep or scrap the controversial Knowledge Test
which all new taxi drivers in the borough must pass.
Bootle-based private hire firm Delta Taxis has put forward a
proposal calling for the test to be scrapped, in light of
recommendations made by the Law Commission.
Their report states that “private hire services should only
be subject to national standards. Licensing authorities
should no longer have the power to impose local conditions.”
Within its submission Delta Taxis said it believes the
“current test is nothing more than a memory test and out of
date” and that “computer aided and satellite navigation has
totally transformed the industry since the knowledge test
was introduced 22 years ago.”
The test, which is conducted by the council, involves new
driver applicants having to answer 20 questions on local
landmarks and licensing and driving rules, selected from a
list of 60 questions, as well as six route questions
selected from a list of 40 routes.
Paul McLaughlin, Delta company secretary, said: “In all
honesty it is no more than a memory test, which has
absolutely no bearing on a driver’s ability to navigate.
“You memorise the routes in advance and regurgitate them
back onto a piece of paper. It is a tick-box exercise which
has zero practical benefits for drivers or customers.” - more....
Bites: Toughest Place To Be A Taxi Driver
Houston Press - (Houston, Texas)
By Pete Vonder Haar Wed., Sep. 17 2014 at 11:00 AM
No air conditioning? What could go wrong?
There are a million reality shows on the naked television.
We're going to watch them all, one at a time.
In my lengthy and casualty-ridden campaign to avoid Bravo
programming, I decided to check out a channel not often
known for frivolous time wastage, namely, Al Jazeera
Wouldn't you know it, the program I finally ended up with
was rerun from the BBC. Toughest Place to Be A Taxi Driver
is part of that network's (surprise) "Toughest Place to be
a..." series, in which seasoned British professionals are
thrust into unfamiliar environments in an attempt to do
their job, kind of like when Michael Phelps hosted Saturday
Previous episodes sent coal miners to Mongolia and midwives
to Liberia (presumably pre-Ebola outbreak). The Episode I
Watched, on the other hand, sent one of London's vaunted cab
drivers to Mumbai, India.
Mason McQueen has spent six years driving London taxis.
Personality-wise, he's kind of a cross between Cockney Eric
Idle and Arthur Dent, which represents the sum total of my
British points of reference. He lives in Epping, northeast
of London, with his partner and youngest daughter.
Mason, like all London taxi drivers, had to pass a
comprehensive exam called "The Knowledge" for the privilege
of driving one of London's famous "black cabs." Now safely
ensconced as one of the elite of the personal transportation
industry, Mason naturally agrees to travel 6,000 miles away
to ply his trade in India's capitol. His fellow drivers are
... not optimistic about his prospects.
And why is that? At less than half the size of London yet
home to over three times as many people (30 million to 8
million) and with car ownership doubling in recent years,
Mumbai's traffic makes driving in Houston look like the
stretch of I-10 between Ft. Stockton and Van Horn. To
contend with these formidable stats, Mason will receive a
whole week of "training."
Mason's teacher is Pradeep, a 12-year Mumbai taxi veteran,
and his first car trip is illuminating, punctuated by
several alarmed "Whoas" from Mason (see also: the "Nudge
Nudge" sketch). The culture shock continues when Mason
visits Pradeep's hiome and sees what living in a lower
income bracket in one of the most crowded cities of the
world gets you.
The first day's training consists of Mason riding with
Pradeep as he competes with 60,000 other cabbies for fares,
which in many cases don't match the amount on the meter.
Pradeep makes maybe $17 a day, half of which goes to gas and
loan payments. After spending a few hours in Mumbai's
notorious gridlock and monstrous heat, Mason understandably
wonders if he's made a huge mistake. - more....
Indefinite taxi strike from Thursday
IBN Live - (India)
Press Trust of India
Sep 17, 2014 at 09:31pm IST
Kolkata: Starting from Thursday, taxis will be off the city
roads for an indefinite period in support of various demands
by the owners including a fare hike and dropping of legal
proceedings against 450 cabbies.
The CITU, along with five other trade unions, had called the
indefinite taxi strike, eighth time since August 7 and a
total transport strike on September 19. "From tomorrow there
will no taxis on city roads till the government listens to
our demands... We will continue it and want to see an end to
it," CITU state president Shyamal Chakraborty said on
West Bengal Transport minister Madan Mitra said that the
government would take all necessary steps to tackle
tomorrow's taxi-strike and ensured that taxis would ply on
the roads. Requesting taxi unions to keep away from the
strike, Mitra alleged taxi drivers as well as the unions
were "cheated" by the Left-backed trade unions. - more....
complaints: Taxi Services Commission receives 10 gripes
a day from passengers
Herald Sun - (Melbourne, Australia)
September 17, 2014 8:32PM
TAXI passengers are complaining more often, with an average
of almost 10 gripes sent to the industry watchdog each day.
More than 3400 people sent complaints to the Taxi Services
Commission in 2013-14, about issues ranging from the conduct
of the driver, to the trip cost, to the car’s condition.
In the previous year, 2604 people raised complaints.
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But cabbies may be getting easier on the eye, with
“presentation of driver” being the only area that received
Overall, passenger satisfaction with the service provided
increased slightly, from 69.1 per cent to 70.4 per cent. - more....
policy challenge: winning co-operation from taxi
The Mandarin - (Melbourne, Australia)
by David Donaldson
Disruptive innovation is one of the greatest challenges for
any regulator. Uber and the Victorian Taxi Services
Commission are talking at last, but what next for other
Victorian Taxi Services Commissioner Graeme Samuel has
welcomed as a “significant step forward” ride-sharing app
Uber’s decision to engage with the regulator in a
“constructive” manner over legislative and regulatory
questions over its services.
Samuel told The Mandarin that while the company until
recently had been taking “a really strange approach” by
refusing to enter into dialogue with the Taxi Services
Commission, the Victorian taxi industry regulator, it
appeared that Uber “is now wanting to deal with the issues
in a positive manner”.
He said that the commission was “taking a very
pro-competitive approach” to ride-sharing apps like Uber,
ingogo, and GoCatch: “We should be doing everything we can
to facilitate competition. The more competition we can
provide, the better off customers will be.”
Ride-sharing apps have proven highly contentious around the
world. Uber has been banned in several municipal areas, and
Germany recently becoming the first country to outlaw the
UberPop service, which connects passengers with drivers
without professional licenses. The San Francisco-based
company allows users to request taxi-like services from
their smartphones, and is present in roughly 150 cities
around the world. - more....
taxi apps compete for top place in 'e-hailing' market
The Nation - (Bangkok, Thailand)
The Nation September 16, 2014 1:00 am
Thanks to Easy Taxi, Grab Taxi and Uber, Bangkokians can
find a ride any time
Taking a taxi in Bangkok is now easier even during rush
hours or rainy days, thanks to applications designed and
developed to help people hail a cab from their smartphone
rather than having to go out to the street and wave their
Currently, there are three such the apps available in
Bangkok: Easy Taxi, GrabTaxi and Uber.
Easy Taxi's chief operating officer, Nattapak Atichartakarn,
said the company's core business would consist of four
services: the app itself, ET Corp, ET Pro and ET Pay.
Currently only the Easy Taxi app and ET Pro are available,
while ET Corp and ET Pay will be launched next quarter.
The Easy Taxi mobile app is for individual accounts, while
ET Corp and ET Pro are Web-based apps for corporate
accounts. ET Pay is the payment platform acting as a
clearing house for taxi fare payments.
The company's revenue comes from two streams: advertising
and booking fees of Bt20 per ride. Advertisements appear on
the passenger's app, while the booking fee is charged to
passengers or their corporate account. These fees are
expected to be the major revenue stream.
ET Corp and ET Pro look similar, both designed for corporate
accounts. ET Corp is for large companies that have a lot of
employees who commute. Instead of giving cash directly to
these employees, the company can put a chunk of money in
Easy Taxi's corporate account to allow employees to hire a
cab with the Easy Taxi app.
"The benefit to companies is allowing them to track their
expenses effectively. They can set budgets and monitor
expenses in real time. Corporates can access our back office
to get a report on all rides taken by their employees,"
Nattapak said. - more....
bid to counter transport strike
The Times of India - (Kolkata, India)
TNN | Sep 17, 2014, 12.22 AM IST
KOLKATA: The government officials on Tuesday met the
representatives of state transport undertakings (STUs) to
work out a strategy to counter the indefinite taxi strike
from September 18 and transport workers' strike on September
Transport minister Madan Mitra urged the new radio-cab
operating agencies like Meru Cab, Sure Cab and Mega Cab to
run their full fleet. He assured that any disruptive
activity by the striking taxi workers would be firmly dealt
with. Leaves of the employees of five STUs have been
cancelled and they will run full fleet to counter the
Eight major central trade unions, including CITU, AITUC,
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and INTUC, have called the
indefinite taxi strike from September 18 and transport
workers' strike on September 19. Taxi operators have called
strikes for several times this month. - more....
drives into Singapore’s taxi-app market
Channel News Asia - (Singapore)
By Tan Weizhen
POSTED: 16 Sep 2014 07:11
SINGAPORE: Private car-sharing and taxi-booking app Uber,
which was recently banned in Germany for violating transport
laws, launched its UberTaxi service here on Monday (Sep 15),
adding to an increasingly crowded market.
As commuters continue to grapple with the perennial problem
of hailing a taxi during peak hours, five-year-old Uber,
which operates in more than 200 cities, is joining a clutch
of firms here such as GrabTaxi and Easy Taxi.
While Uber faces a €250,000 (S$409,000) fine each time it
picks up a passenger in Germany and other regulators in
cities around the world restrict its services on the grounds
of licensing and insurance issues, unfair competition and
safety risks, regional general manager Mike Brown told TODAY
it gets no such resistance here.
“There are certain places in the world that are extremely
resistant to technology and protecting entrenched
interests,” said Mr Brown. “(But) we have an excellent
relationship with the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and
Ministry of Transport. They have been extremely supportive,”
he added. - more....
London-style cabs will be gold
ECNS.cn - (Beijing, China)
2014-09-17 16:06 Shanghai Daily Web Editor: Qian Ruisha
|The London-style cabs set to
hit Shanghai's streets next month will be gold
instead of the traditional black so as to be more
attractive and suit the city's image better, the
company operating the cabs said.
The 200 China-made TX4 taxis are in the final stage of
production, automaker Geely said as it released pictures of
some of the vehicles today.
The first 50 cabs may hit Shanghai roads during the National
Day holiday, according to operator Qiangsheng Taxi Company,
the city's largest taxi company.
However, the starting fare has yet to be approved by the
city's transport authority. Qiangsheng earlier said the flag
down fare would be 19 yuan (US$3.09), compared to 14 yuan
for other cabs in the downtown area.
The charge for each kilometer after the initial fee will be
2.6 yuan — 0.2 yuan more than the standard charge.
The cabs are more spacious and primarily aimed at providing
a taxi service for elderly and disabled customers. They will
have accessibility fittings and take bookings mainly through
dispatch systems to carry passengers with special
Updated sep 17 @ 21:12 GMT
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