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LONDON ASSEMBLY TOLD TAXI SERVICES NEED TO REFORM

THE President of the International Association of Transportation Regulators says London’s taxi services need to reform, or risk being left behind other world cities. New York City’s Matthew Daus told the London Assembly Transport Committee that change is essential to meet the growing needs of passengers.He pointed out that some of the laws governing the

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TAXIS JOIN TOUR DE FRANCE PARADE

IT was estimated that millions of spectators lined the route of the Tour De France. An integral part of the event, taking place an hour before the race started was the Tour de France publicity parade. This procession featured the sponsors of the Tour de France. Three ‘wrapped’ London taxis advertising ‘See London By Bike’ were driven ahead of the riders as part of the publicity parade

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TAXI PROTESTS FORCE THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT TO RE-THINK ON APPS

FRANCE is set to ban car-share startups like Uber from using mobile phone apps in an attempt to resolve the dispute between taxi drivers and the government. After months of strikes and protests by French taxi drivers the French parliament has voted for a bill to modernise the taxi profession. Irate cabbies have tried to stop the spread of Uber and other companies, which allow customers

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The cab you drive

The latest news on the Mercedes Vito is all positive. The company is going to re-launch the cab early in the New Year, when it will start selling a revamped version of the vehicle through selected franchised Mercedes dealers. The collapse of the firm’s Rear Wheel Steering (RWS) subsidiary One80 in September left many fearing that the company would desert the trade, leaving drivers with no

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Taxi fraudster sentenced

An Enfield man caught red-handed using fake All London identifiers was given a suspended sentence and eight penalty points. Nesimi Ebil is licensed to operate as a taxi driver in Enfield, Haringey, Waltham Forest and Hackney but he was stopped after picking up a passenger on Blackfriars Bridge on January 14. Officers from Operation Excalibur stopped him in Regent Street after growing suspicious about his identifiers. The

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Drunk Woman Steals Idling Taxi in Greenwich Village

After a night of drinking, 28-year-old Elizabeth Otero jumped into the driver’s seat of a parked yellow cab on Mercer St. in Manhattan and sped off, according to a criminal complaint. She had had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 when cops found her, and she also told officers she’s never had a driver’s license. A

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Why You Can’t Get a Taxi When It’s Raining

It’s pouring rain. You’re running late. You desperately want to take a cab to the office. But, of course, there are none to be found. Happens all the time, right? Right, says science — or, to be specific, a new and exhaustive economic analysis of New York City taxi rides and Central Park meteorological data.

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