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Watford taxi drivers lose numbers limit fight
12:37pm Tuesday 6th July 2010
By Neil Skinner »
Councillors have rejected pleas from taxi drivers to cap the number of licensed vehicles allowed to operate in Watford.
Watford Borough Council had previously limited the number of licensed Hackney Carriage vehicles, effectively allowing fewer drivers to make more money.
In October 2006, however, all limits were removed, sending the number of vehicles soaring from 115 to 283 in just a year.
Although this number now stands at 246, members of The Watford Hackney Carriage Drivers’ Association claim the local market has reached saturation point, with too many drivers chasing a dwindling number of fares.
Its members, some of whom claim to be making as little as £30 for a 14 hour day, had asked the council to re-introduce a limit to protect their livelihoods.
Members of the council’s Licensing Committee, however, voted last night to continue the existing policy of deregulation, offering only to re-examine the issue next February.
They agreed that passengers had to be served by the right number of vehicles – a number that a free market approach is still deciding. - more...
Watford Observer - (Watford, Hertfordshire, England)
Taxi driver to challenge laws requiring drivers to act respectfully
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 07:28 PM
A taxi driver has secured leave from the High Court to challenge his conviction on a public order offence arising from a dispute with another taxi driver.
Jehosh Adekiyesi is challenging the constitutionality of provisions of the Road Traffic Regulations requiring taxi drivers to behave in "a civil, orderly and respectful" manner and section 6 of the Public Order Act after being convicted of both offences at Dublin District Court last May.
The convictions relate to an altercation he had with another taxi driver at Stephen's Green North on March 6 last after one taxi driver was seen by a Garda to have moved to an inside lane and the other taxi in front of it would not move.
In his proceedings Mr Adekiyesi is seeking orders preventing his further trial on the offences.
He is seeking a number of declarations including article 52 of the Road Traffic (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations which creates the offence of failing to behave in a civil, orderly and respectful manner is unconstitutional and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
He is also seeking a declaration that the section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order Act) 1994 is unconstitutional and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. - more...
Irish Examiner - (Cork, Ireland)
Shocked taxi driver fined £70 for one minute of parking in Newton Abbot
A TAXI driver was left fuming after he popped into a pub to pick up a customer — but came out to discover his car had been issued with a parking fine within, he claims, one minute of being parked up.
Jed Trout parked in a disabled bay outside the Jolly Farmer pub in Newton Abbot on Saturday while he nipped inside to tell his client he was outside waiting.
When he got back outside he found he had been hit with a £70 ticket after his car was 'observed' in a one-minute timeframe, parked where it shouldn't have been.
Jed, of X-Cars, accused civil enforcement officers of 'going overboard'.
But Teignbridge Council, the enforcement authority, said: "Rules are there for a reason."
The incident happened on Saturday when Jed went to the Jolly Farmer to collect a customer.
Jed said: "I parked in a disabled bay, which becomes a taxi rank after 6pm.
"There were four or five free parking spaces so I parked in one and quickly went into the pub to let the customer know I was outside.
"I came out and found the parking ticket. I had not even been inside for one minute — I could not believe it.
"I don't believe, in the amount of time it was issued, that the civil enforcement officer had any time to observe it being parked for any length of time. - more...
Herald Express - (Torquay, Devon, England)
Fears over new cabbies' scheme
06 July 2010
By Helen O'Neill
A new penalty point system for cab drivers in Corby could mean they might not want to risk helping their passengers.
Margaret Markey, 66, who suffers from a heart condition and emphysema, fears the new system, which will be launched next month, will leave elderly and infirm passengers struggling.
All the offences and breaches included within the penalty point scheme are contraventions of current legislation or Corby Council byelaws.
They include a regulation banning Hackney carriage drivers from leaving their vehicle unattended and from August 1, when the system comes into force, drivers found doing so could be given five penalty points.
Mrs Markey, of Kingsthorpe Avenue, Corby, relies on taxis several times a week for visits to the town centre, Asda and to keep doctor's appointments and said she is grateful for the help given by cab drivers who carry her shopping to her front door.
She said: "This is terrible. Taxi drivers in Corby are very helpful but they won't want to leave their cabs to help us if it means they will be given penalty points. They won't want to risk it. - more...
Northants Evening Telegraph - (Northampton, Northamptonshire, England)
Taxi course offers route into work
Published Date: 07 July 2010
By ANNA SMITH
A NEW drive is under way to recruit Northumberland taxi drivers.
The Taxi Driver Route Way programme aims to help unemployed people access jobs as taxi and private hire drivers across the county.
The initiative, which includes vacancies in the Morpeth area, pulls together funding and expertise from a number of employment and training organisations, as well as local businesses and people who work in the field.
Northumberland College provides the training, the North East Employer Coalition co-ordinates the programme, as well as contributing funding, while Jobcentre Plus puts forward suitable participants.
Employment advice company A4E has also joined the partnership to offer ongoing support while clients apply for their taxi licences.
The course includes a BTEC qualification, a test in area specific general knowledge and help with necessary documentation, such as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.
Participants will be trained in health and safety, customer service, disability awareness and legal issues, offering benefits for both drivers and passengers.
And there is also an extra helping hand into work as people who successfully complete the programme are guaranteed an interview with a local taxi company. - more...
Morpeth Herald - (Morpeth, Northumberland, England)
Lacking English, former taxi drivers despair
July 6. 2010 10:42PM GMT
ABU DHABI // Gul Mohammed has not been behind the wheel of his taxi for almost a year.
He has lived in the capital for more than two decades, moving from one job to another before finally settling on driving a cab.
He drove one car for more than 15 years but as the old white-and-gold models were phased out, Mr Mohammed was left with no vehicle, just a licence and mounting debts.
“No English, no work,” said Gul Rahood, who shares a room with Mr Mohammed in a dilapidated villa on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi.
“Now, they want men who can read English, write English. But we don’t have that kind of education.”
Mr Mohammed, 50, lives with 15 men, all from the same village north of Peshawar in Pakistan. Most are commercial vehicle drivers. - more...
The National - (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Dallas cab driver arrested, accused of stabbing passenger
01:38 PM CDT on Tuesday, July 6, 2010
By TARYN LUNA / The Dallas Morning News
A Dallas cab driver was arrested this weekend after witnesses reported that he pulled his cab over to the side of the road and stabbed a patron in the neck.
Larry Darnell Miles, 56, of Dallas, is being held at Lew Sterrett Jail, accused of driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault. His bail has been set at $25,000.
The stabbing victim, Eason Price Maykus, 24, of Southlake, and six others got into Miles’ Yellow Checker taxi van near McKinney Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a Dallas police report. Maykus was treated at the scene by Dallas Fire Rescue and went to Baylor Medical Center in Grapevine on his own.
Witnesses told police that Miles was eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger while driving erratically and speeding. He became confrontational when his passengers tried to give him directions to their destination. - more...
The Dallas Morning News - (Dallas, Texas)
Man charged with abduction, robbery of taxicab driver
By: Scott McCabe
Examiner Staff Writer
July 7, 2010
A 20-year-old Clinton man was arrested and charged with abducting a woman and robbing a taxicab driver at gunpoint in Rolling Hills, Fairfax County police said.
Police said James Junior Butler robbed the cabbie at Richmond Highway and Russell Road early Thursday morning, and was captured nearby at the Southern Motel after police established a perimeter and a police helicopter and K-9 team responded. During the investigation, a 32-year-old woman told police that she had been abducted by the same man earlier that evening but was able to free herself and run to get help at the Southern Motel.
Butler was charged with robbery, abduction and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The Examiner - (Washington D.C.)
Cab Driver Accused Of Falling Asleep Behind Wheel
City Issues Emergency License Suspension
POSTED: 4:36 pm EDT July 6, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- The city has issued an emergency suspension of the license of a cab driver accused of falling asleep behind the wheel.
Haile Ghebre Tensae, who drove for Indy Airport Taxi, was told Tuesday that he can no longer operate a cab after two separate complaints were lodged with the Department of Code Enforcement, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.
"The cab driver, while providing transportation to a woman and her small child, fell asleep and veered into the opposite lane of traffic," said Licensing Administrator Adam Collins. "She had to shake him to wake him up."
WRTV-TV Channel 6 - (Indianapolis, Indiana)
State Supreme Court Asked To Review Ruling On Port’s Taxi Contract
by Jack Mayne
The fight over which taxicab company will get an exclusive contract to provide cab service for people leaving the airport continued Tuesday (July 6) when the Washington State Supreme Court was asked to review the legal case.
The Seattle-Tacoma International Taxi Association (STITA) is asking the State Supreme Court to review and overturn a recent decision by the State Appeals Court that denied STITA’s objections of a proposed new Port contract with Yellow Cab.
Filing of the appeal to the state high court means a stay prohibiting the Port from signing the new contract with Yellow remains in effect until the court either rejects reviewing the case or rules against STITA and in favor of Yellow.
The current STITA contract is due to end on August 31 and the Port is pressing to be allowed to sign the new agreement so Yellow Cab can prepare to provide service to the thousands to passengers who arrive at Sea-Tac and who seek taxi service. Any cab company can take people to the airport, but only a primary contractor may pick up passengers leaving the airport.
STITA’s original case says the Port’s new proposed concession fees violate the state’s Airports Act because it lets the Port “auction off” its monopoly taxi concession to the highest bidder rather than basing fees on “uniform and reasonable” charges, as the law provides. The agreement also fails to give “due regard” to setting charges based on the property used and cost of operations. - more...
The B-Town Blog - (Burien, Washington)
Taxi drivers want decrease in fees
By LEDEDRA MARCHE
Senior FN Reporter
Overwhelmed by increased licencing fees which came into effect at the first of the month, former Grand Bahama Taxi Union President James Kemp says the hike is unbearable for the drivers and he is asking government to reconsider its fee structure.
The 26-year veteran driver comes from a long line of taxi drivers and says he feels the pinch like everyone else and while the drivers want to support the government they need to be able to survive.
Kemp said the drivers understand government's intent to raise revenue as these are hard economic times, but they must let their plight be known.
"We need the help and no one is saying anything. I know the government means well, but we need to bring our present situation to light," said Kemp.
"We wish they would not touch it and leave it the way it is, but that is the government. We need a decrease."
Kemp pointed out that the tourism industry in Grand Bahama is not what it used to be and for the taxi drivers that trickles down to less money as sometimes it could be five and six hours waiting for a job.
"To come from $200 in licencing fees twice a year to $500-plus that is extremely hard, especially in Freeport. We have not recovered from the last hurricanes. It's not like the tourism industry is doing that good on this island," he said. - more...
The Freeport News - (Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas)
Cab drivers to have appeals heard next week
Published on July 6th, 2010
TRURO - A pair of taxi drivers will have to wait another week before finding out if they can drive cabs in Truro.
Town council started to hear two appeals from Michael Saltzman and Anthony Seeton on Monday before moving the discussion in camera based on legal advice from its solicitor.
"I think it might be productive for council to deliberate further on this in camera because I think there is some legal advise that might be helpful to council," Charles Thompson told council.
On Tuesday chief administrative officer Jim Langille told the Truro Daily News council would hold a public session July 15 at 6 p.m. to hear the appeal.
Police Chief David MacNeil, who administers the taxi bylaw, declined the license earlier this year for both men for different reasons. Taxi drivers have to renew their license on an annual basis. - more...
Truro Daily News - (Truro, Nova Scotia)
Credit cards are charging into cabs
By: Andrea Koskey
Examiner Staff Writer
July 5, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO — Paying for taxi fares with credit cards would become universal in The City under a new rule being considered by the agency that oversees cabs.
Though many cab companies accept plastic as form of payment, the surge in passengers charging their fares has increased the cost of processing the payments. Several cab companies are trying to avoid taking credit card payments to skirt the processing cost, so the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is considering requiring all to allow riders to charge fares.
The system that’s currently in place leaves the decision of whether to accept credit cards up to each taxi company and driver, according to the SFMTA.
The requirement by the agency — which would only allow the processing costs to be passed onto drivers by special permission — is a move to provide more oversight and convenience, SFMTA spokeswoman Kristen Holland said.
“It’s an attempt to make [regulations] more uniform,” she said. “But we also want to find a solution so no one group — drivers, customers, companies — is penalized.”
Mark Gruberg, a driver and spokesman for the United Taxicab Workers union, said cab companies should take the burden of any fees regardless of the mandate. - more...
The San Francisco Examiner - (San Francisco, California)
Costa Rica's informal taxis strike again
By Matt Levin
Tico Times Staff
Last week, President Laura Chinchilla's government came to terms with one group of informal taxi drivers, or porteadores, presenting legislation that would resolve their differences in the Legislative Assembly. But less than a week later, another group of taxi drivers is planning a protest.
The National Transporters' Federation (FENAPO) will protest Tuesday morning in the streets of San José, ending at the Legislative Assembly. The organization, which represents at least 6,000 drivers, says it will hold a peaceful demonstration. However, protests by the informal taxi sector have typically involved drivers stopping or slowing down their cars in traffic, causing traffic jams and delays for commuters. - more...
Tico Times - (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Is your taxi following the rules? Check it out
Cabs have to display passenger bill of rights by end of the month
By Bill Ruthhart
Posted: July 6, 2010
The city is starting a crackdown on unlicensed taxicabs by requiring that all Indianapolis cabs display a passenger bill of rights.
Those rights include that you may pay only the amount on a visible meter, that the driver takes the shortest route to your destination and that the driver speaks English.
If you don't see such a document in a cab, the city has this advice: Get out and find a legitimate one.
By the end of the month, the documents, which include nine conduct requirements, will be required in each of the city's more than 700 licensed taxis.
"Everything that is included in that passenger bill of rights are responsibilities or obligations that taxicab operators already have," said Adam Collins, a lawyer who is the city code department's licensing administrator.
"Our hope is the bill of rights will help serve to outline the expectations that a passenger should have every time they ride in a licensed taxicab," he said. "Additionally, it will provide a mechanism by which passengers can contact the city and file a complaint in the event that they feel that their rights have not been met." - more...
The Indianapolis Star - (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Denver Yellow Cab Announces Its $52.80 Mile High Summer Promotion to Denver International Airport Through Labor Day
DENVER, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, Denver Yellow Cab Taxi will stop the meter as soon as the price of the ride reaches $52.80 from most areas in Denver to Denver International Airport. There is no charge for extra passengers or luggage and this promotion is available to all taxi users starting immediately, whether traveling from a residence, business or hotel within the boundaries of E-470, circling the north, east and south, and C470 to I-70 to Simms Street extended on the west.
The Mile High Summer Promotion will run now through Labor Day Weekend September 6, 2010. For more information on the promotion call 303-777-7777.
SOURCE Denver Yellow Cab Taxi
PR Newswire - (Internet)
Asia and the Pacific
Taxi strike deferred
A STAFF REPORTER
Taxi operators have decided to wait one more week for a fare hike before threatening to go off the road
Taxi operators on Tuesday deferred their plan for an indefinite strike, giving the government time till July 15 to decide on a fare hike, while bus and minibus operators chose to wait and watch.
Taxi operators had threatened to go on an indefinite strike from July 8 if the government did not increase the fare by July 5. The price of fuel was recently increased by Rs 1.95 per litre.
Taxi operators’ unions decided in a meeting that they would wait till July 15 for a favourable decision by the government.
“We are giving the government an extra week to declare a fare hike. If it fails to meet the deadline, we will go on an indefinite strike from July 15,” said Tarak Nath Bari, the secretary of the Calcutta Taxi Association.
Around 35,000 taxis ply in and around the city daily.
The Telegraph - (Calcutta, India)
Updated jul 07 @ 04:51 GMT
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Taxi driver loses kidney after car wash shooting
Stabroek News - (Georgetown, Guyana)
December 5, 2013 · By Staff Writer
Taxi driver Fenton Duncan, shot by bandits on Tuesday during an armed attack on a city car wash, has lost a kidney.
Duncan is now in stable condition and recuperating at Georgetown Public Hospital, where he underwent a surgery.
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Toronto cab driver attack highlights dangers of job
CBC News - (Toronto, Ontario)
CBC News Posted: Dec 02, 2013 7:42 PM ET
A brutal weekend attack on a Toronto cab driver over a fare he was owed is shocking, but not surprising, to fellow drivers who have dealt with similar situations in the past.
Toronto police say that two young men, believed to be 18 to 20 years old, hailed a Beck Taxi near College and Clinton streets in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police say the men asked the driver to stop near Bloor and Dundas streets, but they didn’t pay when they got out.
Beck Taxi driver beaten after demanding men pay $15 fare
When the driver followed them in an attempt to recoup the $15 fare they had accumulated, police say the two men began punching and then kicking him.
The suspects fled the scene and were last seen at Dorval Road.
Another cab driver came upon the injured man and called police on his behalf.
Police say that driver Maheswaran Iyampillai will recover from the injuries he suffered, but they describe the attack on him as being severe.
Driver in 'extreme pain' after attack
The injuries he suffered are on the minds of many of his co-workers at Beck Taxi.
Owner Gail Beck-Souter visited Iyampillai after the attack.
She told CBC News that he was semi-conscious, in "extreme pain" after the attack and had suffered a broken nose. - more....
Yellow Cab of Reno faces ADA discrimination suit
KRNV-TV Channel 4 - (Reno, Nevada)
Published: 6:41 am
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A longtime Reno taxi driver and his disabled wife are suing his ex-employer after he says he was fired in retaliation for complaining about fellow Yellow Cab drivers repeatedly refusing the couple and their service dogs rides from the Reno airport.
Lawyers for James and Melodie Doud filed the discrimination lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Reno on Wednesday alleging violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
They accuse Yellow Cab of Reno of engaging in "a pattern of intentional discrimination and bad faith directed at persons with disabilities."
The suit says 60-year-old James Doud was fired in June not because of misconduct but solely as retaliation for complaining about Yellow Cab's failure to follow laws protecting the disabled.
A Yellow Cab official said Thursday they are reviewing the case.
Saskatoon man files human rights complaint; says cabs turn away his guide dog
Winnipeg Free Press - (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
By: The Canadian Press
Posted: 11/29/2013 3:48 PM
SASKATOON - A man who says he and his guide dog have been having trouble with a Saskatoon cab company has filed a complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
Mike Simmonds says the problem started two months ago when a dispatcher for Comfort Cabs told him he would need a pet-friendly taxi.
He says he's been told twice since then that drivers weren't comfortable with his seeing-eye dog because of their religious beliefs.
He called the manager to complain and received an apology.
Simmonds says the manager suggested there must have been a misunderstanding.
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination against people with service animals.
"It baffles me that in this century people have such problems with guide dogs," Simmonds said Friday.
"If you're driving a taxi in this country, you have got to know that you're open to service dogs." - more....
Bloomberg tries a Hail Mary for the Taxi of Tomorrow
Capital New York - (New York City, New York)
By Dana Rubinstein 12:59 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013 follow this reporter
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making a last-ditch effort to get his Taxi of Tomorrow program rolling before Bill de Blasio takes office.
On December 19, the city's taxi commission will hold a hearing on new rules that would require most taxicabs to be vehicles that were crash-tested with their plastic partitions already inside them. As it turns out, only one vehicle fits that bill: the Nissan NV200, also known as the Taxi of Tomorrow.
Right now, the plastic taxi partitions that separate drivers from pedestrians are installed only after the vehicle in question has been manufactured.
"Installation of the partition can harm the vehicle’s structural integrity, airbag deployment, and overall safety because it adds stiffness to the vehicle’s frame which can affect how the vehicle performs during a side impact, exposing passengers to an increased risk of head and face injuries," reads the memo accompanying the proposed rules, available here.
The rules would also require most vehicles to have passenger-controlled air conditioning, which rules out several existing vehicles, but not the Nissan NV200. - more....
Half of NYC taxis to be wheelchair accessible by 2020
New York Post - (New York City, New York)
By Rebecca Harshbarger
December 6, 2013 | 1:11pm
Half of the city’s taxis will be wheelchair accessible by 2020 because of a settlement agreement reached on Friday in a federal class action lawsuit, according to officials.
When fleets purchase new cabs, which have a lifespan of three to five years, they will be required to replace at least half with wheelchair accessible cabs. The 2,000 new handicapped medallion licenses that will be issued over the next few years will also help the city reach the target.
Currently, only 231 cabs of the city’s fleet are accessible.
A coalition of people with disabilities, including the Taxis for All Campaign, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District in 2011.
TLC Commissioner David Yassky said he was thrilled that the agency would “be able to right this longstanding flaw in a taxi system that is otherwise a source of so much pride for New York.”
About 90,000 New Yorkers use wheelchairs, according to Commissioner Victor Calise of the Mayor’s Office for People With Disabilities. “They have money to spend and they want to catch a wheelchair-accessible cab,” he said. “Now we can ride.” - more....
De Blasio rewards allies, angry clergy
Capital New York - (New York City, New York)
By Dana Rubinstein 9:22 a.m. Dec. 2, 2013 follow this reporter
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's inaugural committee does more than just allow campaign donors to ante up one last time before he takes office.
It also allows de Blasio to express thanks to the taxi industry for their prodigious campaign fundraising, and to make amends to Catholics and Hasidim for their exclusion from the mayor-elect's 60-person transition team.
On Saturday, the mayor-elect released the even longer list of appointments to his inaugural committee.
Among the celebrities (Russell Simmons, Sarah Jessica Parker), the union leaders (George Gresham, Estela Vasquez), and the real estate types (Steve Witkoff, Don Peebles), the list also includes a couple of taxi-industry veterans, including Fidel del Valle, Dinkins' taxi commissioner and the attorney for the Greater New York Taxi Association, which opposes both the borough taxi and Taxi of Tomorrow programs.
Also on the list: Matt Daus, the Windels Marx partner, the former Giuliani and Bloomberg taxi commissioner, and the president of the the International Association of Transportation Regulators, which advocates for the stricter regulation of taxi apps. - more....
Uber Is OK With the MBTA’s New Late-Night Train Service, But Cab Drivers Are ‘Concerned’
Boston Magazine - (Boston, Massachusetts)
Already battling new-age transportation models, a fleet of taxi drivers is wary of more competition.
By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | December 5, 2013 8:22 am
Students and workers in Boston’s tech sector are rejoicing over the news that the MBTA will run a one-year pilot project on the weekends, where trains will operate until 3 a.m., an hour after the bars close. But some cab drivers are nervous about the impact the proposal could have on the late-night transportation industry.
Already battling new transportation services like Uber, Lyft, and Hailo—all app-based platforms that allow passengers to hail a ride at the touch of a button—Donna Shaw, manager of the Boston Taxi Association, which represents more than 1,400 cab drivers in the city, said the addition of late-night MBTA service could add another roadblock to their operations.
“It will have an impact. To what degree, I’m not sure yet,” but it will take away at least a portion of their business, she said.
The MBTA’s pilot program, which will begin in spring 2014, will allow for 15 of the most popular bus routes to run until 3 a.m. It will also leave the Red, Green, Orange, Blue, and Silver lines open until the same time, giving late-night bar-crawlers a choice between a cab ride, a smartphone-savvy pick-up service, or the train—an option that didn’t exist before. - more....
Milwaukee’s Common Council Allows 100 More Taxis on City Streets
Urban Milwaukee - (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
By Press Release - Nov 26th, 2013 01:14 pm
Milwaukee, Wis.—In direct response to a court case won last spring by the Institute for Justice on behalf of three Milwaukee taxi drivers, today the Milwaukee Common Council voted to add up to 100 cabs to the city’s streets. This will bring the number of cabs up to 420 and strikes a blow to the existing taxi cartel that has controlled the city’s taxi industry since the number of cabs was capped in 1991. The Council failed, however, to fully implement the court’s ruling and kept a cap on the number of taxicabs, defeating Alderman Michael Murphy’s proposed amendment to lift the cap entirely. That means just like the original cap, the new law violates the Wisconsin Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and the right to earn an honest living. For that reason, this new cap may be struck down in court just as the former was.
The up to 100 new taxicab permits will be awarded in 2014, by lottery if there are more than 100 applications. Applicants cannot apply for more than two cab permits each, and current taxicab owners who own more than one cab are not eligible. Just like current cab permits, the new permits can be sold on the secondary market. When IJ filed its lawsuit against the city in 2011—the event that first triggered today’s reforms—permits were selling for approximately $150,000, more than the average price of a Milwaukee house. - more....
D.C. taxi credit card implementation hits roadblock
Vox Populi - (Washington D.C.)
Posted by: Saumik Rahman
D.C.’s infamous cab market, loathed for its inconsistency, is finally set for the implementation of a big improvement that was planned months ago. A new mandate requires all D.C. cabs to install credit card readers by December 1 of this year, though this may take a toll on the District’s 100-plus cab companies.
To implement the credit card readers, cab companies need the services of payment service providers (PSPs). Currently, D.C. approves ten PSPs for operation within the city. Many of these PSPs, however, are new companies that struggle to match the demand of their services with their available resources.
A PSP named Hitch, for example, is notorious for late and inconsistent payments to cab drivers across the city. The credit card reader mandate has forced many cabbies to buy equipment from these PSPs, often with cash out of pocket. If a PSP goes bankrupt, cabbies must use their own money to replace all old equipment with new equipment from other PSPs. - more....
Camden May Soon Have Taxicab Regulations
KYW-TV Channel 3 - (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
November 30, 2013 4:00 AM
By David Madden
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS)–Cab drivers in the city of Camden may soon be put under regulations required by the state of New Jersey.
Assemblyman Whip Wilson used to be a Camden City Councilman. Constituents would constantly complain about how taxi fares would vary widely depending on when someone would ride and who was driving.
So he has a bill which cleared an assembly committee that would require any town with more than 10,000 people to regulate their cabs.
“I have talked to backers who were actually shocked that Camden had no kind of system in place when it comes to taxicab regulations as far as it comes to meters or fares.”
Wilson says most other towns in the state either use those meters or have zones set up by local government.
Calgary taxi complaints drop, but some drivers still up to no good
Metro News - (Calgary, Alberta)
By Jeremy Nolais Metro
Cabbie complaints in Calgary have been curbed, but reports of serious crimes remain.
To November’s end, city livery services had received 350 passenger complaints this year, varying from slow service and vehicle issues to alleged Criminal Code violations. In response, 120 violation tickets were issued and chief livery officer Marc Halat launched 29 licence-review hearings. In 19 of those instances, disciplinary action was taken.
Four of the complaints involved accusations of sexual assault, one driver was actually caught using his cab to transport illicit drugs and four others were accused of driving impaired while off the clock.
Still, Halat said the overall number of complaints is trending downwards despite more drivers being permitted to operate on city streets. The numbers do vary somewhat, however, as 528 complaints were lodged in 2012 but only 372 were lodged the year prior. - more....
Saskatoon cab driver gives free rides to seniors
Global News - (Canada)
By Shallima Maharaj Reporter/Anchor
Watch the video above: A Saskatoon cab driver is giving back to the community by helping seniors on his days off.
SASKATOON – Spreading his message of love without boundaries, Saiful Malook has been busy balancing his job as a taxi driver with his weekend work – offering free rides to seniors.
Malook offers the rides to those looking to run errands, attend medical appointments or simply to relish in the simple splendour of a cup of coffee.
“I feel that is worship work. When you do something for seniors, you feel, I feel cool,” said Malook.
He grew up in Pakistan and now proudly calls Saskatoon home.
Malook says his non-profit family charity, Adam Assistance Program Saskatoon (AAPS), has served more than 200 seniors over the last three years.
“Sometimes seniors like to donate to our organization. Five or $10 and we put that into a separate account and use it for gas and maintenance.”
He now hopes to expand his voluntary service beyond Saturday and Sunday to include weekdays. - more....
A Ride In Bogata's Electric Taxi
EV World - (Internet)
Bogata is the first Latin American city to roll out a fleet of BYD e6 electric taxis, and CNN's Nick Parker takes a ride in one.
CNN correspondent Nick Parker takes a ride in one of Bogato, Colombia's new BYD electric taxis and finds the experience enlightening: the car is powerful and quiet. The catch is there are currently only two fast charge stations in the city, with plans to add more.
The BYD e6 electric cars are identical to the ones also being operated as taxis in China. Recharge time is two hours and the range is estimated at 300 km (186 miles). Being exempt from import duties and given a free license, the electic taxis are cheaper to acquire than their gasoline counterparts.
Uber Leaks: Taxi (-ish) Company Brings in $1 Billion Gross
All Voices - (Internet)
Oakland : CA : USA | Dec 05, 2013 at 11:01 AM PST
By Barry Eitel
Yesterday, Valleywag got their paws on some screengrabs of populist taxi service Uber’s accounting. The numbers, if accurate, show that the company has a gross value of over $1 billion and $213 million in revenue.
The information is for Uber Global, which supposedly includes all the cities and countries where Uber operates. The company added Shenzhen to their list of cities last week, making it their second launch in China.
According to Valleywag’s Nitasha Tiku analysis, the revenue doesn’t necessary equate to profit. She believes the latest moves by the company will be expensive ventures.
“Uber's rumored plan to use the new funds to ‘become the exact thing it hates’ by building its own fleet of cars and monopolizing the car-for-hire market will be costly,” she writes. “The company has thus far primarily operated as a middleman, building partnerships with black car companies or cab drivers. Nothing stopped drivers from working for Uber and its competitors at the same time, which is why last month Kalanick ‘partnered’ with General Motors and Toyota to offer drivers discounted financing or leasing on cars in exchange for exclusivity.”
Of course, Uber, and other similar services like Lyft, finds itself in a legal tangle of unions, insurance and the legal system. - more....
Medallion Financial Corp (TAXI)
eMarkets Daily - (Internet)
Medallion Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TAXI), stock in last trading session go down -8.78% as the firm declared that it priced its previously released underwritten public offering of 2.9M common shares at $16.40 a share. Additional, the firm has granted underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an further 435,000 common shares to cover any over-allotments.
ON THE OTHER FRONT: The analysts’ average revenue estimates for the firm is $ 9.01M in fourth quarter of 2013 and 1 expert predict 9.32M revenue for the first quarter of 2014. Currently, 1 analyst that rates Medallion Financial Corp at “Hold,” 1 analyst rate it at “Buy” and 0 rate it as “Strongly Buy.”
Europe, Africa, and the Middle East
Government restores normalcy in Police-taxi drivers conflict
Cocorioko - (Internet)
Posted by Cocorioko Newspaper on December 6, 2013
YESTERDAY, there was an altercation at Lumley in the outskirts of Freetown between the Sierra Leone Police and taxi drivers.
According to reports received by COCORIOKO, a taxi driver , Mr. Lamin Kamara ( Popularly known as Africa ) was arrested on Tuesday by the Police for an alleged traffic offence .He later died in police custody. There were conflicting reports about the cause of the death.
A Police officer , Ms. Mira Kamara , writing in the social media site FACEBOOK , said that the taxi driver was drunk when arrested and he died of natural causes in police cells. According to Officer Mira Kamara, “No police officer beat him up. Report from the hospital where the autopsy was done with the presence of his family members. His pancreas had already packed up, and was merely a living corpse. During the riot, we lost one OSD. He was crushed in a road crash. ”
However, supporters of the driver alleged that he was beaten up while in police custody and it was said that in the impending chaos, a police officer lost his life in an accident. - more....
Taxi driver who had nose op to cure snoring has it broken by drunk female passenger
The Westmorland Gazette - (Kendal, Cumbria, England)
7:00am Thursday 5th December 2013
By Tom Murphy, Reporter
A KENDAL taxi driver had a major nose operation to cure a persistent snoring problem - only to have it broken just weeks later in an alcohol-fuelled assault.
Julia Chaplin, of Storth, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court where she admitted causing actual bodily harm to Gordon Welch in an attack which left him needing an operation to repair the damage.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Welch, of High Garth, said he had broken his nose aged 15 and had suffered from heavy snoring since.
In July this year, the 42-year-old taxi driver, who has worked for Castle Taxis for more than a year, had a rhinoplasty and septoplasty at Barrow’s Furness General Hospital in an effort to cure the problem.
“The operations straightened my nose and removed obstructions in the nasal cavity,” he said.
“It seemed to be working and my girlfriend said it was calming down.”
However, the attack left Mr Welch, who moved to Kendal seven years ago from Tyneside, needing another operation.
“I went back into the hospital four days after the attack to get it straightened again,” he said.
“I’m going to have to have a further operation because the consultants fear it has left lasting damage and affected the healing process of the original operation.
“When I moved to Kendal I thought the crime rate was low and this type of thing would not happen. It’s ironic and I was completely stunned when she hit me.” - more....
Shropshire taxi licensing fees to rise by up to 216pc
Shropshire Star - (Telford, Shropshire, England)
Councillors have voted to hike the cost of a variety of licensing fees on Shropshire taxi drivers by as much as 216 per cent – despite complaints by cabbies that the current service is “atrocious”.
The council’s licensing and safety sub committee voted through a range of new pricing policies for black cabs and other private hire vehicles following a meeting at Shirehall yesterday, with the new fees coming into effect from Monday.
But the price rises were only agreed after councillors were addressed by several taxi drivers who opposed the changes and said the service they currently receive was not good enough.
Concerns were raised that the report agreed by councillors had indicated ongoing council budget cuts mean delivering the current level of service is “not sustainable in the current economic climate”.
Nicholas Cox, from Oswestry Cabs, said: “The service we get for what we are paying is atrocious.” - more....
Dec. 6, 1897: London first licenses motorized taxis
Yahoo News Malaysia - (Internet)
By Christy Karras
BerA Bersey electric taxi in a London park, 1897. (Photo: courtesy of the Science Museum, London)
London’s black cabs are some of the city’s most beloved icons, and for good reason. Drivers are required to pass a test showing they know the locations of not just streets but also hospitals, parks, theaters and other landmarks throughout the city — studying for it typically takes three years. Anyone who’s had to whip out a smart phone to help guide a confused taxi driver can appreciate what’s known as “The Knowledge.”
Motorized cabs first came on the scene in 1897, but they were far from the city’s first. London had horse-drawn black cabs for hire as early as the 1600s. They were called “hackney carriages” (still the official name for hired cars). As one black-cab website puts it: “The name comes from hacquenée, the French term for a general-purpose horse. It literally means ‘ambling nag.’” - more....
Electric cars suitable only for short taxi trips, Norway researchers conclude
The Foreigner - (Stavanger, Norway)
Published on Thursday, 28th November, 2013 at 12:15 under the news in brief category, by Lyndsey Smith .
The SINTEF scientists tested five Nissan Leaf electric cars in Trondheim, finding that they were well-suited for city journeys but not for longer trips such as to an airport.
Norway taxi drivers have also been positive towards electric cars saying both the operating and maintenance costs are lower. Pollution is also an issue.
Central Norway-located company Trøndertaxi are planning to use Nissan’s vehicles throughout the year. They will soon be adding cars from Tesla that have the power to be used for longer distances.
One of the ideas for using electric cars as taxis was the hope that passengers would experience the vehicle working first-hand, consequently considering buying an electric car themselves.
The City of Trondheim is also part of the Green Highway, an Nordic cooperative project encompassing Trondheim and Östersund in Sweden and all the way out to Sundsvall on the Baltic Sea. - more....
Lagos Bans Use Of Unpainted Taxis
The Guardian - (Lagos, Nigeria)
Friday, 29 November 2013 21:18
Written by Tunde Alao
IN its commitment to further ensure the security of lives and property of residents, Lagos State government has warned individuals operating commercial vehicles not painted in the prescribed state taxi colour to desist from the act or face the wrath of the Law.
Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, who issued the warning in Alausa, Ikeja, Friday, advised residents of the state to stop patronising unpainted taxis in the state.
Opeifa added that the use of unpainted taxis was not only a security risk but also a contravention of Section 25 of the Lagos Road Traffic Law.
The law stipulate that “any person who drives or being the owner, permits any other person to drive on a high way, a motor vehicle which is not registered or licensed, or does not have affixed to it an identification mark in the prescribed manner shall be guilty of an offence.” - more....
Asia and the Pacific
Taxi driver shot at outside Delhi Police HQ
India TV - (Noida, India)
PTI [ Updated 02 Dec 2013, 07:19:06 ]
New Delhi: Two bike-borne assailants yesterday opened fire at a 28-year-old taxi driver outside Delhi Police headquarters here, police said.
Tammi, resident of Ghaziabad in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, was injured after he was shot in his arm in IP Estate area in Central Delhi at around 1 PM.
"He was rushed to a nearby hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger. A case of attempt to murder has been registered.
"A manhunt has been launched for the two assailants who have been identified as taxi drivers. Personal enmity with the victim over some parking issue is suspected to be the reason behind the attack," a police official.
The victim and the two attackers had a quarrel on November 22 and a case was registered at Kamla Market police station in Central Delhi in this regard, police said. - more....
Canberra's taxi drivers strike for second day over GPS booking system
The Canberra Times - (Canberra, Australia)
Date December 4, 2013
Reporter at The Canberra Times
Canberra Elite taxi drivers returned to work on Wednesday evening after striking for a second consecutive day over the introduction of a new GPS booking system.
The strike caused havoc at the airport during the morning peak, with only a slow trickle of taxis to meet the demand from 14 incoming flights before 9.40am.
Canberra Airport put on extra customer service staff to help explain delays and direct passengers to rental cars, the Airport Express bus and chauffeured hire cars.
By the evening, taxi drivers and operators agreed on a solution to the impasse with Aerial Capital Group, which introduced the controversial booking system on a trial basis on Monday without consulting drivers and operators.
After one day, drivers wanted a return to the previous system, saying there was not enough work in Canberra for the GPS system to be equitable.
The previous rank/zone system allocated drivers a position in a queue for the area they were in, allowing them to be ready when they reached the top or take a break when they knew they had a wait.
They could also see what areas jobs were coming from and how many drivers were around, so they could position themselves for the best chance of a fare.
The GPS system allocates jobs to the closest taxi based on location, leaving drivers in the dark and allocating jobs on the luck of the draw, making drivers’ incomes unpredictable. - more....
Perth taxi drivers stop work over new inspector laws
WA Today - (Perth, Australia)
Date December 5, 2013
A convoy of about 200 cabs is expected to travel along Great Eastern Highway Thursday afternoon to the steps of state parliament where they will demand the removal of laws giving increased powers to taxi industry inspectors.
Transport Workers Union WA organiser Tim Dawson told Fairfax Media as he was travelling in the convoy, taxi drivers were willing to give up several hours' fare to protest some sections of the Taxi Drivers Licensing Bill 2013.
"This protest today has lost them money so it shows you how serious they are," Mr Dawson said.
The travelling protest, which will move along Great Eastern Highway along Adelaide and St Georges terraces to parliament house, follows a stop work meeting by hundreds of cab drivers concerned about new inspector powers being introduced by the WA government.
Taxi drivers attended the stop work meeting from 2pm at Perth's domestic airport to air their concerns about allocation of powers to inspectors in the bill.
Mr Dawson said cab drivers were concerned their "common law rights" would be taken away with the new law allowing inspectors to enter homes and question drivers without representation.
Mr Dawson said there was confusion from drivers about the purpose of the inspector powers. - more....
Airport disputes taxi drivers 'high and dry'
3 News - (Auckland, New Zealand)
Friday 06 Dec 2013 2:52p.m.
By 3 News online staff
President Taxis has had its contract with Auckland Airport cancelled, essentially sacking 50 drivers, the Auckland Taxi Association claims.
However, Auckland Airport is disputing the assertion, saying President Taxis agreed to cancel the contract almost two months ago.
The drivers, who had been campaigning for better conditions at the airport, were told on Wednesday they would no longer have a contract as of 11:59pm on Monday, the association says.
From then, none of the drivers will be able to pick up passengers from the airport.
Around 200 airport taxi drivers protested earlier this month about abuses at the airport and formed the association to fight for better conditions and rights.
The Airport has made some "minor changes" as a result, but the association believes the major issues went unresolved. Auckland Airport would then talk only to contracting taxi companies, instead of directly to taxi drivers.
Among the conditions the association is wanting are upgraded toilet, water and shade facilities as well as improving relations with security guards and increasing the basic price for short fares from $20 to $35.
Auckland Airport retail and commercial general manager Richard Barker says the company agreed to President Taxis' request to end the contract and the agreement will be effective from December 11.
"This contractual decision was made on October 17 and is not related to the recent threatened protest action from the Auckland Taxi Association."
The company's 50 airport operating permits could be transferred to other licensed airport taxi companies to minimise the impact on the affected drivers. - more....
Cabcharge Australia Limited Given “Reduce” Rating at Morningstar (CAB)
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Posted by Wayne Rhoads on Dec 3rd, 2013
Cabcharge Australia Limited logoMorningstar reaffirmed their reduce rating on shares of Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX:CAB) in a report issued on Monday morning, American Banking News.com reports. The firm currently has a $3.81 target price on the stock.
Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX:CAB) traded down 1.77% on Monday, hitting A$3.880. The stock had a trading volume of 295,455 shares. Cabcharge Australia Limited has a one year low of A$3.600 and a one year high of A$5.190. The stock has a 50-day moving average of A$3.90 and a 200-day moving average of A$4.08. The company has a market cap of A$467.3 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.85.
Separately, analysts at Credit Suisse downgraded shares of Cabcharge Australia Limited from a neutral rating to an underperform rating in a research note to investors on Tuesday, September 10th. They now have a $66.30 price target on the stock.
Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX:CAB) is engaged in the provision of taxi related services in Australia , Through its interest in an associate company, the Company is also engaged in the provision of bus and coach services to customers in Australia.
Updated dec 07 @ 02:37 GMT
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