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Transport for London accused of being ‘in bed’ with Uber – Telegraph.co.uk

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Transport for London accused of being 'in bed' with Uber TfL has refused to include Maaxi on its website section for taxi apps, which currently features Kabbee, ComCab, Hailo and Get Taxi among several others, and sent a letter to Mr Campos hours before Maaxi's  release suggesting that he “consider postponing the launch” of the app. Source: Transport for London accused of being 'in bed' with Uber - Telegraph.co.uk

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Uber hasn’t killed the yellow cab—yet

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There are some hopeful signs for taxis. Melrose Credit Union, a medallion lender, last week claimed a TLC rule passed in January includes e-hails in its definition of street hails, which are the exclusive domain of medallion cabs. If enforcement agents prevented non-medallion cars from responding immediately to e-hails, it would put a major dent in Uber's app-based operation, which relies mostly on cars other than yellow taxis. Read more at:Crainsnewyork.com

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Uber under formal investigation in Amsterdam

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Uber is under formal investigation in Amsterdam after three drivers for its budget service Uberpop were ordered to pay fines of €1,500 for operating without licences.... ....The three drivers who were fined in court on Friday were all caught using undercover officials last year. A fourth driver will appear in court later. All four refused to pay the fines, resulting in the court appearances. Uber has pledged to pay the fines but the drivers will now have criminal records, news agency ANP reports. Sources:Dutchnews.nl     Breakingnews.com    KFGO.com   Reuters

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Chinese owner of Volvo and London Taxi Company plans European and US entry with small car

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Chinese carmaker Geely is planning to enter the European and US markets with a small crossover utility vehicle, which will be produced using a common platform jointly developed with Volvo. Reuters, citing two sources, reported that the car, which is yet to be named, will be sold in China in early 2017, in several European markets a year or so later and eventually in the US. Source: Chinese owner of Volvo and London Taxi Company plans European and US entry with small car

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Smartphone Taxi app Uber looking to launch in Newcastle

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Newcastle City Council has confirmed that it has issued a licence for the multi-billion dollar company to potentially make the North East’s capital the next stop on its rapid expansion. “Uber’s plan is to be in every major city in the UK and we have a number of options of where we want to be - including Newcastle,” a spokesman for the firm told The Chronicle. Source:Smartphone Taxi app Uber looking to launch in Newcastle

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Uber’s arrival may be grounds for compensating taxi industry: Harper

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The man who headed the Abbott government's review of competition laws says there may be a case for compensating taxi drivers and pharmacy owners if laws are changed to allow new entrants. Speaking at a lunch in Melbourne, Professor Ian Harper said monetary compensation was just one type of transitional arrangement. Another could be a fee on consumers to help the industry adjust to a new world without taxi licences. Governments brought in a levy on consumers buying milk when diary reforms were introduced in NSW and the ACT. The same could apply to the taxi industry, if new players were allowed to enter... Source:Uber's arrival may be grounds for compensating taxi industry: Harper

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