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Uber CEO hints unlikely to make profit in U.S. and Asia anytime soon

Uber will continue to lose money in its home market for at least the next six months as rival Lyft poses a fierce competitive challenge, Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Thursday in his first public comments since taking the top job at Uber two months ago. “The U.S. is very, very competitive right now between us and Lyft, so I don’t see the U.S. as being a particularly profitable market for the next six months,” said Khosrowshahi, who made the comments at the New York Times DealBook conference in New York, which was also streamed online. Uber have been operating in the U.S. for 8 years now without a sustained profit. They have relied on huge investments to fund a heavily subsided business model to gain and maintain enough market share to hopefully one day become a profitable company. But with fierce competition coming from Lyft in America and…Read More

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Uber unveils former banker as new UK chairwoman

As Uber battles to stave off a ban on operating in London, it has unveiled former Bank of England adviser Laurel Powers-Freeling as the new chair of its UK operations. Powers-Freeling, who was born in the US but took British citizenship in 2003, will oversee operations at the ride-hailing app at a crucial juncture for the business that claims to have 5 million customers in the UK, served by 50,000 drivers. Uber is trying to repair relations with Transport for London after the transport body stripped it of its private hire licence last month. TfL said the company had broken rules on passenger safety and accused it of not being fit and proper to hold a licence. It has challenged the decision so that it can continue to operate in the capital but has launched a charm offensive with the regulator, promising change and flying its chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi…Read More

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Pensioner from Weymouth finds her taxi driver hero

An elderly woman has been reunited with the taxi driver whose quick response prevented her from being knocked down when she fell in a road. Laurie Dell, who works for Weyline Taxis, met up with Eileen O’Brien again thanks to the Dorset Echo. As reported in last month’s PHTM, Mrs O’Brien, 80, appealed in the Echo in September to find the driver who helped her when she fell on Weymouth harbourside. Mr Dell managed to swerve just in time as Mrs O’Brien fell in the road in front of him. He then waited with her for an hour, ensuring she was comfortable, until an ambulance arrived to take her to hospital. Mrs O’Brien was out with her grandson Tom Walden when she tripped. She didn’t get the name of the driver who was so kind to her and wanted to thank him. With the Echo’s help, a reunion was arranged….Read More

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An introduction to the regulatory frameworks

For me the taxi world has been an interesting journey. My Dad was a black taxi driver in London many years ago, having decided to take a second career after being made redundant by a well-known newspaper group based in Fleet Street. I have vivid memories of him studying for his knowledge and frequent trips on his slightly precarious scooter to visit points of interest and check his knowledge of street names and routes. For me as a young adult it all sounded very exciting, but the reality I found out years later was that my Dad spent hundreds of hours studying and riding around London on his scooter in order to get through each part of the gruelling examination process. So after all these years I find it ironic that I am now so heavily involved in the taxi world. It is a complex area with many different laws…Read More

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Student falsely accused cabbie of sexual assault after he refused greasy kebab cash

A student has been jailed for falsely accusing a taxi driver of sexual assault after he declined to accept cash that was covered in kebab grease. Sophie Pointon, 22, had claimed she had been molested by the taxi driver after she was picked up from a night out, lying to cops because he refused to accept her kebab-stained £10 note. The driver told the court in an emotional victim impact statement that he had been shunned by the Muslim community following the false claims and banned from entering the homes of friends. He said: “I am now extremely reluctant to take lone females in case I am accused again. “The girl who accused me is the same age as my own daughter – I cannot comprehend why she made this allegation. “I feel religiously tainted from this, and no help from the police or the courts can help that. “Friends…Read More

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Hartlepool doctor suspended after taxi drivers ‘fit to drive’ blunder

A Hartlepool doctor passed taxi drivers as fit to drive – despite not seeing their medical records. Bimal Singh, who worked at North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 1987, is set to serve a suspension following a tribunal. He was based at ORCEL centre, in Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, during the period he was undertaking taxi medicals. Speaking outside his Hartlepool home, he said his suspension would run from September 15 to October 13 and he would not be appealing. He added: “When I started doing them (taxi medicals), I was not told I needed to see the medical records. I made a mistake and I have apologised for that. “When it came to light, by that time it was already six to nine months. Immediately I stopped and took the remedial action. “I’ve apologised since the beginning and stopped straight away when it was raised.” Dr Singh…Read More

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Taxi driver returns £12,000 to pensioner after realising he was being scammed

A pensioner has been reunited with his life savings after taxi driver realised he had been scammed. Barry Stone got a phone call by someone saying they were from Scotland Yard investigating bank fraud. They told him to withdraw £12,000 – £8,000 in £50 notes and £4,128 worth of euros – and hand it over to taxi driver Izy Rashid who would take it to London. Izy Rashid, who works at Neales Taxis in Corporation Street, said alarm bells started ringing when one of the firm’s drivers was handed a package by an elderly man in Marlow to be dropped off to an address in London. He asked the driver to return to the office where they opened the package and discovered the money. Mr Rashid took the driver and package back to the gentleman, Howard Stokes’ house, where they heard about the phone call. They told Mr Stokes that…Read More

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Refuel your health

Beating the Winter Spare Tyre! I don’t know about anyone else, but at this time of year all I feel like doing after a full day at work is going home, eating lots of comfort food, which is usually high in fat and sugar and walking as little as possible to get from A to B, avoiding all the harsh weather in the process. So for some of us it is a challenge to keep our fitness and health measures securely in check and within a manageable zone before we head full force in to the Christmas season. In this article I will give you a few tips and a bit of guidance based on well known research, to hopefully keep you somewhat on track. How many calories can I have? An average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day. For an average women, that figure is around 2,0000kcal (8,400kJ)…Read More

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Examining the standards of test providers

Diamond examiners and the training and testing processes for taxi/PHV drivers Diamond is the UK’s only government accredited advanced driver and rider development programme wholly delivered by regulated, professional trainers and examiners. Diamond’s examiner training programme is robust, ensuring examiners are equipped with all the necessary skills to assess and test those looking to complete and take a taxi/PHV test. Diamond has for a number of years assisted Councils throughout the UK with their PHV (private hire vehicle) and taxi testing requirements. Currently there are over 100 Diamond examiners nationally who are able to conduct training and/or testing where needed for taxi/PHV drivers. Examiners work independently or in large regional teams to provide the best service for that particular area. There are a variety of providers in the UK offering taxi training and testing services and it has been brought to our attention over the years that not all of…Read More