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UK first as “Go Electric Taxi” scheme is launched in Coventry, the home of the black cab

LEVC press release Coventry City Council has today launched a unique scheme to encourage cab drivers to move to electric vehicles. Coventry’s “Go Electric Taxi” scheme is supported by LEVC, the Irish energy company ESB, Siemens and taxi app Gett and forms part of an ambitious programme to move towards an electrically-driven taxi fleet in […]

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Unite calls for review of Uber’s London licence after magistrate steps aside

‘Obvious’ conflict of interest A court case that ultimately granted Uber back its London operating licence may have been compromised, following revelations over a conflict of interest that prompted the presiding magistrate to step aside this week. Chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said she belatedly realised the link between her husband Lord Arbuthnot’s financial interests and […]

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Gig economy drivers and riders at heightened risk of traffic collisions

The pressures that come with being a self-employed courier or cab driver may significantly increase the risk of being involved in a collision, a new report by UCL finds. The majority of those surveyed – 63 per cent – are not provided with safety training on managing risks on the road. Sixty-five per cent said […]

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  An Uber driver poses for a photograph in an Uber t-shirt and holding a smart phone displaying the Uber app after delivering petitions to the Transport for London headquarters on December 22, 2015 in London, England. The Uber drivers formally handed in the petition, signed by over 205,000 people, to oppose proposals such as introducing minimum 5 minute waiting times.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The Observer: Judge in Uber’s London legal battle steps aside over husband’s links to firm

Emma Arbuthnot, who gave a licence back to Uber, acts over potential conflict of interest Yesterday the Observer newspaper reported that the Judge who presided at Uber’s London Operators licence appeal has stepped away from the case because of a possible conflict of interest in the case The possible conflict arises because she is married […]

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