Saturday, June 08, 2013
Friday, June 07, 2013
Workers who lost their jobs at a Coventry-based taxi maker are being given the chance to apply for about 30 new vacancies.
The London Taxi Company, formerly LTI, was sold to Chinese firm Geely in February after owners Manganese Bronze Holdings went into administration.
About 99 out of 176 jobs were lost after the move into administration.
The jobs are at the Holyhead Road site and Unions say 77 former workers are being sent letters about them.
Thirty-two new vacancies will be offered to about 77 ex-production team members, with a view to "low-level production" starting in mid-August.
Peter Johansen, vice president of The London Taxi Company, said: "We've already recruited 38 employees this year and we've got 58 in total that we're going to be taking on in the coming months [across the UK].
"Thirty -two of those will be in production in the Coventry factory in the next couple of months, so it's good news."
He said full production would hopefully begin by the end of September.
"We've sold over 200 new cabs in the UK in the last couple of weeks and we've got a five-week waiting list for a new cab," he said.
"Internationally it's going to be a record year for us because we've already taken orders for over 800 vehicles and there's many more orders pending."
Peter Coulson from the Unite Union said he is "quite optimistic" that there will be more jobs in the future.
He said: "In terms of the new jobs, they're totally new engagements, but they will be actually taken on to previous rates of pay and also the hours of work… so its's very, very good news."
Source BBC News
New York yesterday:
A court of appeal has thrown out the lawsuit, a last minuet injunction that stopped the use of hailing apps by limousine car services and Taxicabs opening the doors to Uber.
More importantly, Mayor Bloomberg has backed up his threat to "destroy" their "fucking industry" by winning a court ruling which will now allow people in outer boroughs to hail new Taxi and car services without pre booking, changing laws that have stood for many years.
This article from the Verge :
A New York City court ruled today that people can use smartphone apps to digitally hail taxicabs, clearing the way for a new pilot program set to launch soon. The ruling is a move forward for proponents of the technological advance, and for the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), which adopted the measure in December. Several car services and the Livery Roundtable (a union which represents nearly 20,000 livery drivers) sued the TLC in February, arguing that the program would violate city codes, and that discrimination based on location, age, and race, could ensue. The court threw out that lawsuit today, following a last-minute injunction against taxi-hailing apps in early May.
In New York City, taxicabs can only be hailed in person, while car services can be arranged in advance. This has caused contentious debates surrounding services such as Uber, which, in other cities, make possible the hailing of both black car services and the less costly taxicabs.
To further complicate matters, car service (i.e., non-medallion cars) hailing is only legal within the confines of Manhattan, with the outer boroughs (where cabs are fewer) served primarily by livery services available using smartphone applications and call-ahead services. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration, however, today won a ruling in Albany which would allow people in the outer boroughs to hail car service cars without pre-arrangement, changing the longstanding laws against the practice. Bloomberg's relationship with the TLC has been extremely strained, with the New York Post reporting that the mayor vowed to "destroy" their "fucking industry" in late May when asked about his plan to replace all taxicabs with the fuel efficient Nissan NV200, a measure which the TLC opposes.
Once instituted, the pilot program allowing smartphone hailing will be available to all New York City cab drivers, though participation will be optional. In a statement to Bloomberg, Mayor Bloomberg said, "In New York City in 2013, common sense and the free market say that you should be able to use your smartphone to get a cab, and that’s why we created a pilot program to allow users to do just that."
This from the Wall Street Journal:
The state Court of Appeals unanimously upheld Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to allow a new class of taxi service in boroughs outside Manhattan, reversing a lower court that said the mayor had skirted City Council opposition by going to the state legislature instead.
The ruling is a major victory for Mr. Bloomberg on one of his signature efforts to reform the way New York City’s taxis, liveries, black cars and limousines operate.
In this case, Mr. Bloomberg and Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman David Yassky have said they want to allow up to 18,000 livery cars to begin offering street-hail service in areas that are under-served by the existing city fleet of 13,000 yellow cabs, which do virtually all of their business at the city airports and in Manhattan’s business and nightlife districts.
But a state court judge in Manhattan declared the so-called “boro taxi” plan unconstitutional in 2012, deciding that Mr. Bloomberg had violated the Home Rule provision of the state Constitution, among other provisions. The state law was an end-run around the City Council, which had traditionally set the city’s taxi rules, Justice Arthur Engoron ruled.
The court of appeals unanimously overruled that reading in the decision released Thursday, saying that the taxi law addressed “a matter of substantial State concern,” which justifies the legislature’s role in passing the plan.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Councillors have approved a 10p increase in the basic fare for taxis operating in Three Rivers.
The increase relates to all 10 Hackney Carriages registered to work in the district but does not apply to private hire taxis.
An application by South Oxhey Radio Taxis (SORT) to increase the start fare from £2.70 to £2.90 was turned down by members of Three Rivers District Council's Regulatory Services Committee on Wednesday night (June 5).
However, the lesser increase was agreed between councillors as well as an extension of the night time charging hours from 5am to 6am.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
About 200 public hire taxi drivers have taken part in a protest in Belfast over major change to how services operate.
From September private-hire cars (known as private hire taxis in Belfast) will no longer have to be pre-booked and, like public-hire black cabs, will be allowed to pick passengers up off the street.
There was minor disruption around City Hall on Tuesday morning.
The change was due in April but was delayed to allow the taxi industry to prepare for the move.
In a statement the Belfast public hire drivers said they believed the new one-tier system and deregulation of taxi meters has "no benefit to Belfast public hire or the general public".
Public hire taxi driver William Black said they were protesting as they were left with no other choice.
"We have not been properly consulted and now our livelihoods are at stake.
"We are not against change but it cannot be at the demise of Belfast public hire taxis," he said.
"We are asking for an urgent meeting with the environment committee and the minister."
At present, only Belfast public-hire taxis are required by law to have meters installed.
Not all private-hire taxis in Northern Ireland have meters.
The department of environment said it will introduce a maximum fare structure for all taxis operating in Northern Ireland in 2014.
This will include the requirement that all taxis (private and public) must have an approved taxi meter and receipt machine installed.
Within Belfast only wheelchair accessible vehicles will be permitted to stand at taxi ranks.
Source: BBC NI news.