Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Edinburgh-based service Cuvva aims to offer drivers an easy and flexible policy, by charging them only when they use their car, plus a monthly subscription fee, to protect their vehicle while it is parked.
The monthly fee varies from £10 to £30 and can be cancelled at any time, while the on-the-road insurance cost starts at £1.20 per hour.
Previously, the firm has offered by-the-hour cover for people who want to drive friend/family members' vehicles. However, this latest scheme is aimed at younger, inner city drivers who cover less than 4,000 miles a year. This is the demographic which faces the highest insurance premiums – an estimated £2,122 per year, according to confused.com.
Meanwhile, the average premium was £767 in 2016.
Cuvva says its subscription-based policy could save Britain's six million infrequent drivers up to 70% on an annual premium, which equates to between £500 and £1,500 a year.
Each subscription covers only one driver on one car, meaning that if you wish to be insured on multiple vehicles, you would need to take out more than one subscription. Similarly, if two people share a car, they would each need their own subscription.
At the end of a 12-month period, drivers are entitled to a year's no claims bonus, as with a convetional policy.
"I could order an Uber or a Deliveroo to my house, but I couldn't buy insurance for a short period quickly.
"We realised that we could use the same mechanism to save infrequent drivers a huge amount of money.
"Technology has changed so many industries and given consumers cheaper, more convenient alternatives. Yet car insurance continues to be opaque and inflexible, costing some people a lot more than it should.
"Whether it is borrowing a car from a friend for a short period of time, or owning a car that you don't drive much, many people get an unfair deal when it comes to car insurance."
It's recently emerged that the fast charging units planned for the feeder park at Heathrow, will not be installed, as both BA and TfL refuse to pay the quarter of a million pound price tag for the sub station and 8 units.
Considering the TX5 will be the only new cab available in 10 months time, virtually no new charging points have emerged anywhere across London.
After making a 300 million pound investment in a new plant close to the existing facility (which makes the current range of London Taxis), Geely, is aiming for a ten-fold increase in annual output to around 10,000 cabs and light commercial vehicles by the turn of the decade. They are also looking to sell taxis to major European cities. (With their price tag and no subsidy, good luck with that one!)
Despite industry concerns, the cab-maker has pushed ahead with its investment plans and has nearly completed a new factory in central England.
LTC, traces its roots back to 1899 and was bought by Geely back in 2013 after a series of Taxi engine fires put the company into administration. Executives have visited cities such as Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin in recent months, seeking new markets for the London black taxi. It's not clear whether they will be pushing the expensive new TX5 electric Taxi or will carry on production of the TX4 euro 6.
Chief Executive Chris Gubbey declined to say which city would be the first overseas market for the cab but the firm will aim to export its new low-emissions model from next year.
"We'll start selling them in 2018," Gubbey said, acknowledging that it will be tricky to break into markets long dominated by other brands.
"They tend to be very nationalistic in their products and I think knowing that, we have to very sensible about what we believe can be our rate of climb in terms of market share," he said, referring to some European cities.
Gubbey has recently said the Brexit vote and uncertainty around the country's future trading arrangements had not prompted any investment changes but still, there were major concerns.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
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Tfl say they are obliged to issue licenses to all phv applicants because there is no cap on there numbers;
(Channel 4 news: The Leytonstone Slasher, had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and had spent 3 months incarceration, but was still licensed to driver for Uber see this from his brother.. https://youtu.be/YQBdJddkEQI)
Londoners deserve better.
Exposure is the key we have the proof how about a bbc1 documentary?
About seven years ago, I contacted an award winning top of his game Investigative Journalist. I explained our plight and he was keen to work with me to show what we are up against. It was called Operation Nightingale.
I funded it myself and it cost just under £5000, yes FIVE GRAND ! We spent 6 weeks out on the streets in the early hours of the morning collating a ton of hard evidence on film. During it, I had a blade pulled out on me, was followed home by a tout and only managed to lose him at Chislehurst and was rammed in Piccadilly causing 2 grands worth of damage to my cab.I was gobbed at by the Egyptian doorman of Crazy Larry's .Most of it was all caught on film.
Despite the attack on myself my cab and the film crew I thought, well at least we got what we came for.
I told the whole trade and eagerly awaited the airing on BBC1 with the popcorn out.
I could never tell you how I felt when it was transmitted. The BBC absolutely annihilated our trade insinuating it was a turf war and we were just unhappy that we had come up against some competetition and didn't like it. I felt a right prick !
I will never forgive the BBC for that betrayal and huge loss of my money. I got my own back two years later though. But that's not for now. Another day maybe !
Other than that Paul a great comment mate. Just don't trust the BBC.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
TAXI drivers are planning to gather outside a city council meeting to protest against rule changes which they say will lower standards in the city.
GMB, the trade union for taxi and private hire drivers in York, is holding a rally outside City of York Council’s West Office jus before the meeting due to start at 5.30pm.
Members are angry that Uber drivers will be allowed to display just a web address, and not a telephone number, on the side of their cars. A telephone number has been mandatory for years and drivers say they are outraged that the change was made without consulting them.
York private hire driver Terry Osborne said: “For as long as I can remember our vehicles have had to have a number on the side for safety reasons.
"If somebody’s mother or father wanted to know if their son or daughter was on their journey home, perhaps stuck in traffic, they could simply ring the taxi or private hire company who would radio through to the driver and reassure them of their children’s safety.
"Now you would have to email somewhere abroad and we have examples of emails not being answered until the next day.”
Mr Osborne added: “I’ve known drivers be declined a licence because the telephone number wasn’t displayed and suddenly Uber come along and standards drop.”
The meeting will see the council’s ruling executive decide whether to adopt new licensing policy