logo
logo
logo
logo
mafa ii 2021-11-27
The transition to sustainable energy is expensive for the black cab industry, as a London cab driver can only earn around twenty to twenty-five percent of what he was earning before the pandemic. The London black cab is the king of knowledge. The TX hackney carriage, which uses hybrid technology and is manufactured in Coventry, is replacing the London black cab. While the number of black cab drivers in London is limited, a growing number have been forced to give up the profession. Unlike the traditional black cab, the new black cab is more modern and has lower emissions.
collect
12
Danny Duck 2017-10-19
img

London has debuted the first wave of hybrid electric black cabs, with six of the capital's high-tech taxis hitting the streets ahead of a wider rollout later this year.

The TX5 black cab has been designed to look like the current FX4 model, but with a few modern bells and whistles to go along with its electric battery and petrol engine set-up.

The hybrid build ensures that London's iconic cabs will meet the "zero emission capable" requirement that will be introduced for all new taxis or private-hire vehicles by 1 January 2018.

The hybrid vehicles have been designed to capture the "spirit of past generations" of black cabs and are made from lightweight aluminium.

The cabs are capable of travelling just over 70 miles purely on its electric battery, and over 400 miles when combined with the petrol engine.

For the customer, new features include seating for up to six passengers (up from five), a panoramic glass roof, Wi-Fi, charging points for smartphones and laptops, and contactless card machines.

collect
0
mafa ii 2021-05-02
img

London black cabs are one of the most common forms of public transportation in London.

Taxis in London now also have digital meter control displays that display the meter's position.

Tourists can use the meters to pay their fares.

These types of meters are usually installed by London black cab drivers.

These days you can see all sorts of people boarding the cars and heading towards all the sights in London.

Most of the city's top attractions are within walking distance.If you do not want to hire a hackney you can always rent a minicab.

collect
0
Justin Martinez 2016-10-28
img

TfL has announced that all of London s black cabs will be required to have a contactless card payment reader -- either fixed or handheld -- on board from October 31st.

Though some cabbies were quick to embrace card payments, it s always been cash, cash, cash for the majority.

So this represents a long overdue baby step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, customers will have to pay for the convenience.

The minimum fare for customers paying by card will jump from £2.40 to £2.60, with that extra 20p said to cover the costs "associated with card payments".

We re not sure Uber will be especially worried.

collect
0
Raymond Powers 2016-10-28
img

TfL has announced that all of London s black cabs will be required to have a contactless card payment reader -- either fixed or handheld -- on board from October 31st.

Though some cabbies were quick to embrace card payments, it s always been cash, cash, cash for the majority.

So this represents a long overdue baby step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, customers will have to pay for the convenience.

The minimum fare for customers paying by card will jump from £2.40 to £2.60, with that extra 20p said to cover the costs "associated with card payments".

We re not sure Uber will be especially worried.

collect
0
Eric Erikson 2017-10-18
img

London is staring up a pilot test of its electric black cabs (via Engadget), otherwise known as the TX5, after first revealing the vehicles back in 2015.

The cars have 70 miles of pure EV range on their built-in battery pack, but can also go up to 400 miles using the onboard gas engine to generate the power for the battery and motor.

The vehicles meet the conditions for London’s forthcoming requirement that all new taxis on roads be technically “zero emission capable” as of the start of January, 2018.

The taxis also feature a number of onboard convenience features and other tech add-ons, including built-in Wi-Fi, USB chargers, a panoramic roof and six seats, plus contactless terminals for accepting tap cards and mobile payments.

This is still a car that will probably spend a lot of time guzzling gas, considering its range and the amount of travel that drivers normally do during a day in the city.

But it’s a far greener alternative compared to what’s used now, and it has the potential to get better over time.

collect
0
Jimmy Richmond 2017-07-04
img

Black cab drivers in London tend to dislike Uber, saying that its lower fares and lower barriers to entry undermine their trade.

Many Uber drivers are non-white immigrants, while most black cab drivers are white and British.

A New York Times article examining the broader politics of Uber in London points out the demographic disparity between Uber and black cab drivers.

Here are the stats from Transport for London showing that the majority of black cab drivers are white and British:

The demographics look quite different for private hire drivers, which includes minicab drivers and Uber.

According to the New York Times article, Uber receives hundreds of complaints a month from its drivers about racist abuse from black cab drivers, including racist slurs like "Go back to your country!".

collect
0
Joel Schroeder 2016-05-21
img

Geely acquired the London Taxi Company from Manganese Bronze in 2013

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group which is usually referred to as 'Geely' has raised $400m £275.72m, €356.38m via the sale of five-year "green bonds".

Geely is a Chinese firm, which owns the London Taxi Company, the manufacturer behind UK's black cabs.

The move to introduce such cars which are gentler on the environment follows introduction of zero emissions measures by Boris Johnson, the former London mayor.

The measures require all cabs in the UK capital to be able to operate without emitting any waste product that pollutes the environment.

The move is aimed at cleaning London's air, according to the Guardian.

Geely, which exports cabs to Azerbaijan, Australia and several countries in the Middle East, said it has the capacity to manufacture 36,000 taxis a year.

collect
0
Eric Erikson 2016-08-25
img

Uber has announced the ability to book rides in advance for some customers in London.

The Schedule feature came into play for some Uber for Business users in London today.

Riders can book a car anything from 15 minutes to 30 days in advance, with Uber handling everything at the back end, Shortlist reports.

Although extremely limited right now, a wider roll-out would eliminate one of the few situations where a traditional taxi is preferable to using Uber.

Video: Would you ride in a driverless Uber?

For example, if you re heading to the airport, you don t necessarily want to wake up at 4am to see there s a long wait for cars in your area, especially with the first driver who accepts the ride often cancelling on you.

collect
0
Brian Plymel 2016-07-07
img

The famous mobile landmark that is the London black cab as built by the London Taxi Company could soon appear in other capital cities, with the automaker's Chinese owner currently pitching the vehicle to the kings and queens of several other major European population centres.

It's good news for UK jobs too, as Chairman Carl-Peter Forster said the company plans to boost production of the vehicles from just over 1,000 to over 10,000 a year by 2020, with the work being carried out in a new facility it's building near its existing base in Coventry.

Forster said of the plan: "We are currently presenting the taxi to major European cities.

We've been to Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin this week and based on this same platform... we will offer this light commercial vehicle.

2019/20/21 that is our horizon."

Although in these post-Brexit vote times, are the people of Amsterdam really going to want to be reminded of the existence of the UK as they go about their cosmopolitan, European business?

collect
0
Gary Meyer 2016-07-07
img

The famous mobile landmark that is the London black cab as built by the London Taxi Company could soon appear in other capital cities, with the automaker's Chinese owner currently pitching the vehicle to the kings and queens of several other major European population centres.

It's good news for UK jobs too, as Chairman Carl-Peter Forster said the company plans to boost production of the vehicles from just over 1,000 to over 10,000 a year by 2020, with the work being carried out in a new facility it's building near its existing base in Coventry.

Forster said of the plan: "We are currently presenting the taxi to major European cities.

We've been to Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin this week and based on this same platform... we will offer this light commercial vehicle.

2019/20/21 that is our horizon."

Although in these post-Brexit vote times, are the people of Amsterdam really going to want to be reminded of the existence of the UK as they go about their cosmopolitan, European business?

collect
0
Juan Hackwell 2019-10-23
img

An entirely electric black cab in an approximation of the traditional London vernacular has gone on sale, with any new entrants to the world of licensed urban taxi driving able to pick one of for just £47,995 when factoring in the full government EV grant break.

It's not an entirely traditional looking ride, though, as the vehicle's creator, Dynamo Electric Taxi, is heavily modifying a pre-existing, Nissan-produced e-NV200 electric van to create the battery-only machine; but that does at least mean proven tech is being used here, with the Dynamo delivering a maximum stated/ideal/fantasy range of 187 miles per charge, and compatibility with your usual 22 kW and 50 kW commercial fast/faster chargers, ultimately delivering a stated running cost-per-mile of just 3p.

More importantly is the fact that the machine has been approved by Transport for London for use as an official black cab, even though it's slightly the wrong shape for the tourists.

This leaves the current builder of the hybrid black cabs that are already out there looking a bit silly, as the London Electric Vehicle Company only offers vehicles with range-extender engines.

collect
0
Christopher Driskell 2016-09-17
img

Taxis protest against Uber in London

Taxi drivers in the capital are considering a legal challenge over Transport for London s plans to force them to accept credit cards.

United Cabbies Group, a London taxi union, said it had sought legal opinion on whether to challenge rules that would require all cabs to take credit cards from the end of next month.

The group is also preparing to stage a protest in Whitehall this week, although it said it may call that off after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, offered a boost to taxis, with £65m in grants and the use of new routes.

The taxi industry, which has been blindsided by the introduction of the car-hailing app Uber in the capital, overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal to require credit card machines in the passenger section of vehicles last year.

However, the plans, which involve raising fares to cover fees, have proved unpopular among some.

collect
0
Thomas Gibson 2017-09-24
img

Uber has lost regulatory battles in dozens of cities.

Even if it had not been banned in London, Uber faced a licence fee increase up to £2.9 million.

It was also hurt by a change in control of the mayor's office.

LONDON — In the tech startup world, most people believe the basis of Uber's business is an ingenious map-based algorithm that matches supply-and-demand for cars and passengers in a localised area, via an app.

The disaster is the latest of dozens of legal setbacks for the company.

Uber has been banned, restricted, curtailed, or lost regulatory battles in the following markets, to name a few:

collect
0
mafa ii 2021-05-18
img

London black cabs are one of the most famous ways to get to work in the city.

London owes this amazing system of transportation to the ever growing demand for a reliable way to get people and materials to and from work places.

The cab system has grown greatly over the years.

Back then a hackney was a much more upscale or expensive taxi.

Hackneys were well furnished with plush seats, plush wallpaper, fancy leg-holds, a leather headrest, fancy armrests, etc.

The size of the hackney carriage will vary depending on what the customer requests.

collect
0
Cedric Sams 2018-07-24
img

Uber's problems in London might not be over as the city's taxi drivers are looking into legal action.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association said that its members are exploring the possibility of bringing a class action lawsuit against the ride-sharing company.

"We've been approached by a number of members to help them explore whether there would be grounds for a potential class action on behalf of all taxi drivers against Uber," Steve McNamara, the trady body's general secretary, said in a statement.

"We are in the very early stages of obtaining legal advice from leading law firm Mishcon de Reya on whether this is a possibility.

We'll continue to do everything we can to support our members and taxi drivers across London by exploring every avenue to ensure they are treated fairly."

Uber declined to comment given the lack of information about the suit at this point.

collect
0
mafa ii 2021-11-27
The transition to sustainable energy is expensive for the black cab industry, as a London cab driver can only earn around twenty to twenty-five percent of what he was earning before the pandemic. The London black cab is the king of knowledge. The TX hackney carriage, which uses hybrid technology and is manufactured in Coventry, is replacing the London black cab. While the number of black cab drivers in London is limited, a growing number have been forced to give up the profession. Unlike the traditional black cab, the new black cab is more modern and has lower emissions.
mafa ii 2021-05-02
img

London black cabs are one of the most common forms of public transportation in London.

Taxis in London now also have digital meter control displays that display the meter's position.

Tourists can use the meters to pay their fares.

These types of meters are usually installed by London black cab drivers.

These days you can see all sorts of people boarding the cars and heading towards all the sights in London.

Most of the city's top attractions are within walking distance.If you do not want to hire a hackney you can always rent a minicab.

Raymond Powers 2016-10-28
img

TfL has announced that all of London s black cabs will be required to have a contactless card payment reader -- either fixed or handheld -- on board from October 31st.

Though some cabbies were quick to embrace card payments, it s always been cash, cash, cash for the majority.

So this represents a long overdue baby step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, customers will have to pay for the convenience.

The minimum fare for customers paying by card will jump from £2.40 to £2.60, with that extra 20p said to cover the costs "associated with card payments".

We re not sure Uber will be especially worried.

Jimmy Richmond 2017-07-04
img

Black cab drivers in London tend to dislike Uber, saying that its lower fares and lower barriers to entry undermine their trade.

Many Uber drivers are non-white immigrants, while most black cab drivers are white and British.

A New York Times article examining the broader politics of Uber in London points out the demographic disparity between Uber and black cab drivers.

Here are the stats from Transport for London showing that the majority of black cab drivers are white and British:

The demographics look quite different for private hire drivers, which includes minicab drivers and Uber.

According to the New York Times article, Uber receives hundreds of complaints a month from its drivers about racist abuse from black cab drivers, including racist slurs like "Go back to your country!".

Eric Erikson 2016-08-25
img

Uber has announced the ability to book rides in advance for some customers in London.

The Schedule feature came into play for some Uber for Business users in London today.

Riders can book a car anything from 15 minutes to 30 days in advance, with Uber handling everything at the back end, Shortlist reports.

Although extremely limited right now, a wider roll-out would eliminate one of the few situations where a traditional taxi is preferable to using Uber.

Video: Would you ride in a driverless Uber?

For example, if you re heading to the airport, you don t necessarily want to wake up at 4am to see there s a long wait for cars in your area, especially with the first driver who accepts the ride often cancelling on you.

Gary Meyer 2016-07-07
img

The famous mobile landmark that is the London black cab as built by the London Taxi Company could soon appear in other capital cities, with the automaker's Chinese owner currently pitching the vehicle to the kings and queens of several other major European population centres.

It's good news for UK jobs too, as Chairman Carl-Peter Forster said the company plans to boost production of the vehicles from just over 1,000 to over 10,000 a year by 2020, with the work being carried out in a new facility it's building near its existing base in Coventry.

Forster said of the plan: "We are currently presenting the taxi to major European cities.

We've been to Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin this week and based on this same platform... we will offer this light commercial vehicle.

2019/20/21 that is our horizon."

Although in these post-Brexit vote times, are the people of Amsterdam really going to want to be reminded of the existence of the UK as they go about their cosmopolitan, European business?

Christopher Driskell 2016-09-17
img

Taxis protest against Uber in London

Taxi drivers in the capital are considering a legal challenge over Transport for London s plans to force them to accept credit cards.

United Cabbies Group, a London taxi union, said it had sought legal opinion on whether to challenge rules that would require all cabs to take credit cards from the end of next month.

The group is also preparing to stage a protest in Whitehall this week, although it said it may call that off after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, offered a boost to taxis, with £65m in grants and the use of new routes.

The taxi industry, which has been blindsided by the introduction of the car-hailing app Uber in the capital, overwhelmingly endorsed a proposal to require credit card machines in the passenger section of vehicles last year.

However, the plans, which involve raising fares to cover fees, have proved unpopular among some.

mafa ii 2021-05-18
img

London black cabs are one of the most famous ways to get to work in the city.

London owes this amazing system of transportation to the ever growing demand for a reliable way to get people and materials to and from work places.

The cab system has grown greatly over the years.

Back then a hackney was a much more upscale or expensive taxi.

Hackneys were well furnished with plush seats, plush wallpaper, fancy leg-holds, a leather headrest, fancy armrests, etc.

The size of the hackney carriage will vary depending on what the customer requests.

Danny Duck 2017-10-19
img

London has debuted the first wave of hybrid electric black cabs, with six of the capital's high-tech taxis hitting the streets ahead of a wider rollout later this year.

The TX5 black cab has been designed to look like the current FX4 model, but with a few modern bells and whistles to go along with its electric battery and petrol engine set-up.

The hybrid build ensures that London's iconic cabs will meet the "zero emission capable" requirement that will be introduced for all new taxis or private-hire vehicles by 1 January 2018.

The hybrid vehicles have been designed to capture the "spirit of past generations" of black cabs and are made from lightweight aluminium.

The cabs are capable of travelling just over 70 miles purely on its electric battery, and over 400 miles when combined with the petrol engine.

For the customer, new features include seating for up to six passengers (up from five), a panoramic glass roof, Wi-Fi, charging points for smartphones and laptops, and contactless card machines.

Justin Martinez 2016-10-28
img

TfL has announced that all of London s black cabs will be required to have a contactless card payment reader -- either fixed or handheld -- on board from October 31st.

Though some cabbies were quick to embrace card payments, it s always been cash, cash, cash for the majority.

So this represents a long overdue baby step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, customers will have to pay for the convenience.

The minimum fare for customers paying by card will jump from £2.40 to £2.60, with that extra 20p said to cover the costs "associated with card payments".

We re not sure Uber will be especially worried.

Eric Erikson 2017-10-18
img

London is staring up a pilot test of its electric black cabs (via Engadget), otherwise known as the TX5, after first revealing the vehicles back in 2015.

The cars have 70 miles of pure EV range on their built-in battery pack, but can also go up to 400 miles using the onboard gas engine to generate the power for the battery and motor.

The vehicles meet the conditions for London’s forthcoming requirement that all new taxis on roads be technically “zero emission capable” as of the start of January, 2018.

The taxis also feature a number of onboard convenience features and other tech add-ons, including built-in Wi-Fi, USB chargers, a panoramic roof and six seats, plus contactless terminals for accepting tap cards and mobile payments.

This is still a car that will probably spend a lot of time guzzling gas, considering its range and the amount of travel that drivers normally do during a day in the city.

But it’s a far greener alternative compared to what’s used now, and it has the potential to get better over time.

Joel Schroeder 2016-05-21
img

Geely acquired the London Taxi Company from Manganese Bronze in 2013

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group which is usually referred to as 'Geely' has raised $400m £275.72m, €356.38m via the sale of five-year "green bonds".

Geely is a Chinese firm, which owns the London Taxi Company, the manufacturer behind UK's black cabs.

The move to introduce such cars which are gentler on the environment follows introduction of zero emissions measures by Boris Johnson, the former London mayor.

The measures require all cabs in the UK capital to be able to operate without emitting any waste product that pollutes the environment.

The move is aimed at cleaning London's air, according to the Guardian.

Geely, which exports cabs to Azerbaijan, Australia and several countries in the Middle East, said it has the capacity to manufacture 36,000 taxis a year.

Brian Plymel 2016-07-07
img

The famous mobile landmark that is the London black cab as built by the London Taxi Company could soon appear in other capital cities, with the automaker's Chinese owner currently pitching the vehicle to the kings and queens of several other major European population centres.

It's good news for UK jobs too, as Chairman Carl-Peter Forster said the company plans to boost production of the vehicles from just over 1,000 to over 10,000 a year by 2020, with the work being carried out in a new facility it's building near its existing base in Coventry.

Forster said of the plan: "We are currently presenting the taxi to major European cities.

We've been to Oslo, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin this week and based on this same platform... we will offer this light commercial vehicle.

2019/20/21 that is our horizon."

Although in these post-Brexit vote times, are the people of Amsterdam really going to want to be reminded of the existence of the UK as they go about their cosmopolitan, European business?

Juan Hackwell 2019-10-23
img

An entirely electric black cab in an approximation of the traditional London vernacular has gone on sale, with any new entrants to the world of licensed urban taxi driving able to pick one of for just £47,995 when factoring in the full government EV grant break.

It's not an entirely traditional looking ride, though, as the vehicle's creator, Dynamo Electric Taxi, is heavily modifying a pre-existing, Nissan-produced e-NV200 electric van to create the battery-only machine; but that does at least mean proven tech is being used here, with the Dynamo delivering a maximum stated/ideal/fantasy range of 187 miles per charge, and compatibility with your usual 22 kW and 50 kW commercial fast/faster chargers, ultimately delivering a stated running cost-per-mile of just 3p.

More importantly is the fact that the machine has been approved by Transport for London for use as an official black cab, even though it's slightly the wrong shape for the tourists.

This leaves the current builder of the hybrid black cabs that are already out there looking a bit silly, as the London Electric Vehicle Company only offers vehicles with range-extender engines.

Thomas Gibson 2017-09-24
img

Uber has lost regulatory battles in dozens of cities.

Even if it had not been banned in London, Uber faced a licence fee increase up to £2.9 million.

It was also hurt by a change in control of the mayor's office.

LONDON — In the tech startup world, most people believe the basis of Uber's business is an ingenious map-based algorithm that matches supply-and-demand for cars and passengers in a localised area, via an app.

The disaster is the latest of dozens of legal setbacks for the company.

Uber has been banned, restricted, curtailed, or lost regulatory battles in the following markets, to name a few:

Cedric Sams 2018-07-24
img

Uber's problems in London might not be over as the city's taxi drivers are looking into legal action.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association said that its members are exploring the possibility of bringing a class action lawsuit against the ride-sharing company.

"We've been approached by a number of members to help them explore whether there would be grounds for a potential class action on behalf of all taxi drivers against Uber," Steve McNamara, the trady body's general secretary, said in a statement.

"We are in the very early stages of obtaining legal advice from leading law firm Mishcon de Reya on whether this is a possibility.

We'll continue to do everything we can to support our members and taxi drivers across London by exploring every avenue to ensure they are treated fairly."

Uber declined to comment given the lack of information about the suit at this point.