Uber driver is an employee: This was ruled by California Labor Commission last week. If it becomes precedent, it could strike a huge blow to Uber’s business model.
Hybrid gains ground in Dubai: A taxi operator has added 55 more Toyota Camrys to its hybrid fleet. Overall, the company wants to implement environmentally friendlier and cheaper driving with all 7,000 of its taxis.
Quote of the day
“With the takeover of yet more Mercedes-Benz sites, we are continuing our growth in Germany.”
Wolfram Geisler, CEO – Stern Auto GmbH
Dealers from China take over eastern German Mercedes subsidiaries: The Daimler Group has sold its sales subsidiaries in Leipzig, Dresden, Magdeburg, Schwerin, Rostock and two other sites in eastern Germany to Stern GmbH, a subsidiary of Hong Kong’s LSH Group.
News from Germany
From now on VdEK will only invoice electronically: Starting in July 2015, Verband der Ersatzkassen (VdEK – Association of Substitute Funds) will introduce electronic invoicing of (hospital) patient transportation in Bavaria, as reported by the invoicing service provider DMRZ.
Taxi ergänzt den ÖPNV: Ein positives Beispiel für ein gutes Zusammenspiel zwischen Buslinien und Taxi liefert derzeit die Taxigenossenschaft Bamberg ab.
News from Switzerland
Strange result an inquiry: The attack on a taxi driver in Dornach last March has been explained: He had shot himself in the chest.
Our last words
Bad behaviour: The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers released a video showing the mayor of London on his bicycle telling a taxi driver “to fuck off and die – and not in that order”. Thats not very gentle, Mr. Johnson!
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