About this update: Our bilingual ‘update’ summarises the international news of the last days and hours. As some of the links are in foreign languages, we recommend using a website translator.
Brussels mulls EU-wide regulation for Uber-App: This follows a private letter from the transport commissioner to the chairman of the traffic committee of the European Parliament.
£45 million for greener taxis: The British government has decided to give £45 million to local authorities to support the broader use of taxis with electric and plug-in hybrid drives.
Quote of the day
“Taxi regulations were “currently” dealt with at a national level.“
EU-Commissioner Violeta Bulc, who oversees transport regulation, in a letter to the chairman of the European Parliament’s transport committee.
Renault Espace 2015 Test Drive: This revamped-model brings back elegance and coziness from its older model, but with improved design, writes the test-driver.
News from Germany
‘Lane sharing’: Bus and taxi drivers will now have to share specially demarcated lanes with electric vehicles.
Bayreuth taxi trade in dispute with AOK: How can the minimum wage be paid if the health insurers only want to provide compensation at rates from 1995?
News from Austria
Vienna taxis with the ESC design: During this year’s European Song Contest (ESC), 150 taxis will show the design of the event.
Der autonome Mercedes F015 Luxury: Zwei Testberichte gehen der Frage nach, ob und wann dieses selbstfahrende Auto zukunftsfähig ist.
Our last words
Succesful taxi-protest: At last year’s ‚Stuttgarter Wasen’, a large local festival, taxi ranks had suddenly disappeared. So, the taxidrivers went on strike and demonstrated. With success, because at the next Spring-festival the drivers will be trialling a rank quite near to the festival area.