What`s new in the taxi world? Our bilingual ‘Update’ summarizes the international news of the last days and hours. We recommend using a website-translator because some links can be in foreign languages.
Uber is suspending UberPOP in Spain: The company’s decision to halt operations follows an injunction issued against it by a Spanish court.
China bans private drivers in taxi app clampdown: China’s transport ministry has banned taxi hailing apps such as Uber Technologies Inc and local rivals Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache from using cars and drivers without taxi licenses in a bid to regulate the rapidly growing sector.
Uber driver struck golf instructor: Before the collision, the driver had made almost 1,300 trips with Uber. He has since been suspended.
Mercedes-Benz unveils self-driving car: The latest concept car is a driverless living space.
Daimler’s car sharing unit car2go expands to China: The Stuttgart-based auto giant says car2go will launch in the western city of Chongqing, the initial base in Asia.
Quote of the day
„Taximeter manufacturers cannot keep up with programming.“
From a statement of the Regional Taxi Federation as to why taxis with invalid taxi fares are on the road in Thuringia in Germany.
Photogenic passengers: A taxi driver from Wales has photographed his customers. Not to be missed.
News from Germany
The leading German political party CDU wants to get Uber out of the legal gray zone: A draft for loosening the rules for transporting passengers is to be adopted at the weekend during a meeting of the National Executive.
Taximeter with incorrect fares: In Thuringia almost everywhere increased taxi fares are valid from January (for financing the minimum wage). However, there is still a big problem to input the new tariffs into the meter.
Taxi focus of the press: Several press reports shed light on the first day on which the legal minimum wage must be paid.
News from Switzerland
Uber was not an option on New Year’s Eve: This is the result of an evaluation from Google Trends.