Uber has bought UK based Autocab, which is active in 20 countries, with the aim of expanding its own platform by linking users who open its app in places where it doesn’t offer trips.
Uber’s spokeswoman said it plans to support Autocab’s expansion of SaaS and iGo internationally — suggesting the tech giant hopes to be able to integrate the marketplace across its own global footprint in order to be able to offer users a less patchy service.
The move also looks intended to create more opportunities for Uber drivers to pick up jobs from outside its own platform, including delivery work.
Transport Alliance Australia (TAA) held a free Operators' Forum last month and its keynote speaker was Bill Faeth. Bill teaches entrepreneurs, business owners and high performance leaders how to build and scale profitable businesses without sacrificing family.
At the TAA Operator's Forum, Bill highlighted the fact that we need to keep in touch with our clients. He even suggested that we should call our top 20 clients this week and ask them how they are doing. How they are coping and offer to help them in any way possible. It is this phone call that will be remembered post COVID-19, and it just might be for your betterment.
In these uncertain times of a global pandemic, staying safe and looking after one’s health and wellbeing is more significant than ever before. London Taxis (associated with GM Cabs) is helping healthy people stay healthy by providing passengers a transport solution which enables them to move around in a controlled environment in a safe, sound and reliable manner. London Taxis operates a fleet of 50 Taxis in Sydney and overall 120 Taxis in Australia.
London Taxis has a COVID-19 defence solution in every individual Taxi. The passengers are completely separated from the driver with an air lock fibreglass dividing screen which effectively separates the driver’s compartment from the passenger cabin. Their air conditioning is also separate for each compartment.
"There are quite a number of Victorian taxi and ride share drivers who are feeling frightened/put in danger, by transporting passengers in the front seat of the vehicle and also those who are going to a COVID testing station.
I think that Victorian passengers should not be allowed to travel in the front seat of a taxi or rideshare - just like it is in many other Australian states.
Also if there are more than 2 passengers travelling in the taxi - then they should travel in a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) or High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV). This way social distancing can be maintained...
Must I wear a face mask? A: All Victorian CPV Drivers and Passengers MUST wear a face mask from the moment you leave home.
Stage 4 Worker Permit A: All Melbourne metro CPV Drivers together with all others necessary to the functionality of the BSP (eg staff, management, repairs and maintenance workers) must have a Worker Permit to work during Stage 4 restrictions.
If you are an Employee - the Employer and Employee must sign the Permit.
If you are a Sole Trader, Owner/Driver, Subcontractor - you are both the Employer and Employee and you sign in both places.
Victorian government have announced a $22.7million COVID-19 assistance package for the CPV industry – one of the largest support packages in the country for the taxi and hire car industry and it will be implemented in August 2020.
Doubling the wheelchair lifting fee from $20.80 to $41.60 per lift for accessible vehicles
Increasing the MPTP fund from 50 percent to 70 percent
Subsidising taxi drivers$250 per month for each active operational taxi vehicle
Nelson Bay Taxi driver Meri Robinson went above and beyond the call of duty recently and the result of her actions is a life saved.
Meri who works for Nelson Bay Taxis in NSW was scheduled to pick up a regular elderly client at 8.15am in the morning. The client had booked the pickup the night before to get to her medical appointment.
When Meri turned up at the residence to pick up the passenger, things did not look quite right. Meri Robinson would usually arrive at the residence of her passenger and normally the front door would be open with the walker ready to go at the bottom of the stairs.
The overhaul of the taxi and on-demand transport industry in Western Australia has entered its third and final stage.
The transition to passenger transport driver (PTD) authorisations completes the reform package that has been implemented over the last two years under the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018.
The reform has seen on-demand booking services, vehicles and now Passenger Transport Drivers require authorisation and to accept new safety obligations and responsibilities.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says, "The historic on-demand transport reforms we have implemented have delivered a safer and more accountable industry for passengers, drivers and other road users."
From 8 July, you’ll need a border entry permit to travel from Victoria to NSW, except if you're entering NSW: • as an emergency or law enforcement services worker • for medical or hospital services • to avoid injury or escape a risk of harm • to attend court or to meet other legal obligations.
Permits are in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents.
This closure is operating on a permit system for EVERYONE. Regardless of the person’s status – essential services, freight operator, travelling home, caring for relatives, seeking health assistance, travelling to work, students, etc.,
Canada's top court found that Uber's costly arbitration process to settle disputes is "unconscionable and therefore invalid." The Supreme Court of Canada cleared the way for a CAN$400 million (AUS$425 million) class action lawsuit to force Uber to recognise drivers as employees, while ruling its arbitration scheme void. "Respect for arbitration is based on its being a cost-effective and efficient method of resolving disputes," Chief Justice Richard Wagner wrote in the decision."
"When arbitration is realistically unattainable, it amounts to no dispute resolution mechanism at all."
The case involved David Heller, a delivery driver for UberEats who sought in 2017 to launch a class-action to force Uber to recognise its drivers as employees rather than independent contractors.