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The Taxi News for Saturday December 7, 2013
driver loses kidney after car wash shooting
Stabroek News - (Georgetown, Guyana)
December 5, 2013 · By Staff Writer
Taxi driver Fenton Duncan, shot by bandits on Tuesday during
an armed attack on a city car wash, has lost a kidney.
Duncan is now in stable condition and recuperating at
Georgetown Public Hospital, where he underwent a surgery.
Duncan, 48, of Roxanne Burnham Gardens was shot to the
abdomen in the attack while …..To continue reading, login
cab driver attack highlights dangers of job
CBC News - (Toronto, Ontario)
CBC News Posted: Dec 02, 2013 7:42 PM ET
A brutal weekend attack on a Toronto cab driver over a fare
he was owed is shocking, but not surprising, to fellow
drivers who have dealt with similar situations in the past.
Toronto police say that two young men, believed to be 18 to
20 years old, hailed a Beck Taxi near College and Clinton
streets in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police say the men asked the driver to stop near Bloor and
Dundas streets, but they didn’t pay when they got out.
Beck Taxi driver beaten after demanding
men pay $15 fare
When the driver followed them in an attempt to recoup the
$15 fare they had accumulated, police say the two men began
punching and then kicking him.
The suspects fled the scene and were last seen at Dorval
Another cab driver came upon the injured man and called
police on his behalf.
Police say that driver Maheswaran Iyampillai will recover
from the injuries he suffered, but they describe the attack
on him as being severe.
Driver in 'extreme pain' after attack
The injuries he suffered are on the minds of many of his
co-workers at Beck Taxi.
Owner Gail Beck-Souter visited Iyampillai after the attack.
She told CBC News that he was semi-conscious, in "extreme
pain" after the attack and had suffered a broken nose. - more....
Cab of Reno faces ADA discrimination suit
KRNV-TV Channel 4 - (Reno, Nevada)
Published: 6:41 am
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A longtime Reno taxi driver and his
disabled wife are suing his ex-employer after he says he was
fired in retaliation for complaining about fellow Yellow Cab
drivers repeatedly refusing the couple and their service
dogs rides from the Reno airport.
Lawyers for James and Melodie Doud filed the discrimination
lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Reno on Wednesday alleging
violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
They accuse Yellow Cab of Reno of engaging in "a pattern of
intentional discrimination and bad faith directed at persons
The suit says 60-year-old James Doud was fired in June not
because of misconduct but solely as retaliation for
complaining about Yellow Cab's failure to follow laws
protecting the disabled.
A Yellow Cab official said Thursday they are reviewing the
man files human rights complaint; says cabs turn away
his guide dog
Winnipeg Free Press - (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
By: The Canadian Press
Posted: 11/29/2013 3:48 PM
SASKATOON - A man who says he and his guide dog have been
having trouble with a Saskatoon cab company has filed a
complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
Mike Simmonds says the problem started two months ago when a
dispatcher for Comfort Cabs told him he would need a
He says he's been told twice since then that drivers weren't
comfortable with his seeing-eye dog because of their
He called the manager to complain and received an apology.
Simmonds says the manager suggested there must have been a
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code prohibits discrimination
against people with service animals.
"It baffles me that in this century people have such
problems with guide dogs," Simmonds said Friday.
"If you're driving a taxi in this country, you have got to
know that you're open to service dogs." - more....
tries a Hail Mary for the Taxi of Tomorrow
Capital New York - (New York City, New York)
By Dana Rubinstein 12:59 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013 follow this
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making a last-ditch effort to get
his Taxi of Tomorrow program rolling before Bill de Blasio
On December 19, the city's taxi commission will hold a
hearing on new rules that would require most taxicabs to be
vehicles that were crash-tested with their plastic
partitions already inside them. As it turns out, only one
vehicle fits that bill: the Nissan NV200, also known as the
Taxi of Tomorrow.
Right now, the plastic taxi partitions that separate drivers
from pedestrians are installed only after the vehicle in
question has been manufactured.
"Installation of the partition can harm the vehicle’s
structural integrity, airbag deployment, and overall safety
because it adds stiffness to the vehicle’s frame which can
affect how the vehicle performs during a side impact,
exposing passengers to an increased risk of head and face
injuries," reads the memo accompanying the proposed rules,
The rules would also require most vehicles to have
passenger-controlled air conditioning, which rules out
several existing vehicles, but not the Nissan NV200. - more....
of NYC taxis to be wheelchair accessible by 2020
New York Post - (New York City, New York)
By Rebecca Harshbarger
December 6, 2013 | 1:11pm
Half of the city’s taxis will be wheelchair accessible by
2020 because of a settlement agreement reached on Friday in
a federal class action lawsuit, according to officials.
When fleets purchase new cabs, which have a lifespan of
three to five years, they will be required to replace at
least half with wheelchair accessible cabs. The 2,000 new
handicapped medallion licenses that will be issued over the
next few years will also help the city reach the target.
Currently, only 231 cabs of the city’s fleet are accessible.
A coalition of people with disabilities, including the Taxis
for All Campaign, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. Attorney’s
Office in the Southern District in 2011.
TLC Commissioner David Yassky said he was thrilled that the
agency would “be able to right this longstanding flaw in a
taxi system that is otherwise a source of so much pride for
About 90,000 New Yorkers use wheelchairs, according to
Commissioner Victor Calise of the Mayor’s Office for People
With Disabilities. “They have money to spend and they want
to catch a wheelchair-accessible cab,” he said. “Now we can
ride.” - more....
Blasio rewards allies, angry clergy
Capital New York - (New York City, New York)
By Dana Rubinstein 9:22 a.m. Dec. 2, 2013 follow this
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's inaugural committee does more
than just allow campaign donors to ante up one last time
before he takes office.
It also allows de Blasio to express thanks to the taxi
industry for their prodigious campaign fundraising, and to
make amends to Catholics and Hasidim for their exclusion
from the mayor-elect's 60-person transition team.
On Saturday, the mayor-elect released the even longer list
of appointments to his inaugural committee.
Among the celebrities (Russell Simmons, Sarah Jessica
Parker), the union leaders (George Gresham, Estela Vasquez),
and the real estate types (Steve Witkoff, Don Peebles), the
list also includes a couple of taxi-industry veterans,
including Fidel del Valle, Dinkins' taxi commissioner and
the attorney for the Greater New York Taxi Association,
which opposes both the borough taxi and Taxi of Tomorrow
Also on the list: Matt Daus, the Windels Marx partner, the
former Giuliani and Bloomberg taxi commissioner, and the
president of the the International Association of
Transportation Regulators, which advocates for the stricter
regulation of taxi apps. - more....
Is OK With the MBTA’s New Late-Night Train Service, But
Cab Drivers Are ‘Concerned’
Boston Magazine - (Boston, Massachusetts)
Already battling new-age transportation models, a fleet of
taxi drivers is wary of more competition.
By Steve Annear | Boston Daily | December
5, 2013 8:22 am
Students and workers in Boston’s tech sector are rejoicing
over the news that the MBTA will run a one-year pilot
project on the weekends, where trains will operate until 3
a.m., an hour after the bars close. But some cab drivers are
nervous about the impact the proposal could have on
the late-night transportation industry.
Already battling new transportation services like Uber,
Lyft, and Hailo—all app-based platforms that allow
passengers to hail a ride at the touch of a button—Donna
Shaw, manager of the Boston Taxi Association, which
represents more than 1,400 cab drivers in the city, said the
addition of late-night MBTA service could add another
roadblock to their operations.
“It will have an impact. To what degree, I’m not sure yet,”
but it will take away at least a portion of their business,
The MBTA’s pilot program, which will begin in spring 2014,
will allow for 15 of the most popular bus routes to run
until 3 a.m. It will also leave the Red, Green, Orange,
Blue, and Silver lines open until the same time, giving
late-night bar-crawlers a choice between a cab ride, a
smartphone-savvy pick-up service, or the train—an option
that didn’t exist before. - more....
Common Council Allows 100 More Taxis on City Streets
Urban Milwaukee - (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
By Press Release - Nov 26th, 2013 01:14 pm
Milwaukee, Wis.—In direct response to a court case won last
spring by the Institute for Justice on behalf of three
Milwaukee taxi drivers, today the Milwaukee Common Council
voted to add up to 100 cabs to the city’s streets.
This will bring the number of cabs up to 420 and strikes a
blow to the existing taxi cartel that has controlled the
city’s taxi industry since the number of cabs was capped in
1991. The Council failed, however, to fully implement
the court’s ruling and kept a cap on the number of taxicabs,
defeating Alderman Michael Murphy’s proposed amendment to
lift the cap entirely. That means just like the
original cap, the new law violates the Wisconsin
Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and the right
to earn an honest living. For that reason, this new
cap may be struck down in court just as the former was.
The up to 100 new taxicab permits will be awarded in 2014,
by lottery if there are more than 100 applications.
Applicants cannot apply for more than two cab permits each,
and current taxicab owners who own more than one cab are not
eligible. Just like current cab permits, the new
permits can be sold on the secondary market. When IJ
filed its lawsuit against the city in 2011—the event that
first triggered today’s reforms—permits were selling for
approximately $150,000, more than the average price of a
Milwaukee house. - more....
taxi credit card implementation hits roadblock
Vox Populi - (Washington D.C.)
Posted by: Saumik Rahman
D.C.’s infamous cab market, loathed for its inconsistency,
is finally set for the implementation of a big improvement
that was planned months ago. A new mandate requires all D.C.
cabs to install credit card readers by December 1 of this
year, though this may take a toll on the District’s 100-plus
To implement the credit card readers, cab companies need the
services of payment service providers (PSPs). Currently,
D.C. approves ten PSPs for operation within the city. Many
of these PSPs, however, are new companies that struggle to
match the demand of their services with their available
A PSP named Hitch, for example, is notorious for late
and inconsistent payments to cab drivers across the city.
The credit card reader mandate has forced many cabbies to
buy equipment from these PSPs, often with cash out of
pocket. If a PSP goes bankrupt, cabbies must use their own
money to replace all old equipment with new equipment from
other PSPs. - more....
May Soon Have Taxicab Regulations
KYW-TV Channel 3 - (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
November 30, 2013 4:00 AM
By David Madden
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS)–Cab drivers in the city of Camden may
soon be put under regulations required by the state of New
Assemblyman Whip Wilson used to be a Camden City Councilman.
Constituents would constantly complain about how taxi fares
would vary widely depending on when someone would ride and
who was driving.
So he has a bill which cleared an assembly committee that
would require any town with more than 10,000 people to
regulate their cabs.
“I have talked to backers who were actually shocked that
Camden had no kind of system in place when it comes to
taxicab regulations as far as it comes to meters or fares.”
Wilson says most other towns in the state either use those
meters or have zones set up by local government.
taxi complaints drop, but some drivers still up to no
Metro News - (Calgary, Alberta)
By Jeremy Nolais Metro
Cabbie complaints in Calgary have been curbed, but reports
of serious crimes remain.
To November’s end, city livery services had received 350
passenger complaints this year, varying from slow service
and vehicle issues to alleged Criminal Code violations. In
response, 120 violation tickets were issued and chief livery
officer Marc Halat launched 29 licence-review hearings. In
19 of those instances, disciplinary action was taken.
Four of the complaints involved accusations of sexual
assault, one driver was actually caught using his cab to
transport illicit drugs and four others were accused of
driving impaired while off the clock.
Still, Halat said the overall number of complaints is
trending downwards despite more drivers being permitted to
operate on city streets. The numbers do vary somewhat,
however, as 528 complaints were lodged in 2012 but only 372
were lodged the year prior. - more....
cab driver gives free rides to seniors
Global News - (Canada)
By Shallima Maharaj Reporter/Anchor
Watch the video above: A Saskatoon cab driver is giving back
to the community by helping seniors on his days off.
SASKATOON – Spreading his message of love without
boundaries, Saiful Malook has been busy balancing his job as
a taxi driver with his weekend work – offering free rides to
Malook offers the rides to those looking to run errands,
attend medical appointments or simply to relish in the
simple splendour of a cup of coffee.
“I feel that is worship work. When you do something for
seniors, you feel, I feel cool,” said Malook.
He grew up in Pakistan and now proudly calls Saskatoon home.
Malook says his non-profit family charity, Adam Assistance
Program Saskatoon (AAPS), has served more than 200 seniors
over the last three years.
“Sometimes seniors like to donate to our organization. Five
or $10 and we put that into a separate account and use it
for gas and maintenance.”
He now hopes to expand his voluntary service beyond Saturday
and Sunday to include weekdays. - more....
Ride In Bogata's Electric Taxi
EV World - (Internet)
Bogata is the first Latin American city to roll out a fleet
of BYD e6 electric taxis, and CNN's Nick Parker takes a ride
CNN correspondent Nick Parker takes a ride in one of Bogato,
Colombia's new BYD electric taxis and finds the experience
enlightening: the car is powerful and quiet. The catch is
there are currently only two fast charge stations in the
city, with plans to add more.
The BYD e6 electric cars are identical to the ones also
being operated as taxis in China. Recharge time is two hours
and the range is estimated at 300 km (186 miles). Being
exempt from import duties and given a free license, the
electic taxis are cheaper to acquire than their gasoline
Leaks: Taxi (-ish) Company Brings in $1 Billion Gross
All Voices - (Internet)
Oakland : CA : USA | Dec 05, 2013 at 11:01 AM PST
By Barry Eitel
Yesterday, Valleywag got their paws on some screengrabs of
populist taxi service Uber’s accounting. The numbers, if
accurate, show that the company has a gross value of over $1
billion and $213 million in revenue.
The information is for Uber Global, which supposedly
includes all the cities and countries where Uber operates.
The company added Shenzhen to their list of cities last
week, making it their second launch in China.
According to Valleywag’s Nitasha Tiku analysis, the revenue
doesn’t necessary equate to profit. She believes the latest
moves by the company will be expensive ventures.
“Uber's rumored plan to use the new funds to ‘become the
exact thing it hates’ by building its own fleet of cars and
monopolizing the car-for-hire market will be costly,” she
writes. “The company has thus far primarily operated as a
middleman, building partnerships with black car companies or
cab drivers. Nothing stopped drivers from working for Uber
and its competitors at the same time, which is why last
month Kalanick ‘partnered’ with General Motors and Toyota to
offer drivers discounted financing or leasing on cars in
exchange for exclusivity.”
Of course, Uber, and other similar services like Lyft, finds
itself in a legal tangle of unions, insurance and the legal
system. - more....
Financial Corp (TAXI)
eMarkets Daily - (Internet)
Medallion Financial Corp (NASDAQ:TAXI), stock in last
trading session go down -8.78% as the firm declared that it
priced its previously released underwritten public offering
of 2.9M common shares at $16.40 a share. Additional, the
firm has granted underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up
to an further 435,000 common shares to cover any
ON THE OTHER FRONT: The analysts’ average revenue estimates
for the firm is $ 9.01M in fourth quarter of 2013 and 1
expert predict 9.32M revenue for the first quarter of
2014. Currently, 1 analyst that rates Medallion Financial
Corp at “Hold,” 1 analyst rate it at “Buy” and 0 rate it as
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restores normalcy in Police-taxi drivers conflict
Cocorioko - (Internet)
Posted by Cocorioko Newspaper on December 6, 2013
YESTERDAY, there was an altercation at Lumley in the
outskirts of Freetown between the Sierra Leone Police and
According to reports received by COCORIOKO, a taxi driver ,
Mr. Lamin Kamara ( Popularly known as Africa ) was arrested
on Tuesday by the Police for an alleged traffic
offence .He later died in police custody. There were
conflicting reports about the cause of the death.
A Police officer , Ms. Mira Kamara , writing in the social
media site FACEBOOK , said that the taxi driver was
drunk when arrested and he died of natural
causes in police cells. According to Officer Mira Kamara,
“No police officer beat him up. Report from the hospital
where the autopsy was done with the presence of his family
members. His pancreas had already packed up, and was merely
a living corpse. During the riot, we lost one OSD. He was
crushed in a road crash. ”
However, supporters of the driver alleged that he was beaten
up while in police custody and it was said that in the
impending chaos, a police officer lost his life in an
accident. - more....
driver who had nose op to cure snoring has it broken by
drunk female passenger
The Westmorland Gazette - (Kendal, Cumbria, England)
7:00am Thursday 5th December 2013
By Tom Murphy, Reporter
A KENDAL taxi driver had a major nose operation to cure a
persistent snoring problem - only to have it broken just
weeks later in an alcohol-fuelled assault.
Julia Chaplin, of Storth, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court
where she admitted causing actual bodily harm to Gordon
Welch in an attack which left him needing an operation to
repair the damage.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Welch, of High Garth, said he
had broken his nose aged 15 and had suffered from heavy
In July this year, the 42-year-old taxi driver, who has
worked for Castle Taxis for more than a year, had a
rhinoplasty and septoplasty at Barrow’s Furness General
Hospital in an effort to cure the problem.
“The operations straightened my nose and removed
obstructions in the nasal cavity,” he said.
“It seemed to be working and my girlfriend said it was
However, the attack left Mr Welch, who moved to Kendal seven
years ago from Tyneside, needing another operation.
“I went back into the hospital four days after the attack to
get it straightened again,” he said.
“I’m going to have to have a further operation because the
consultants fear it has left lasting damage and affected the
healing process of the original operation.
“When I moved to Kendal I thought the crime rate was low and
this type of thing would not happen. It’s ironic and I was
completely stunned when she hit me.” - more....
taxi licensing fees to rise by up to 216pc
Shropshire Star - (Telford, Shropshire, England)
Councillors have voted to hike the cost of a variety of
licensing fees on Shropshire taxi drivers by as much as 216
per cent – despite complaints by cabbies that the current
service is “atrocious”.
The council’s licensing and safety sub committee voted
through a range of new pricing policies for black cabs and
other private hire vehicles following a meeting at Shirehall
yesterday, with the new fees coming into effect from Monday.
But the price rises were only agreed after councillors were
addressed by several taxi drivers who opposed the changes
and said the service they currently receive was not good
Concerns were raised that the report agreed by councillors
had indicated ongoing council budget cuts mean delivering
the current level of service is “not sustainable in the
current economic climate”.
Nicholas Cox, from Oswestry Cabs, said: “The service we get
for what we are paying is atrocious.” - more....
6, 1897: London first licenses motorized taxis
Yahoo News Malaysia - (Internet)
By Christy Karras
BerA Bersey electric taxi in a London park, 1897. (Photo:
courtesy of the Science Museum, London)
London’s black cabs are some of the city’s most beloved
icons, and for good reason. Drivers are required to pass a
test showing they know the locations of not just streets but
also hospitals, parks, theaters and other landmarks
throughout the city — studying for it typically takes three
years. Anyone who’s had to whip out a smart phone to help
guide a confused taxi driver can appreciate what’s known as
Motorized cabs first came on the scene in 1897, but they
were far from the city’s first. London had horse-drawn black
cabs for hire as early as the 1600s. They were called
“hackney carriages” (still the official name for hired
cars). As one black-cab website puts it: “The name comes
from hacquenée, the French term for a general-purpose horse.
It literally means ‘ambling nag.’” - more....
cars suitable only for short taxi trips, Norway
The Foreigner - (Stavanger, Norway)
Published on Thursday, 28th November, 2013 at 12:15 under
the news in brief category, by Lyndsey Smith .
The SINTEF scientists tested five Nissan Leaf electric cars
in Trondheim, finding that they were well-suited for city
journeys but not for longer trips such as to an airport.
Norway taxi drivers have also been positive towards electric
cars saying both the operating and maintenance costs are
lower. Pollution is also an issue.
Central Norway-located company Trøndertaxi
are planning to use Nissan’s vehicles throughout the year.
They will soon be adding cars from Tesla that have the power
to be used for longer distances.
One of the ideas for using electric cars as taxis was the
hope that passengers would experience the vehicle working
first-hand, consequently considering buying an electric car
The City of Trondheim is also part of the Green
Highway, an Nordic cooperative project encompassing
Trondheim and Östersund in Sweden and all the way out to
Sundsvall on the Baltic Sea. - more....
Bans Use Of Unpainted Taxis
The Guardian - (Lagos, Nigeria)
Friday, 29 November 2013 21:18
Written by Tunde Alao
IN its commitment to further ensure the security of lives
and property of residents, Lagos State government has warned
individuals operating commercial vehicles not painted in the
prescribed state taxi colour to desist from the act or face
the wrath of the Law.
Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode
Opeifa, who issued the warning in Alausa, Ikeja, Friday,
advised residents of the state to stop patronising unpainted
taxis in the state.
Opeifa added that the use of unpainted taxis was not
only a security risk but also a contravention of Section 25
of the Lagos Road Traffic Law.
The law stipulate that “any person who drives or
being the owner, permits any other person to drive on a high
way, a motor vehicle which is not registered or licensed, or
does not have affixed to it an identification mark in the
prescribed manner shall be guilty of an offence.” - more....
driver shot at outside Delhi Police HQ
India TV - (Noida, India)
PTI [ Updated 02 Dec 2013, 07:19:06 ]
New Delhi: Two bike-borne assailants yesterday opened fire
at a 28-year-old taxi driver outside Delhi Police
headquarters here, police said.
Tammi, resident of Ghaziabad in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh,
was injured after he was shot in his arm in IP Estate area
in Central Delhi at around 1 PM.
"He was rushed to a nearby hospital where his condition is
stated to be out of danger. A case of attempt to murder has
"A manhunt has been launched for the two assailants who have
been identified as taxi drivers. Personal enmity with the
victim over some parking issue is suspected to be the reason
behind the attack," a police official.
The victim and the two attackers had a quarrel on November
22 and a case was registered at Kamla Market police station
in Central Delhi in this regard, police said. -
taxi drivers strike for second day over GPS booking
The Canberra Times - (Canberra, Australia)
Date December 4, 2013
Reporter at The Canberra Times
Canberra Elite taxi drivers returned to work on Wednesday
evening after striking for a second consecutive day over the
introduction of a new GPS booking system.
The strike caused havoc at the airport during the morning
peak, with only a slow trickle of taxis to meet the demand
from 14 incoming flights before 9.40am.
Canberra Airport put on extra customer service staff to help
explain delays and direct passengers to rental cars, the
Airport Express bus and chauffeured hire cars.
By the evening, taxi drivers and operators agreed on a
solution to the impasse with Aerial Capital Group, which
introduced the controversial booking system on a trial
basis on Monday without consulting drivers and operators.
After one day, drivers wanted a return to the previous
system, saying there was not enough work in Canberra
for the GPS system to be equitable.
The previous rank/zone system allocated drivers a position
in a queue for the area they were in, allowing them to
be ready when they reached the top or take a break
when they knew they had a wait.
They could also see what areas jobs were coming from
and how many drivers were around, so they could position
themselves for the best chance of a fare.
The GPS system allocates jobs to the closest taxi
based on location, leaving drivers in the dark and
allocating jobs on the luck of the draw, making drivers’
incomes unpredictable. - more....
taxi drivers stop work over new inspector laws
WA Today - (Perth, Australia)
Date December 5, 2013
A convoy of about 200 cabs is expected to travel along Great
Eastern Highway Thursday afternoon to the steps of state
parliament where they will demand the removal of laws giving
increased powers to taxi industry inspectors.
Transport Workers Union WA organiser Tim Dawson told Fairfax
Media as he was travelling in the convoy, taxi drivers were
willing to give up several hours' fare to protest some
sections of the Taxi Drivers Licensing Bill 2013.
"This protest today has lost them money so it shows you how
serious they are," Mr Dawson said.
The travelling protest, which will move along Great Eastern
Highway along Adelaide and St Georges terraces to parliament
house, follows a stop work meeting by hundreds of cab
drivers concerned about new inspector powers being
introduced by the WA government.
Taxi drivers attended the stop work meeting from 2pm at
Perth's domestic airport to air their concerns about
allocation of powers to inspectors in the bill.
Mr Dawson said cab drivers were concerned their "common law
rights" would be taken away with the new law allowing
inspectors to enter homes and question drivers without
Mr Dawson said there was confusion from drivers about the
purpose of the inspector powers. - more....
disputes taxi drivers 'high and dry'
3 News - (Auckland, New Zealand)
Friday 06 Dec 2013 2:52p.m.
By 3 News online staff
President Taxis has had its contract with Auckland Airport
cancelled, essentially sacking 50 drivers, the Auckland Taxi
However, Auckland Airport is disputing the assertion, saying
President Taxis agreed to cancel the contract almost two
The drivers, who had been campaigning for better conditions
at the airport, were told on Wednesday they would no longer
have a contract as of 11:59pm on Monday, the association
From then, none of the drivers will be able to pick up
passengers from the airport.
Around 200 airport taxi drivers protested earlier this month
about abuses at the airport and formed the association to
fight for better conditions and rights.
The Airport has made some "minor changes" as a result, but
the association believes the major issues went unresolved.
Auckland Airport would then talk only to contracting taxi
companies, instead of directly to taxi drivers.
Among the conditions the association is wanting are upgraded
toilet, water and shade facilities as well as improving
relations with security guards and increasing the basic
price for short fares from $20 to $35.
Auckland Airport retail and commercial general manager
Richard Barker says the company agreed to President Taxis'
request to end the contract and the agreement will be
effective from December 11.
"This contractual decision was made on October 17 and is not
related to the recent threatened protest action from the
Auckland Taxi Association."
The company's 50 airport operating permits could be
transferred to other licensed airport taxi companies to
minimise the impact on the affected drivers. - more....
Australia Limited Given “Reduce” Rating at Morningstar
Zolmax News - (Internet)
Posted by Wayne Rhoads on Dec 3rd, 2013
Cabcharge Australia Limited logoMorningstar reaffirmed their
reduce rating on shares of Cabcharge Australia Limited
(ASX:CAB) in a report issued on Monday morning, American
Banking News.com reports. The firm currently has a $3.81
target price on the stock.
Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX:CAB) traded down 1.77% on
Monday, hitting A$3.880. The stock had a trading volume of
295,455 shares. Cabcharge Australia Limited has a one year
low of A$3.600 and a one year high of A$5.190. The stock has
a 50-day moving average of A$3.90 and a 200-day moving
average of A$4.08. The company has a market cap of A$467.3
million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.85.
Separately, analysts at Credit Suisse downgraded shares of
Cabcharge Australia Limited from a neutral rating to an
underperform rating in a research note to investors on
Tuesday, September 10th. They now have a $66.30 price target
on the stock.
Cabcharge Australia Limited (ASX:CAB) is engaged in the
provision of taxi related services in Australia , Through
its interest in an associate company, the Company is also
engaged in the provision of bus and coach services to
customers in Australia.
Updated dec 07 @ 02:37 GMT
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