London Private Hire industry questions Transport for London’s fitness to regulate

The Licensed Private Hire Car Association – the trade body which represents the interests of licensed Private Hire operators has lost confidence in the ability of TfL to safeguard public safety as regulator of the London taxi and Private Hire car market. At a recent meeting, the LPHCA’s membership voted a motion of no confidence for TfL to continue as the regulator of the London cab industry. The LPHCA is concerned about those...

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Scottish chauffeur firm reports Asian business increase
May01

Scottish chauffeur firm reports Asian business increase

Scottish chauffeur drive company, Little’s, has revealed a rise in its international business. New contract acquisitions in Eastern and South East Asia have resulted in the company entering new markets including Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. The global business travel specialist has also reported a substantial increase in new contracts in key business travel locations across China, Singapore and Hong Kong, helping...

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North-east operator gets ban for breaching conditions

The North East Traffic Commissioner, Kevin Rooney, has disqualified a restricted PSV operator after he “blatantly” ran a private hire business under his licence. Leeds based property developer James Fleming gave assurances about his operation to Mr Rooney when he applied for the licence in 2012. But the regulator concluded this was a “sham” in the face of evidence from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) earlier this year....

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Hybrid Range Rover long-wheelbase announced for China.
Apr29

Hybrid Range Rover long-wheelbase announced for China.

Land Rover has further progressed the development of its acclaimed Range Rover with the global debut of the Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the Beijing motor show. Together with the Range Rover Sport Hybrid, it will be the first diesel hybrid model from any manufacturer to be offered in China. China is recognised by Land Rover as a potentially strong market for its new premium hybrids, whilst the long wheelbase design is...

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Tristar Worldwide to get largest Mercedes-Benz fleet in UK

Tristar Worldwide is set to become the largest private hire operator of Mercedes-Benz in the UK in a move which sees it replace its current mixed fleet with all Mercedes-Benz by the end of the year. The soon-to-be 450-strong Mercedes-Benz fleet will consist of a mix of E Class, S Class, Viano’s and luxury Sprinter mini coaches. In keeping with Tristar’s focus on safety and comfort the vehicles will feature lane tracking and collision...

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Diesel powered Maserati gives chauffeurs new option
Apr17

Diesel powered Maserati gives chauffeurs new option

It’s a bold statement for a manufacturer to say it has an S-Class, A8 and 7-Series competitor – but Maserati has stated just that with the launch of its Quattroporte diesel. It’s not the first time we’ve heard such a statement, as Porsche’s Panamera diesel certainly wants to tap into the XJ/BMW 7-Series market, so how likely is it UK chauffeurs would choose this latest offering from the Italian car maker...

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