Addison Lee Chairman steps down making way for private investment
May23

Addison Lee Chairman steps down making way for private investment

The Chairman of London’s largest MiniCab firm, Addison Lee, has stepped down. 72 year-old John Griffin has announced his retirement from the firm which was created in 1975 with just one vehicle. The announcement comes a year after it was revealed the operator had received investment from the Carlyle Group. The company has told TheChauffeur.com; “John Griffin remained as chairman for the past year following Carlyle Group’s...

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Phaeton turns 12 years-old and VW could reveal new model
May16

Phaeton turns 12 years-old and VW could reveal new model

For those readers who were lucky enough to get The Chauffeur Magazine from the very beginning in 2003, we’ve always raved about a very dark horse within the chauffeur industry. In 2002, Volkswagen announced the Phaeton – a super luxury saloon which would take on the likes of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. First came the V6 petrol model, then eventually the long wheelbase V10 diesel broke cover, and at the time it was...

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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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