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Police search for clues after driver found fatally shot in cab in McElderry Park

WBFF-TV Channel 45 - (Baltimore, Maryland)

By Christine Boynton, Zoe Zellers, Keith Daniels Monday, April 25th 2016

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A 44-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso was found inside a cab in McElderry Park early Monday morning.

Detectives were called to the scene, on Jefferson Street near N Rose Street, around 12:55 a.m. Police say the victim was found inside a vehicle that struck a parked vehicle.

The victim was transported to a hospital and pronounced deceased. He's since been identified by co-workers as Michael 'Akin' Omoregie, a cab driver with the Red Ball Cab Company. - more....

Danville taxi driver ambushed, shot while picking up fare

WDBJ-TV Channel 7 - (Roanoke, Virginia)

By Heather Butterworth |
Posted: Thu 10:55 PM, May 05, 2016  |

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) A Danville taxi driver is in the hospital after being attacked and shot Thursday evening.
Courtesy of Leonard Harville

It happened on the 2000 block of North Main Street around 8 p.m.

A 58-year-old taxi driver told police he was at the intersection of Dean Street and Myrtle Ave. to pick up a fare when three men came out from behind bushes. The taxi driver started to drive away when one of the men took out a gun, but the man still shot the driver.

The driver is in the Danville Regional Medical Center. He is expected to be OK.

Danville Police are investigating a shooting right now.

We're told it happened along North Main Street on Thursday night.

A police lieutenant tells us the victim is in serious condition.

Lee County taxi driver nearly shot in road rage incident

WINK-TV Channel 11 - (Fort Myers, Florida)

May 2, 2016 11:17 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A man was arrested and is facing assault charges for allegedly shooting at a taxi driver in a road rage incident on Martin Luther King Boulevard on Sunday.

The taxi driver, who did not want to be identified for fear of his safety, said he had to slam on the brakes around 2:30 a.m. when a man sped out of a 7-Eleven parking lot. The taxi driver thought he just avoided an accident.

“When he stopped I thought that somebody was going to say ‘Hey, I apologize you know? I’m sorry,'” the taxi driver said.
calvin powellCalvin Powell, 29

Instead, the taxi driver was greeted by bullets that shattered through his window and missed his head by inches. The accused shooter, Calvin Powell, 29 of 4988 Sherry St. in Fort Myers, sent a bullet flying through the taxi’s passenger door, where a customer was sitting.

“Started shooting like I don’t know how many rounds, like six to eight rounds. I was scared to death,” the taxi driver said.

The taxi driver called 911 and deputies were able to locate Powell in a black Toyota Camry. He is facing two felony assault charges, two weapon charges, and charges for the possession of cocaine and marijuana.

Powell has a history of arrests for armed robbery, battery, assault and drug possession that go back to 1999.

Taxi driver choked, robbed while picking people up in Akron

The Plain Dealer - (Cleveland, Ohio)

By Adam Ferrise, The Plain Dealer
on May 10, 2016 at 9:18 AM

AKRON, Ohio — Two men attacked and robbed a 28-year-old tax driver early Tuesday.

The incident happened about 12:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Eller Avenue.

The Rides for Less Taxi Service driver told police she got a call from a regular customer to pick him up in the 800 block of Barbara Avenue.

The man told the driver to pull into a parking lot on Eller so they could wait for his friend, police reports say.

A second man got in the car. The first man yelled at the woman while he punched her head, choked her and covered her mouth, according to police reports.

The man also repeatedly punched her in the back of the head. The woman tried to fight off the men. The first man grabbed her purse and the duo fled towards the intersection of South Arlington Street and East Wilbeth Road.

The men stole $50, the woman's keys, and credit and debit cards. The woman suffered a lump on her head and a cut on her lip, according to police reports.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Fingerprint on beer can leads to second arrest in slaying of taxi driver found in Caney River

Tulsa World - (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:01 am
By PAIGHTEN HARKINS World Staff Writer

A fingerprint lifted from beer cans left along the Caney River where a Tulsa man’s body was pulled from the trunk of a partially submerged car led investigators to arrest a second man in the slaying.

U.S. Marshals in Detroit arrested Adan Mora-Ramos, 35, on Tuesday in the shooting death of 38-year-old Rafael Hernandez-Torres, said Jeff Johnston of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Mora-Ramos was implicated in the April 30, 2015, homicide after investigators discovered a latent fingerprint on Bud Light cans left at the scene below a U.S. 169 bridge near Collinsville, according to an affidavit.

Investigators compared the print to others in an FBI database and found it matched one belonging to Mora-Ramos, the affidavit states.

Mora-Ramos’ fingerprint was entered into the database after the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol detained him, alleging illegal entry into the U.S., the affidavit says.

DNA from the beer cans also reportedly linked Roman Medrano to the homicide. He was arrested May 19, 2015, the affidavit states. He is incarcerated without bond in the Rogers County Jail in Claremore on an immigration hold, jail records indicate.

District Judge Terrell Crosson issued an arrest warrant for Mora-Ramos on Jan. 5.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers found Hernandez-Torres’ body on May 1, 2015, according to the affidavit. The co-owner of a Tulsa taxi business, he had been shot nine times, including several times in the chest and back. - more....

Woman sentenced to life in prison for killing taxi driver in Hanover

WTVR-TV Channel 6 - (Richmond, Virginia)

Posted 6:31 pm, May 3, 2016, by Vernon Freeman Jr.

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. — A woman was sentenced to life and prison, plus 20 years Tuesday, for the murder of a Hopewell taxi driver in August of 2014.

Alisa N. Dejesus received life in prison for the first-degree murder of 26-year-old James Wells, a Navy veteran. The additional 20 years was for abducting Wells and committing arson. Dejesus’ boyfriend, Dyshawn D. Simpson, was previously sentenced to life after pleading guilty to Well’s murder in 2015.

In August of 2014, Wells’ body was found in his burned out taxi cab in Hanover County. Investigators said Wells drove his 2004 gray Chevrolet minivan taxi from the Econo Lodge on Colonel Corner Drive in Hopewell to Mechanicsville where he was found dead.

Police determined Wells, a driver for Marshall Cab, was hired by Dejesus and Simpson for a cab fare from Hopewell to the Mechanicsville area.

That’s when an altercation occurred, which incapacitated Wells. His cause of death was determined to be related to the fire set by Dejesus and Simpson.

Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Cab Driver Gets 60 Years

WTXL-TV Channel 27 - (Tallahassee, Florida)

    * May 9, 2016

QUINCY, FL (WTXL) - A man accused of attacking and sexually assaulting a cab driver in Gadsden County plead no contest.

According to the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Michael Hayes called a cab in Tallahassee on February 4, 2015. Deputies said the victim was carjacked, driven to several areas in Havana and sexually assaulted.

The victim, after reportedly being dragged out of her car, was able to escape and drive to the hospital in her taxi cab, unclothed.

According to authorities, Hayes did later confess to the assault in an interview with investigators.

At a hearing Thursday, Hayes plead no contest to charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery.

Hayes received 30 years for the kidnapping charges, 15 years for the sexual assaults and 15 years for robbery, which will be served concurrently, the courts said.

Cedar Rapids man accused of robbing cab driver facing federal charge

KCRG-TV Channel 9 - (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

By KCRG-TV9 Staff |
Posted: Tue 1:49 PM, Apr 26, 2016  |

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Cedar Rapids man is facing a federal charge after authorities said he robbed a cab driver in April 2011.

According to the indictment, 38-year-old Johnathan Mitchell is charged with one count of robbery affecting commerce. Federal prosecutors said Mitchell violently robbed the driver of a Century Cab, taking cash, a purse, and a money bag. They said he used and threatened force and violence.

A Story County jury acquitted Mitchell in October 2013 for first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the homicide of cab driver 54-year-old Cathy Stickley. She was stabbed 18 times in the neck and head on April 29, 2011. Investigators found Mitchell's prints in Stickley's blood in the cab.

During the trial, Mitchell admitted he stole money from Stickley to buy crack cocaine that night but he said she was already dead, lying outside the cab on the ground in the 1500 block alley between Second and Third avenues SE.

Mitchell was the only suspect in the case and the case hasn't been reopened.

If convicted of robbery affecting commerce, Mitchell faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years supervised release

Mitchell is serving a 7 year sentence after pleading guilty in October 2013 to assault causing serious injury, and forgery. A judge handed down the sentence in March 2014.

Mitchell admitted he beat a man with a wooden handled tool in September 2010 at Coe College. The man suffered skull fractures, a large cut on the top of his head, and skin abrasions. He also had to wear a neck brace for several weeks.

Police: Man drives drunk to taxi cab job interview

KCCI-TV Channel 8 - (Des Moines, Iowa)

Published  9:33 PM CDT Apr 26, 2016

The Des Moines man allegedly drove himself drunk to a job interview for a position as a taxi cab driver.

"I just get out there and a little white car comes pulling in and smashes into one of our driver’s cars,” said Trans Iowa Dispatcher Barbara Freeborn.

Freeborn said she witnessed the perspective co-worker damage two cars in the parking lot, then stammer inside the building.

"I go in and he’s standing there and I’m like, ‘Sir, have you been helped?’ and he couldn’t comprehend what I was saying,” said Freeborn. - more....

Taxi driver from hell won’t be terrorizing roads for a while

New York Post - (New York City, New York)

By Danielle Furfaro
May 10, 2016 | 12:45am

A yellow-cab con artist who specialized in ripping off passengers at La Guardia Airport racked up 18 TLC violations in nine months — but it took numerous hearings before a judge finally barred him from the road.

Ibrahim Yazici was repeatedly accused of strong-arming passengers into paying him a $45 flat rate for a trip from the airport. When riders told him it was against the law not to run the meter, he used intimidation to get their cash, records show.

He got so many complaints that he racked up $9,995 in fines following administrative hearings — yet he was still allowed on the road, where he continued his scam, records show.

Finally, in April, an Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings judge recommended his license be revoked and that he face a $6,000 fine.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission followed through on Friday, taking him out of the driver’s seat for at least three years. - more....

Uber's first self-driving car pulls out onto the streets of Pittsburgh

Cnet - (Internet)

The ride-sharing company hopes its autonomous vehicles will help cut congestion in cities and reduce the number of traffic accidents.

by Andrew Hoyle
by Andrew Krok
May 19, 20165:36 AM PDT

If you're looking forward to the day when an Uber whisks you across town without anyone behind the wheel, then good news: the ride-sharing company has shown off its first autonomous vehicle.

The car -- a Ford Fusion Hybrid -- has been shown taking to the streets of Pittsburgh. It's equipped with sensors, radars, laser scanners and high-resolution cameras, and is designed to gather mapping data as well as test its self-driving capabilities, Uber writes on its blog.

"When it's in self-driving mode, a trained driver will be in the driver's seat monitoring operations," the company explains. "Real-world testing is critical to our efforts to develop self-driving technology. We believe this technology will mean less congestion, more affordable and accessible transportation, and far fewer lives lost in car accidents." - more....

Uber fires back at taxi industry's campaign

Crain's New York Business - (New York City, New York)

Word of an advocacy campaign planned by yellow-cab interests prompts a biting reply from the e-hail giant

By Erik Engquist
May 10, 2016

The taxi world definitely has Uber's attention.

The e-hail giant took note of a Crain's story Monday about yellow-cab interests joining forces to mount an anti-Uber advocacy effort targeting lawmakers, regulators and New Yorkers in general.

"A campaign by taxi medallion owners demanding government intervention to protect the value of their medallions is just like the big banks' campaign to get a government bailout," an Uber spokesman said. "Instead of trying to get government to stifle transportation options, all players in this industry should focus on competing to give riders and drivers the best service they can."

The taxi interests say they just want a level playing field because their lone advantage in the competition for passengers—the exclusive right to pick up street hails—has been significantly reduced by the advent of smartphone apps, primarily Uber's, that can hail black cars. As the number of Uber users in New York City began to surge in 2014, drivers flocked to the company, occasionally leaving some yellow-cab medallion owners with no one to operate their vehicles. The drop in revenue led some owners to default on their medallion loans, prompting a spike in foreclosures. - more....

The Rogue Cab Company of San Francisco

San Francisco Examnier - (San Francisco, California)

By Kelly Dessaint on April 15, 2016 1:00 am

As rain falls hard on a humdrum night in The City, the windshield wipers on National 182 slap away the moisture obscuring my view of the street and any potential flags.

After rolling empty for an hour, I see Veterans 215 sandbagging a no-name bar on Folsom. The rain has let up a little, so I get out to chat with the driver. We watch a motorcade of Priuses stream past, one after another, like confused pigeons in the mist.

“Look at these cockroaches.”

“Nobody follows the rules anymore.”

“Except cab drivers.”

“That’s cause we’re a bunch of chumps.”

“Yeah, we bust our asses to do what’s right. Meanwhile, anybody with a pulse can drive into town and pick up fares without following the same regulations.”

“Why do we follow the rules?”

“You nailed it. We’re chumps.”

“No, I’m serious.”


“You mean like a bad habit?”

“What about moral superiority?”

“Oh yeah, after I’ve been evicted from my apartment and I’m dragging two cats, a manual typewriter, a turntable and a stack of boxes filled with papers that contain my publishing empire down the street, I could pat myself on the back for being such a law-abiding citizen.”

“Nobody cares what happens to us.”


“The cops aren’t on our side. City Hall isn’t on our side. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency, which is supposed to be on our side, just makes our lives harder.”

“I don’t understand why drivers who paid $250,000 for medallions aren’t going to the 7th floor of One South Van Ness and chucking those worthless
tin plates at the bulletproof window.”

“The cab companies aren’t on our side either. They’re just in the business of leasing cars.” - more....

Author's blog:

The worst cab driver in San Francisco

San Francisco Examiner - (San Francisco, California)

By Kelly Dessaint on April 29, 2016 1:00 am

The worst cab driver in San Francisco doesn’t work the DJ clubs, doesn’t troll the bars in the Mission and avoids Polk Street like the plague. He doesn’t play the airport or cabstand at hotels. Most of the time, he sits in front of the Power Exchange or Divas waiting for a call from a regular rider.

The worst cab driver in San Francisco has said, given the option, he’d prefer to exclusively deal with transgender passengers.

“They’re the only normal people around anymore.” He doesn’t mind the patrons of sex clubs, because they don’t expect more than a ride. But he never asks questions. He’d rather not know what goes on inside those establishments.

The worst cab driver in San Francisco doesn’t collect kickbacks when he drops off at massage parlors or strip clubs. He just moves on to the next fare. “Why would I expect to get paid to take somebody one place and not another?”

The worst cab driver in San Francisco doesn’t make much money, even though he works every day. He hasn’t missed a shift in more than a year, but he only does splits, showing up at the yard around 10 p.m. Sometimes he doesn’t hit the streets until midnight. There are nights when he barely covers his gate and gas, and nights when he’s lucky to go home with $15 in his pocket.

The worst cab driver in San Francisco usually drives the shittiest cabs in the fleet. By showing up late, his options are limited to whatever’s available, and that’s almost always a clunker or a spare. But he’s all right with it …

The worst cab driver in San Francisco isn’t picky. He never complains. And if he does express displeasure, he quickly blames himself. He knows he’s the worst cab driver in San Francisco and isn’t afraid to accept that distinguished role. After all, someone has to be the worst. - more....

Author's blog:

Editorial: Don't touch taxi fares

Published on: May 14, 2016

Calgary Herald - (Calgary, AlbertaO

Cab rates have dropped by between 12 and 20 per cent this year, after the city changed its bylaw.

A city committee is steering in the right direction in resisting a call to dictate how much taxis must charge their customers.

The changes made earlier this year — which set a maximum rate, but permit operators to charge less — is how the system should always have been run. The rules acknowledge the fact it’s paramount that patrons aren’t gouged for their ride, but that charging anything below the top rate is a matter for taxi operators and drivers to settle among themselves. If cab drivers aren’t able to earn a suitable income, presumably they’ll leave the industry, forcing the brokers to pay more to secure reliable replacements.

Robert McGregor, the newest member on Calgary’s taxi and limousine advisory committee, doesn’t see it that way. He says the fare reductions that have followed the bylaw changes have forced drivers to work longer hours, sleep in their vehicles and conduct cash trips that aren’t recorded on the books.

“The recent meter rate reductions were done in a completely irresponsible way,” McGregor, who is a driver with Checker Cabs, told his fellow committee members Wednesday.

McGregor called for reconsideration of the taxi meter rate being set as a maximum, but was asked to fine tune his motion and come back later this year.

There’s no confirming the veracity of McGregor’s remarks, but rates among the cab brokers have dropped by between 12 and 20 per cent. That’s a good cut, but hardly a fire sale. - more....

Taxis suing Miami-Dade for $1 billion over new Uber law

Miami Herald - (Miami, Florida)

Lawyer says county responsible for plunge in value of medallions due to Uber

Taxi owners in New York met defeat in similar action

Mayor: taxis shouldn’t have been “so stuck in the past”

By Douglas Hanks
May 4, 2016 12:41 PM

A day after Uber triumphed in the battle to legalize its ride-hailing service in Miami-Dade, taxi operators said the new ordinance will end up costing them $1 billion as the cab industry withers in the face of an already dominant competitor.

Brandishing a lawsuit against Miami-Dade over the pro-Uber bill passed the night before, a taxi-company lawyer on Wednesday acknowledged sub-par service from many cabs but said the county is unfairly giving an advantage to deep-pocketed and tech-heavy newcomers.

“Give us equal protections under the law,” said Ralph Patino, a Coral Gables attorney who is pursuing a class-action suit against the county on behalf of the taxi industry. He said while taxis must wait in a holding lot for hours for a chance at Miami International Airport’s lucrative taxi stand, Uber drivers have been zipping in to meet passengers curbside for the last two years.

The reason “our vehicle may smell a little bit more than that of Uber at the airport, for instance,” Patino told an afternoon press conference, “is because our drivers have to sit in their cars for three hours awaiting a fare.” - more....

Judge at loss for way to remedy taxi, Uber disparity

Chicago Tribune - (Chicago, Illinois)
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015.
Hal Dardick / Chicago Tribune

A federal judge who has written that Chicago's differing rules for taxis and ride-share companies "appear utterly arbitrary" reiterated that view in a recent ruling but expressed reluctance to step into the fray, saying it seemed to be an issue for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council to resolve.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman last week rejected another attempt by the city to dismiss a lawsuit filed by taxi interests who say less stringent requirements for Uber, Lyft and other ride-share services are driving the highly regulated cab industry to financial ruin.

In October, she made a similar ruling that included the "utterly arbitrary" phrase. But this time she expanded on that, saying a new regulation allowing ride-share services to pick up passengers on the upper arrival level at O'Hare Airport, while requiring limousine and taxi drivers who arrange pickups through a smartphone app use the lower departure level, made a valid claim for "disparate treatment."

Coleman, however, declined to grant a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the city from enforcing its taxi ordinance and also allow taxis and limos to pick up passengers on the upper O'Hare level.

The taxi and limo companies "are essentially asking the court to dictate the city's transportation policy," Coleman wrote. "The court declines to grant such an extraordinary remedy." - more....

City Council urged to deregulate cab industry, not license Uber

Chicago Sun-Times - (Chicago, Illinois)

Fran Spielman
05/09/2016, 05:14pm

If Chicago’s once dominant taxicab industry really does need a legislative life raft to avoid going under, the answer is less regulation on cabs, not more regulation on Uber and Lyft, an attorney representing ride-hailing drivers argued Monday.

Anthony Sanders, an attorney with the Institute of Justice, represents three ride-sharing drivers who have intervened in a federal lawsuit filed by the cab companies challenging Chicago’s disparate rules governing ride-hailing and taxis as a violation of the the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.

On Monday, a federal judge issued a technical ruling that allows cab companies to consolidate all of their equal-protection and taking-of-property claims into one appeal before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Sanders used the occasion to propose an alternative to the pending ordinance backed by 33 of the City Council’s 50 aldermen that calls for the city to license ride-hailing drivers: deregulation of the taxicab industry.

“Even if ride-share drivers and taxi owners are being treated unequally, the way to fix that problem is not to shut down ride-sharing. The way to fix that problem is to lessen the burden on taxicabs. We think there should be open markets for both” cabs and ride-hailing, Sanders said.

“The biggest difference between taxicabs and ride sharing is that there are a limited number of taxicabs. We think the cap on medallions should be lifted. That would mean that anyone with a good vehicle and insurance could start their own taxi company without having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a medallion. We would also be in favor of lifting fare restrictions on taxis, so both industries are treated in the same way.

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, said he’s not about to withdraw his controversial licensing ordinance in favor of deregulation. He called the idea ludicrous and downright dangerous. - more....

Aldermen Propose Taxi Medallion Buyback

WTTW-TV Channel 11 - (Chicago, Illinois)

Paris Schutz | May 11, 2016 5:14 pm

In the ongoing war between the taxi industry and ride-share operators like Uber and Lyft, "Chicago Tonight" has learned of a new proposal from a Chicago alderman. Under the plan, the city would buy back taxi medallions from cab owners to help level the playing field, a proposal that would cost millions. Some aldermen back the idea and the city is considering it, but will it bring about a truce between the two sparring factions?

Ald. Ray Lopez (15th Ward) says that the value of taxi medallions has plummeted because of the emergence of the ride-share industry, so it’s only fair that the city buy them back from cab owners.

Every taxi operator has had to purchase a medallion from the city in order to operate. There are a fixed number of medallions so the value peaked at around $300,000, and they were often bought and sold. But the value of medallions has since dropped to around $40,000 and there is hardly any market for them at all anymore.

Lopez says the city would determine a fair price – not the peak price but somewhere in between. It would be paid for with a $2.5 million startup pot of money from city taxpayers, a 50-cent-per-ride fee on ride-share operators and a $150 yearly fee from taxi drivers.

“Taxi drivers with medallions view them as their retirement, as their future, and we have to understand that fact and rectify the situation with them,” Lopez said. “So this is our good-faith effort to try and at least help some of them recoup some of their losses, save some of their futures and still be able to keep the discussion of how we improve the overall transportation industry in Chicago.”

Lopez says he doesn’t know how much this would cost the city because a fair price has yet to be determined. - more....

Uber and Green Cab, former adversaries, announce partnership

The Oregonian - (Portland, Oregon)

Elliot Njus | The Oregonian
on May 04, 2016 at 10:30 AM

If you can't beat them, join them.

Portland taxi company Green Cab and Uber announced a partnership Wednesday under which users can call a taxi through the ride-hailing app.

Green Cab was a member of the Transportation Fairness Alliance, a coalition of several Portland taxi companies that lobbied city officials to more strictly regulate so-called "transportation network companies" like Uber and Lyft.

That was a battle the taxi companies mostly lost.

The city removed a limit on the number of taxis allowed to operate in Portland while writing rules that made it easier for companies like Uber to sign up thousands of drivers who use their personal vehicles to give rides for money.

In the early days after the city began allowing transportation network companies to operate in Portland, rides provided by taxis dropped 16 percent while Uber and Lyft's business boomed.

Now, Green Cab manager Tesfaye Aleme says he's trying to provide more work for his drivers. - more....

Quebec tables bill that would force Uber drivers to pay for taxi permits

The Globe and Mail - (Canada)

Nicolas Van Praet AND Bertrand Marotte
MONTREAL — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May 12, 2016 11:54AM EDT

Controversial ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. could pull up stakes in Quebec after the provincial government introduced legislation that would force its drivers to pay for taxi permits.

Quebec’s Liberal government tabled a bill on Thursday requiring all remunerated passenger transportation services to operate using a taxi permit or face fines as high as $5,000. Companies could be on the hook for up to $50,000. The goal is to enforce a single taxi regime for the province.

“We can’t have amateur [drivers] at the same time as professionals,” Quebec Transport Minister Jacques Daoust told reporters in Quebec City. He said the draft law would protect Quebeckers by offering them more secure transportation while levelling the playing field for companies vying for their business.

Uber officials have threatened to decamp from Quebec in the past if Mr. Daoust forced the company inside the confines of the regime regulating the traditional taxi industry. They’ve argued that ridership numbers prove consumers want their service and that the government should try to find a way to regulate it without terms that would destroy the business model. - more....

Toronto taxi companies reject surge pricing, call it ‘extortion’

The Star - (Toronto, Ontario)

By Jennifer PagliaroCity Hall reporter
Wed., May 11, 2016

The city’s largest taxi brokerages say they will refuse to increase prices during peak periods despite new rules that allow them to do so.

Companies including Beck, City, Co-op, Crown, Diamond and Maple Leaf say they are rejecting what’s known as surge pricing after council voted last week on new regulations that loosened rules for taxis — a move meant to allow them to compete with companies like Uber.

“We do not consider this to be capitalism, we call it extortion,” said Rita Smith, executive director of the Toronto Taxi Alliance, which represents the brokerages and other industry members. “We will not be incorporating it into our business model. We believe that surge pricing has no place in superior customer service.” - more....

Local taxi company wants to compete with Uber with new app

KVIA-TV Channel 7 - (El Paso, Texas)

Darren Hunt
POSTED: 03:54 PM MDT May 10, 2016

Taxi Company gets new technology

EL PASO, Texas -

The owner of local taxi company has decided to get more tech savvy in an attempt to compete with Uber, which has made getting a ride extremely convenient with the pressing of a few buttons on its app.

Joe Olivar, owner of Border Cab Taxi and President of the Taxi Cab Owners Association of El Paso, has purchased a new app for his company and is inviting other taxi companies to join him.

"I've heard the people of El Paso loud and clear, they wanted better service and we are trying to meet that demand by providing this new technology," Olivar said, "(We will) use the technology that's available to bring the taxi cab service up to the same level as Uber."

The app is called "Andale Ride" it works a lot like Uber. Its screens not only allow users to find the nearest driver, but also to communicate directly with them to arrange pickup. - more....

Uber Tells Judge Not to Trust Cab Companies in Battle Over Safety

Insurance Journal

By Robert Burnson | May 13, 2016

Uber Technologies Inc. fired back at taxi operators accusing it of lying about superior safety, telling a judge the cab companies “fabricated” a customer endorsement with a photo of MySpace’s co-founder and can’t be trusted.

Uber said several Los Angeles-area cab cooperatives that are part of a group of companies that filed a false advertising lawsuit last year have promoted themselves using fake passenger testimonials and phony attacks on Uber, as well as inflated claims about the quality of their own safety standards.

While LA City Cab asserted in a February blog post that it does “everything possible to ensure customer satisfaction and safety, which are a number one priority,” it often does “nothing more than what local ordinances require regarding safety,” Uber said in a filing in San Francisco federal court.

George Trevor, a lawyer for L.A. Taxi Cooperative, declined Thursday to comment on Uber’s specific allegations against the cab companies. - more....

Man charged in 2014 taxi cab robbery in Newport News found in S.C. - (Newport News, Virginia)

D.C. Busts Cab Companies For Using Salvaged Cabs With Falsified Odometers - (Washington D.C.)

Taxi service, Uber, coming to Middle Georgia

Parents worry about unsupervised cab rides for students - (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Devils Lake City Commission adopts ordinance to tighten taxi regulations - (Devil's Lake, North Dakota)

Taxi Regulation Enforcement in Newburgh - (Newburgh, New York)

Cab company ‘fighting back’ against Uber with mobile push - (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

Banks Brace for Impact as Taxi Medallion Loan Outlook Worsens

Medallion Financial (TAXI) Declares $0.25 Quarterly Dividend; 14% Yield

Taxi-for-kids service Shuddle plans to close, citing fundraising challenges - (San Francisco, California)

La Crosse Co. Tavern League to start taxi service - (La Crosse, Wisconsin)

Taxi Drivers Resume Protests Against Uber in São Paulo - (São Paulo, Brazil)

Stabroek taxi drivers protest for definite word from city on future of operations - (Georgetown, Guyana)

Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

Taxi! Lamborghini Huracan granted cab license in the UK

It's more super than Uber.


Antti Kautonen
May 5th 2016 at 9:05AM

If you've ever thought cab rides take forever, this could be a solution: The Wolverhampton City Council just granted a taxi license to a company offering rides in an eye-searingly green Lamborghini Huracan. The supercar is the first of its kind to get such a license in the United Kingdom. - more....

Taxi Drivers Close Historic Budapest Bridge Demanding Ban On Uber - (Budapest, Hungary)

Edinburgh road rage taxi driver has licence suspended by council - (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Swiss taxi drivers to protest against Uber once again

Asia and the Pacific

DCW issues notice to five app-based taxi services

The Tribune - (Chandigarh, India)

The Commission takes suo motu cognisance of threat to women’s safety

Posted at: May 14, 2016, 1:11 AM
Tribune news Service

New Delhi, May 13

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) today issued notice to five app-based taxi/cab aggregators- Ola, Uber, Meru, Taxi for Sure and Ridz-seeking to have details, including the number of taxis that operate under their banner in the national Capital, and the drivers whose details have not been duly verified.  The Commission sought to know the protocol followed by them to connect to the police in case of a distress call, response time and a brief summary of all cases of 2015 that have required police intervention. The DCW, taking suo motu cognisance of the threat to women’s safety posed by unregulated taxi aggregators, also sought to know the extent of compliance with the prevalent rules and regulations imposed by the Delhi Government.  The move came in the light of two recent cases--molestation of a Belgian national by an Ola cab driver and rape of a woman by an Uber cab driver. - more....

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