Christmas Taxi

Happy Christmas Minicab and Taxi Drivers

2014 is now nearly over and as is the tradition at we look back at the year that was. The good, the bad and the ugly.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Whistleblower for his substantial contribution at – many articles written this year and a great Cab4Now supporter.

The Whistleblower kicked off the Cab4Now year with comment on the Carlyle Group followed quickly by The Law Commission Report. I will leave The Whistleblower to do a round up on his Cab4Now year later if he wishes.


2015 – Year Of The Rideshare?

Rideshare apps are gathering pace in London.

JumpIn, now owned by Addison Lee has launched to book London minicabs and London taxis. It is already available in other cities. It is a social taxi booking and sharing app aimed at students. Maaxi backed by Nat Rothschild has launched for London taxi drivers. UberPool needs no introduction and will join the party before Christmas.

The potential savings for ridesharers are huge. A £21 black taxi trip with UberPool could cost as little as £6, using the services of Uber’s existing minicab drivers but allowing them to combine trips with parts of journeys common between at least two passengers.


Climate Cars and GLH Challenges

Each week I now answer over a hundred enquiries via email and Twitter on which is the best private hire operator to work with. Sometimes I also jump in to Twitter conversations where I consider I may be able to provide advice or offer a solution to such a query.

The two most notable conversations concerning Climate Cars and GLH are the topic of this article. Both companies offer company cars to their self employed drivers.


Fraud and Failure

Many regular readers at are aware of my previous occupations as a despatch rider, financial advisor, mortgage broker, estate agent and landlord.

More recently I have provided consultancy services for a credit card company and two investment brokerages.

I am writing this article due to the huge recent interest in my past by London taxi drivers and, in particular, @thesherbetdab and @jockneycab.

Uber Taxi London

CabWave Instant Kerb Bookings and other select private hire drivers are now offering Instant Kerb Bookings via a Wave roundel in a 3 month beta trial as we move in to the busiest period of the year. The  alpha launch of CabWave has ended successfully with over a thousand journeys completed and an overall satisfaction rating of 94%.

Under the terms of the agreement private hire drivers have to remain within their vehicle at all times and are allowed to park legally in full site of the public but are not allowed to promote the service to passers by as under existing legislation this may be classed as illegally plying for hire.


Place your bids now.

So its official Addison lee are up for sale or should i say open to bids in an Auction process according to The carlyle group.

Well i said earlier in the year this would happen when carlyle asked credit suisse to look at the business and advise if carlyle should invest or sell.


The London Private Hire Scene

First of all i hope you have all had a good summer and are now rested and ready now for what we all hope is a busy end of year.

i have been looking at the PH trade in london at present and thought it would be good to share some of the views and news from around london that has been passed to me and give you some news of various PH companys in London.

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