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Scottish private hire drivers demand screens after Covid-19 deaths

United Private Hire Drivers (UPHD), the biggest association of its kind in Scotland, said there had been six such deaths among private hire and taxi drivers north of the Border. Half of those deaths have been in Glasgow. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported on Monday that male taxi drivers were among occupations with…
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May 13, 2020 0

Cabs giant Addison Lee installs partitions after tragic covid deaths of three drivers

London private hire car giant Addison Lee today said it would be installing partition screens to protect staff and customers after three drivers in the capital died of coronavirus. The company, which claims to be the first in the industry to make such a move, told the Evening Standard it would be fitting screens to separate the front…
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May 13, 2020 0

Uber, Lyft and Airbnb cut thousands of jobs as pandemic batters Silicon Valley

The economic fallout from the coronavirus has come to Silicon Valley, with major tech firms announcing layoffs in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Uber became the latest company to announce cuts, revealing in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it will lay off 3,700 workers – roughly 14% of its global workforce. Uber…
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May 8, 2020 0

Uber banks on two-wheeled future with $170m stake in Lime scooter rental firm

Uber led a $170m bet on Thursday that as the coronavirus pandemic upends its business, two wheels may be better than four. Invasion of the electric scooter: can our cities cope? The ride-sharing business has partnered with Alphabet, Google’s parent, and Bain Capital Ventures to invest the money in Lime, an electric scooter and bike…
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May 7, 2020 0

California sues Uber and Lyft for misclassifying drivers as contractors

California is suing Uber and Lyft, alleging they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors under the state’s new labor law, in the most significant challenge to the ride-hailing companies’ employment model to date. Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, announced the lawsuit Tuesday during a news conference. The labor law, known as AB5 and considered…
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May 5, 2020 0

Addison Lee and Zeelo partner for frontline support

Addison Lee and coach services provider Zeelo are making up to 10,000 vehicles available to support hospitals and healthcare workers in London through the coronavirus outbreak. Zeelo, which operates services for the likes of Ocado and JLR, is offering dedicated coach services for key workers to allow hospitals and healthcare providers to give their workers a…
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April 27, 2020 0