Uber Technologies and Ola, the Indian ride-hailing app, have expressed an interest in acquiring Addison Lee Group, potentially opening a new competitive front in one of the world’s largest private taxi-hire markets.
Cab4Now.com has learnt that both Uber and Ola are among “a handful” of parties in discussions with Addison Lee’s owner, the buyout firm Carlyle, about a possible takeover.
Two Northampton minicab drivers have launched a legal case against the local operator which allocates jobs for them.
The two men claim they should be entitled to holiday pay and pension contributions.
Supported by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, who have been successful in cases against minicab firm Addison Lee and ride-hailing giants Uber, the two drivers are arguing their entitlement to a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay, pension contributions and collective bargaining rights.
UberEats in Australia has agreed to change an “unfair” contract that forced local restaurants to pay for all customer refunds – even if they were not at fault – after an investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Previously, if a customer requested a refund, that money came out of the restaurant’s pocket – even if the deliverer or Uber itself made the mistake.
When Daniel Arrega, 19, heads to work at a mall in Innisfil, he has few options for his commute. Walking along the highway would take nearly three hours. A taxi is faster but expensive.
So he takes the town’s public transit: Uber.
“It’s great for young people, especially if you don’t have a licence,” he said after arriving at the branch of Tommy Hilfiger where he works.
Addison Lee has extended its used vehicle remarketing contract with Aston Barclay for a further 12 months as it starts to defleet the first of its Euro 6 diesel vehicles.
The Euro 6 diesel Ford Galaxy vehicles form part of Addison Lee’s fleet of 5,000 vehicles, all of which are ULEZ-compliant.
Taxi firm Addison Lee said it has ‘returned to growth’ even though losses have widened amid bruising competition from Uber.
In accounts just filed, Addison Lee reported it was back on track in spite of ‘significant and new competition in the London market’.