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Uber to launch London commuter boat service with Thames Clippers

Uber is to extend its reach in London by taking to the water, with the Thames Clippers commuter service to be rebranded Uber Boat and bookable through the US company’s app. A formal partnership will be launched this summer, allowing Uber users to book a Thames river journey through the app, and board using a…
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July 8, 2020 0

London minicab charge discriminates against vulnerable, court hears

Imposing the congestion charge on minicabs entering central London while exempting taxis discriminates against vulnerable drivers and passengers, the court of appeal has been told. Around 94% of minicab drivers are from BAME communities, the court heard on Tuesday, whereas 88% of black cab taxi drivers are white. The £15-a-day charge, which affects around 113,000…
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June 30, 2020 0

Addison Lee and Uber to install partition screens in cabs

Addison Lee and Uber are to install partition screens in vehicles to protect staff and passengers from infection with coronavirus, after new data earlier this week revealed that male taxi drivers and chauffeurs are among those at highest risk of death from the disease. London’s largest private hire car operator, Addison Lee, claims to be…
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May 13, 2020 2

Coronawashing: for big, bad businesses, it’s the new greenwashing | Oscar Rickett

Last week, the Lancashire Post carried a feelgood yarn about a great British success story. “It’s plane sailing for BAE Systems – with a little help from Carol Vorderman”, ran the headline, accompanied by a picture of the smiling former Countdown maths whizz sitting in the cockpit of a plane. Lancashire’s biggest private sector employer…
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May 11, 2020 0

Uber rival Bolt facing legal action over minimum wage and workers’ rights

A minicab app bidding to topple Uber in London is facing legal action over claims it underpaid the minimum wage – a move also intended to force it to provide drivers with workers’ rights. Andrei Donisa is bringing a test case against Bolt after it expelled him from its platform for refusing to take enough…
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March 16, 2020 0

How London got rid of private cars – and grew more congested than ever

High Holborn on a bleak winter morning is a portrait of traffic hell. Vehicles grind east to west through an orange maze of construction and utility works. John Lewis and Argos trucks jostle with Thames Water vehicles; at one point, a flood of white vans appears in sequence, as if a fleet controller had ordered…
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February 11, 2020 0

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