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Hermann Waldner (taxi.eu): “An app-based high-quality worldwide taxi service network is no utopia”

Taxi.eu is one of the earliest partners in UpTop. From the start Taxi Berlin CEO Hermann Waldner (64) put his shoulders under this international project. Apart from being involved in FMS Systems (taxi.eu), the leading Berlin taxi operator was recently elected vice-president of the German taxi and private hire association BZP. Enough reasons to call [...]

By |July 7th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Hermann Waldner (taxi.eu): “An app-based high-quality worldwide taxi service network is no utopia”

Toyota invests in Maas Global; MaaS Global expects West-Midlands, Antwerp and Amsterdam to go live this year

Toyota Financial Services (TFS), together with its insurance partner announced it has made a significant investment in the Finnish company MaaS Global Ltd. MaaS Global Ltd was established in April 2016 to provide multi-modal transportation services. […]

By |July 7th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Toyota invests in Maas Global; MaaS Global expects West-Midlands, Antwerp and Amsterdam to go live this year

Same service same rules, says top EU court advisor

The European Court of Justice, ruling this week in a French case involving Uber, has backed IRU’s long-held position on fair taxi markets that provide high quality, accessible, safe and reasonably priced mobility. The top advisor to the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), Advocate General Szpunar, says Member States may prohibit or [...]

By |July 5th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Same service same rules, says top EU court advisor

UpTop partners look at including taxis in European mobility solution

UpTop partners explored in their meeting yesterday different modalities of integrating taxi services. The discussion focused on the creation of potential synergies between UpTop and MyCorridor, a European Union funded project which counts IRU as a partner. MyCorridor project aims to take the Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) concept to EU level and facilitate sustainable travel in urban [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|News|Comments Off on UpTop partners look at including taxis in European mobility solution

IRU presents UpTop and ‘Taxi of the Future’ at Taxi & Mobility Update 2017

Some participants enjoyed exactly that look into the future to which quite a few other speakers added. Others liked the technical updates or the regulatory discussion with top-regulators from New York, San Francisco, London, Brussels and Finland. Or a bit of skirmishing with the Uber and MyTaxi-representatives in the audience. Whatever they took home from [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|News|Comments Off on IRU presents UpTop and ‘Taxi of the Future’ at Taxi & Mobility Update 2017

New EP TRAN study on ‘Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy’

The recently published study ‘Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy’ by the European Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee (TRAN) analyses the disruption created by shared mobility in the funding of transport infrastructure. The study recognizes the benefits of shared mobility when it comes to the reduction of the use of private cars, but identifies that [...]

By |June 7th, 2017|News|Comments Off on New EP TRAN study on ‘Infrastructure funding challenges in the sharing economy’

European Court’s opinion on Uber confirms IRU principle “same business, same rules”

IRU and UpTop welcome the opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice on Uber clarifying that the company is not just an intermediary between drivers and passengers but a transport service provider. The Opinion goes on to state that the company should, therefore, be regulated as a transport company. This supports IRU’s longstanding [...]

By |May 12th, 2017|News|Comments Off on European Court’s opinion on Uber confirms IRU principle “same business, same rules”

UpTop partners underline the importance of taxis in the ‘Mobility as a Service’ scheme

IRU/MaaS Alliance workshop recently held in Brussels focused on new mobility schemes and next steps for the deployment of integrated, personalised, on-demand urban transport across Europe. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) puts the user at the core of transport services, offering a multi-modal integrated platform for tailor-made mobility solutions based on individual needs. As the [...]

By |May 5th, 2017|News|Comments Off on UpTop partners underline the importance of taxis in the ‘Mobility as a Service’ scheme

‘Taxi of the Future’ group discusses future scenarios

On March 9 over 40 stakeholders in the taxi industry had found their way to The Hotel in Brussels to reflect on developments and challenges in the taxi and PHV industry as part of IRU’s Taxi of the Future initiative. With Mary Crass (International Transport Forum) at the helm, a myriad of topics were discussed [...]

By |April 28th, 2017|News|Comments Off on ‘Taxi of the Future’ group discusses future scenarios

UpTop, IRU’s global taxi network, continues expansion

IRU is glad to announce that three new partners – Taxis Bleus, Taxi2Share and Flügen Rides – joined UpTop, its global taxi network. Launched to the industry at the end of 2014, UpTop has since experienced steady growth and it is now counting 22 partners from around the world. Taxis Bleus, Taxi2Share and Flügen Rides [...]

By |April 24th, 2017|News|Comments Off on UpTop, IRU’s global taxi network, continues expansion