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Transgender Taxi driver one step closer to Mars voyage

A transgender taxi driver from Hull is one step closer to relocating on Mars, after being shortlisted for a reality TV programme which will chart the preparations for a permanent move to space. Melissa Ede made it through to the final 705 candidates for the Mars One project, which plans to build the first human […]

ComCab celebrates 40 years of serving London

Back in May 1974 a small dedicated team, backed by a hardworking core of 64 London taxi drivers, got together and formed one of the first modern radio taxi circuits in the capital. They called it London Wide Radio Taxis, which later became ComCab. General Manager of ComCab London, Malcolm Paice commented: “It is a […]

End of the road for the Tax Disc

2014 will see the end of the road fund tax disc on windscreens. From October motorists will no longer have to display their road tax disc in the windscreen of their vehicles. But you will still be paying Vehicle Excise Duty. The treasury claims that there will be savings of £20 million. The number of windscreens […]

Driving records to go online

Insurance premiums for most motorists could fall as driving records go online. Moving all driving records online could reduce the cost of car insurance for most people, say ministers. The migration, which will be complete by mid-2015, will end the need for the “paper counterpart” document drivers have to keep with their licence. At the […]

Four plead guilty to firearm offences

Russell Aljaf, aged 20 of Marsham Street, SW1, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, burglary and possession of an imitation firearm. He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of an imitation firearm for the purposes of crime, related to an offence in February 2013. Sadiq Bendriss, aged 20 of Glasgow House, Lanark Road, W9, […]

Taxi drivers benefiting from more card fares

Findings from the VeriFone TransAction Driver Reward Scheme confirm that card taxi fare payments have increased by up to 14.5% since the scheme began in March 2013. Results show that cab drivers who rent their cab and are using the VeriFone system took an average of 19 card transactions each in November 2013 – an […]

Moving forward

Following the announcement on 21st November from Nissan that it has suspended its London Taxi Project pending the outcome of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone consultation, there have been many comments from the trade. The whole ULEZ consultation means there are many unanswered questions about the future of the trade at the moment. The fact is […]

Highbury Corner bridge replacement

TfL are replacing the bridge at Highbury Corner – the bridge was built around 1850 to carry the Holloway Road (A1) over London Overground’s East London line and Network Rail’s Northern line. Highbury & Islington station sits on the bridge. Now the bridge carries more than 25,000 vehicles a day over the railway lines by […]

Nissan suspends its London Taxi programme

On 21st November came the surprise announcement from Nissan that it has suspended its London Taxi Project pending the outcome of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone consultation. It was being eagerly awaited by many in the taxi trade, following a launch event earlier this year, when Nissan said that this meant the taxi would have “exceptionally […]

WCHCD Liverymen’s Dinner

On 21st November, the annual Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers Liverymen’s dinner was held at the Cutlers’ Hall in Warwick Lane. The Worshipful Company of Hackney Drivers were delighted to have Lady Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London as their guest speaker for this occasion. Before the dinner, the Master, Graham Woodhouse, clothed seven […]