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August 2014

Uber cuts prices in fare war with New York City taxis

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Mobile car hire service Uber has temporarily cut the price of its cheapest service, UberX, by 20% to bring its rates in line with New York City’s yellow taxis.

This move comes as no surprise to many as similar price drops have taken place across many cities in America including San Francisco and Boston. Many analysts believe this has been done to undercut competitors like Lyft and Hailo as well as trying to attract new customers. Uber drivers are paid around 80% of the fare they receive and will be forced to accept lower payments as a result.

In a blog post announcing the fare changes, Uber said: “What we’ve seen in cities across the country is that lower fares mean greater demand, lower pickup times and more trips per hour — increasing earning potential and creating better economics for drivers.” Uber have received many complaints over recent months by taxi drivers and there were also wide spread protests across many European cities by angry taxi drivers. These protests took place in June. insureTAXI Fleet offer competitive prices for taxi fleet insurance.

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July 2014

Mexico take taxi to World Cup

Mexico team getting into a taxi

Mexico team getting into a taxi

During the World Cup in Brazil many fans will have used taxis to get around Brazil. However, you may be surprised to hear that the Mexico national team had to use several taxis to get to one of their training sessions after their coach had broken down outside the team hotel in the Brazilian city of Santos.

This did not seem to bother the players, as their captain Rafael Marquez said on twitter “Our bus has shrunk hahahahaha”. He also posted a selfie with three other players in the taxi as they made their way to training.

Mexico had a good World Cup as in the group stage they amassed 7 points after wins against Croatia and Cameroon and a draw against Brazil. However, they were eventually knocked out in the last 16 against the Netherlands.

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June 2014

Uber App Taxi Row Referred to London’s High Court

Transport for London (TFL) has announced that it does not believe Uber is breaking the law by using an app that determines how much taxi drivers charge for fares. However, TFL added it would invite the High Court to give a binding ruling on the matter “given the level of concern among the trade”.

The Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) claim the app is a taxi meter which PHVs are not allowed to use. The LTDA held a demonstration in London on 11thJune thousands of taxi drivers were seen protesting in the taxis against Uber.

Taxi drivers on strike in London

Taxi drivers on strike in London

Many taxi drivers that were interviewed during the protest felt Transport for London (TFL) was not doing enough to help them over this matter. We at insureTAXIFLEET hope this matter gets resolved quickly.

There is alot of controversy surrounding the app that has been provided to Uber’s drivers which is a separate one used by Public Hire vehicles.

The app calculates the journeys distance and time taken and then relays this information to remote computer servers to determine the fee. TFL’s decision is based on the fact that the kit that Uber use does not require a physical connection between the device and the vehicle which is the case with the equipment used in Black Cabs.

Uber is a company that was formed in March 2009 and has grown immensely since then but not always without controversy and protest. On two separate occasions in 2014 taxi drivers across Europe have protested against Uber as sometaxi drivers believe this app is putting them out of business and encouraging unlicensed taxis to trade and under cut their prices which them to operate with no checks on their legitimacy.

In the past week,Uber have launched a new black cab booking feature called UberTaxi in a bid to appease drivers.

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May 2014

35 Taxis in a war against unlicensed vehicles

The boss of East Yorkshire’s largest private hire firm is winning its fight against unlicensed taxi drivers. He has done this by covering his vehicles with prominent branding. A director of 35 Taxis believes that the public were mistaking his fleet of PHVs for unlicensed cabs. Mr Wilkinson has been given special permission by the council licensing committee to cover 12 of his 400 vehicles in special branding to improve customer safety.

It costs about £1,000 per car which Mr Wilkinson acknowledges isn’t cheap however he states that it is worth the expense and is prepared if allowed by the council to put this branding on all of his 400 vehicles. He believes that there are not as many unlicensed vehicles as there were 2 years ago but still believes that it is a major problem.

Mr Wilkinson has seen when driving at night, members of the public repeatedly getting into cars thinking that they are taxis this which can be very dangerous for the passenger. Some of 35 Taxis drivers have had their fares taken by these vehicles and have in the past followed the vehicles and taken down the registration and passed it onto the police and the council.

Manager of 35 Taxis

Manager of 35 Taxis

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April 2014

Cabbie left with £5,000 bill

 

 A taxi driver in Middlesbrough faces a hefty £5,000 bill after a drunken man danced on his car for over 5 minutes in the early hours of a Sunday morning. The drunken man did this shortly after jumping in front of the taxi and nearly being hit by it. The man caused damages to various parts of the taxi including dents on the roof and the radiator was damaged. The bill of £5,000 was a massive shock to the taxi driver who had expected it to be in the region of just £1,000.

There was however photographic evidence available and the police were able to track down the culprit. However he got away with just a police caution much to the disgust of the taxi driver who now has to pay £5,000. He stated that if it was he who had stood on a police vehicle and danced around he would of more than just a caution.

 

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December 2013

Recommend a Friend Double Bonus – £50 for referrals that complete to sale*

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We believe that the best way to grow our business is by word a mouth.

If you’ve been pleased with the price of your taxi fleet insurance and by the service that we have provided, then why not recommend us to a friend?

For a limited time, instead of our usual £25 bonus, you will receive £50 for each person you recommend that takes out a taxi insurance policy with us.*  That’s our way of saying thank you for introducing us to someone new :)

How can I take advantage of this?

It’s really easy to get on board. You can recommend up to 5 friends, family members or colleagues by clicking here and filling in our simple online form.

Even if your friends aren’t due for renewal yet,  you can still recommend them. We’ll contact them with our cheapest taxi fleet insurance prices closer to the time. You will receive a cheque for £50 as soon as they take out a policy.

Please note that this must be a separate policy from your own and does not include drivers added to a new or existing taxi fleet insurance policy.* Terms and conditions apply.

Season’s Greetings Everyone!

November 2013

Looking for taxi fleet insurance before Christmas?

Christmas Countdown…

28 days to go!

If you are running a taxi fleet this Christmas then the last thing you need is insurance worries.

Why not let us take one thing off your ‘to-do list’ this year by allowing us to search the market for cheaper taxi fleet insurance on your behalf?

We will compare prices from our extensive panel of underwriters to bring you a policy that is not only competitive but also offers good quality cover for your money.  All that you need to do is click here and fill out our simple online form. It takes around 5 minutes!

With insureTAXI Fleet there is no need to fill out multiple quote forms or read through pages of industry jargon to check that you are fully insured – we will do all this for you.

This means more time and money to spend on making your Christmas special :)

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October 2013

Taxi fleet insurance – other types of cover to consider!

Insure-taxi-fleet.com can provide a complete range of insurance solutions for taxi fleet owners and managers.

All of our policies can be tailored to meet your individual needs and to include the specific features that are important to you. This means you only pay for the cover you want!

Alongside your standard taxi fleet vehicle cover there are a wide range of other insurance types to consider. These are listed below;

  • Public Liability
  • Employers Liability (required by law if you have 1 or more members of staff)
  • Taxi Fleet Breakdown cover
  • Glass and Windscreen Protection
  • Income Protection
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Life Insurance
  • Much more available on request!

For more information about any of the above or a taxi fleet insurance quote Freephone 0800 142 2833. Lines are open 9am-5.30pm, Mon-Fri.

Alternatively, click here to read more about taxi fleet insurance online.

September 2013

Taxi Fleet Insurance – 5 very important considerations

If you are searching for the best quality taxi fleet insurance at the lowest price, then the following information should come in useful.

By understanding what components a provider examines, you will be able to learn what modifications you can make to your taxi fleet management so that it develops into a better insurance possibility.

The cost of taxi fleet insurance is determined by the following factors;

The number of vehicles you wish to insure

The more vehicles you insure under your taxi fleet insurance policy, the more money you are likely to save. Having lots of taxis insured under different policies can be extremely costly and the administration can be hard work!

Engine kind and model of each vehicle

As with private car insurance, the larger the engine and the faster the taxi you drive, the more expensive your annual premium will be. The amount of passengers you carry will also increase taxi fleet insurance too. Companies transporting larger numbers may need to consider fleet insurance for PSV’s.

The driving experience & age of your employees

A taxi driver that is over thirty, relatively experienced and with a good driving history, is highly likely to save you money on your taxi fleet insurance. However, a reputable broker like insureTAXI Fleet will strive to find you the most competitive rates for your circumstances.

Where the taxi fleet vehicles are kept overnight

Taxis kept outside overnight encounter risks such as vandalism and theft. To reduce your insurance, make sure all your taxi fleet vehicles are stored under a shelter or in a garage.

Extra security features

Despite the initial investment, you are likely to pay less for your taxi fleet insurance if your vehicles are fitted with security features like immobilisers, security alarms, anti-thefts gadgets and tracking equipment. Cabbies operating in high crime areas should definitely seek more information on this.

For advice about taxi fleet insurance and/or a quote please call 0800 142 2833.

September 2013

Celebrating 10 years of taxi fleet insurance! 10% off new polices*

insureTAXI Fleet (part of the County Group) have recently celebrated our 10th Birthday with a surprise party for all 150 staff.

On Thursday 15th August 2013, staff at the County Group came to work to find that their offices had been decorated and were presented with cakes, drinks and party bags to mark this milestone achievement.

One of the County Groups most successful departments is its specialist taxi fleet insurance team, offering extremely competitive rates and a wealth of expertise in the area.

Current owner and Managing Director, Dave Clapp also has a strong background in taxi fleet insurance due to his prior experience working as an Area Manager for Swinton Insurance.

Dave took over the County Group in 2003 and since then the company has seen substantial growth to become a Top 50 UK Broker, expected to control over £35million worth of premiums next year.

Referring to company’s success, Dave said: “We will celebrate today and hopefully the balloons and some cake will help us do so, as 10 years is a milestone in any business.”

“I would personally like to thank all of you who work for us now whether that has been for 1 day, a week, or 8 years you are all now and will continue to be the heartbeat of the County Group. We would not of made 10 years without all of your hard work and efforts”

The County Group now have an exciting business plan in place. This includes some big developments for our insureTAXI Fleet department too – look out for future updates!

Celebrate with us & save 10%*

To celebrate our 10th Birthday we would like to offer 10% off on all policies taken out over the next two months. If your taxi fleet insurance isn’t due for renewal during this time, you can also obtain this discount on CAR, VAN, HOME and COMMERCIAL insurance by visiting countyins.com. *T’s & C’s apply. Offer ends 16th November 2013.

Call our taxi fleet insurance team and quote BIRTHDAY10 to claim your discount 0800 142 2833

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