Have Your Say
published: May 1, 2018, 4:12 p.m.
Have Your Say
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published: May 1, 2018, 4:06 p.m.
London's Black Cabs are going hybrid
London's Black Cabs are going hybrid.
The London Taxi Company has unveiled its new electric design due to hit the streets in November. LTC will market the vehicle to taxi companies around the world. The new model will haved an electric range of about 100km before it switches to petrol mode.
London Taxi Company has been owned by the Chinese automotive gian Geely since 2013.
published: May 1, 2018, 3:53 p.m.
City's taxis go electric
The Chinese coal mining city of Taiyuan has scrapped all its 8300 petrol taxis and replaced them with electric vehicles. Taiyuan's government has been working hard to get electric vehicle manufacturers to the city and it's now the home of BYD, an electriuc car maker which is currently eyeing the New Zealand taxi market.
BYD has vehicles designed and produced specially as taxis and its vehicles are already in several cities around the world, including Singapore.
Taxi drivers in Taiyuan buy or lease their own cars but the Government decides the type of vehicle they can use.
Charging stations are positioned around the city's ring road system.
The Chinese city is promising to replace all its 2650 buses with electric ones. BYD supplies electric motors and drive systems for bus companies in several cities around the world.
published: April 30, 2018, 12:34 p.m.
Toyota has launched its new Camry range in New Zealand with the company boasting it's the best Camry every built.
This is the 12th generation of Camry, which has become the backbone of the New Zealand taxi fleet, and it comes with many improvements, including a full-size boot and even better fuel economy. Camry is the biggest selling car in the United States and Toyota says the hybrid models and the powerful V6 are completely new from the ground up.
They're at your Toyota dealer now and Toyota still offers discounts for NZ Taxi Federation members.
published: Oct. 21, 2017, 7:01 p.m.
Seat belts save lives and help keep taxi drivers injury free. Belt up .. it could save your life
published: Oct. 21, 2017, 6:55 p.m.
Runners - taxi driver rights
We are still being told by Police in some areas that if you have a runner it's a civil matter and nothing to do with them. That's wrong and it has been for several years punishable by a $150 infringement or a fine of up to $500 if it goes to court.
The Land Transport Amendment Act 2017 goes even further and the new law provides for infringements of $500 (or $1000 in some cases) for anyone who does not pay a public transport service fare. The relevant reference if needed is:
Section 79M Penalties for failure to pay service fares etc and covers public transport service fares as defined in Section 5 of the Land Transport Management Act 2003, which includes small passenger service vehicles.
The law is quite clear: Failing to pay the fare in a small passenger service vehicle is an offence which the Police have a responsibility to deal with.
Please let the Federation know if you have a problem and we will contact the relevant area commanders to ensure all personnel know about this law.
published: Oct. 11, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
A Police sting at Melbourne Airport has rounded up dozens of taxi drivers for refusing short fares.
Police in plain clothes posed as passengers wanting to go to nearby suburbs. When the drivers refused they were issued tickets and a $396 fine.
Police later said they had many complaints from residents of suburbs near the airport who said they found it hard to get home because taxi drivers refused to take them. Some said they told the drivers they were going somewhere else then when they were on the way gave them their real destination.
The sting also picked up a driver whose licence had been suspended. Other offences included a driver charged with offensive behavior after abusing the plain clothes police officer.
Police said later drivers should be aware there will be more stings and drivers needed to do the right thing.