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TAXI TALK ISSUE NO 568 September 2015 TAXI VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY MAGAZINE ON THE RANKS SINCE 1966 Print Post Approved number 100004912 VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 19 - 29 September at Melbourne Showgrounds The 2015 Royal Melbourne Show, Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event, attracts close to 500,000 people over 11 spectacular days. It offers a huge variety of unique memorable interactive agricultural experiences, tantalising food and wine tastes, pop-up restaurants, carnival rides, spectacular stunts, glittering nightly fireworks and much more. It’s fun for young and old alike.

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C 6 12 14 20 28 30 ontents UberX Friend or Foe? Smartphone apps have been used long before UberX. TAXI VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY MAGAZINE ON THE RANKS SINCE 1966 MAGAZINE EDITOR Toni F. Peters FOUNDER Stanley F. White PUBLISHER Trade Promotions Pty Ltd Around the States We take a look at what is happening around Australia. ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Mrs Toni Peters Trade Promotions Pty Ltd PO Box 2345, Mt Waverley VIC 3149 Phone: ....................................... 0400 137 866 Email: ............................. info@taxitalk.com.au Website: .......................... www.taxitalk.com.au World News News from Russia, Brazil and South Africa. DISPLAY ADS Taxi Services Commission Updates on government issues effecting the industry. All copy, editorial and artwork must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to publication date. Advertisement sizes and costs can be downloaded at www.taxitalk.com.au. Licence Statistics CLASSIFIED ADS $30 for 35 words, $60 for 70 words, etc. Email or Mail your classified advertisement by the 15th of the month prior to publication date, together with your payment. Comparison of monthly Victorian taxi and hire car licences Grief and Loss SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS 1 year = $35 Grief can affect every part of your life. PAYMENT OPTIONS August Competition Winners H. Singh, G. Abbott, M. Harris Congratulations to all winners Views expressed in any article in Taxi Talk magazine are those of the individual contributor and not necessarily those of the publisher. The publisher cannot accept any responsibility for any opinions, information, errors or omissions in this publication. To the extent permitted by law, the publisher will not be liable for any damages including special, exemplary, punitive or consequential damages (including but not limited to economic loss or loss of profit or revenue or loss of opportunity) or indirect loss or damage of any kind arising from the contract, tort or otherwise, even if advised of the possibility of such loss of profits or damage. Advertisements must comply with the relevant provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Responsibility for compliance with the Act rests with the person, company or advertising agency submitting the advertisement. Taxi Talk magazine has agreed to advertise taxi clubs because those clubs have stated that they and their products comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to insurance for taxi operators. Taxi Talk magazine has not independently verified these taxi clubs’ compliance, and give no warranty and make no representation as to whether the taxi clubs are compliant. Operators should satisfy themselves as to a taxi club’s compliance with laws and regulations through their own enquiries. These advertisements do not constitute recommendations by Taxi Talk magazine that operators purchase insurance products from taxi clubs. Taxi Talk magazine does not accept any liability or responsibility for any loss or damage suffered or incurred by any operator because a taxi club or its product or service is non-compliant. • • Via PAYPAL to info@taxitalk.com.au Direct Deposit to Trade Promotions Pty Ltd BSB 033065 A/c 312786 Mail Cheque to Trade Promotions Pty Ltd PO Box 2345, Mt Waverley VIC 3149 • TAXI VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY MAGAZINE Taxi Talk magazine is wholly owned by Trade Promotions Pty Ltd. COPYRIGHT © Trade Promotions Pty Ltd 2015. All rights reserved. The “Taxi Talk – Voice of the taxi industry” heading and logos are trademarks of Stanley F. White. Copyright of articles and photographs of Taxi Talk magazine remain with the individual contributors and may not be reproduced without permission. Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry September 2015 |3

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EDITOR’S DESK TAXI VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY MAGAZINE ON THE RANKS SINCE 1966 Last month Taxi Talk magazine was contacted by David Samuel, Victorian Taxi Association CEO, who advised that after 46 years of affiliation, the VTA is discontinuing its association with Trade Promotions Pty Ltd (publishers of Taxi Talk magazine) – ceasing their participation in and contribution to Taxi Talk magazine, effective now. But rest assured that Taxi Talk magazine – Voice of the Taxi Industry™, is not phased by this. Taxi Talk magazine – Voice of the Taxi Industry™ was founded in 1966 and has been reporting on taxi industry news within Victoria and around the world for over 49 years. We produce more pages, more often than any other taxi magazine in Australia. It is read by taxi drivers, owners, operators and interested industry personnel, in Victoria, interstate and internationally. Taxi Talk magazine – Voice of the Taxi Industry™ will continue to be published monthly, continue to contain articles relating to varying areas of the Victorian and overseas taxi industries, from government bodies, events’ calendar, taxi rank news, new technologies, driver information, to changes in transport and road legislation. Taxi Talk magazine will continue to be the voice of the Victorian taxi industry and next year we will celebrate our 50th anniversary. There is no question that the past 12 months has been a period of significant upheaval for the on-demand transport industry throughout all of Australia. In this edition of Taxi Talk magazine, we report on the current status of Uber in various states throughout Australia, the Taxi Services Commission gives us an update on what the government is doing for the taxi industry and we also have a few things to share regarding what’s happening in the taxi industries overseas. As usual, we have the Melbourne major events, conference listings, roadworks table and licence statistics for your perusal. Toni Peters Editor Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry TT 4 | September 2015

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UBER X FRIEND OR FOE? Uber is an American international transportation company with headquarters in San Francisco, California. It uses a mobile app, which allows passengers with smartphones, to engage drivers, who use their own cars, to transport them from a pick up point to a destination. Uber was originally launched as “UberCab” by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009. Uber started with a modest raising of $200,000 seed funding and raised another $1.25 million by 2010. By the end of 2011 it had raised $44.5 million and by June 2014 another $1.2 billion. The main investors in Uber are Google, Goldman Sachs and its priviliged customers that have no trouble putting their hands in their pockets for another 1 billion dollars and speculate that Uber will succeed in their goal to become the world’s largest logistics company and make them plenty of money. UberCab is now called UberX. It claims to be a technology company that uses the power of the internet in many new and innovative ways to provide a wonderful service to the public, by using members of the public and their private cars to give a superior and cheaper service than a traditional taxi. Let’s look at the above claim and analyse it. of Victorians in a cost effective way. UberX charges fares in a similar way to that of metered taxis (time and distance), but claims to charge only 70% of taxi fares, with all hiring and payment handled exclusively by credit card through UberX and not with the driver personally. It is here where the deception starts. UberX can, and does, charge any amount (surge pricing) because its fare is not regulated and the computer calculates the fare based on demand and supply, using an algorithm. This means that a fare can be many times more than the regulated taxi fare. UberX has successfully expanded all over the world in a very short time because they have extremely deep pockets combined with the backing of advertising giants like Google, financiers like Goldman Sachs and many influential people around the world. UberX expands its business though commencing operation, then engaging in a political campaign which mobilizes public support for the service. If, as is usually the case, its mode of doing business does not conform to local regulations it thumbs Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry The taxi industry has used smartphone apps long before UberX came to Australia. The taxi industry has used payment by credit card for many years and has provided a safe and reliable service to millions and millions 6 | September 2015

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its nose at the law, and supported by a small army of lobbyists, mounts a campaign to change them. Customers and potential customers are mobilized through social media including using the Uber app itself. There is probably no other company in the world that has spent as much time fighting court action as UberX. This in itself should raise alarm bells with law makers and politicians. Is UberX a disruptor that changes the world through technology or is it a company formed by silicon valley bilionaire entrepreneurs to control part of the world, with total disregard to the damage done to tens of thousands of people lives? We do not need another crisis like the GFC (Global Financial Crisis) that was caused by the greed of Wall Street and the inaction of regulators around the world. We do not need snake oil salesmen who avoid paying their proper taxes and encourage their drivers to avoid paying their taxes and costs. Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry We do not need companies that cherrypick the most lucrative parts of a business by ignoring the law and leave law abiding people to make do with the leftover crumbs. We have laws in this state and these laws should be respected and upheld. So, let’s not change laws to accommodate criminal behaviour. UberX claims, very cleverly, that they are not a taxi service but a platform that allows their so called partner drivers to engage in ride sharing. But their drivers are not sharing anything. They drive customers from point A to point B and charge a fare for their service. The taxi industry has been, and is, regulated in the public interest. Before we consider new regulations or removing current regulations, we must remember that the primary objective of the current regulations are designed to protect and serve the public interest. If the taxi industry was to suggest that current regulations that govern taxis in Victoria were removed, there would be a public outcry regarding the safety, protection and standards established over many years. UberX’s business model can only be successfull if they work in an unregulated environment where they are allowed to charge whatever they want and pay their partner drivers whatever they want. We can only hope that our regulators and politicians can see that UberX is not here to help Australians but to make money for its shareholders. Hence my conclusion is that UberX is definitely not a friend. Hans Altoff TT September 2015 |7

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UBERX VS TRADITIONAL TAXIS UberX is deemed to be an illegal operation of unlicenced passenger-carrying vehicles that are driven by unlicenced taxi drivers offering cut price fares which are approximately half the price of regular taxi fares. UberX has been reported to have 4,500 privately licenced drivers across the state of Victoria operating their own privately registered sedan cars (up to 10 years old). Even though they have been operating less than two years, they have been reported as having 300,000 Victorian customers using their alleged illegal UberX service. I understand that Uber (Aust) Pty Ltd commenced operations in Australia by supplying a legal booking and dispatch luxury hire car service called Uber Black which is still in operation today, using registered hire cars driven by licenced hire car drivers. They then supplied a potentially much larger service called UberX which is deemed illegal in all, or most, states of Australia. If UberX drivers are caught by taxi controlling authorities and fined accordingly they have their fines paid by Uber. It has been reported that the US based parent company Uber Technologies Inc in California is worth $50 billion and is backed by US based multi national companies. Uber (Aust) Pty Ltd apparently pays Dutch based Uber International BV a licence fee to operate the system in Australia and it is further alleged that this arrangement ensures that Uber (Aust) Pty Ltd operators at a loss - meaning they are not required to pay Australian Taxation. If this is correct then you can expect Uber will employ the very best legal representation to retain the current position and will most likely prolong supreme and high court challenges from Australian Governement and taxi industry sources in the future. We understand that Transport Ministers in every State where UberX operate, have stated publicly UberX service is illegal, yet they have failed to stop it. However, Queensland has been most successful in providing real opposition to UberX so far. Having fined 538 UberX drivers a total of $1,732,262 and of these 1234 fines have been paid (probably by Uber) reaping in $1,415,213 of State revenue to date. UberX drivers also receive a 6 point penalty on their driver’s licence for each offence. May I suggest that all Australian state governments, taxi owner associations and taxi driver associations follow the Queensland solution to the UberX problem. N. Singh, Taxi Driver TT Send your opinion letter to email: yoursay@taxitalk.com.au or post: PO Box 2345 Mt Waverley VIC 3149 Please include your name and full contact details for verification. 8 | September 2015 Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry

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TAXI VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY TALK August 2015 ISSUE NO 567 TAXI TALK July 2015 ISSUE NO 566 TAXI VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY MAGAZINE Official journal of the Victorian Taxi Association Print Post Approved number 100004912 VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY TAXI VOICE OF THE TAXI INDUSTRY MAGAZINE Official journal of the Victorian Taxi Association Print Post Approved number 100004912 will g photo A winnin moment in “ a capture convey the time and t moment of tha essence r.” we vie to the Rex Dup ain, Jud ge every month to your mail box SEE MY WORLD Enter a photo which captures the competition theme See My World and be in the running to win some amazing prizes! By entering you will be supporting Macular Disease Foundation Australia in raising awareness of macular disease, Australia’s leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss and includes diabetic eye disease and macular degeneration. Entries close 8 September 2015. Visit http://www.meyephotocomp.com.au/home for details. 81subscribe TODAY! YEARS YOUNG Healesville Sanctuary celebrated its 81st birthday in May. The Sanctuary has come a long way from its humble beginnings and is now an internationally renowned wildlife and conservation centre. The Sanctuary had grown from humble beginnings when, in 1921 Dr Colin MacKenzie was granted 70 acres of land at a lease of one shilling a year to study native fauna for the purposes of medical research, to become one of the most innovative and exciting conservation-based organisations today. HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY Never miss an edition of Taxi Talk magazine again! Send us $35 and your mailing details and we shall add you to our mailing list to receive a printed copy of Taxi Talk for 1 year. Want more than 1 copy - no problem - send us an email and we shall advise you of the mailing price. Mail and cheques: PO Box 2345, Mt Waverley Vic 3149 Enquiries: 0400 137 866 Email: info@taxitalk.com.au Direct Deposit - Westpac BSB 033065 Account No. 312786 Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry September 2015 |9

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Developments at Melbourne Airport valued at more than $20 million, or those which have Melbourne Airport is undertaking the Developments at Melbourne Airport valued a at significant impact onin the environment or local more than $20 million, or those which have biggest transformation its history. community, require Major Development a significant impacta on thethe environment or Plan local incredible recent growth in domesPart of the transformation are:(MDP). community, require a Major Plan and detic Development and international tourism • the development of the new Termand from international airlines, par(MDP). minal 4 that will house Jetstar, TiThis is because Melbourne Airport is onticularly Commonwealth land Asian and is carriers, subject in Chinese and AIRPORT Major Major UPGRADE Development Development Plans REPORT Plans > Fact Sheet > Fact Sheet Fast facts Preliminary draft Major Development Plans Preliminary are available for draft Major public comment Development Plans for up to 60 are available for business days. public comment for up to 60 business days. Fast facts gerair and Regional Express to Commonwealth planning approvals and procedures which are set out establishing a presence at the airport. This is because Melbourne Airport is on Commonwealth land and is subject under the Airports Act 1996 (the Airports Act). • a multi-level transport hub to Commonwealth planning approvals and procedures which set out secMelbourne Airport isare Australia’s Airports 1996 (the Airports Act). ond busiest airport and the only 24• under stage the one of anAct elevated loop MDPs present an overview of a proposed project and why it is required. hour single terminal precinct airport in road and They also provide information about the project’s potential environmental MDPs present an overview of a proposed and why it is required. the project country. • and the recently opened Airport Drive, community impacts. They also provide information about the project’s potential environmental which provides a new road link This has played another important role and community impacts. the growth, allowing more flights into the airport from the Western Importantly, the MDP process includesin a formal public comment period and visitors into Melbourne at all times Ring Road. part of the final submission which becomes to the Commonwealth Importantly, the MDP process includes a formal public comment period and contributing significantly to the Government. which becomes has partbeen of the final submission to the Commonwealth The transformation driven by Victorian economy. TT Government. The public can comment in writing The public can . on MDPs comment in writing on MDPs. of projects requiring A full list of types MDP can be found of an projects requiring under Section 89 of an MDP can be found the Airports under Section 89 Act. of the Airports Act. A full list of types Major projects at Melbourne Airport Melbourne Airport requiring an MDP requiring an MDP are approved by the are approved by the Commonwealth Minister Commonwealth Minister Infrastructure forfor Infrastructure andand Regional Development. Regional Development. Major projects at 10 | September 2015 Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry

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CAR CHARGING SNAKE As if robots that can automatically plug themselves into other machines aren’t scary enough, Tesla has created one such bot in the shape of a giant, undulating snake. This is a functional charger prototype for the Model S by Tesla Motors — an automated device that can find an electric car’s charging port, plug itself in, and juice the vehicle up without any sort of human assistance: As far-fetched as this sounded, it was hard for the web to put anything past Musk, the prolific inventor and business magnate behind SpaceX, SolarCity and PayPal. TT DRIVER PROTECTION SCREEN Australian Patents:676005, 2009100400 Martin Bodyguard II - Protection for your driver "Peace of mind" for your drivers family Now Available - TSC APPROVED MODELS Ford FG - all variants inc Curtain Airbag Models Toyota Hiace - 2011+ (some exceptions apply) Brand New! Toyota Camry - 2012 up to 2015 all variants including Curtain Airbag Models Our Multi Patented Design is still the best value for money investment you can make for your drivers physical safety. 9 Springbank Street, Tullamarine, Victoria, 3043 Australia. Email: sales@martinmeters.com.au Web: www.martinmeters.com.au THE TAXI SPECIALIST SINCE 1947 Tel: 61 3 9335 1551 61 3 9335 1552 Fax: 61 3 9335 1553 Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry September 2015 | 11

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AROUND THE STATES UBER INTO CANBERRA Uber’s impending arrival in Canberra has seen the company advertise for a local demand manager in the ACT market, the latest advancement in its plans to challenge the entrenched taxi industry by the end of the year. Uber claims to have recorded more than a million rides in Sydney through its popular UberX platform, which allows motorists to use their own car to pick up passengers, in competition with taxis, chauffeured cars and rental companies. A job advertisement for the new Canberra role calls for creative and analytical applicants, able to oversee complicated projects simultaneously and analyse data from the application and promotions. The ACT government’s transport review has been under way since January and Uber has been advertising for drivers on social media ahead of a possible October launch. It received about 1000 expressions of interest and 250 people attended a recent information session. Since the review was launched, Unions ACT and the Transport Workers Union New South Wales branch have called on the government to treat drivers working through on-demand application as employees and not contractors, ensuring they receive full workplace entitlements. Tom McIlroy TT WA TRANSPORT REVIEW Western Australia Department of Transport has issued a Green Paper which outlines a simpler environment that enables transport providers to innovate and provide on-demand services that meet the travelling public’s needs. 12 | September 2015 “There is an obvious need for fundamental reform and the Government is keen to ensure there is good opportunity for stakeholders – including on-demand transport customers and the wider community – to have their say,” said Hon Dean Nalder MLA, Minister for Western Australia Transport. “We seek to deliver a level playing field within the industry that provides a safe and reliable service for consumers and drivers and increased competition and responsibility for the delivery of a quality service at a fair price,” he continued. “While it is recognised that taxi plate investors have purchased plates in good faith, the economic value of a business should be based on a superior customer proposition rather than the scarcity of supply or government regulation,” said Mr Nalder. Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry

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Key areas of the Green Paper include:• Focus on improved customer services • Consistent regulation and reduction of red tape to create a level playing field • Drivers able to use multiple dispatchers to source jobs • Review of industry fees and charges Other concepts include: • licence fees set at the cost of regulation • a structured driver licensing • • regime, where Government sets minimum standards and industry provides extra training, depending on the services being provided encouraging the formation of co-operatives or corporates to operate taxi services allowing drivers and vehicles to work with several dispatchers to improve choice and competition. consistent environment for all providers and reducing red tape. The reforms aim to transition the industry from a highly regulated environment to one that is influenced by consumer choice and greater self-regulation. The WA Government is inviting input from industry and the community on the proposals raised in the green paper at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/greenpaper. Public comment period closes at midnight on October 16, 2015. TT It also proposes using consistent regulations to govern the licensing of on-demand vehicles creating a SET BACK FOR iHAIL The joint venture iHail Pty Ltd has sought approval from the ACCC to launch its smartphone app – which provides users with directions for the nearest available registered taxi cab which is signed up to its service, but the competitition watchdog has refused to fast-track approval of this new venture. Companies involved in the app’s development include Silver Top Taxis, Black & White Cabs, Surburban, Texas Taxis, Cabcharge Australia, the NSW Taxi Council, Yellow Cabs Brisbane, and Mobile Tracking and Data Pty Ltd (MTData). Australian-owned MTData (which provides the taxi dispatch bookTaxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry ing system for the Cabcharge networks) is helping to develop the application which which aims to go head-to-head with other driver services such as Uber, goCatch, ingogo and Backseat. The app would allow people to book a taxi from any of the affiliated networks. On May 26, the networks asked the ACCC to grant an interim authorisation thereby allowing this venture to begin operating while the regulator continued to consider submissions for its final decision. The ACCC needs to approve the venture because it could be construed as a cartel (ie a group of businesses with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition). However, the ACCC turned down the interim authorisation and asked for further submissions by the end of July before making a draft decision in August or September because a feature that could contravene laws governing taxi fares was left out of the original application. This allows people to pay extra via the app to get a taxi to come quicker. The Queensland government has asked that this feature be removed from the app as it contravenes some state laws that limit taxi fares to the meter reading and set a maximum fare based on time and distance. TT September 2015 | 13

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WORLD NEWS UPDATE RUSSIA Russia’s most popular search engine has not only beaten Google on its home turf, but has now left Uber in the dust in the Russian taxi market. The company has announced that its online-taxi services’ revenue has tripled in the second quarter of 2015. The Yandex Taxi fleet has more than 15,000 vehicles in Moscow compared to 10,000 for its Israeli competitor Gett and America’s Uber with 3,000. EASY CAR LOAN APPROVALS... NO TAX RETURNS REQUIRED* * conditions apply TAXI finance We are accredited with over 30 banks and other lenders “Online services have made competition in the taxi market more transparent, leading to lower prices and sharp growth in the number of rides per person. For a third consecutive quarter, our taxi revenue is growing faster than we could’ve expected,” said Tigran Khudaverdyan, head of Yandex’s taxi unit, in an interview with Bloomberg. In the fierce rivalry of the Moscow taxi market, Yandex seems to have knocked the checkers off San Francisco-based Uber. While the US company was offering Russian clients free ice-cream and movie tickets, Yandex responded by buying two Teslas and offering random people rides in the electric cars, which are unlikely to be found elsewhere on Russian streets. Further expansion of the taxi service would help the Russian search engine diversify from search-related advertising, which still accounts for 93 percent of its revenue. Yandex is considering expansion of its business to former Soviet countries and Turkey, where its search engine is also represented. TT Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry cheap rates best service fast approvals GAP COVER AVAILABLE cheap finance rates... ALL TAXI LICENCES & VHA CAR FINANCE all taxi vehicles (cars and vans, VHA vehicles, limos and others) $ 30,000 yarrafinance experts in commercial finance Phone 96 Garden Road, Clayton (near Ikea) 9561 8876 14 | September 2015

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BRAZIL Rio De Janeiro - The 2016 Olympic Committee is funding online English courses for 10,000 taxi drivers to improve their language skills. TT STH AFRICA In one of the biggest taxi bodies in Cape Town, the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (Codeta), women hold more than half the leadership positions, said Andile Khanyi, the association’s secretary. An example of a woman leading the way in the taxi industry is Linda Roman, 59, who has been in the business for the past 24 years. Linda Roman is the chairperson of the Kenfac Taxi Association and also the secretary of the Greater Cape Town Region, and the owner of four taxis. “I fought to make a name for myself in this industry a long time ago.” “While there are a significant number of women entering the business, there can always be more,” Roman said. Linda does not drive her own taxis. She hires people to do it. “This is a tough business and it can get very dangerous on the road. Male and female taxi drivers put their lives on the line on a daily basis as gangsters and thugs board our taxis, posing as ordinary citizens, then all of a sudden they pull a gun out on you. TT WORLDWIDE Automakers believe autonomous driving is the way of the future, and it’s a prospect they say may come to fruition within five years. A study from the Boston Consulting Group says partially autonomous vehicles will “hit the road in large numbers” by 2017. By 2035, more than 12m fully autonomous vehicles may be sold, the group said. TT Taxi Talk - Voice of the Taxi Industry September 2015 | 15

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