Heathrow Renaissance Hotel - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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LPHCA Special Session

Steve Wright, LPHCA chairman The main conference was followed by a special Licensed Private Hire Car Association update meeting, hosted by Professional Driver, during which LPHCA chairman Steve Wright highlighted recent, current and forthcoming developments. Wright expanded on his earlier summary during the main Congress of the LPHCA’s recent unsuccessful court case against TfL, which…

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Panel 4 – The employment conundrum – who works for who?

Panellists Gary Jacobs, Drivertax Jonny Goldstone, Greentomato Cars Jonathan Dow, Club Class Chauffeurs Debbie Wambergue, iChauffeur Steve Wright, LPHCA Gary Jacobs of Drivertax initiated the discussion of the changing employment situation in private hire. He felt that the trade was being put to death, but gently. In the belief that developments such as autonomous vehicles…

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Panel 3 – Technology, mobility, autonomy and the role of the driver

Panellists Safa Alkateb, Autocab Mike Galvin, Karhoo Rich Pleeth, Taxify David Goldring, Europcar Joe Polley, Parker Car Service Safa Alkateb of Autocab launched the session with some thoughts on the opportunity that technological advances could provide. He said that in the UK, about 90 million trips are undertaken every day, of which the taxi trade,…

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Panel 2 – The regulatory minefield – are we being served?

Panellists Steve Wright, LPHCA Joe Polley, Parker Car Service Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, Taxify Jonny Goldstone, Greentomato Cars Debbie Wambergue, iChauffeur Chairman Mark Bursa launched the second panel session by explaining that Transport for London was engaging in consultations about several new rules and introduced Steve Wright of the LPHCA, who gave an account of his association’s…

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Panel 1 The future of the taxi – who will own the market?

Panellists Rich Pleeth, Taxify David Goldring, Europcar Adam Parken, Blacklane Jonny Goldstone, Greentomato Cars Mike Galvin, Karhoo Proceedings began with a quick interactive vote to establish the composition of the delegates at this year’s ProDriver Congress – 35.7% classified themselves as private hire operators, 23.8% as chauffeur firm operators, 23.8% as suppliers and 16.8% as…

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ProDriver Congress London to host LPHCA Special Session

All ProDriver Congress London 2018 delegates are welcome to attend a special LPHCA update meeting, which will follow the conference on Tuesday June 12 between 14:00 and 15:00. This joint initiative between Professional Driver magazine and the LPHCA demonstrates how the private hire industry is uniting and most importantly working very closely together. Professional Driver…

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Club Class boss Dow puts the case for employed drivers

How should you engage your drivers? Are they self-employed, employees or “workers”? Award-winning executive chauffeur company Club Class Chauffeurs is clear – it employs its drivers. Managing director Jon Dow is joining us at ProDriver Congress London to explain how that works in the company’s favour – and why it might make sense for you…

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Find out how Taxify plans to build a better Uber

Uber has been a prime disruptive force in the private hire market – but as it fights to regain its London operator’s licence, a raft of new competitors are bidding to challenge Uber’s position as the prime booking app. Among those lining up a London play is Taxify, the Estonian-based operator that has made major…

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Europcar’s partnership-based approach to chauffeuring

Car rental giant Europcar’s acquisition of London executive chauffeur operator Brunel in August 2016 was certainly a surprise – but there’s nothing illogical about the deal. Indeed, it’s perhaps surprising that car rental companies haven’t shown a greater interest in chauffeuring before. After all, all you’re doing is adding a driver to that car hire…

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Blacklane looks to provide quality for the “last mile”

Corporate travel policies focus on hotel accommodation, rail and air travel, but taxis are often left for the traveller to arrange independently, despite that fact that taxis are the least regulated mode of transport. This is risky for the traveller and bad news for the industry. Berlin-based Blacklane is aiming to change that – it…

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