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Taxi Times International - January 2015 - English

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PEOPLE DWIGHT KINES NEW PRESIDENT FOR TLPA The US Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) named Dwight Kines, vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region at Transdev, which owns and operates Yellow and Checker Cab Company of Baltimore, as the new president of the nearly 100-year-old trade association, with 1.000 members one of the largest in the world. Kines was sworn into office on October 29 during the TLPA’s 97th Annual Convention & Trade Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In a speech to members, Kines outlined his agenda for his term. He plans to focus on those areas of his industry that are critical to fighting Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft, in jurisdictions where they operate illegally. These areas include addressing the industry’s image, recognizing business opportunities to unify against the compe tition, and continuing to apply new technologies for better customer service. “Yes, we are under attack, but our industry has weapons to fight back and we need to give you more,” Kines told a packed room of 1,000 industry leaders moments after being sworn in as the association’s president. The senior BZP managers with the newest member Herwig Kollar (2nd from left). NEW MEMBER OF THE BZP MANAGEMENT BOARD Lawyer Herwig Kollar has been elected to the extended management board of the German taxi association BZP. Kollar works for the taxi radio circuit in Frankfurt and for Taxi Germany, and has represented their interests in various (successful) legal cases against Uber and mytaxi. The Frankfurt-based lawyer takes over the position left by Dirk Senkbeil, who was awarded the association’s golden pin of honour before his departure. New TLPA-president Dwight Kines, speaking at ‘Taxi Stars’ in Athens. NEW BOARD MEMBERS KNV TAXI During its last board meeting Dutch taxi association KNV Taxi chose Lucien Brouwers, director of Veolia Taxi as its vicechairman. Before that KNV’s members had chosen Diana van Hese (Transvision) and Wim Leewis (director Leewis Taxi en Personenvervoer) as new board members. Ex-finance minister Norman chairs Swedish Taxi Association. PETER NORMAN CHAIRS SWEDISH TAXI ASSOCIATION New KNV Taxi-board members: Diana van Hese and Wim Leewis Former Finance Minister Peter Norman was elected as the new chairman of the Swedish Taxi Association. Its congress welcomed him as successor to former chairman Bo Bylund. “Norman served as Finance Minister in the Reinfeldt government of 2010-2014 and has extensive expertise and experience from government office and large organizations, giving the Swedish Taxi Association good opportunities to interact with politicians and decision-makers in government agencies and industry”, said committee chairman Dimitrios Faniadis. Peter Norman has an MBA and has also been president of the Seventh AP Fund, Chairman of Carnegie Investment Bank and the Director of the Riksbank. wf PHOTOS: Wim Faber / Michael Linke PHOTO: Taxi Times THE ART OF TAXI CONVERSION The legal provisions on mandatory taxi equipment (alarm system, taxi meter, roof sign, colour) differ from country to country and are especially strict in Germany. It is too expensive for European and Asian vehicle manufacturers to develop their own taxi package. In order to serve the entire German taxi market, specific taxi packages including installation are developed externally by Intax in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, where not only taxis but also driving school vehicles, police cars and fire trucks receive the equipment they need. This approach has been such a success that Intax needed another production hall. At the inauguration, company president Jörg Hatscher transformed that hall into a party location in street art style. 4 JANUARY / 2016 TAXI

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