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Taxi Times International - June 2015 - English

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PEOPLE UBER HIRES NEW VP

PEOPLE UBER HIRES NEW VP COMMUNICATIONS; PLOUFFE MOVED UPWARDS Less than a year ago Uber hired political star-strategist David Plouffe, former campaign manager for President Obama to run the company’s communications strategy. A few weeks ago it poached Rachel Whetstone, Google’s long-standing head of communications, to be its new senior vice-president for policy and communications. Plouffe will, according to Uber “move to a position as chief adviser to the company and to Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, as well as take a seat on Uber’s board.” wf Rachel Whetstone (left) helped lead Google through antitrust battles across two continents and now heads Uber’s policy and communications. Exactly what David Plouffe was supposed to do. At GTN Advisory Committee’s inaugural meeting (from left): Daniel Makay (HOTREC), Pierre Steenberghen (GTL, Belgium), Wim Faber* (Senior Editor), Oleg Kamberski* (IRU), Mary Crass* (IFT), Sonila Metushi (IRU), Thomas Grätz (BZP, Germany), Mac Urata* (ITF), Hubert Andela (KNV, Netherlands). Missing from the photo: Matt Daus* (IATR), Ray Mundy* (UMSL) and Christian de Barrin* (HOTREC). * are members of the Advisory Committee. GTN ADVISORY COMMITTEE NAMED AND KICKS OFF At the beginning of March, leading international stakeholders discussed taxi service quality and future challenges at the kick-off meeting of the Advisory Committee for the International Road Transport Union’s (IRU) Global Taxi Network (GTN). The group notably expressed its support for the industry initiative to launch the GTN. Comprised of leading inter national public and private stakeholders, the Advisory Committee’s main task will be to guide and advise the GTN on its future development. Ms Mary Crass, Head of Policy and Summit Preparation for the International Transport Forum (ITF), was elected chairperson. “The ITF is very pleased to chair this independent international Advisory Committee. Taxis are an important component of urban mobility around the world, albeit with significant variations in regulatory frameworks and services offered. New technologies offer a range of opportunities for innovation and better services. This is the time when a transport policy reflection, on what approaches are in the public’s best interest, makes sense. We believe all stakeholders should be involved in this dialogue”, said Ms Crass. Crass is joined by: Matthew Daus, International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR); Christian de Barrin, HOTREC, Wim Faber, Senior Editor and Independent Taxi Expert; Ray Mundy, University of Missouri St Louis (UMSL); Oleg Kamberski, International Road Transport Union (IRU); Mac Urata, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). wf HALLO TAXI 3811: HANOVER’S NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR COMES FROM GOODS TRANSPORT The taxi office 3811 in Hanover has undergone a remarkable change in staff. Sven- Marcus Fürst (46) replaced Reinhard Bellmann (66), who went into retirement. Fürst will manage the business of Hanover’s biggest taxi office, on an equal basis with Wolfgang Pettau. This change is remarkable, because the married father of two grown up sons does not come from our own ranks – as is usual in board seats in numerous taxi offices – but comes from outside. Fürst was previously not in the passenger transport sector, but in the transport sector. Amongst other things, he was the managing partner of a freight forwarding company, focusing on courier, express and parcel services, with 75 employees. “Amongst other things, after many years in transport with fixed goods, I was attracted by the challenge at 3811, to help manage a sector, which deals with passenger transport”, explains Fürst regarding the motivation for his change, and then he lists the objectives: “The quality assurance of 3811- Ltd. is one of the biggest challenges, especially in light of the minimum wage, which is now paid in our sector. That is why the service and the image of the taxi trade must be further improved.” “I have been given a very warm welcome by all the companies and employees, and look forward to the upcoming tasks. It is extremely important to me that the good collaboration between the now almost 220 companies, organised under the GmbH, and their almost 3000 employees, that drive the 600 Hanover taxis, continues to be improved. This also includes balanced and fair service plans and conditions, which will be negotiated.” jh PHOTOS: Google; ITF; IRU; Hallo Taxi 3811 PHOTO: Martin Waalboer INTERNATIONAL NETWORKING Taxi-experts from Europe and North America met mid-April at the conference TAXIintell Update 2015. After inspiring presentations in the auditorium, many attendees used the networking trip by boat through Amsterdam’s canals, to exchange information and to strengthen their network in order to face external competition. We report on the annual conference from page 18. 4

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