How has the rail strike affected taxi drivers?

The biggest industrial action on the railways for decades has seen mixed fortunes for taxi drivers. Those desperate to reach their destination are jumping in a cab due to the rail strike. As millions prepared for the first day of the RMT workers’ strike yesterday, many were able to work from home, as they had […]

Taxi drivers are flying the flag for the Jubilee

As we look forward to celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this bank holiday, taxi drivers will be doing everything they can to help people get to and from events safely. Whether people are going to an organised event, heading to a pub or restaurant, attending a street party or visiting family, they will all be […]

Patons Insurance strengthens it North East Taxi customer base

Patons Insurance is continuing to expand its taxi customer base in the North East. Following the acquisition of Teesside-based insurance broker ‘SurePlan’ in 2020, from June this year, we will welcome Newcastle-based Bestford Insurances’ taxi insurance customers, too. Bestford Insurance, an independent, family-run business that was established in 1981 in Wallsend, will continue to provide […]

Who’s to blame when automated cars crash?

As technology improves and automated cars and self-driving cars are eventually allowed on Britain’s roads, lawyers don’t think drivers should be blamed when things go wrong. Laws have been drawn up to allow driver-assistance technology to be used in limited ways initially on British roads, such as hands-free driving in vehicles with lane-keeping technology on […]

What drives a taxi fare increase?

As we continue to feel the pinch at the petrol pumps, taxi drivers across the country have been calling for a taxi fare increase. While some are calling for modest increases, others feel action is needed and are calling for rises of 20% to help taxi drivers meet rising costs. Passengers and members of the […]

Always put vehicle safety ahead of savings

Taxi drivers are being urged not to risk vehicle safety when it comes to car maintenance as we all continue to feel the pinch. The call comes as the cost of living continues to rise and soaring fuel prices mean it costs more to keep taxis on the road. The majority of taxi drivers run […]