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Traffic buster? Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, other Asian cities next

Oct 24, 2019 - 8:59 AM

German company Volocopter wants to bring the service to sprawling cities like Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok, as well as parts of India and China

A Volocopter unmanned air taxi transport flies over Marina Bay during test flight with a safety pilot at the 26th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITSWC) in Singapore on October 22, 2019. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

New motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide set to challenge Angkas

Oct 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

While the prospects for competition may seem bleak this year, new motorcycle taxi firm JoyRide ramps up preparations ahead of its official app launch

NEW PLAYER? Motorcycle ride-hailing firm JoyRide has started driver registration ahead of its official app launch. Screenshot from JoyRide video

Premium taxi drivers to get salaries in new guideline

May 23, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade signs the 'Taxi Modernization Program' in line with the public utility vehicle modernization program of the government

NEW GUIDELINES. Premium taxis are up next to be modernized under the Department of Transportation. File photo by Rappler

House approves bill legalizing Angkas, motorcycle taxis

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:40 PM

The bill's approval comes more than a month after ride-hailing app Angkas was barred from operating in the country

LEGAL SOON? Angkas riders join a massive Unity Ride on December 16, 2018 to protest the shut down of their operations permanently. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Joni Mitchell and the Dying Planet Report

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is a deadline before our planet's dying trend becomes irreversible. The reversal has to begin today. What will you do?

Test flights of air taxis take off in Singapore in 2019

Oct 24, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Germany's Volocopter air taxis represent the latest innovation to offer an escape from Asia's monster traffic jams

VOLOCOPTER. In this file photo taken on October 18, 2018, an electric Volocopter 2X by German aircraft manufacturer Volocopter, is on display during the 3rd edition of the "Autonomy and the Urban Mobility Summit" in Paris. Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

House wants to penalize taxi drivers who decline passengers

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:10 PM

If passed into law, House Bill 7774 would prohibit taxi drivers from refusing a trip once they have been flagged down by a passenger

PASSENGER RIGHTS. A House bill approved on 2nd reading seeks to establish a list of passenger rights. File photo by Rappler

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

LTFRB starts recalibrating taxis for fare increase

Aug 01, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Only taxis with recalibrated meters can charge a higher distance rate of P13.50 per kilometer and P2 per minute of travel, says the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

HIGHER FARE. The LTFRB starts recalibrating taxi meters to include higher travel distance and duration rates. File photo

Madrid taxis join Barcelona strike against Uber

Jul 29, 2018 - 12:05 AM

Taxi drivers in Spain demand that the number of ride-hailing vehicles should be limited

STRIKE. Taxi drivers block the Gran Via in Barcelona on July 28, 2018. Taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike in solidarity with Barcelona cabbies protesting against "unfair competition" from Uber and Cabify. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Ultra-luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce announces plan to develop flying taxis

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The British company joins Uber, the Google-backed Kitty Hawk project, Lilium Aviation in Germany, Safran in France, and Honeywell in the United States in this fast-emerging space

HIGH-END FLIGHTS. A man poses alongside screens presenting the Rolls-Royce EVTOL air taxi concept during the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London, on July 16, 2018. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Erdogan says Uber 'finished' in Turkey

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'Our Prime Minister made the announcement. We have our system of taxis,' adds the Turkish President

ROADBLOCKS. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber. Since its debut in 2010, Uber has grown into a worldwide phenomenon despite regulatory hurdles and resistance from traditional taxi operators. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Uber's 'flying taxi' prototypes shown off at Uber Elevate

May 09, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Commercialization of the flying taxis may begin around 2023, and can be summoned on-demand just like a ridesharing car

ECRM-003. Attendees view a subscale sized model of the Uber flying taxi concept eCRM-003 during the second annual Uber Elevate Summit on May 8, 2018 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. Uber won't build the flying taxi itself but aviation company partners will use the eCRM-003 (common reference model) as a framework around which they can build aircraft for the Uber Air aerial ride-hailing service. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

U.S. film director Martin Scorsese wins Spain's top arts prize

Apr 26, 2018 - 12:12 AM

Scorsese 'has directed more than 20 films that now form part of the history of cinema and continues to work unceasingly, masterfully combining innovation and classicism in his films,' the prize jury says in a statement

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Baguio taxi fare hike too steep? Commuters launch online petition

Mar 30, 2018 - 12:31 PM

(UPDATED) The LTFRB in the Cordillera requires taxis to shell out for a global navigational satellite system, Wi-Fi, CCTV with continuous recording of the past 72 hours, dashboard camera, and online digital platforms

FARE HIKE. The flag-down rate of Baguio cabs remain at P35, but the per-kilometer rate has gone up since March 1, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

No fare hike due to new taxes until March – LTFRB

Jan 09, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board says it will consult with the National Economic and Development Authority on a 'justifiable' fare increase

'Sana mamatay ka': Netizens harass wrong woman in taxi row

Dec 20, 2017 - 6:59 PM

Christine Interior estimates that she has received over a hundred messages, ranging from innocent inquiries about her identity to vitriol-fueled messages that are peppered with curses and death threats.

Woman who slapped taxi driver may lose driver's license soon

Dec 20, 2017 - 1:32 PM

In a second complaint, taxi driver Virgilio Doctor says Cherish Interior poses a danger to the public, given her 'uncontrollable temper'

ASSAULT. A woman, identified as Cherish Sharmaine Interior, assaulted a taxi driver over a traffic row. Screengrab from Joshua Baluyot's Facebook video

GrabTaxi to face new competitor in Davao City

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

'This is long overdue. At least now the senior citizens don't have to get wet in the rain to hail a taxi cab,' says LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada

GRABTAXI COMPETITOR. The new taxi hailing app Hirna is set to fully operate in Davao City by early 2018. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Taxi driver files complaint with LTFRB vs woman motorist who slapped him

Dec 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Virgilio Doctor goes to LTFRB to file a case against Cherish Sharmaine Interior for physical injuries and damage to property

Baguio requires taxi drivers to help passengers load, unload baggage

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:30 AM

It is a ‘moral responsibility’ of the cab drivers, says a resolution of the city council signed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan

BAGUIO TAXIS. There's another reason for passengers to admire the honest Baguio cab drivers. Rappler file photo

The First Order vs The Resistance: Which side are you on?

Dec 01, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Here’s your chance to pick a side before things take a turn for the worse in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Suspects in robbery-slay of retired cop nabbed in Cebu

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:48 AM

Police track down the principal suspects in the killing of Jose Medrano Sering Jr after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen

Taxi driver from Bohol helps save lives in Las Vegas shooting

Oct 07, 2017 - 10:12 AM

'He makes every Filipino and Boholano proud of his action,' local journalist Alan Nalzaro Dalagan of Loboc says

HEROIC DRIVER. Taxi driver Winifredo Maquindang is praised for helping save lives after the Las Vegas shooting incident. Photo from Maquindang's Facebook page

Taxi driver who was 'held up' by Carl Arnaiz shows up in NBI

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:32 PM

Bagcal, who was previously protected by a human rights group, appears in the NBI and says he wants to tell the whole truth about the killing of Arnaiz

Tomas Bagcal has left his former refuge and showed up in the NBI. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Petition to increase taxi flag down rate junked due to technicalities

Sep 12, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Due to petitioners’ repeated failure to comply with the foregoing directives the Court deems it appropriate to dismiss the petition says the Court of Appeals

TAXI. File photo of taxis at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

2 taxi drivers killed in Baguio

Aug 22, 2017 - 9:19 PM

Police are trying to find a connection between the death of Roberto Albino and another taxi driver Angel Umali Sarmiento who was stabbed around the area where Albino lived

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 30-August 5, 2017

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:53 PM

Must watch videos from this week

NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

LIVE: Senate hearing on LTFRB issues vs Grab, Uber and Taxi Passenger Bill of Rights

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:48 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Thursday August 3

Taxi operators: Asking for higher fares is like Uber, Grab surge pricing

Aug 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Pagka ang pasahero magpapahatid sa lugar na matraffic malulugi yung driver says the head of the Philippine National Taxi Operators Association

ALLOWED. Unaccredited taxis arrive for the arriving passengers in Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

LTFRB 'shocked' that Uber, Grab have over 100,000 drivers

Aug 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Uber tells lawmakers in a House hearing that it has more than 66 000 drivers while Grab says it has over 52 000

RISING VOLUME. This is the second time the government suspends acceptance of TNVS applications. Rappler file photo

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Grab and Uber in medieval times

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The LTFRB should know better. It is best to ride and confront change, not resist it.

Taxi, jeep, van operators call out LTFRB for 'unfair treatment'

Jul 20, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Public transportation groups say their members should also be spared from apprehension while waiting for the approval of their franchise applications

UNFAIR. Transport groups accuse the LTFRB of 'allowing' Grab and Uber drivers with expired or no permits to operate. Rappler file photo

Let us go beyond #WeWantUberGrab

Jul 18, 2017 - 1:50 PM

What I support is a more comprehensive campaign that calls for better public transportation that benefits everyone – commuters and drivers alike

Honest Baguio City taxi driver gets scholarship

Jan 24, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Regie Cabututan reaps the rewards of honesty

Duterte to order Uber, Grab, taxi drivers to display IDs on car seats

Dec 30, 2016 - 10:49 AM

The President wants guidelines issued by January requiring drivers to place enlarged identification cards on car seats so passengers can easily report abuse

'I HATE OPPRESSION.' President Rodrigo Duterte has only harsh words for unscrupulous public utility vehicle drivers. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Bad taxi drivers beware: 'Oplan Isnabero' starts December 14

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in partnership with malls urges the public to report complaints against erring taxi drivers this Christmas season

OPLAN ISNABERO. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board launches its Oplan Isnabero on December 14, 2016 against erring taxi drivers nationwide. Photo by Khristine Montenegro/Rappler

Spanish taxi driver returns 10,000 euros left in cab

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:35 AM

The driver turns over a suitcase containing the money to police who then tracked down the owner

Singapore trials driverless taxis in world first

Aug 25, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The robo taxi service is being tested at a small research campus well away from the thrum of the Asian business hub

NUTONOMY. Screenshot from YouTube video.

Robert De Niro compares 'totally nuts' Trump to 'Taxi Driver' character

Aug 15, 2016 - 12:15 AM

I don t know it s crazy but people like Donald Trump who shouldn t even be where he is so God help us

SPEAKING UP. Robert De Niro waves to audience at Open Air Cinema where he receives a lifetime achievement award at Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, August 12. Photo by Jasmin Brutus/EPA

Mytaxi, Hailo to merge in Europe-wide taxi hailing app

Jul 27, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The two will form Europe s biggest app based taxi service with 100 000 drivers in 9 countries

epa04382230 AÂ smartphone with the opened app MyTaxi is held next to a taxi sign at the airport in Hamburg, Germany, 03 September 2014. Daimler unit Moovel takes over Intelligent Apps company in Hamburg, who operate the MyTaxi app, it was announced 03 September 2014. EPA/DANIEL REINHARDT

Regular metered taxis now allowed at all NAIA terminals

Jul 18, 2016 - 5:55 PM

Starting Monday July 18 unaccredited white metered taxis can pick up and drop off passengers at all NAIA terminals

ALLOWED. Unaccredited taxis arrive for the arriving passengers in Terminal 3. Photo from NAIA-MIAA

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May 31, 2016 - 12:59 PM

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How does gov't deal with illegal parking? Deflate tires

May 30, 2016 - 10:37 PM

Do you agree with this approach?

ILLEGALLY PARKING. Motorcycle taxi drivers waits on roadside for order. Photo by Zachary Lee.

Segera: Pesan taksi Blue Bird di aplikasi Go-Jek

May 20, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Blue Bird pastikan kehadiran layanan pemesanan taksi di aplikasi Go Jek

GO-BIRD. Seorang pengemudi Go-Jek di jalanan Jakarta. Foto oleh Adek Berry/AFP

I tested UberMotor and here's what I found out

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:37 PM

How does UberMotor compare to other motorbike apps?

UBERMOTOR. Uber launches a motorbike service in Indonesia.

Setelah taksi aplikasi online, perusahaan teknologi finansial harus urus izin

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:33 AM

OJK belajar dari kontroversi bisnis taksi Perusahaan harus investasi dalam inovasi Regulator perlu melindungi keselamatan dan keamanan publik

Can an 'Airbnb for offices' fly in Southeast Asia?

Mar 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

FlySpaces connects small businesses with short term work spaces riding on the global coworking trend and giving entrepreneurs flexibility and savings in the process

Indonesia gives Grab, Uber ultimatum after protest from cab drivers

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Ride hailing apps are ordered to partner with local transport businesses or face a ban from government

IN PHOTOS: Angry Jakarta taxi drivers violently protest ride-hailing apps

Mar 23, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Scenes of the protest show the demonstration turned violent as drivers stopped driver of ride hailing apps to attack them