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While passionate about low priced taxi insurance, we at High Gear understand that the industry is in a time of change, with recent reports revealing that as a whole, the industry saw a £100 rise on the average car insurance policy last year. However, in the...read more
With the role of the taxi driver being of great responsibility, passengers need to feel safe when grabbing a cab. Of late, the increase in taxi-driver related sexual crimes had encouraged the industry to sit up, with the drivers of Liverpool now being trained to be...read more
As covered in a previous article on High Gear News we have recently seen an increase in Insurance Premium Tax, with Autumn expected to reveal another hike. Increasing rates for both the drivers and the industry, this change has not gone down too well with the...read more
England and Wales are soon implementing plans to crack down on whiplash compensation; a change that is expected to reduce millions of car insurance policies by around £40. With bogus claims becoming the norm over the past few years authorities have had no choice but...read more
While Uber is seen to be a bit of a dirty word amongst the traditional cabbies of the UK they do seem to get themselves in trouble, with each day bringing a new Uber-related drama to the table. This week the cabbies of Guilford are having their say, believing Uber...read more
While we would have expected the bustling streets of London to enjoy the title of taxi capital of the UK a recent research project has crowned Rossendale as the winners of that category. Figures reveal that the Valley has more taxis per head than London, a fact that...read more
With the figure of the taxi driver being one of responsibly licensing should be tight, ensuring the roads of the UK are filled with professional drivers that practice within the pentameters of the law. However, in recent times we have seen some ill practice, with...read more
While we are used to seeing taxis fitted with a meter in the cabin it seems that this is not the case throughout the country, with Northern Ireland drivers working with charge sheets up until now. While many drivers have been working with the traditional black meter...read more
While the AA recently advised against an increase in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) the Chancellor has now confirmed the hike, taking the rate from 9.5% to 10% on Saturday. Being applied to most general insurance policies bought in the UK the increase will have the...read more
Fast becoming one of the most issued driving penalties driving whilst on the telephone can have a detrimental impact on the recipient, with the sophistication of mobile technology making using your phone more tempting than ever. CU80 insurance is an area we at High...read more
It is no secret that Uber drivers and traditional drivers are rivals, with the professional competition often getting out of hand. With riots in the streets of London in previous years it did seem that things were starting to cool down, with healthy competition adding...read more
If you are on the search for car insurance then you will no doubt spend a considerable amount of time comparing and contrasting deals, wanting to gain a clearer idea of what you could get for your money. At High Gear we are all about offering an honest service, not...read more
Being a tech-focused business we at High Gear understand the importance of jumping on bandwagons, needing to get in there first before big corporate firms take industries over. With Google renowned for such practice the insurance market bit their nails to the bone...read more
With private hire firms such as Uber facing stricter rules in the capital it seems that London are finally giving something back to the drivers of the city, today releasing a statement that they will introduce new measures to support black cabs and private hire...read more
At High Gear we are incredibly passionate about safety in the industry, keeping up-to-date with current changes and concerns. This week passenger safety has again been the focus for many, with council representatives of Northern England eager to create awareness.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has joined forced with South Tyneside Council leader, Iain Malcolm; this week signing a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP. In a mission to safeguard taxi passengers these individuals are focused on the current law. At present, it is possible for both a private hire and a hackney carriage driver to be refused a licence by a local authority then go to another and be accepted, a law that these two wish to change in order to protect passengers.
Being a taxi driver can be such a rewarding profession, knowing that you are chauffeuring people in need of transport in a safe and professional manner.
Being on the road all day everyday means that inevitably you are more of a claims risk, being involved in more collisions than your average family car.
Although this is not necessarily the taxi driver’s fault the nature of the job is renowned for affecting cab drivers no claims bonuses.read more
With London transport being such a lucrative business drivers and firms have a responsibility to do their bit for charity, often getting involved in existing organisations as well as setting up their own. This week we are excited to announce that The London Taxi Benevolent Association has been named UK’s Best Charity; an organisation that offers free travel to war veterans.
Built up of a convoy of volunteer taxi drivers the charity has been running since 1948, responsible for running trips such as the annual seaside visit to Worthing.read more
Uber, the transport app that is taking over the industry, has now added pre-bookings to its offerings, allowing customers to book their taxi up to 30 days in advance. However, passengers may be subject to a higher "surge price" if their cab is booked for a day where...read more