Taxi app launches ‘Knowledge+’ safety programme

E-hailing app Mytaxi has launched a scheme to train London cabbies to better handle safety and crisis situations. London Taxi

Known as Knowledge+ and backed by St John Ambulance, the programme will teach drivers techniques such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use a defibrillator. A psychologist will provide body language training, to improve drivers’ abilities to read potentially threatening situations.

They will also be taught how to handle acid attacks, terrorist incidents and medical crises.

The move is in reaction to reports that taxi drivers are increasingly being called upon to support the emergency services and face dangerous situations.

Andy Batty, UK general manager at mytaxi, said: “The Knowledge+ will build on the world’s most respected taxi training course by equipping thousands of London black cab drivers with a series of essential new skills. The initiative will have input from health, crisis and body language experts with the ambition of becoming an industry benchmark for training excellence.”

VRA confirms speaker line-up

The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has confirmed Nissan’s national used vehicle remarketing manager, Giles Rayner, as its final speaker at its annual seminar at the Leicester Marriott Hotel on 23 November.

Rayner will discuss alternative fuel vehicles and their likely place in the remarketing mix over the coming year and into the future.

Other speakers include Mike Allen of Zeus Capital, looking at the current state of the market; Jonathan Butler of Geldards on the implications of GDPR for the remarketing sector; Chris Cummings, head of tax at ASE Global on the 2017 Budget; Louise Wallis of the National Franchise Dealer Association on the growing problem of clocking; and Tim Hudson of Cox Automotive on how to handle ever larger used vehicle volumes.

Attendance is free to anyone working in the automotive industry. Email for details.

Motorway speeding hikes costs

Drivers who travel at 10mph over the legal speed limit on British motorways can expect to spend an additional £3,064 in fuel over a lifetime compared to those who drive at 10mph below it, according to research by online repair specialist ClickMechanic.

The organisation claimed that motorists who drive at 80mph rather than 60mph would also crate an additional 5.67 tonnes of CO2 over the same timeframe – equivalent to the weight of an elephant.