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15 October 2015

Episode 209

26 minutes


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Taxis are a comfortable and fast way in which to travel but how do they affect public transport? From Cairo’s intense traffic to the taxi rank here in London, we assess the role cabs play in our cities and ask whether they provide a service no one else can. Plus: we take a ride in an Uber to discuss the pros and cons of ride-sharing apps and head to New Delhi to meet the company putting women behind the wheel.

15 October 2015

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Cairo: improving the city’s taxis

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Taxis are one of the most popular ways to get around the urban sprawl of Cairo but not always for the right reasons. With that in mind, new taxi services are aiming to change the way people travel and to make their services safer and more comfortable. From Uber, which started operating in Cairo recently, to women-only car service Pink Taxi.

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London: black cabs

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London’s black cab drivers are as famous as the cars themselves, with their intricate understanding of the warren of the capital’s streets referred to simply as “The Knowledge”. We head to the taxi rank at London’s Charing Cross Station to check out the industry.

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Uber: is it a good thing?

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Recently a Transport for London document was leaked outlining proposals that would affect the operation of ride-sharing apps, including a mandatory five-minute waiting time and more rigorous insurance requirements. Rachel Cunliffe, deputy editor of news website ‘CapX’, tells us why she opposed such proposals.

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New Delhi: Sakha Women on Wheels

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Driving in India has traditionally been seen as a man’s job but one organisation is determined to change that. ‘Sakha Women on Wheels’ provides fully trained female drivers, either as personal chauffeurs or as part of its taxi service.

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