Parents who fear traveling with car seats when calling a taxi from the airport now have a safe, convenient, no-hassles answer with the Kidmoto app, a startup car transportation service that is expanding services to Philadelphia on March 6, 2019. The service has operated in New York City since 2016.
“Travelling with children can be a nightmare. Kids can be tired, cranky, and irritable. That’s the last thing parents need is to worry about traveling with a 25-pound car seat – or wondering if the taxi driver has car seats that are the right size for their child, or children,” said Nelson Nigel, founder of Kidmoto which offers rides via website or app from airports or throughout the greater Philadelphia area. “Kidmoto removes the stress parents feel when traveling with youngsters.”
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To interview Nelson Nigel and find out the five things parents must do to protect their children when using a taxi, call 516-584-5391.
Kidmoto uses Federally approved car seats and trains all their drivers on the proper use and installation.
“When I first started as a yellow taxi driver in New York City in 2008-2009, I didn’t know the different car seat options, like front facing, rear facing or booster seats,” Nigel said. “Now I’m an expert and trained all our drivers so they know which seat to use so children are safe and secure. We are a kid-friendly service.”
All car seats comply with state and city laws.
“Your children deserve the best when traveling to and from the airports. Car seats are important for their maximum safety. Other major car transportation providers don’t provide installed car seats. They ignore the safety — and convenience — concerns of parents with young children.”
Kidmoto solves problems for parents seeking airport car transportation. Major car services do not provide pre-harnessed and pre-installed car seats for child passengers, leaving children vulnerable to injuries, in case of an accident. Kidmoto offers a safe and convenient alternative.
“Parents generally do not travel with small children because of the inconvenience of traveling with car seats and others worry about getting transportation. Many parents can now travel to Philadelphia with their small children because they now have an option for safe and convenient family travel with Kidmoto. Kidmoto is essentially creating a new market because parents did not think this was possible before,” said Nigel.
In addition, Kidmoto is a reservation based service, parents schedule their vacations in advance to make sure they have a car at the airport to transport them and their kids.
Kidmoto drivers provide pre-harnessed and pre-installed convertible car seats for infants, toddlers, small and large children. This service is not offered by any of the major providers in the Philadelphia marketplace.
Kidmoto provides transportation in 3 different vehicle classes- sedans, minivans, and large SUVs. These vehicles can be equipped with 1 to 4 car seats.
Kidmoto’s driver recruitment process promotes a safe environment for both the driver and the passengers.
“You can have confidence with our drivers,” Nigel said.
For information or to book a ride, go to https://kidmoto.taxi/philadelphia/ or download the Kidmoto app.
Mommy Poppins listed Kidmoto as a “staff favorite” and said finding a car service that can offer child seats “it’s probably one of the most frequent questions we get asked by tourists and locals alike.”
“We had a wonderful experience with Kidmoto when traveling to NYC with our toddler. The driver was on time (even early and waiting on us for the pick-up/return!), the car seat was installed, the vehicle was clean – just a wonderful experience all around! It was one less thing to worry about during our busy trip! The driver definitely was kid friendly, he had stickers for our son, small toys in the vehicle, some great distractions for our half hour+ drive into the city from LGA. We will use them when we return,” said Jenny Sullivan of Excelsior, Minn.
“When I was organizing our trip to NYC, I found Kidmoto’s website and I couldn’t be happier. The driver was looking after us (and the baby, playing with him) all the time in both our rides (from and at the airport). He takes great care of us,” said Chantal Blanco of Barcelona.
Founded in 2016, Kidmoto operates in New York City and Philadelphia. Plans to operate in Washington, D.C are underway. The company goal is to be recognized as the leading ground transportation provider for families with young children.
Michael Cohen was $22M in debt because of his taxi medallions
Michael Cohen owed $22 million in loans against the taxi medallions he owned — and allegedly lied in order to try to clear the massive debt, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday.
The extent of the financial woes racked up by President Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer emerged in just-unsealed filings related to search warrants in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The documents show that federal prosecutors in Manhattan and the FBI were zeroing in on Cohen’s taxi businesses — including “misrepresentations” and omissions he made “in connection with a transaction intended to relieve Cohen” of the $22 million debt.
The investigation, which began in July 2017, found that Cohen lied about income from consulting work in 2017 in order to avoid paying back loans and failed to disclose “tens of thousands of dollars” he received in other monthly income.
“By making these misrepresentations and material omissions, Cohen avoided making monthly payments on his loans, and attempted to fraudulently induce the banks to relieve him of certain repayment obligations and personal guarantees that Cohen and his wife had signed,” the papers said.
It had been previously reported that Cohen was in the hole from borrowing cash from banks and credit unions against the medallions.
The once-rare taxi medallions — which at their peak were worth as much as $1.2 million apiece — tanked to just an average of $200,000 each after ride-share services like Uber and Lyft exploded in the city.
Cohen has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and campaign finance violations, as well as to lying to Congress.
He’ll begin serving a three-year sentence in May.
Lyft’s driver wage lawsuit in NYC continues
As Lyft gears up to list its stock on the NASDAQ, the transportation company is facing ongoing litigation regarding driver wages in New York City. Today, a judge denied Lyft’s motion for an injunction blocking the recent ruling that sets a minimum wage for drivers. Still, the judge said she’ll think it over and file a written ruling in the next 30 days. This comes shortly after a number of drivers protested Lyft’s lawsuit against the city of New York earlier this morning.
“We are pleased the judge denied Lyft’s motion to block the wage protection rules for now and we hope she will uphold the city’s rules in her written decision,” Independent Drivers Guild member and Lyft driver Tina Raveneau said in a statement. “Eighty thousand New Yorkers serve as professional drivers for apps like Lyft and we deserve the protection and the dignity of a livable minimum wage. It is like a punch in the gut to us, the drivers who helped build this company, that Lyft stood in court suing to block higher wages at the same time as they moved toward an IPO at a $23 billion valuation. We are finally making more than we have in years thanks to the new pay rules, but Lyft wants to bring it back to the way it was before, poverty wages.”
Lyft filed the lawsuit earlier this year, arguing the new rules give an advantage to Uber, will reduce driver earnings and exacerbate congestion. At the time, Lyft said its suit was “not directed at the law passed by New York City Council, but rather at the TLC’s complex formula for implementation.” Lyft is a proponent of a weekly pay standard but argues the TLC’s approach does not take into account things like drivers who use multiple apps and fluctuating demand.
“We support the New York City Council’s minimum earnings goal, but oppose the TLC’s specific rules because they actually hurt earning opportunities for drivers, and provide advantages to certain companies over others,” Lyft spokesperson Campbell Matthews said in a statement. “We appreciated the opportunity to make our case in court today, and look forward to the judge’s forthcoming ruling.”
The suit came after the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission in December approved new rules to offer a minimum hourly wage of $17.22 (after expenses) to drivers who work for ride-hailing companies like Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno. The two-year campaign for minimum wage was spearheaded by The Independent Drivers Guild, a labor organization that advocates for drivers. The rules require companies to pay drivers according to a formula based on mileage, time and utilization rate (average percentage of time drivers have passengers in their cars).
Lyft has recently said that it is committed to increasing the earnings of drivers and supports the NYC council’s minimum earnings goal. But it filed the lawsuit, Lyft said in a recent blog post, “to correct the flawed implementation of the law by NYC’s Taxi & Limousine Commission.”
These rules legally went into effect in February. Since then, Lyft says there has been a negative impact on driver earnings. That’s because, Lyft says, the cost for passengers increased 24 percent, which led to rides dropping 26 percent and driver earnings dropping 15 percent. Lyft had to then take “action to stabilize the market largely through the use of passenger discounts. We won’t do this forever, but knew it was important for both the driver community and Lyft while the lawsuit progressed.”
Gett Could Follow Lyft to IPO Market in 2019
Israel-based taxi-hailing app Gett Inc. may follow Lyft to the market with an IPO in 2019, reports said.
Ride-hailing company Lyft confirmed Monday it plans to sell 30.8 million Class A shares on Nasdaq in an initial public offering with a price range of $62 to $68 a share. The IPO would value Lyft at between $21 billion and $23 billion, TheStreet reported.
“We will see how Lyft goes, we believe there’s a lot of public capital waiting for the [technology] darlings [Uber and Lyft], but we also believe that our business model makes sense,” Gett founder and CEO Dave Waiser told the Financial Times.
Unlike Uber and Lyft, Gett books rides through established taxi operators, such as New York’s yellow taxis and London’s black cabs. More than half of Gett’s revenue comes from about 20,000 business accounts.
Formerly known as GetTaxi, Gett acquired Juno, New York’s third-largest ride-hailing app by market share in April 2017, but may be trying to sell it off, reported Crain’s, which cited a person familiar with the matter. The source also said Gett was losing $1 million a day in its New York City operation.
Gett is aiming to become profitable in every market in the first quarter of 2019, said investor Vostok New Ventures Ltd, which held a 5.6% stake as of June 2018. Stockholm-listed Vostok reported in a 2018 report that Gett generated $1 billion in revenue and performs 100 million rides per year globally. The app is available in more than 120 cities, including London, Moscow, Israel and New York.
Gett could list its IPO either on the London Stock Exchange or in Israel, Waiser said.
Lyft will market the offering to mutual funds and hedge funds in meetings in New York and other cities. The shares could be priced as soon as March 28.
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