The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A price war has started across the world among taxi companies. There is more competition for passengers because of apps to order taxis. Some companies are cutting fares in half to beat competitor companies. The world's biggest taxi-booking app is called Uber. It started in 2009 and operates in over 200 cities worldwide. Drivers of London's black taxis are unhappy with apps. They say that drivers of app cabs are too inexperienced. They do not have enough knowledge of London's streets. London taxi drivers have cut some of their fares from $45 to $7.50.



The U.K. boss of Uber said the price war would mean higher profits for his company. He said: "There's a lot of competition over the app makers….You need to think of things that you can do to stand out from the crowd." A London black cab driver said business was good despite the app companies. He said: "There are lots of technologies that are changing things for us." One of New York's biggest taxi companies wants Uber's license to be suspended. In Singapore, the government has just announced that it would start regulating taxi app companies.

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Sources
  • http://www.klfm967.co.uk/news/uk-news/1460294/taxi-apps-price-war-sees-fares-slashed/
  • http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/11/23/taxi-app-price-battle-intensifies-get-taxi-slashes-fares
  • http://fortune.com/2014/11/21/singapore-to-license-taxi-hailing-apps/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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A price war has started

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London's streets

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more competition for

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London's black taxis

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cutting fares

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some of their fares

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operates in

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in half

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Drivers of

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across the world

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drivers of app cabs are too

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over 200 cities

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knowledge of

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passengers

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taxi drivers have cut

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inexperienced



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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the price war would mean

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things

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There's a lot

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biggest taxi companies

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You need to think of

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was good

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stand out

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app companies

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A London black cab driver said business

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of competition

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technologies that are

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higher profits

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One of New York's

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changing things

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start regulating taxi

h.

from the crowd

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A price (1) ___________________ across the world among taxi companies. There is (2) ___________________ passengers because of apps to order taxis. Some companies (3) ___________________ half to beat competitor companies. The world's biggest taxi-booking app is called Uber. It started in 2009 (4) ___________________ 200 cities worldwide. Drivers of London's black taxis are unhappy with apps. They say that drivers (5) ___________________ inexperienced. They do not have enough knowledge of London's streets. London taxi drivers (6) ___________________ their fares from $45 to $7.50.

The U.K. boss of Uber said the (7) ___________________ mean higher profits for his company. He said: "There's a lot of competition over the app makers….You need (8) ___________________ that you can do to (9) ___________________ the crowd." A London black cab driver said business (10) ___________________ the app companies. He said: "There are lots of technologies that are (11) ___________________." One of New York's biggest taxi companies wants Uber's license to be suspended. In Singapore, the government has just announced that it (12) ___________________ taxi app companies.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Apricewarhasstartedacrosstheworldamongtaxicompanies.Thereis
morecompetitionforpassengersbecauseofappstoordertaxis.Someco
mpaniesarecuttingfaresinhalftobeatcompetitorcompanies.Theworl
d'sbiggesttaxi-bookingappiscalledUber.Itstartedin2009andoperate
sinover200citiesworldwide.DriversofLondon'sblacktaxisareunhapp
ywithapps.Theysaythatdriversofappcabsaretooinexperienced.They
donothaveenoughknowledgeofLondon'sstreets.Londontaxidriversh
avecutsomeoftheirfaresfrom$45to$7.50.TheU.K.bossofUbersaidth
epricewarwouldmeanhigherprofitsforhiscompany.Hesaid:"There'sa
lotofcompetitionovertheappmakers….Youneedtothinkofthingsthaty
oucandotostandoutfromthecrowd."ALondonblackcabdriversaidbusi
nesswasgooddespitetheappcompanies.Hesaid:"Therearelotsoftech
nologiesthatarechangingthingsforus."OneofNewYork'sbiggesttaxic
ompanieswantsUber'slicensetobesuspended.InSingapore,thegover
nmenthasjustannouncedthatitwouldstartregulatingtaxiappcompani
es.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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Answers

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