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Man who fled taxi without paying sparks major police operation in Zurich

Police on Thursday afternoon finally arrested a man who fled from a taxi on Wednesday night without paying his fare from the Italian city of Milan to Zurich.

Man who fled taxi without paying sparks major police operation in Zurich
Photo: XiXinXing/Depositphotos
The taxi driver raised the alert after his passenger ran away without paying on arrival in Zurich on Wednesday night, Zurich city and cantonal police said in a joint statement
 
According to the driver the fare-dodger had been acting suspiciously during the journey, before fleeing on arrival.
 
A manhunt was initiated and continued throughout Wednesday night and into Thursday, during the course of which several people were stopped for questioning and armed police were stationed at various points around the city and the airport, news agency ATS said
 
“The initially unclear situation prompted the police to trigger a major search in the course of the night,” police said.
 
The fare-dodger was finally arrested by transport police at Zurich train station at around 3.30pm on Thursday. 
 
Police are now investigating the reasons for the man’s strange behaviour. 
 

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Former asylum seeker sets up alternative to Uber in Zurich

A migrant from Bangladesh has set up a new ride-sharing service in Zurich that aims to rival Uber and conventional taxi companies.

Former asylum seeker sets up alternative to Uber in Zurich
Photo: Zahangir Alam

The Your-Taxi car-sharing app launched in Switzerland’s biggest city in July and there are plans to extend the service to Basel and Lausanne, according to a company news release.

Zahangir Alam, who came to Switzerland as a political asylum seeker 16 years ago, hopes to shake up the taxi market in Zurich and offer a “fair alternative”.

Now 37-years-old, he has acquired Swiss citizenship.

“Switzerland gave me a chance and now I want to give something back,” said Alam, who started out as a humble dishwasher before working as a chef and finally a taxi driver.

The price of a journey is set at the start, so customers know exactly what to expect. The company says it can manage this because it only has IT costs to cover.

Alam employs 70 drivers and operates a fleet of vehicles in the budget, business and comfort classes.

Unlike low-cost US firm Uber, Your-Taxi will pay company taxes and social security contributions in Switzerland.

Uber, which is mostly taxed in the Netherlands, has been criticized for making money at the expense of its drivers. Alam’s drivers pay him ten percent commission on their earnings but no additional fees.