Taxi-sharing could end traffic jams, suggests MIT study

Taxi-sharing services could reduce the number of cars on the road by 75%, a study has suggested. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study found that a fleet of 3,000 four-passenger taxis could do the same job as the current fleet of 13,000 yellow cabs in New York City. But it would mean that people would have to travel with strangers. The study was based on data from 3 million taxi rides. Most experts looking at our urban future agree that there is a real need to do something about…

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Graduates who fail to make student loan repayments should face arrest like New Zealanders, education expert suggests

Graduates who move overseas and fail to repay their student loans after their studies should be arrested, suggests an education expert who has authored a report on what the UK can learn from New Zealand’s higher education sector. Sam Cannicott, former Regent’s University London employee who now works for Statistics New Zealand, described how New Zealand’s “no-nonsense approach” to collecting student loan repayments from graduates overseas highlights the “timidity of the steps taken in the UK.” He said: “Former students who fail to make repayments face arrest at the New Zealand border, which…

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