Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
New Look Taxis To Hit The Streets Of Perth
Victor P Taffa
- London taxis set to operate on Perth streets as part of a purpose-built taxi trial
- 100 purpose-built taxis will be trialled for four years
- Purpose-built cabs designed to improve safety, comfort and accessibility
The iconic London taxi is set to hit Perth streets as part of a trial of purpose-built taxis.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the trial was part of his Taxi Action Plan which aimed to improve the security, standards and availability of Perth taxis.
Mr. Buswell said purpose-built taxis were designed and manufactured specifically to improve safety, comfort and accessibility.
The London Taxi Company’s iconic TX4 vehicle can carry five fare paying passengers and has a safety screen to protect drivers.
It can also carry a wheelchair and has a number of accessibility features, including induction hearing loop, high-visibility markers for the visually impaired and a swivel seat for passengers with mobility issues.
The Minister said 50 London cabs would take part in the trial. The Department of Transport is in discussion with a second manufacturer and a decision on the remaining 50 trial vehicles will be made in the near future.
Mr. Buswell said Perth taxi drivers were now being invited to drive the London taxis as part of the trial.
“This trial is all about exploring ways to provide better safety and service for people using taxis. This weekend the department will be calling for expressions of interest from conventional taxi lease plate holders, and in the near future it will also call for other drivers to participate as operators of these trial vehicles.” Mr. Buswell said.
“This trial is an exciting opportunity for our local taxi drivers and I am sure the public and visitors to Perth will embrace the opportunity to travel in these vehicles.”
“Drivers selected for the trial will pay a nominal lease rate in exchange for providing information on the operating and maintenance costs of their vehicle and making survey material available to passengers.”
Last month, the State Government sought applications world-wide from manufacturers of purpose-built taxis to participate in the trial which will run for four years and will evaluate the advantages of using these vehicles.
Consumer, taxi driver and taxi operator feedback will be evaluated as well as operating costs and taxi safety statistics.
Mr. Buswell said he placed the utmost importance on taxi driver and passenger safety and these purpose-built vehicles would provide both taxi drivers and passengers with a safe journey.
Last week the Minister introduced a new framework to regulate taxi driver standards.
Further information is available at http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/pbt
- TX4 is a well-recognised taxi vehicle and latest model in long line of iconic London cabs
- They are used successfully in many countries and cities around the world
- TX4 also has the ability to carry a wheelchair, and the State Government will be working with disability groups, drivers and trainers to determine how this feature can be used safely and effectively