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03/06/03
Ken Saves Traditional Black Cabs
- Mayor cites 'service quality' in decision to keep TX-1s

KEN LIVINGSTONE has stepped in to save the traditional London black cab, overriding the wishes of many taxi drivers who wish to be able to drive cars of their choice.

"Service quality will be safeguarded," the London Mayor argued of his decision to allow the TX-1 cars remain the monopoly supplier of London cabs.

The mayor and other defenders of the world famous black cab cab point to the famed turning circle of the TX-1, its robust build quality, its accessibility for less able passengers and their luggage and its iconic status as a symbol for London.

But a majority of drivers feel that, at over UKP30,000 each, TX-1s are overpriced, fuel-hungry and they point to most other cities across the world which don't work with a monopoly cab supplier.




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