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Stretch limos set for new safety shake-up

Lancashire Telegraph: Council look at  bringing ‘novelty vehicles’ into taxi licensing system Council look at bringing ‘novelty vehicles’ into taxi licensing system

STRETCH ‘party’ limousines could be licensed and checked as taxis under a new shake-up of cab regulations in Blackburn with Darwen.

Councillors are looking at bringing ‘novelty vehicles’ into the system after agreeing a compromise on new bodywork checks with the drivers.

The borough’s licensing committee discussed proposed new maintenance rules for hackney carriages in Blackburn with Darwen.

They are based on the current London scheme and proposals being considered by the government to introduce national standards.

Local drivers feared the new bodywork regulations would be stricter than the current ones, requiring very small dents and scratches to be repaired, often leading to whole new panels.

The committee decided to introduce a six-month trial for the new scheme and allow more flexibility on the issue of minor bodywork damage.

They plan to have a comprehensive scheme, possibly including novelty vehicles and ‘stretch-limo’ regulations, which is currently a grey area nationally, in place before any government moves.

Licensing committee chairman John Wright said: “Everybody is unhappy at the current bodywork regulations which are difficult to administer.

“We had a look at the London scheme and the representations from the trade and came up with a more flexible one.

“We have come to a common sense compromise.

“We are also looking in the longer term to regulate limousines and other novelty vehicles in the light of government proposals.

“We want to be ahead of the game when any national system is introduced.”

Neil Turner of Blackburn’s Coach House Limousines said he was happy to see more regulation of his and other ‘novelty’ vehicles.

Holder of a full taxi licence with relevant checks, he said: “There are people out there that use these novelty vehicles that should be licensed but aren’t.”

Blackburn Taxi Association vice-chairman Mohammed Mangera said: “We are happy with what was agreed with the committee.It is a more flexible system.”

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4:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TONY WALES says...

What about the existing taxi's they seem to have plenty of defects on the body work to me?

Still Asian taxi drivers don't seem to drive these vehicles so will be happy to get rid of them.

A law for them and a law for us......
What about the existing taxi's they seem to have plenty of defects on the body work to me? Still Asian taxi drivers don't seem to drive these vehicles so will be happy to get rid of them. A law for them and a law for us...... TONY WALES
  • Score: 2

7:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ikap22 says...

TONY WALES wrote:
What about the existing taxi's they seem to have plenty of defects on the body work to me?

Still Asian taxi drivers don't seem to drive these vehicles so will be happy to get rid of them.

A law for them and a law for us......
If you not happy with them, don't use them it is really that simply, honestly.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: What about the existing taxi's they seem to have plenty of defects on the body work to me? Still Asian taxi drivers don't seem to drive these vehicles so will be happy to get rid of them. A law for them and a law for us......[/p][/quote]If you not happy with them, don't use them it is really that simply, honestly. ikap22
  • Score: -2

7:57pm Thu 26 Jun 14

CorkyMac says...

"We want to be ahead of the game" err no, you want to be ahead of bringing more money Into the Council to make up for the lost business rates due to your Incompetence regarding the town centre. Blackburn Labour Council, you pay for their mistakes!
"We want to be ahead of the game" err no, you want to be ahead of bringing more money Into the Council to make up for the lost business rates due to your Incompetence regarding the town centre. Blackburn Labour Council, you pay for their mistakes! CorkyMac
  • Score: 4

8:44pm Thu 26 Jun 14

child44 says...

Given the number of people they carry, aren't they more like buses than taxis? And some of the small buses driving round are right scrapheaps.
Given the number of people they carry, aren't they more like buses than taxis? And some of the small buses driving round are right scrapheaps. child44
  • Score: 4

8:56pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TONY WALES says...

ikap22 wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
What about the existing taxi's they seem to have plenty of defects on the body work to me?

Still Asian taxi drivers don't seem to drive these vehicles so will be happy to get rid of them.

A law for them and a law for us......
If you not happy with them, don't use them it is really that simply, honestly.
Best thing you have every said there chuck
[quote][p][bold]ikap22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: What about the existing taxi's they seem to have plenty of defects on the body work to me? Still Asian taxi drivers don't seem to drive these vehicles so will be happy to get rid of them. A law for them and a law for us......[/p][/quote]If you not happy with them, don't use them it is really that simply, honestly.[/p][/quote]Best thing you have every said there chuck TONY WALES
  • Score: 4

6:59am Fri 27 Jun 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Do they just sit around wondering what to regulate next?
Do they just sit around wondering what to regulate next? BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 1

10:14am Fri 27 Jun 14

LIMOUSINE says...

Slight correction, Neil Turner is the owner of Coach House Limousines not Platinum Limousines!
Slight correction, Neil Turner is the owner of Coach House Limousines not Platinum Limousines! LIMOUSINE
  • Score: 2

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