- KIRSTAN ROSS
- AUGUST 13, 2014 10:09AM
The London Taxi Company Australia will be assessing customer feedback before deciding how many iconic taxis – which seat five passengers plus a driver – it will bring to our city on a permanent basis.
“We’d like to trial at least 100 here in Victoria as a sample patch and then work from that,” Evan Simeon, CEO of the London Taxi Company Australia, told radio 3AW.
“We have just landed a London taxi in Melbourne for evaluation for use in Melbourne. The Taxi Services Commission has just approved the London taxi for use as a conventional taxi in Victoria,” he added.
The trial taxi – which can be spotted driving around Melbourne baring “evaluation” stickers.
“We’ve got a vehicle we need to evaluate and it is very exciting,” he said.
Mr Simeon said the introduction to the purpose built fleet follows a “very encouraging” trial in Perth.
“They fit one driver plus five passengers in the rear in a separate compartment that is separated from the driver with a security barrier,” he said.
Even more encouraging, the cost is “the same price as a normal taxi but a limousine service.”
During the Perth trial the company put nearly 100 cars on the road.
Of all the passengers in WA, he said 95 per cent claim they would book a London taxi again.
“Seventy-five per cent are saying the will wait longer for a London taxi over a conventional sedan because it is a purpose built taxi,” he added.