Archive for October, 2012


Keep the London black-cab British

Haynes Black Cab Manual author calls for rescue deal

A leading authority on the London black cab is calling on investors to step in and rescue the iconic vehicle before another classic incarnation is lost forever.
This week Coventry-based black cab manufacturer Manganese Bronze called in the administrators, threatening the disappearance of a British motoring manufacturer, and [...]


London’s Famous Black cab in Administration

Manganese Bronze, whose taxis have been on British streets since 1948, had been in talks with its largest shareholders, including China’s Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, to secure a last-minute bailout.

“The issue here was not a lack of opportunity around the quantum of support being offered,” Chief Executive John Russell told Reuters on Monday. “It was [...]


London Taxis, the Best in the World once Again

A new survey published this week by says London is the best city in the world to hail a taxi.

Survey participants from 29 countries weighed in on on seven categories – Cleanliness, Value, Quality of Driving, Knowledge of the Area, Friendliness, Safety and Availability. New York City, Tokyo, Shanghai and Bangkok rounded out the [...]


Women-only taxi firms

More and more cab firms are springing up around the country to cater for women who prefer to see another female at the wheel.
Even in a licensed cab, there is often a niggle at the back of any female passenger’s mind: will I get home in one piece? While the vast majority of male taxi [...]


Black cabs recalled in safety scare

Taxi manufacturer issues emergency recall and suspends sales of TX4 model after discovering problems with power steering
The TX4 model London taxi. Sales have been suspended and 400 cabs recalled after a fault was found. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian
The company that makes London taxi cabs has launched an emergency recall of 400 black cabs [...]


Boris Johnson wishes Cabbies to Jump of Tower Bridge

Talking about taxi drivers who protested over Olympic lane restrictions, he said:
“The taxi drivers were blockading the West End. One of them actually handed the keys of his cab to a police guy and jumped off Tower Bridge. I wish some of the others could have done the same frankly but never mind.”

For a Mayor [...]


Taxi cab makers Manganese Bronze yet to publish results as rival Eco City sees profit boost

The company has until 6.30pm to publish delayed results due to account errors or risk suspension from junior stock market
Mixed fortunes for the black cabs of London (and elsewhere) today. It seems weekend plans at one taxi-making firm are being put on hold, while champagne corks are popping at another.
Eco City Vehicles, the developer and [...]

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