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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:39 am 
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Why you could soon see both black AND yellow cabs on Derby streets

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/d ... th-3005115

But it might only be for a short time

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Up to 20 new black environmentally-friendly hackney cabs will soon be plying their trade on Derby's streets - pending a decision on whether all the city's taxis should stay yellow or go back to black.

Both yellow and black cabs will be available to the public alongside each other while the results of a consultation on the future colour are analysed.

A very limited number of the existing 270 licensed hackney carriage vehicles meet the Government's clear air minimum standards of Euro 6 diesel and proprietors will be expected to change their vehicles in the near future at a date to be set by Derby City Council's licensing comittee.

New cabs are already being ordered by around 20 proprietors who want to upgrade their vehicles to Euro 6 and ULEV compliant vehicles. These taxis form part of the city council's taxi and private hire vehicle strategy to introduce newer, better-equipped, cleaner taxi cabs by 2020.

The vehicles are supplied from the manufacturers in black and previously have had to be sprayed yellow at considerable cost to comply with the council's rules and regulations.

But the licensing committee has decided to allow the new cabs to remain black until a final decision is made on the colour to be used in the city.

It is possible that the final colour scheme could result in cabs remaining black but with some yellow branding to aid identification - possibly on the roof, sides and bonnet.

A city council spokesman said: "Our bold draft strategy set out plans to modernise Derby’s taxi fleet, making them safer, greener, and fit for the future.

"After being given the go-ahead to consult on the strategy in January, a three month consultation was held – the results of which are being analysed – to find out what the public and trade thought of the ambitious plans.

"During this time we held six drop-in sessions that were well-attended, and allowed us to share our plans, as well as gather feedback.

"What was extremely encouraging to hear during these sessions was the number of drivers eager to get started. The committee approved the purchase of hackney carriages in the colour black, until such time as consultation results are analysed and a final decision on colour is made.

"All hackneys will still show their Derby City Council license plates, and will still have their taxi signs on the roof.”

Hackney cabs in Derby first became yellow in 2001 following a change of policy by the council to make them more identifiable for customers, including the partially-sighted.

They differ from private hire cars in that they can be hailed on the street.


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What a horrible colour.

Imagine spending £30-60,000 on a motor and then doing that to it? #-o

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:13 pm 
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Sussex wrote:
What a horrible colour.

Imagine spending £30-60,000 on a motor and then doing that to it? #-o


Indeed, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's a link between the colour requirement and Derby's reputation for rust bucket HCs.

Of course, as is often said, correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation :-s


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UPDATE: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Strategy 2020

16/07/2019

https://news.derby.gov.uk/update-taxi-a ... tegy-2020/

Derby City Council has taken the decision to delay its Taxi Strategy report, which was due to be heard by Licensing Committee on Wednesday 24th July.

The ambitious strategy focusses on modernising Derby’s taxi and private hire fleet; making them safer, more environmentally friendly, and enhancing customer service and experience, as well as exploring ways to tackle out of town taxis.

The draft Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Strategy (TPH) 2020 will now go to Committee at a later date, giving officers additional time to accurately determine the feasibility of some of the +500 responses heard during the three month consultation.

Richard Antcliff, Director for Public Protection and Streetpride said:

“The TPH strategy offers a long-term solution to Derby’s ageing taxis and high emissions. It’s been encouraging to see so many people understand that and take the time to respond constructively to the consultation.

“We did commit to bring the revised strategy back to Licensing Committee in July, however there were a number of valid points and suggestions raised that we’d like the time to explore further to determine if they’d work for Derby, while keeping the overarching goals of the strategy. [[Safer / cleaner / modern / focussed]]

“Ultimately any changes made now are going to bring about much needed change for the trade and the public alike, so we need to get this spot on.”

A number of suggestions, for example retro-fitting vehicles, were put forward during the consultation, and at several of the six workshops that ran during this period.

Officers are now considering consultation results to determine if there are areas of compromise, before bringing a revised strategy back to Licensing Committee.

Mr Antcliff continued:

“We’ve said from day one that this needed to be a collaborative process, and while we’re never going to please everyone, we hope we can get the balance right.

“Our end goal is to keep the taxi trade alive; to allow drivers to remain operating on a fully commercial basis, and offer customers an excellent and safe experience, at the same time as tackling air quality. And to do that, we have to be bold with our plans."


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:01 pm 
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Surely they can sort the colour out without further delay?

There are no safety and environmental issues to debate there.

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