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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:46 pm 
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Call me cynical, but this brings to mind the whole 'community transport' thing, just from a different angle.


Taxi trikes trigger licensing debate

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1789 ... ng-debate/

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COUNCILLORS have agreed to look at the idea of licensing electric three-wheeled bike in the same way as taxi cabs.

The move comes after Keswick-based Amy’s Care asked about charging people to use their proposed trishaw taxi service to provide vital extra income for the charity.

The organisation, which helps elderly people, has already trialled their use around Keswick free of charge.

However, the electrically-assisted tricycles would be classed as ‘hackney carriages’ when used commercially and would therefore have to be licensed.

Concerns were also raised by several Allerdale councillors that allowing one operator to set up shop in the town would open the “floodgates” for multiple companies to do the same.

They also expressed fears over road safety and congestion but agreed to vote the plans through to the next stage, which will see the launch of a public consultation.

Keswick councillor Allan Daniels said he was “very happy” for the bikes to operate in the park but did not feel they would be appropriate for the “crowded” roads of the popular tourist town.

Rebecca Dooley, director of Amy’s Care, told a licensing panel meeting that the idea had been set up initially to help isolated elderly people experience the “wind in in their hair, rather than being stuck inside”.

However, the charity now hopes to offer rides around the town to tourists for a fee that would help provide a cash boost for its charity’s work.

Under the plans, Amy’s Care would continue to provide a free trishaw service to locals experiencing difficulties getting to medical appointments, to the shops or banks. Mrs Dooley told the meeting that there are no wheelchair taxis in Keswick.

The meeting heard conditions for hackney carriage licenses were not tailored towards this type of vehicle and that alternatives would have to be put in place.

Before the idea can be rolled out, councillors would need to decide which rules and conditions should be attached following a full public consultation.

Founded in 2013, Amy’s Care provides day care, social clubs and holidays for elderly people in north Cumbria, especially those suffering from dementia.

The charity operates two days a week out of the Keswick Museum, catering for up to 13 people.

It has already used grant-funding to buy two trishaws, which have been imported from Denmark and are new to northern England. One can carry two passengers and the other can accommodate a wheelchair.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:50 pm 
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Well that looks safe 8-[


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Concerns were also raised by several Allerdale councillors that allowing one operator to set up shop in the town would open the “floodgates” for multiple companies to do the same.


About as likely as me winning tomorrow night's Euromillions :cry:


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:27 pm 
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Like so many of these ideas.

It's doomed to failure.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:37 pm 
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Funny that this has just appeared from the other end of the country - similar sort of contraption and used for similar purpose.

Main difference is that no suggestion here that it will be used commercially, so presumably no licensing implications.

But if these things are to be popping up all over the place then no doubt someone will be trying to make a few bob, as the earlier article indicates.


New trishaw taxi will get elderly and disabled out and about in Tiverton

https://www.devonlive.com/news/local-ne ... ed-3316860

The new equipment was unveiled by the mayor of Tiverton Councillor Colin Slade at Mid Devon Mobility’s 30th-anniversary celebrations

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A new three-wheeled trishaw will act as a taxi to get elderly and disabled residents out and about.

The new equipment was unveiled by the mayor of Tiverton Councillor Colin Slade at Mid Devon Mobility’s 30th-anniversary celebrations at Moorhayes Community Centre on Saturday, August 31.

Hayley Hillman from Mid Devon Mobility said: “Thank you to everyone who came to our charity’s 30th anniversary. We’re very sorry the weather was not on our side during the morning, but the sun did come out at 1:00 pm.

“We have unveiled a huge surprise today. We have spent the past six months fundraising to be able to purchase this.

“It’s part of our intergenerational project, and we hope it’ll be able to get elderly and disabled people back out and part of the community. It will be driven by our volunteers who will head to local care homes and get people out and about.”

Cllr Colin Slade added: “When they first told me they wanted a three-wheel bike I wondered what on earth they wanted that for. Then it was explained that it was a three-wheeled taxi trishaw which are becoming increasingly popular, so I’m delighted that we’ve got one in Tiverton.

“I think we’re going to start fundraising for another one now this one is operational. I do hope that it’s going to be well used and appreciated by the community in Tiverton.”


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