Sales in October are “following a similar trend”.n Taxi Drivers for some time and UK sales are down nearly 9% on last year in the quarter to September 30. There has been a 7.5% drop on 2010 for the year so far.
Manganese has held margins and increased its dominant share of the London cab market from 79% to 81%.
But a large order from Azerbaijan for 1000 taxis in Baku has helped nearly treble its international sales this year.
Next London sales will benefit from new rules at Transport for London which clamps down on pollution. Any London taxis more than 15 years old will disappear.
I understand that many Licensed London Taxi Drivers are reluctant to buy black cabs from Manganese Bronze as they are very expensive, reliability is an issue and some engines fail at 1
00,000 miles or just after the warranty has expired, costing £5,000 to replace.
Many Licensed London Taxi Drivers feel they are being held to ransom by TfL and claim TfL is not fit for purpose. I tend to agree. TfL also regulate Private Hire Operators and Private Hire Drivers or minicab drivers as they are also known
Transport for London has begun a search for a sponsor to partner in the creation of a Cleaner Taxi fund, which will subsidise the replacement of new Euro 5 compliant London taxis.
A chosen sponsor will be given high visible exposure to tens of millions of residents within the city with exclusive rights to place their branding on the 350 new taxis, as well as having naming rights of the scheme and a joint launch of the scheme.
• Thatcham Approved TQA104
• Ideal for Cars, Vans, Taxi Cabs and HGV’s
• Monitored 24 hours a day
• Battery disconnect/low level alert
• Movement Sensor Alert
• Fully Transferable (Terms and Conditions apply)
• Covert black box
• 3 year warranty (Extendable to 12 years)
£270 supplied and fitted
£139 per year