New white cabs off the rank

Passenger Tess Bacic with cabbie Phil Buhagiar from LCAB.
Passenger Tess Bacic with cabbie Phil Buhagiar from LCAB.

More of the white cabs will take to the roads of Perth with the State Government recently approving a further 50 for trial, despite delays to the first round of licensing approvals.

All drivers must be accredited by the Department of Transport.

Outstanding approvals for 27 taxis in the first round of 50 were expected to be issued in the next couple of months, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transport said.

‘The level of interest generated by the expression of interest was very impressive,’ she said.

‘Now that the trial places have been allocated, the taxis must be fitted with a security system and appropriate signage, before being licensed and allocated to drivers.

She said the department would also keep in contact with a number of other companies to have shown interest in any future projects.

When the London Taxis were launched, Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the trial would last four years and involve 100 purpose-built taxis in a bid to improve security, standards and availability of taxis.

The white cabs can take up to five passengers and have two independently lockable compartments, plus a rear swivel seat with kerbside accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility.