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Half of passengers can identify licensed minicab

Fewer than half of passengers know whether their minicab is licensed, according to research by the London Assembly.

It found while 85 per cent of users say its important to feel safe in a taxi, far fewer actually knew how to identify a legal vehicle.

However two thirds of black cab passengers knew how to identify whether their taxi was licensed.

"The interest in and focus on the arrival of Uber in London has become a distraction from some very serious issues facing the Taxi and Private Hire industries. Transport for London's (TFL's) performance as regulator and enforcer has been woefully inadequate and the interests of the passenger are being largely ignored. A strategy and vision for the future is essential in order to support the industry and provide the service that passengers require. "TfL needs to get to grips with the basics - such as improving signage, installing more taxi ranks and staying ahead of the rapid technological advances, putting the passenger first - which is what Londoners and our visitors expect and deserve."

– Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee

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Remodelled black cabs developed in Paddington

London's new cab is a remodelled version of a vehicle first unveiled in August 2012. Modifications were made following feedback from the office of Boris Johnson.

The new cab will go on sale in London in December. Credit: PA Wire

The taxi was developed by Nissan's European design centre in Paddington and comes with round headlamps and a re-modelled grille as well as new front-bumper panels.

Response to London cabs in Australia 'phenomenal'

The response has been phenomenal. We couldn't have asked for a better welcome. One Perth operator who purchased a fleet of the 50 bright, white used TX4s has already had a stampede of drivers who want to be the first ones to buy a cab and partake in the trial.

We've had a lot of positive interest from ex-pats, both prospective customers and drivers; what has been especially gratifying are the offers from ex-pat London Taxi drivers who not only want to buy one, but have also offered their services to train our Australian drivers on everything from the service to vehicle operation.

– Evan Simeon, London Taxi Conpany

London cabs to be exported to Australia

London Taxis may be an iconic symbol of the capital, but they are now about to hit the streets a little further away from home - in Perth, Australia.

The cabs will be sporting a new look as well, painted white instead of the traditional black to combat the Australian heat.

The white taxis in production last month before their Australian debut Credit: Press Association

The London Taxi Company has exported a test sample of 98 taxis to the Western Australian city where they will under go trials over the next few weeks.

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A taxi fare hard to beat

London's taxi drivers are never usually short of stories about who's been in the back of their cabs. But here's one that's hard to beat.

At first, Tracey Mitchell's £15 fare from a hospital in Paddington seemed like any other - until the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge got in after seeing their new grandson for the first time.

Carolyn Sim went to meet the cabbie who played a small part in history.

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Boris Johnson welcomes Manganese Bronze purchase

I am delighted that Geely has successfully secured the future of the London Taxi Company, ensuring the continuing manufacture of a world famous, fully accessible and instantly recognisable vehicle synonymous with London. London's cabbies can now look to the future safe in the knowledge that the TX model taxi will continue to serve Londoners for many years to come and I look forward to hearing Geely's proposals for producing an ultra low emission taxi to serve London in the near future._

– Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London
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Manganese Bronze: 'Production to continue as before'

Manganese Bronze have been bought by Geely Credit: Manganese Bronze

Geely says they will seek to re-establish the manufacture, sale and servicing of vehicles on the same basis as existed before Manganese Bronze went into administration.

The company says they will seek to develop new models to follow the current TX4 version.

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Manganese Bronze bought

A leading Chinese automobile manufacturer has bought Coventry-based Manganese Bronze, the makers of London's iconic black taxi.

Zejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) purchased the group for £11.04m, in agreement with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, who were appointed their administrators.

Geely says it would continue to assemble the TX4 model at Manganese Broze's plant in Coventry

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