The Black cabs had been a trademark symbol for London just the way its red double-decker used to be. Coventry had given these cabs since 1919 that adorned the city of London and various other parts of the world. There had been recent plans to relax the rules on the type of vehicle being driven by Coventry taxi drivers. The discussions are in progress with a decision due in December 2015. There are strict rules in Coventry that all licensed taxis use ranks, must be Hackney carriages made by LTC and must be purpose built with wheelchair access, hearing aids for hearing impaired, swivel seats for those without wheelchairs and must meet turning circle rules. Book your taxi from yourcoventrytaxis.co.uk.
Coventry taxi drivers are of the opinion that these rules will create expensive monopoly and increase finance and insurance costs. LTC, after taking off 99 of 175 employees in September 2013, restarted full scale production of black cabs. They are also into the production of next generation electric, ultra-low-emission cars in Coventry. The company also claims that they made cabs affordable for drivers, giving instalments spanning over four years. With this kind of active production, it is hard for Coventry taxis to be anything other than its identity marking black cabs.