Eastbourne’s cabs are all getting a makeover this week in a move to help customers and improve public safety.
From this week licensed Hackney carriage vehicles, which can be hailed in the street, and private hire vehicles, which can only be pre-booked in advance, have a new livery on the doors.
The new design was brought in this month after extensive talks between Eastbourne Borough Council which licenses cabs in the town and the major taxi firms as well as independent drivers.
The council’s portfolio holder for licensing Steve Wallis said, “The new livery will ensure that the public can easily identify licensed hackney carriage and private hire vehicles in Eastbourne.
“The scheme, which is the result of very extensive consultation with local taxi operators, will help present a good image and improve public safety by ensuring people only used properly licensed taxis.”
Eastbourne firm 720 Taxis was among the first to have the new livery fitted on its vehicles and by Wednesday lunchtime cars were displaying the new look.
Kenny Kemp, chairman of 720 Taxis in Susans Road, said, “We are now displaying the new advertising door signs. This is in conjunction with Eastbourne Borough Council, which is issuing the new council signs that are to be displayed by all Eastbourne licensed Hackney and private hire vehicles.”
The Hackney Carriage signs will be blue colour and indicate they can be hailed in the street by customers. The private hire signs will be yellow in colour indicating they must be pre-booked with taxi and private hire firms.
Mr Kemp added, “These new council signs will assist the travelling public in identifying Eastbourne licensed vehicles. The decision regarding the new signs was after lengthy consultation with the Hackney and private hire trade in Eastbourne.”