Sandwell private hire cars allowed to ditch silver colour » National Taxi Association

Private hire cars in Sandwell will no longer have to be painted silver following a campaign by drivers. It is part of a shake-up of licensing regulations which will also enforce new rules for hackney carriage licences in the borough. Minicab drivers had complained that they were no longer able to afford new cars because dealers had slapped a premium on silver vehicles knowing the council only licensed cars in that colour. The one-colour measure was introduced to have a uniform service and ensure they were easily identified. Council bosses have now reviewed the rules and decided to allow certain private hire vehicles to be any colour. Councillor Maria Crompton, cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “Saloons, hatchbacks, and limousines will be allowed to be any colour. Minibuses and multi purpose vehicles will be allowed to be any colour apart from black in orde...

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