10 Jan '14, 1pm

Spoilt for choice

Spoilt for choice

There was once a time when a cab was easily identifiable. Looking like a throwback to the 1950s, its boxy shape set it apart from more modern vehicles on the road. If the vehicle was always black its driver was invariably white (and male), usually sporting a flat cap, a muffler and speaking in an East London accent. A visitor to London is now confronted with a bewildering choice. B lack, silver, electric blue and even pink and that’s just the vehicles. Many covered with advertising and now some with illuminated roof adverts that look more akin to their New York cousins. Soon we are promised a huge choice for the vehicle we can drive. The iconic shape (even in its latest transmogrification) is being swamped by the new Mercedes, looking akin to a van but soon we have been promised as least four new pretenders to the cab crown. London needs something iconic, as Boris Johnson ...

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