Blog Archive » Cabbies happy after proposals to introduce age limits for taxis are thrown out
Cardiff’s cabbies enjoyed a victory yesterday when councillors threw out proposals aimed at improving the standard of the capital’s ageing taxi fleet. Cardiff council officers had recommended the public protection committee set a maximum age limit for the first licensing of saloons and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs). They also recommended the maximum age that saloons, MPVs and black-and-white cabs can be licensed as taxis in Cardiff be limited at 10 years. But councillors on the committee voted by a majority to reject the proposals, with some arguing the ongoing maintenance of vehicles was more important than their age. They instead removed the current initial licensing vehicle age restriction of 25 months and extended the maximum age a cab is allowed to be on the road from 10 years to 12 years. The “prestige vehicle” classification, which allowed the owner to extend the li...