Will New York-Style Yellow Cabs Come To Manchester? Maybe Sooner Than You Think
New uniform taxi cab standards — and a new uniform livery across Greater Manchester — are to be considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
The New York-style livery would be an "early win" in an effort to push rogue drivers out of the city, cut fuel emissions and create a memorable Manchester branding which can promote the city as effectively as the iconic yellow cabs promote New York.
The push for a new look and new standards follows a surge in drivers coming to the city having obtained licenses in areas with lax taxi regimes, the Manchester Evening News reports. A proposal will go before leaders later this month.
Demand for taxis and cabs in the city is high — but the supply of properly licensed drivers is more limited. Drivers can obtain a license from Wolverhampton council within a week, when it might take months in Manchester where higher standards of checking are enforced.
In the same way that New York cabs can pick up fares in any of the city's five boroughs, the newly recognisable Greater Manchester cabs would operate throughout Greater Manchester's 10 boroughs.
Legal responsibility for taxi licensing lies with the boroughs, not GMCA, although there is thought to be a widespread interest in higher level co-ordination.
The iconic yellow cab was introduced in 1907, the yellow livery replacing black and red. New York also operates lime-green cabs which operate outside Lower Manhattan.