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Death of the British black cab

Simon Westlake

The traditional black London cab is on its way out, so we take a look at this iconic car.

Death of the British black cab

Black cab... how will you get about now?                 Photo: sermoa (Flickr)

SINCE 1948 the black British cab has been part of the capital and the thought of it disappearing from ours streets is saddening. With news of the Black cab company, Manganese Bronze, going into administration and no obvious buyer GB Mag thought it would only be right to pay tribute to the black cab.

New York has the yellow taxi, Bangkok has it’s took tooks but Britain has the black cab. It seems impossible to think of London without the iconic shape and sound of the cab. With the end of the road in sight for the TX4 taxi (that’s the technical name for a black cab) may disappear from our streets for ever.

But what is so special about the black cab? Well even by admittance of the drivers it has its problems but its pros do outweighs its cons. Designed in the forties to have a tight turning circle which gave it the edge in moving around in a small city space the cabs have become just as iconic as the red telephone box. Also the ability to carry five people is crucial to the design. The band the Artic Monkeys even released a song called Red light indicates doors are secured which is the message on the inside of a black cab to remind people the doors are locked. As you can see the black cab is ingrained in British society.

Hopefully this British icon will endure, just like the red bus because it wouldn’t be Britain without the black cab.

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