“Where To, Guvner?”

The famous black cabs that you see rolling through the streets of London are hand-built in a factory in Coventry; they’ve been produced there since 1948.

The famous black cabs that you see rolling through the streets of London are hand-built in a factory in Coventry; they’ve been produced there since 1948. The roots of the company that builds the cabs, LTI, London Taxis International, actually go back to 1919.

But here’s something that you probably don’t think about when you consider the recently ended Cash for Clunkers program: taxis.

Yet over in the U.K., where there is a somewhat similar program, wonderfully called a “scheme” in British parlance, the folks at LTI are urging cabbies to get a new cab: “The scheme will end shortly and we are advising drivers looking to participate in the Scrappage Scheme to take advantage of this deal and purchase a new TX4 before the funding runs out,” said Rob Laidler, Sales Director at LTI Vehicles. The British government has budgeted £300-million for its program, of which more than two-thirds has been taken.

BTW: there is evidently considerable concern vis-à-vis the design of the black cab, so in order to run this picture, we have to run the line found directly below it.

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