Taxis modeled after London’s iconic black cabs will be cruising a Shanghai street near you as soon as this October, according to Shanghai Daily, sans outrageous London fares (but of course, more expensive than your Shanghai red cab).
As Geely’s China-made TX4 taxi is the same model as the famous black cabs of the British capital, they have been nicknamed “London cabs” by operator Shanghai Qiangsheng Taxi Co.
Qiangsheng, the city’s biggest taxi firm, won the contract to run 200 cabs. The first batch of 50 cars will go into service around the National Day holiday in early October, said Zhou Wenhua, director of the company’s operations.
The London cabs will have a starting fare hiked up to 19 yuan (compared to the typical 14 yuan in the city) and will charge 2.6 yuan per kilometer—0.2 yuan more than a standard taxi.
The taxi will feature two fixed seats facing two folding seats in the back, with no front seat beside the driver, the space for which can be used to store luggage. While cab priority will be given to the elderly and disabled, they can also be flagged down. Huzzah.