Paul Gooch is the proud owner of the Peugeot E7 XS which has been purpose-built to transport wheelchair users in comfort alongside five additional passengers.
The car was on the road on March 1st and received its yellow Hackney carriage licence plates from Thurrock just two days later on March 3rd.
Paul, from Stanford, runs KnightOwl Taxis alongside his wife Lola and is working in partnership with Thurrock taxi company ZcarsZ Express. He said: “I became a taxi driver in November but noticed there was a distinct lack of vehicles for wheelchair users. When I was upgrading my vehicle it seemed an ideal opportunity to have a vehicle built for purpose which offers a range of comfort and security features for all passengers, able bodied or not.”
Chair of TDN, Gareth Davies, said: “This is fantastic news for the wheelchair user community of Thurrock. This purpose built top specification taxi has good wheelchair access and plenty of room to manoeuvre the wheelchair into position once inside the vehicle. This is a very welcome addition to the accessible taxi fleet already operating in Thurrock and I hope that we will see a continued rise in the numbers of this type of vehicle in Thurrock in the future”.
Thurrock Council’s Licensing Team has a limited number of Hackney Carriage plates available for wheelchair accessible vehicles. Any owners or drivers considering upgrading should contact the Licensing Team on 01375 652187/652879 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org