Why it will soon be easier to get a taxi in Hull
The first fleet of Skodas are now on Hull's streets
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Oct 2017
The owner of a major Hull taxi company has said he hopes a fleet of new cars will help “raise the bar” in the city.
Hull Cars, based in Anlaby Road, have revealed 20 new Skoda cars will soon be collecting passengers across Hull.
Owner Chris Davidson said the £250,000 investment will help improve taxi provision in the city.
“Hull used to be renowned for just having Ladas as taxis,” he said.
“They had plastic seats, and you would stick to them if you sat on them for too long.
“Eventually the council said enough was enough, and said there would be no more Ladas in Hull .
“Now we want to raise the bar even higher.”
The taxi firm have also taken an order of five high-spec Mercedes E-class cars, for use in their corporate sector.
Hull Cars’ business clients in the city include Siemens, Smith & Nephew, and Reckitt Benckiser.
Mr Davidson said the investment would benefit drivers as well as passengers.
“It is a double-edged sword, the new cars will help drivers who have fallen into hard circumstances get quickly back on their feet, and will also mean customers have a new car to travel in.
“The build quality on the new Skodas is superb, and they are so much safer to travel in as well.”
The first 10 Skodas have already arrived in Hull, with the second batch due to reach the city at the end of November.
The new cars marks a rapid period of change at Hull Cars. The company, which completes around 12,000 jobs every week, have also invested £100,000 in a new booking system for passengers.
Meanwhile, the new Hull Cars mobile app is set to be unveiled in the next few weeks.
Mr Davidson said he hoped the new cars would “raise the bar” for taxi services in Hull.
“We were the first taxi company to introduce a text system in Hull, where customers get a photo and information about the driver who is coming to pick them up.
“It is especially good for female passengers, but it is good for safety and is so reassuring for the person to know who their driver is.
“We are constantly looking to find new technology that will help keep us ahead of the competition.”
The new vehicles on Hull’s streets are also available to drivers on a rent to buy basis, meaning they will eventually own the cars themselves.
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