Black cabs will be picking up fares in Australia after Coventry-based London Taxi Company secured a deal to export a fleet of the iconic vehicles to Perth.
A sample of 98 white used factory demonstrator “hot-climate” TX4 models will be tested during a trial to discover if modifications are needed prior to the full roll-out next year of a further 200 new cabs.
The deal is worth several millions of pounds to the manufacturer, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Geely Holding Group.
The contract will also involve driver training and familiarisation with the vehicles.
London Taxi Company international sales director, Matthew Cheyne said: “This is an exciting new market for us and it’s just the beginning. We will continue to work closely with the authorities in Perth to deliver the London Taxi, and the London Taxi Service successfully into Australia.”
The latest deal follows a recent run of export sales orders for the firm.
Mr Cheyne added: “Sales have never been so good. We’re currently manufacturing vehicles for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. We are also expecting orders from Azerbaijan which already has 1,000 TX4s in-situ.”
Further orders are expected from the Australian state of Victoria.
Western Australian Government Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the trial was part of his Taxi Action Plan which aimed to improve the security, standards and availability of Perth taxis.