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Trevor Collett | Sep, 17 2013 | 29 Comments

A fleet of London TX4 taxis has arrived in Western Australia, with the iconic vehicles set to grace taxi ranks in some of the nation's capital cities soon.

Chinese carmaker Geely is the new owner of the London Taxi Company, and is behind the push to trial the purpose-built taxis in Australia.

Instead of the usual black paint finish, the London taxis have been painted white as part of a ‘hot condition’ package, which also includes an upgraded radiator and air-conditioning, along with a larger battery.

The ‘hot condition’ London taxis have already been used successfully in the Middle East, and London Taxis CEO Evan Simeon believes the cabs would be ideal for Australia as well.

"When you have a look at the majority of taxis, they are converted sedans which were not built to be cabs and so are not fit for the purpose," Mr Simeon said, speaking with AAP.

"We will do our due diligence, and so will the states, and hopefully these taxis will be out on the road somewhere soon."

Both Perth and Melbourne could be amongst the trial cities, with the Western Australian government outlaying guidelines for purpose-built taxis and seeking expressions of interest for a four-year trial.

Meanwhile the Victorian government said in a report last year that it may offer $20,000 subsidies for taxi companies who choose to buy London taxis.

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