Edinburgh taxis to receive new plates

Taxis in Edinburgh are to receive new colour-coded plates to help clients to differentiate between hire cars and standard cabs.

Under new proposals approved by West Lothian Council, private hire vehicles are to be fitted with plates featuring a band of the West Lothian Council tartan, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

Plates on standard taxis, meanwhile, will remain in their current pale blue colour.

These changes come as part of a number of amendments to taxi policy in the city, with fees for advertising on the sides of vehicles also set to be cut.

The authority has also decided against implementing a mandatory requirement to install CCTV cameras in every vehicle.

Robert De Bold, an executive councillor for the environment, added: “A number of reports will be considered that aim to address proposed changes.”

Cabbies in Edinburgh may soon also be affected by a Traffic Regulation Order being considered by the City of Edinburgh Council, which is set to see vehicles come under movement restrictions to accommodate trams.

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