TAXI trouble for disabled passengers will be driven off the road – thanks to a UK ‘first’ by a South Tyneside company.
Northern Truck Bodies (NTB), a division of Vic Young Nissan, South Shields, has developed a unique wheelchair-accessible vehicle for the taxi industry.
The first of its kind in the UK, the vehicle’s ‘no seat removal’ design provides greater flexibility and is suitable for able and disabled passengers alike.
NTB is the preferred supplier for bodywork with Nissan, carrying out 99 per cent of conversions across the UK.
The chosen vehicle is a Nissan NV200, which lent itself perfectly to the conversion, as the mechanical parts of the car didn’t need to be altered.
Plus, the Nissan NV200 has been chosen to replace the iconic New York yellow cab and the London black cab.
Vic Young, managing director, said: “The Nissan NV200 is an innovative and forward-thinking concept, which meets the demands of the taxi industry, as it provides a flexible and easily-managed seating design.
“I have witnessed on many occasions how awkward it is for the taxi driver and passengers with mobility requirements to enter and exit a vehicle. Our concept eliminates this problem.
“Once the seats have been rotated to the side, to make room for a wheelchair, they can be safely clicked back into their original positions, and the vehicle is ready for its next pick-up.
“We are confident that the Nissan NV200 Taxi will make an impact in the taxi market.”
In recent years, NTB has developed conversions for various specialist vehicles, including an electric oven van for catering firm Sodexo and a private ambulance for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.