Campaign for London’s Iconic Black Cabs

Manganese Bronze is being backed by Boris Johnson in a campaign to keep production in the UK.

At the end of the October, the makers of the black cabs, Manganese Bronze called in administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after failing to secure a new funding. They had to recall over 400 cabs and the suspension of sales after there was a fault with the vehicle’s steering box which was a huge blow to the Coventry based company, who was already losing money over the last 4 years. This has a knock on effect on people in the industry including taxi drivers who already face increased fuel prices, taxi insurance and generally less people taking cabs.

Johnson has told the Unite union that he would do everything that he could to make sure that the production of London’s iconic black cabs remained in England.

He wrote a letter to the union chiefs, “I remain fully committed to the future of the iconic black taxi,
“Please take this letter as proof of my support for your campaign to keep the black cab on the streets and thank you again for writing to me.”

David Cameron and Johnson had both been advised to back the campaign to save the firm.
After the union claims the shortlist of potential buyers, the decision of the company’s future will be close to being finalised.

Unite assistant general secretary, Tony Burke wrote in his letter to Tory chiefs saying, “Unite is asking you to commit your personal support to our campaign to ensure that the iconic black cab continues to be built in the UK.”

The company’s future could have its final decision made by PwC early next year in January.

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