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News Archive > General > Bid for tuktuk taxis in top resort

Bid for tuktuk taxis in top resort

By Simon Fernley 27th February 2020

Bid for tuktuk taxis in top resort
Tuktuks could become a familiar sight in and around Newquay

THEY are a more familiar sight in the likes of Thailand but tuktuks could soon be seen on the streets of Newquay after a bid to launch a new service.

However the plans to have a new electric tuktuk service in the resort will depend on Cornwall Council altering its regulations for the size of taxis.

The council’s miscellaneous licensing committee will consider an application to increase the number of taxis licensed in the Restormel area as well as a bid to change guidelines for vehicles. It comes after a new company – Nubeez – applied to the council to increase the number of licences in Restormel above the current figure of 74.

And at the same time, the new venture has asked the council to change its rules so it can operate the electric vehicles, which can carry two passengers. Nubeez, which is run by Giorgia Hosley and Prasad Raja, has submitted its business plan to the licensing committee as part of its application.

In a section outlining their “motivation” they state: “Newquay both for tourists as well as residents offers several attractions, particularly the south-west coastal stretch extending across the entire coastal line.

“Both for residents and tourists, for short distance trips and pick-up from coastal hikes, we intend to provide the Nubeez taxi service so they can discover long trail hiking without having to worry about return routes.

“We want to provide a non-disruptive pick-up taxi service and micro transportation facilities which will be more needed in the future with the advent of electric and sustainable solutions.

“We want to enhance the attractiveness of sightseeing and hiking tours with pick-up service from hotspots.” Explaining the service, the company states: “The service will facilitate tourists and locals when

short distance transport is needed. “Tuktuks are two-seater with less space consumption. We set out goals to emphasise our sustainable and long-term environmentally-friendly transport. “They are electric vehicles with zero pollution and possible enhancements for solar charging for future vehicles.  

“We can provide a full-time service. Routes in town and hotspot pick-up places with preservation for South West coastal hikers – Watergate, Crantock, Porth, Fistral, Constantine Bay and Holywell Bay.”

The company says it plans to use the zBee vehicle which is made by Clean Motion and that surfboard carriers and baggage boxes can be added.

It states that initially it wants to operate two vehicles. The miscellaneous licensing committee will consider whether to allow the number of licences issued in Restormel to increase and to change guidelines for vehicles when it meets on Friday (February 28).

By Simon Fernley 27th February 2020

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