Radio Taxis expanding into Eastleigh

RADIO Taxis is expanding to Eastleigh and is expected to create 40 new jobs.

The company already operate in the area with the Southampton based taxis, but the expansion and new operators licence allow for a fleet in the area with Eastleigh registered drivers.

There will be around 20 and 40 new taxis across the borough.

This expansion will be the companies first although they also hope to expand to Romsey and the New Forest.

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Radio Taxis provides cars for groups of up to eight people.

In an interview with the Daily Echo, CEO Simon May stated that Radio Taxis’ expansion plans for Eastleigh: “will allow us to not only work with Eastleigh drivers but work with local businesses in the area.”

The company have invested thousands of pounds for new technology, including CCTV camera and a app for customers to track their taxi, like that by Uber, which will continue through the cars in the Eastleigh.

May believes that all technological improvements will help to protect both customers and drivers, and will be the first taxi company in Eastleigh to have these provisions.

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Many of the taxis in Southampton are not owned by Radio Taxis

Borough councillor David Airey, cabinet member for transport and chair of the Licensed Transport Forum, told the Daily Echo: “There will be tough competition with the present businesses”

Radio Taxis was established in March 1973 with 29 taxis and has since expanded to a 250 fleet of Hackney Carriages and private hire vehicles.

To book a taxi or find out more use the app or call the company on 023 80 666 666.

 

We spoke to the public and a Radio Taxis driver to find out their views.

by Leanne Revell (@Leanne_Revell96), Luke Henry (@Luke_Henry1), Louis Suffill (@louisuffill)