Maryborough’s new “green taxi”

IT WOULD be an understatement to say Denis Shield has driven a lot of cars during his 14-year career as a taxi driver.

So when he says nothing beats driving Black and White Taxis Maryborough’s new “green taxi”, you can be sure he means it.

The Toyota Prius environmentally friendly electric hybrid taxi is the first of its kind in the Heritage City.

“It uses about five litres of petrol per 100kms – or 900kms per a 45-litre tank – so it’s not only cost-saving but it’s environmentally friendly too,” Mr Shield said.

“It’s very comfortable and the only difference is the gear lever. That takes a little getting used to but once you’ve got it, it’s great to drive.”

Allan Bond, managing director of Black and White Taxis Maryborough, said there were more than 150 electric hybrid cars in the Queensland taxi fleet.

He said the hybrid cars were a combination of a petrol engine and an electrical system that included a motor, generator and battery.

“It’s a growing trend in the industry because they’re cheaper to run,” he said.

“Queensland Transport is offering some incentives to put these vehicles on so hopefully we will be able to invest in some more.

“Hopefully in the future there might also be some extension for tax concessions.”

Maryborough passengers had only positive things to say about the new form of transportation, Mr Shield said.

“All the passengers love it,” he said.



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