Thomas Hegarty, from Liverpool, was one of the first in the city to change his vehicle from an LTI taxi to an E7™ , following Cab Direct’s landmark victory at the High Court last year. Months on, he is still singing the praises of the favourite modern style black cab.
Thomas says: “I’ve been a cab driver for fifteen years and had been driving an LTI taxi, the TX2.
"However, when we were finally given a choice of black cab, I decided it was time for a change. And I’m glad I did! The E7 is just fantastic. I’ve recommended it to loads of other drivers since taking delivery.”
When your cab is your office it’s vital that you have the right vehicle for the job. That’s why the E7™ black cab was designed with the requirements of the modern-day driver front of mind. Inspired vehicle design has created superb driver comfort. Plus E7™ features a professional driver’s seat with active pump-action height and tilt adjustment meaning you can find the perfect driving position for you. It also provides additional lumbar support – ideal when you spend long hours behind the wheel.
Thomas says: “For me, the best thing about the E7™ is the comfort. It’s miles better than with an LTI taxi - the driver’s seat is fantastic.
"It’s one of the main comments I get from customers too – lots of people have mentioned what a comfortable and quiet ride it is.”
E7’s comfort levels are further complemented by the spacious driver and rear compartments. Standard features such as electric one-touch windows, steering mounted audio controls, air conditioning and many handy storage areas also combine to provide the perfect working environment.
Another big plus point for Thomas is the level of accessibility provided by the E7™. So much so that he has secured regular contract work.
Thomas explains: “The E7 taxi is just superb for wheelchair access. I now have a regular customer who I was unable to take in my LTI taxi because her wheelchair was too big to fit through the door. I also get quite a lot of work from the NHS – they’re specifically asking for an E7 because of the improved access.”
Taxis are clearly a vital component of the UK’s public transport network. Even more so for disabled people, for whom taxis are often the primary mode of transport. As such, the E7™ raises standards in accessibility for wheelchair users – and consequently, you, the driver.
Manual or cab-operated electric side-steps, together with high visibility grab handles and floor edging assist passenger entry and exit, while both rear and tip-up seats are ergonomically designed for ease of use. Plus E7’s revolutionary EasyGlide™ ramp makes loading wheelchair passengers quick and easy.
Thomas concludes: “The E7 is a fantastic cab all round and a vast improvement on the old-style LTI taxis. For driveability, economy and space, as well as comfort and access, I’d recommend it to anyone. Cab Direct and Taxifix, the local Liverpool dealer, have been great too.”