London's famous black taxis turn white for Australia
LONDON (AFP) - The iconic black London cab is to hit the streets in Australia for the first time - though the taxis have been painted white to cope with the Antipodean heat.
A shipment of 98 TX4s has been unloaded in Perth for a four-year trial in the west coast city, the first of 200 heading Down Under, manufacturers The London Taxi Company said.
The taxis will be plying for hire in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, later this month.
"They're white, which is probably better in a hot climate, but they are also specifically hot-climate vehicles. They have different ventilation to make sure they don't overheat," a spokeswoman for The London Taxi Company told AFP.