The History of the Black Cab

You may know bits and bobs about the history of the automobile – the Ford Model T, the Volkswagen Beetle, the McLaren F1… but do you know the history of the Hackney cab?

We may take it for granted nowadays, but back in the old days (the 1600s to be precise) getting around wasn’t so easy. Sure, you could horse ride or simply walk, but it would take a long time and not every mode of transport was available to the average Joe. That’s where public transport comes in.

To say the Black Cab is an important part of automotive history is an understatement. For example, did you know it is the oldest form of regulated public transport in the world?

Naturally, the Hackney cab and related legislation has evolved massively over the years, with things like petrol power being introduced in 1903 and bad language being policed as early as the 1700s.

So where did it all start? Check out our infographic below to find out more.

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