Jake's Buses and The Southern Counties Omnibus Collection isn't just about buses. Regular viewers will know we also have a few Metrocab taxis and a 1976 Europa caravan too (which originally was going to be restored as a mobile ticket office...) in addition to the buses etc. So the other day I had reason to visit the DVLA vehicle check website. This is a great free service which gives you basic information like when the tax and MOT runs out. It also lists some of the vehicle details of the log book - vehicle type, colour and engine size. After finishing my initial search I couldn't help wondering if any other Metrocabs from the RLH batch survived. Although fairly modern vehicles, they tend to get used for parts when they stop being cabs- especially that Ford Transit engine- and most people are more interested in the Fairway taxis too. Metrocabs have little or no scrap value due to the plastic bodyshell so can loiter in yards for years. So, S739RLH was last seen in use in Chichester and is still taxed and tested until late next year. S740RLH has been SORN from this year. S741RLH is not SORN but ran out of tax and test in 2013 (which would indicate parked up being used for parts maybe?) . I've got S742RLH, and S743RLH appears to have bitten the dust in 2011. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who can fill in this information a bit more. The though of having twin cabs is appealing... if not really practical.
Anybody looking at starting off in the world of preservation the has a very good (if short notice) attempt with Nu-Venture selling off T552 (NUW552Y). This is a former GTL vehicle which, like sister bus 553, started off in East London. Unlike 553 though she headed to Liverpool and worked there for a while before heading to Kent. She's up for sale at £3000 + VAT which is a tad expensive for an old Titan but it's probably your last chance to buy one direct from service. She heads for scrap later this week so you need to contact Nu-Venture directly if you are interested.
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