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Tanks for the ride.
A British man starts a “tank taxi” service in the city of Norwich with a 15-tonne armored vehicle.
The ex-military caterpillar is technically not a tank, but was built to withstand hits from small arms, artillery, and explosive devices.
Merlin Batchelor told SWNS that the 1967 military machine stood in someone’s yard for four decades before buying it for around $ 27,500 last year.
“I just wanted a tank. I always wanted to build a castle one day and it seemed to fit the whole defense theme,” said Batchelor.
Batchelor has brightened it up with a purple floral motif and built a flat-screen TV into the cabin in case its passengers aren’t entertaining enough playing soldier. He has applied for a taxi license so it can provide a unique way to get around the city, but it won’t compete directly with ride hailing services.
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Its prices are $ 830 for the first hour and $ 275 for each additional hour, but the vehicle carries up to nine people who can split the bill at any time.
Insurance for the street-legal vehicle is only $ 330 a year, but it can only be driven up to 20 mph, so it may not be the fastest way for locals to get around town.
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“My three youngest girls love it, they want to go to school in it,” said Batchelor. “My oldest daughter was a fan until I ordered it. Now she’s in high school and she’s like, ‘I don’t want my friends to know about this.'”