Tuk Tuks set to hit Monmouthshire streets but they must be booked in advance

Monmouthshire Council Licensing Team are set to discuss drawn up plans to revise licensing conditions after they received a request to license their first three-wheeled tuk tuk vehicle.

Under the plans, which are part of the council's next licensing committee meeting agenda, it says the tuk-tuk will operate on designated tour routes in the county, transporting up to two passengers on sightseeing trips.

The report being considered says: “Tuk Tuks and Rickshaws can be ideal for promoting tourism and sightseeing within Monmouthshire.

“There are currently none operating in the Gwent area, with the nearest being licensed in Cardiff.”

Under the plan, the vehicles will only be used for special occasions and pre-booked business. Use of the tuk-tuk will not be allowed if the weather causes hindrance to its stability. Children under 16 will not be allowed to travel unless accompanied by an adult, and those under four will not be permitted. All passengers must wear a lap belt for the duration of their journey.

The vehicles will also need to be kept in good condition, and they must come with a warning device such as a bell or horn, and have a watertight roof covering.

The particular tuk-tuk put forward for a licence is fully road legal, holds a valid MOT and has also passed a taxi vehicle test at an approved Monmouthshire garage and has a top speed of 37mph. Councillors will discuss completion of the licensing terms on Tuesday 23 June.

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