Could Dumfries and Galloway Council's decision pave the way for the rest of the UK?
An enquiry to Dumfries and Galloway Council as to whether they would consider licensing a tuk tuk as a taxi has sparked police concerns.
The three-wheeled vehicle has the primary construction of a motor-cycle and is built on an open frame which commands a top speed of 40mph.
However, police have said that they have some serious safety concerns which include the vehicle’s stability due to its three-wheeled design which could make it prone to tipping, its short and narrow wheel base and the protection afforded to the passengers and driver should the vehicle be involved in a road traffic collision.
The police spokesman went on to say that the vehicle itself would have no airbags and no side impact protection system and would present a significant risk of injury or worse to any occupants.
Further concerns were raised about the potential for drunk passengers or children falling from a vehicle with no doors.
Transport manager Gordon Bryce said: "In my opinion this type of vehicle is not suited on our local roads as a Taxi or private hire vehicle."
Tuk tuks are popular in countries with tropical climates, with the biggest manufacturer based in India, however with a request now received by the council the way could be paved for their use in the cooler climes of south-west Scotland.
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