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Council to debate tuk-tuk tours

09 Apr 2024 2 minute read
A Tuk Tuk tour cart.

Richard EvansLocal Democracy Reporter

A Welsh council is set to debate tuk-tuk sightseeing tours.

Conwy County Borough Council’s licensing committee will meet on Monday (April 15) to discuss the possibility of rickshaw tours for visitors to Llandudno, Conwy, and Rhos-on-Sea.

A tuk-tuk is a three-wheeled motor-assisted bicycle with passenger seats at the rear.

Popular in countries such as Thailand, tuk-tuks are used as a cheap, accessible form of taxi service.


The council report states: “The proposed vehicles are powered by a 198cc engine and are steered by handlebars rather than a steering wheel.

“They are commonly used as a method of public transport throughout Europe and Asia, with similar Wales-based operations in Pembrokeshire and Cardiff.”

The committee will meet, debate, and draft conditions for tuk-tuks operating as private hire vehicles for short sightseeing tours in the county.

An unnamed applicant is proposing to run pre-booked tours at Marine Drive, Great Orme, Llandudno; from Llandudno to the Great Orme Summit; from Llandudno to Craig y Don and Rhos on Sea; from Llandudno to Conwy quay; and from Llandudno North Shore to West Shore.

The committee can either grant the licence as applied for and apply the proposed conditions; grant the licences as applied for and make amendments, or refuse the application.

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Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
1 month ago

Why 198cc combustion engines?

Would an electric engine be better for the environment ?

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 month ago

It is cerainly a fun idea but as Ernie has said, there ought to be an ‘electric only’ constraint. Given that the vehicle is so light range ought not to be a problem. However, a quick change battery system ought not be beyond the capabilities of a competent engineer.

1 month ago

Why? Good bus service already. Not evironmentally friendly, nouse and air pollution. Unsafe vehicle.

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