By Óné Chappy
A novelty motorised tricycle could soon be the new way of experiencing a tour of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Horsforth-based Boom Trike Tour Company has applied to Leeds City Council for permission to use the motorcycles to taxi tourists around West Yorkshire.
Managing director Judith Richards said: “The concept is to do chauffeur driven trike tours within the Yorkshire Dales.”
Boom Trikes are handmade motorised tricycles.
This is the first private hire license application of its kind to be made to the council.
Coun Rebecca Charlwood, chair of the licensing committee, said: “This is the first time we have received an application for a novelty vehicle so it’s important that we gather the views of the public and members of the trade.
“We must make sure we draft a policy which takes into account respondents’ views and the different requirements of a novelty, tourist vehicle.”
Yorkshire Trike Tours will include 25 specially designed tour routes that cover the whole of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The tours are proposed to start from Ilkley but pick-ups from Leeds will be available.
“People are just really positive and excited about the idea that you can go through the Yorkshire Dales and see it in a way that you can’t see it in a car.
“You are out in the open and experiencing the sounds and the sight all at the same time. It’s just a really unique way of seeing the Yorkshire Dales,” said Mrs Richards.
The tours will take place in the spring and summer.
“It’s very safe. It fulfils all the EU regulations. There are safety bars, seatbelts, helmets, ride suits, so they keep dry, warm and safe,” she said.
The council has invited members of the public to share their views about this application before they consider issuing a private hire licence to Yorkshire Trike Tours.
Mrs Richards said she was very confident people will be interested in taking Yorkshire Dale tours on the back of a chauffeured trike.
“Once people see the trike, they just love the idea. It’s a very exciting looking vehicle in its own right and people just think it’s great,” she said.