Iconic tuk tuk coming to Scotland streets for the first time

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London, Oct 10 (ANI): Tuk tuk-a common sight on the streets of Mumbai and Bangkok- could be coming to Scotland for the first time.

They will be used to take tourists on sightseeing trips around the streets of Glasgow.

Taxi driver Pat Donnelly is awaiting delivery from Thailand of a motorised rickshaw, which he plans to operate on a timetabled service to transport visitors around the main tourist destinations in Scotland's biggest city.

Donnelly, the first person to be issued with a public service vehicle licence for a tuk tuk in Scotland, plans to charge passengers 10 pounds per person for a one- hour trip around the city.

The open-sided three-wheelers are named after the sound of their idling two-stroke engines.

Called the Scottish Tuk Tuk Experience, Donnelly's venture would transport tourists along a designated route past sights including George Square, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Glasgow Museum of Transport, ending up at the veterinary school on Bearsden Road.

"I think they will be a sensation in Glasgow," the Scotsman quoted Donnelly as saying.

"It is such a novel way of travelling round and having a look around the city. It will let people see a whole different side to Glasgow," he said.

The taxi driver, who hopes to ultimately run a fleet of the vehicles, first got the idea for a Scottish tuk tuk more than a year ago after spotting cycle rickshaws on the streets on London and Edinburgh.

"I wanted to do something similar. But I didn't want a pedal version. This allows six people to sit comfortably. I think it will be exceptionally popular," he added.

Martin Breslin, VisitScotland's strategic relations executive for Glasgow, said: "Tourism is a real hotbed for entrepreneurialism and we know that visitors are always looking for the next new experience to enhance their stay in Scotland." (ANI)

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