Dundee’s electric taxi fleet is struggling to cope in the severe winter weather, it has been claimed.
The city has been hit by an icy blast in the past few days, leading to schools, libraries, colleges and universities closing.
The Beast from the East has also resulted in traffic being heavily disrupted, with bus services and roads affected across the region.
Now, the cold snap has highlighted issues with electric taxi vehicles, according to cab bosses.
Chris Elder, taxi rep for Unite, said: “Because drivers have had to use heaters and wipers, as well as their two-way radios and on-board computers, they have found that taxis have been running out of charge more quickly.
“Some passengers have complained that the cabs have been cold, so drivers have been forced to turn the heating up.
“We are going to ask the city council if they could provide more charging points in areas like Whitfield and Menzieshill.”
Lee Jack, pictured right, owner of 505050 Taxis, which operates nine electric vehicles, said: “The weather has been severe and drivers have had a big demand on their charge, but it has been no worse than on a cold, wet day.
“Electric taxis are definitely the way forward, however, and more charging points across Dundee would be very welcome.”
The council’s city development convener, Councillor Lynne Short, said: “Dundee has one of the most extensive charging infrastructures in the UK with one of the rapid chargers officially the most used in Scotland. It’s also worth noting that the second-most used in Scotland is also here in Dundee.
“The council owns 58 chargers at eight publicly available locations, including Scotland’s first rapid charger. Plans are already approved and work is starting on another array on one of our main commuter routes.”
Meanwhile, the Beast from the East is loosening its grip on Dundee — but locals are still being warned to take care.
A yellow “be aware” warning for snow has been in place for the Tayside region since Wednesday and will not lift until the end of Monday at the earliest.