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WORLD Radio - Kicker - Armored personnel taxi

A British man turns a decommissioned tank into a vehicle for hire


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MARY REICHARD, HOST: Why show up at a wedding or another big event in a limousine when you can arrive in a tank?!

EICHER: Why indeed? I have no answer…

REICHARD: Well, right, because there is no reason! A man in England has a pretty cool new side hustle after he bought a tank online for the equivalent of $35,000 U.S.

Great idea, really. Merlin Batchelor is his name. He drives people around in what he calls his “Tank Taxi.”

EICHER: Now there’s no mounted gun on the vehicle, this is England—not America—so is it actually a tank?

BATCHELOR: Technically, it isn’t. It’s an armored personnel carrier.

REICHARD: Aha! See? But aside from the missing gun, it looks just like a tank. Besides, “Armored Personnel Carrier Taxi” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

And as Batchelor told CBS News, most people don’t know the difference.

BATCHELOR: They’re pure entertainment, and as you’re driving along the street, there are so many people smiling, laughing, pointing.

EICHER: You, too, can ride in Tank Taxi for a cool $1,000 per event.

REICHARD: I want that. It’s The World and Everything in It.


WORLD Radio transcripts are created on a rush deadline. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of WORLD Radio programming is the audio record.

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