A CABBIE is set to hit the streets of Purbeck in a Tuk Tuk.

Mike Cox has been granted a licence by officials to operate his motorised rickshaw across the district The 27-year-old from Lulworth, licensed to carry three passengers, can hit top speeds of 40mph in his three-wheeler.

While practically unheard in Dorset, Tuk Tuks are a familiar sight on the streets of Indian and South East Asian cities.

Mike said: “The idea came about in March this year after a chat with my neighbour in the garden that got the ball rolling.

“I moved to Lulworth Cove from Bournemouth, last September, and I think this is a great new addition to the area. I’m happy to say after months of discussion with the council Purbeck Tuk Tuk was granted permission to operate on a Hackney Carriage licence covering the whole of Purbeck.”

Mike, who has previously worked in banking, as a self-employed locksmith and as a mainstream taxi driver, hopes to offer door-to-door collections from as far afield as Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth.

He said: “The Tuk Tuk is a non-polluting vehicle with great fuel consumption. I felt there was definitely a market for cheaper transport here as taxis are quite expensive.”

Purbeck Tuk Tuk will offer tours, school and college prom night work, weddings and promotional days.

“I’ve already booked my first wedding at Lulworth Castle for next summer which is going to be really exciting and test out my creativity with ribbons. I hope to be able to offer tours through the winter, hence I’d like to get the word out,” he added.

For information visit purbecktuktuk.co.uk