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Ray Monk
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Eltham Bus Station

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Details: I was slightly puzzled by the fleetnumber applied to this Vauxhall Astra estate car photographed at Eltham Bus Station on 10th July 2014. The CF-prefixed series was started in about 2006 and was used sequentially from CF1 upwards. With the addition of many former London taxis, the series had reached CF42 by 2013. Cars and vans to replace the taxis started arriving in 2014 and took the series up to VF52 (the VF-prefix being used to distinguish ferry vans from ferry cars), while several minibuses took numbers in the VF109 to VF139 range, being based on their previous operators fleetnumbers. Meanwhile, Arriva the Shires started copying Arriva Southern Counties in taking former London taxis and giving them CF numbers, using the range CF73 to CF100. So, why does this newly acquired Vauxhall Astra carry CF12, a number used previously on taxi L177RML?

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