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Green light for licensed taxi drivers to use A4 bus and cycle lanes

Licensed taxi drivers will now be allowed to use the experimental A4 bus and cycle lanes in Slough.

Hackney carriages have been barred from using the trial scheme since its introduction in July.

But Slough Borough Council said it has now reached a voluntary agreement after meetings with the Slough Taxi Association and the Slough Taxi Federation following ongoing discussions. 

Drivers can now use the lanes all the time and stop to pick up fares.

The Express reported last month that taxi drivers were concerned they would be unable to cope if they were banned from using the lanes.

They said this would leave them sitting in traffic with the metre still running and charging customers.

The agreement commits the drivers to respect the rights of cyclists and e-scooter riders who will be able to use the lanes when the council embarks on its e-scooter rental trial.

Cllr James Swindlehurst (Lab, Cippenham Green), council leader, said: “We want to encourage as many residents as possible to use alternative and active means of transport for short journeys within Slough, but we too have to be mindful of the livelihoods of our taxi drivers.

“This agreement will ensure Slough’s licensed Hackney carriage drivers respect the rights and safety of cyclists in Slough while allowing them access to the experimental lanes.”

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  • Stranger

    13:13, 01 October 2020

    "But we too have to be mindful of the livelihoods of our taxi drivers." What about everyone else's livelihood? The livelihood of the pizza delivery guy? The livelihood of the "out and about" van driver carting the elderly around? The livelihood of heavy transport and haulage? The livelihood of EVERYONE who works in retail along the A4 Bath Road and who depends upon drop-in car traffic? Here's a suggestion: get rid of the bus lane and the taxi drivers' livelihood will be protected and so will everyone else's.

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  • SpeakasIfind

    11:13, 01 October 2020

    Instead of wasting time agreeing that taxi drivers can use the Bus Lanes... just get rid of the bus lane! END OF!!

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  • Paludian

    20:06, 30 September 2020

    Transparently obvious that certain councillors' palms have been well greased.

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