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Black-cab protest over bus lanes ban

Taxi drivers say proposed changes will affect their disabled customers

25 March, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Photos: Andy Scott

TAXI drivers joined the melee in Westminster this week for a 10th “strike” in Parliament Square.

The black-cabs protest was over Transport for London’s (TfL) plans to stop them driving in some bus lanes in central London. Cabbies say the changes will affect their disabled customers and claim there are 70,000 Taxicard scheme holders who rely on cabs for their independence.

A London Taxi Drivers spokesman said: “The message was made clear to one and all – where buses go taxis go. London Taxi Drivers are protesting to retain the right for all taxi passengers, especially those with disabilities, the elderly, infirm, with respiratory and sight issues, to be free to choose a London taxi to retain their independence and freedom of travel.”

From April only “ultra-low-emission vehicles” will be able to drive through most of the West End without paying a £12.50 daily charge. TfL have said bus lane bans are imposed for safety reasons.

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