Maskey criticises Department of Infrastructure U-turn on Belfast taxis.
West Belfast MP Paul Maskey has said that the U-turn by the Department of Infrastructure on its decision to allow Class A taxis in bus lanes in Belfast is an act of bad faith and wrong.
The West Belfast MP commented,
“The Department of Infrastructure wrote to me in March this year to say that a 12-month experimental scheme will permit Class A taxis to access all bus lanes in Belfast.
“they also said that the experimental scheme should come into operation prior to the commencement of the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) services in September.
“I have met with the department frequently on BRT and have tried to work in good faith to ensure that the new system delivers and has the support of local people. In over-turning this decision at the last minute, the department have not delivered on commitments given. This approach is both disappointing and frustrating.
“Taxi drivers across Belfast will, in no doubt, be very angry at this decision, they are ordinary working-class men and women trying to provide for their families. Overturning this decision will cause unnecessary problems for them.
“There are still many other issues that need addressed on the BRT route and the Department has been very slow to address them. They need to ensure they are doing all they can to address these outstanding issues and build community confidence in the actions of the department.”