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Maskey welcomes council backing for taxis in bus lanes

10 May, 2017 - by Paul Maskey

West Belfast Sinn Féin election candidate Paul Maskey has welcomed tonight’s vote by Belfast City Councils Growth and Regeneration Committee to send a letter of support to the Department of Infrastructure supporting permitting taxis into Belfast bus lanes.

Mr Maskey said:

"Tonight’s motion in support of allowing taxis into bus lanes and requesting council backing for the extension and expansion of the trial period was brought forward by Sinn Féin who have been working closely with taxi drivers in West Belfast.

"There have been major concerns raised by taxi drivers about the damage being caused to their industry and their livelihoods by not being able to use bus lanes.

"These concerns have intensified recently with the beginning of the phasing in of 12-hour bus lanes.

"If the Department for Infrastructure doesn't reverse their decision and extend the trial period, taxis will be out of the bus lanes next week and there is a real worry that they will be badly affected by this.

"The trial period allowing taxis into bus lanes has been positively received in West Belfast.

 "This issue affects thousands of working-class taxi drivers and Sinn Féin will continue to work with taxi drivers to ensure they can use bus lanes."

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