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Maskey welcomes bus lanes taxi trial

16 February, 2017 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey today welcomed the announcement by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to initiate a trial allowing Class A taxis to use the rapid transit bus lanes for 12 weeks from Monday 20th February.

Mr Maskey said:

“I am pleased the Minister has taken this initiative to allow taxis into rapid transit lanes in West and East Belfast and the city centre for a trial period.

“I have been contacted over the past few months on numerous occasions by taxi drivers to voice their frustration at being excluded from bus lanes.

“The drivers were strongly of the opinion that the exclusion of taxis from bus lanes was damaging their industry. They have been finding it increasingly difficult to earn a sufficient wage, particularly those drivers who work during mornings and early evenings.

“I made representations to the minister asking him to consider the concerns of taxi drivers with a view to a trial allowing taxis into bus lanes and which would assess the impact of those taxis on the operation of the bus lanes.

“I welcome this announcement by the minister and I will continue to work to ensure that balance is given to all road users and industries.” 

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