'GET BELFAST MOVING CAMPAIGN,' IN BELFAST GATHERS PACE
Taxi Companies from North, South, East and West Belfast have launched a campaign to keep taxis in Belfast bus lanes and expand this to all Belfast bus lanes on a permanent basis.
The taxi companies supporting the campaign include Fona Cab, Gransha Taxis, Knock Cabs, 24/7 Cabs, Value Cabs and Cedar Cabs. These companies represent a significant number of taxi drivers in the Belfast area.
Fona Cab owner William McCausland said:
“Many taxi companies from across Belfast are in full agreement on two proposals.
These are to extend and expand the existing twelve week trial period allowing Class A taxis into bus lanes and for all taxis to be allowed into all Belfast bus lanes permanently.
We support the Department of Infrastructure decision to initiate the trial period and we are absolutely confident it will show that allowing taxis into bus lanes is the right decision.
We can already see the benefits.
Traffic is moving quicker.
Congestion has reduced.
Ordinary commuter’s car journeys are taking less time.
In the bus lanes the transition has been smooth.
The increased regulation, testing, and training of taxi drivers has ensured that our drivers treat road users with respect and are conscious of ensuring safety at all times.
Allowing taxis into bus lanes also means taxi customers are getting their taxi sooner, reaching their destination quicker, and paying less for their fare.
Taxi drivers are now completing more journeys every day and customers are benefiting.
People who use taxis to get to hospital appointments and who are unable to walk to the main road to stand at a bus stop are able to get to the hospital and to clinics quicker.
This is a vital public service that taxis are performing every day. Taxis being allowed to use the bus lanes means people using our service are not missing hospital appointments because they are stuck in traffic.
Taxis in bus lanes has also led to a reduction in traffic within residential areas situated off main roads.
Added to that are the benefits to the environment of reducing congestion on Belfast roads.
We would ask the Department to take all these benefits of keeping taxis in bus lanes into account.
The Department initiative has been met with widespread approval and we are now calling on them to extend the trial period and include all Belfast bus lanes, with a view to making this permanent in the time ahead.
We will be bringing our campaign to those in charge of the Department for Infrastructure at this time and launching a postcard and letter initiative in support of our two proposals.
Taxi drivers, taxi customers, and ordinary road users are in support of allowing taxis into all bus lanes to keep traffic moving quicker and reduce congestion around the city.
Our two proposals are common sense proposals that will benefit Belfast and the general public.”