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Electric taxis CAN enter restricted Camden school roads despite cabbies receiving fines

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It has been confirmed that electric black taxis CAN enter a selection of Camden Council’s restricted school roads despite some cabbies receiving fines.

The confirmation comes after several disgruntled electric black cab drivers received Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) for accessing new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) around Camden schools.

Most motor vehicles are currently prohibited from entering a selection of roads during school drop off and pick up hours. The restricted areas include:

  • Nutley Terrace, west of its junction with Fitzjohn’s Avenue

  • Netherhall Gardens, at its junction with Fitzjohn’s Avenue

  • Frognal, north of its junction with Hampstead Gate. Frognal, south of its junction with Arkwright Road.

There are however some restrictions applying to residents, those with mobility needs and drivers of Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) licensed taxis.

Frustrated cabbies driving the new LEVC TX taxis took to social media asking why they were receiving PCNs from Camden Council.

According to an email seen by TaxiPoint, it has been confirmed by Camden Council that Zero Emission Capable (ZEC) taxis, such as LEVC TX, are fully exempt from the restrictions referenced in Camden (Neighbourhoods of the Future) Experimental Traffic Order 2020.

Under Section 4 and Exemption 4.1.8 of the Traffic Management Order, ZEC taxis do not have to abide by the LTN restrictions listed in Section 3 of the Traffic Management Order.

The closures are currently being enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras. Taxi drivers receiving a PCN whilst driving a ZEC taxi, should contact the Council supplying their vehicle licence number and taxi badge number as soon as possible.

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