‘Mindful of the livelihoods of our taxi drivers’: Slough Council opens up use of A4 bus lanes

Slough Borough Council have announced that licensed taxis are now allowed to use the experimental A4 bus and cycle lanes.

The council reached a voluntary agreement with the borough’s licensed Hackney carriage drivers after listening to their feedback and reviewing evidence provided by their industry representatives.

Following representations by the Taxi Federation, council officers have been working on measures to enable Hackney carriage drivers to pick up customers who hail for a cab from within the boundaries of the experimental lanes.

The agreement reached commits the drivers to respecting the rights of cyclists and e-scooter riders using the experimental lanes as well as a number of conditions to ensure everyone’s safety.

These conditions must be adhered to in order to ensure Hackney carriages continue to be permitted to use the A4 bus and cycle lanes.

Councillor Rob Anderson, lead member for sustainable transport and environmental services, said: “Slough’s taxis are a valuable part of the wider public transport network and I am delighted we have reached this voluntary agreement to enable them to use the experimental bus and cycle lanes along the A4 for the remainder of the trial.”

Cllr James Swindlehurst, council leader, said: “We want to encourage as many residents as possible to use alternative and active means of transport for short journeys within Slough, but we too have to be mindful of the livelihoods of our taxi drivers.

“This agreement will ensure Slough’s licensed Hackney carriage drivers respect the rights and safety of cyclists in Slough while allowing them access to the experimental lanes.”

Harbans Singh Kainth, chair of Slough Taxi Federation, said: “We made representations to the council over the impact of the lanes on metered fares and the ability to be hailed by customers.

“We are grateful the council took the time to listen to us and to have reached an agreement with the council to use the temporary and cycle lanes.”

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