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Wolverhampton Council increases patrols to tackle illegal parking in taxi ranks

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The City of Wolverhampton Council has intensified its patrols in the city centre in an attempt to stop unauthorised parking in spaces designated exclusively for taxis.

The council's taxi compliance and parking services teams are collaborating to conduct these joint patrols. Their primary focus will be to prevent private vehicles from occupying taxi ranks, which are clearly marked for the exclusive use of black cabs. These ranks are situated in locations near the city centre, offering convenient access for customers, particularly those with disabilities.

Black cabs, renowned for their wheelchair accessibility, play a crucial role in the transport network for individuals with accessibility needs. Drivers of these cabs receive specialised training to effectively assist customers with varying disabilities.

Patrols are being conducted at various times, including nights and weekends, to ensure compliance. The council is issuing a warning to motorists who might contemplate using these taxi ranks for parking: find an alternative parking space or be prepared to face a penalty.

In the previous year, the council issued over 100 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), each carrying a fine of £70, for the misuse of taxi ranks. The fine is halved to £35 if the payment is made within 14 days of the notice being served.

Councillor Craig Collingswood, cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “Our taxi ranks are for black cabs only. Other vehicles should not be using them. 

“The ranks are conveniently located to support passengers with accessibility needs and this inconsiderate use is making it harder for people to enjoy a visit to Wolverhampton.

“We want to make sure our city is welcoming and accessible to everyone and the misuse of these ranks by other drivers is both thoughtless and illegal. We will not hesitate to issue Penalty Charge Notices to any drivers misusing our taxi ranks.”


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