Monday, 23 October 2017

Cabbies told not to park at bus stops

TAXI drivers in Henley have been warned not to park at bus stops.

TAXI drivers in Henley have been warned not to park at bus stops.

It comes after a cabbie was issued with a parking ticket for using a bus stop in Hart Street which adjoins the taxi rank.

Drivers claimed they had a verbal agreement with South Oxfordshire District Council to use the stop but the council has denied this.

Mohamed Parvaiz, who chairs the South Oxfordshire Taxi Drivers’ Association, said cabbies had been told they could park at the stop to wait for passengers after 9pm when there are fewer buses operating.

He said: “We have used the space for number of years and there has never been an issue.



“We did tell the police officer about the arrangement with the council but she said the council didn’t know anything about it.”

Mr Parvaiz, who works for 500 Cars in Market Place, complained to Rob Draper, taxi licensing team leader at the district council, but he insisted there was no such agreement.

Mr Draper said: “The council has not and cannot grant a licensed vehicle the right to use bus stops as taxi ranks or waiting areas.

“The fact that there has been little or no enforcement of the traffic regulations is a matter solely for Thames Valley Police, who are responsible for the enforcement of parking.”

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