Belfast Telegraph

Decision on taxis in bus lanes will be 'for future minister'

By Jonny Bell

The decision on allowing private hire taxis to use Belfast bus lanes will be taken by the next roads minster, the Department for Infrastructure says.

A 12-week trial allowing Class A taxis (saloon private hire cars) ends tomorrow. From Monday, only black public hire taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis will be allowed to use the bus lanes, along with buses, cyclists and motorbikes, as was the case in the past. Officials are now collating information on how travel was impacted by the trial.

Reaction to the pilot scheme has been mixed. Sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, said allowing private taxis to use the lanes was "not a substitute for an efficient public transport system".

However, a taxi lobby group fronted by FonaCab owner William McCausland has called for the trial to be made permanent.

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