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Cabbies flouting rules of the road
TIGHT FIT: A car squeezing its way past a taxi sitting partly on the pavement on double yellow lines in Trinity Street
WORCESTER cab drivers are flouting the rules of the road by queuing on double yellow lines, as these photos show.
Up to three taxis at a time were pictured parked unlawfully in Trinity Street in Worcester this month and were taken by sharp-eyed disabled blue-badge holder Keith Rowberry.
The cabs were queuing, apparently because the taxi rank around the corner in St Swithin’s Street was full.
Ironically that cab rank was only recently installed to give taxis more room to wait.
But the city’s taxi drivers association say cabbies are only waiting for “a few seconds or a couple of minutes” and only when it gets very busy in the city centre.
Worcester City Council parking chiefs say they will be cracking down on cabbies caught breaking the rules, after seeing our photos.
Mr Rowberry, of Warndon, Worcester, took the snaps on weekdays between 5pm and 6pm, while collecting his wife from work.
He needs walking sticks to get about as he suffers with chronic osteoarthritis, so uses the disabled bays opposite where the taxis have been parking.
“They were parked in such a way that women with pushchairs had to walk down the middle of the road, because the taxis were blocking the pavement,” he said.
“And at times it was difficult if not impossible for people like me parking opposite to reverse in or pull out, because the cabs had not left enough room to get the nose of the car round.”
Mr Rowberry, aged 54, has written to the council about the issue, which said it was investigating.
“I don’t want to hear their excuses – if anyone else was caught flouting the rules we’d be fined and made to pay,” he said.
Tariq Mahmood, Worcester Taxi Drivers Association chairman, said: “The drivers shouldn’t be waiting there because there’s room for 10 cabs in the rank.
"But occasionally, when it is really busy and traffic is queuing, drivers will be waiting for a couple of minutes for a space in the rank, otherwise it’s a half-mile loop to come back round.”
Andy Chinn, the council’s civil enforcement team leader, said: “We do have some problems with queuing on Trinity Street.
“When it does happen our civil enforcement officers will treat them like any other vehicle.
“They will ask the driver to move the vehicle, and if they don’t comply a fixed penalty will be issued.”