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Pendle councillor's call for change in law to allow ‘share taxis’
10:58am Thursday 27th September 2012 in News
A PENDLE councillor has called for taxi laws to be reformed to allow them to operate in a similar way to buses.
Coun Ian Tweedie, a former bus driver, believes there is a ‘clear need’ for share taxis in his Vivary Bridge ward.
He has written to the Law Commission, currently reviewing taxi regulations, suggesting it trials the idea.
Share taxis typically take passengers on a fixed, or semi-fixed, route without timetables – instead, departing when all seats are filled.
Coun Tweedie said: “Bus drivers are reluctant to drive down narrow streets with cars parked both sides when they know they will have to pick up the bill for any damage to cars.”
The Law Commission said the suggestion will be considered as a formal consultation response.
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