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Viewpoints: Ridiculous taxi situation in city.

Byline: Lyn Chilcott

I FEEL I must reply to Ian Hooper's letter of October 25, 2002, (abuse of bus lanes).

Firstly, I must point out that Cardiff City Council does not give licences to ``yobs''. We have to undergo the same criminal records check that teachers and social workers have.

However, I do agree that there is an abuse of the bus lanes by private hire drivers. The public do not understand that there is a difference between hackney carriages and private hire cabs, they assume they are phoning a ``taxi''.

We have lobbied the council to give the private hire vehicles a roof light but they are not interested, even though we outnumber hackney carriages by more than 700 to 550.

Another issue is private hire vehicles picking up illegally in the city centre on the weekend, look at the figures above, how can 550 (maximum) take home 25-30,000 people (and growing). Come on Public Carriage Office, issue more licences or let the private hires pick up at peak times. Most visitors love Cardiff but think the taxi situation is ridiculous, two to three hours on a Saturday night is not good enough, hackneys driving past people, not good enough.

Lyn Chilcott Ty Cerrig, Pentwyn, Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 31, 2002
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