Mr Sajad, Mr Hussain and Mr Salim asked to
address the Committee separately.
Mr Sajad commented that he had had difficulty
making contact with the Chair, regarding a number of issues
connected with the taxi trade. He mentioned high numbers of
Wychavon taxi drivers in Worcester city centre at night, competing
for passengers. He informed Committee members that Labrynth
nightclub were preventing taxis from waiting outside their premises
by blocking the rank with cones and/or vehicles. He added that the
issue had been reported but no enforcement action taken.
Mr Sajad was concerned that the works to the
taxi rank on the Cross would not be completed to schedule and that
issues caused by the displacement of taxis would be ongoing unless
enforcement action was taken.
The Chair agreed to discuss Mr Sajad’s
concerns further outside of the meeting.
Mr Hussain asked the Committee to consider a
proposal to restrict traffic joining the Cross from Trinity Street,
to taxis, deliveries and disabled people. He believed this would
reduce congestion and pollution in the area.
In addition to this proposal he asked
Committee to consider implementing an app which would alert drivers
when taxi ranks were full. Mr Hussain commented that these
proposals had first been shared in 2019, but he had not received a
Officers agreed to consider the proposals and
respond in due course.
Mr Salim addressed the Committee on behalf of
the taxi drivers’ association. He asked Committee to consider
raising the age limit on expired vehicles from 3 years to 5 years
to ease the financial burden on drivers.
Mr Salim also requested increased enforcement
activity to keep ranks clear of private vehicles. He commented that
there was no signage at Cathedral Square to let customers know
there was a temporary taxi rank there in the evening, while works
were taking place to the rank on the Cross
Mr Salim further requested an update on issues
previously raised regarding the bus lane in Lowesmoor, and
requested installation of a mirror or other means of drivers being
able to identify free spaces on the Cross while parked in St
Swithins’ St, without having to leave their cars.
The Chair suggested a meeting of the taxi
forum would be held to discuss the issues raised.