Taxi drivers

Warning to taxi drivers after Foregate Street video

TAXI drivers have been threatened with fines or penalty points if they park illegally or irresponsibly in the city.

Cllr Richard Udall, chairman of the licensing committee which oversees rules governing taxi drivers in the city, warned law enforcement officers would be patrolling Foregate Street.

His intervention came after an article in the Worcester News, containing a video shared by a local cyclist which showed improper parking of taxis.

The video showed taxi drivers parking in double yellow lines, driving up curbs and overlooking a bus stop.

Cllr Richard Udall contacted the Worcestershire Regulatory Committee following the story and sent the warning to all taxi drivers.

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In a tweet, Cllr Udall said: “Last week the local media advertised taxi parking in Foregate Street.

“In my capacity as Chairman of the Licensing Committee, I have requested that a message be sent to all drivers providing guidance.”

Councilor Richard Udall.

The message sent to taxi drivers read: “This bad practice is not only a health and safety hazard, but it also leads to increased traffic and congestion problems in and around the city and has a negative effect on the reputation of drivers.

“Please note that the above activity is not acceptable under any circumstances and in response to complaints officers will undertake increased enforcement activity in the identified area.

“Officers will also work with other law enforcement agencies to keep these areas clear of illegal and irresponsible parked vehicles.

“If required, fixed penalty parking notices and penalty points issued under the Worcester City Hackney Carriage and Private Hire penalty points scheme, to any driver who breaks the rules.

“If you have pre-booked passengers, please ensure that you make appropriate arrangements to collect them from a safe and suitable location. While officers are aware of the current day/early evening disruption to stations at city ​​taxis due to freeway improvement works, this is no excuse for poor parking or illegal parking.”

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Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) is a shared service providing environmental health functions (food safety, health and safety and many aspects of pollution control) and license administration on behalf of Worcestershire’s six district councils.