Local feedback prompts changes to local transport plan
Plans to stop taxis from using bus lanes in Gloucestershire look set to be dropped by Gloucestershire County Council.
A consultation on the local transport plan has shown that the proposal to ban private hire vehicles from bus lanes is not a popular choice for local operators and companies who provide home to school transport for the council.
The consultation ran from the 20th November 2015 to the 5th February 2016 and 215 people and organisations took part and told us what they think of the county's proposed transport blueprint.
On Wednesday 9th March, the council's Environment and Overview Scrutiny Committee will be looking at the results of the local transport plan consultation and they will be discussing proposals to drop the ban.
The consulted policy was intended to provide a consistent approach to the operation of bus lanes across the county, but this will now be reviewed.
Officers have been working hard to identify a better plan and have suggested that instead private hire vehicles will be permitted to use bus lanes on county council maintained A roads where local highways allow and the impact on other road users is minimal.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "There was very little support for this proposal, and taxi drivers and others made a strong case that it was going to cause them significant problems. I've listened carefully to what they've got to say on this - and, as a result, I'm scrapping the suggestion we ban taxis from bus lanes. This is exactly why we have consultation - so we can listen to what local people think and act accordingly."
The proposals will be discussed in scrutiny on the 9th March and a final decision is expected in April. You can find out more about the local transport plan at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ltp3