Taxi driver 'wrongly' ticketed by council

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A DRIVER instrumental in campaigning for the right of cabbies to use bus lanes has received a ticket for travelling in one.

Richard Barlow, 59, from Kidlington, successfully campaigned for private hire drivers to be allowed to use the fast-track lanes in the city several years ago.

But on a routine trip across town to the station last week, Mr Barlow’s car was caught on camera, supposedly breaking the rules.

He said: “It’s a complete joke. I was the one who got them to let us use the bus lanes in the first place.”

Mr Barlow said his reaction when he received the ticket was one of disbelief.

He said: “My wife opened it initially and said ‘Richard, you’re not going to believe this’. I thought it was bad news or something, but then I saw the ticket and I went ballistic.

“The pictures show me in the distance going into the bus lane, and it has my number plate blown up. Someone clearly hasn’t done their job.”

Mr Barlow received the ticket on Wednesday after driving through the city centre on High Street at 11.40am on Friday, July 20.

He said if the council had run his registration number through its database, no ticket would have been issued.

He added: “I’ve got a badge and everything.”

Oxfordshire County Council spokesman Owen Morton said: “We’ve checked our records and the vehicle in question is not in fact on our exemption list.

“If Mr Barlow sends us a copy of his PHV licence we will be happy to add his vehicle to our database for future reference and cancel his ticket.”

In 2008, Mr Barlow and other private hire drivers won their fight against rules which banned them from the lanes. It came after he presented a petition of more than 3,500 names to Oxfordshire County Council.

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Transport bosses had initially been concerned about the effects of an increase in traffic within bus lanes on cyclists and buses.

But a traffic survey in November 2007 claimed there would be no harmful effects.

Mr Barlow added that the transport cabinet member at the time was current council leader Ian Hudspeth .

He said: “I know Ian very well. He was the one who made the change in the first place.”

But Mr Hudspeth said: “I was surprised we didn’t have his vehicle’s details. I think I’m disappointed his details aren’t up to date, because if they had been this wouldn’t have happened.

“It just shows that it’s important to have everything up to date.”

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6:39pm Mon 30 Jul 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

"But Mr Hudspeth said: “I was surprised we didn’t have his vehicle’s details. I think I’m disappointed his details aren’t up to date, because if they had been this wouldn’t have happened.".........
.........He thinks he's disappointed, when will he know for certain? ;-)
"But Mr Hudspeth said: “I was surprised we didn’t have his vehicle’s details. I think I’m disappointed his details aren’t up to date, because if they had been this wouldn’t have happened."......... .........He thinks he's disappointed, when will he know for certain? ;-) Dilligaf2010
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6:50pm Mon 30 Jul 12

BigAlBiker says...

Friday, I think.
Friday, I think. BigAlBiker
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9:00pm Mon 30 Jul 12

faatmaan says...

if he carries in excess of two passengers he could be considered to be eco friendly, using the lane alone or with one passenger is not eco friendly and to be no different to any other road user, therefore for any cab to be in the bus lane they should fulfill the minimum of two passenger requirement, can't be any more pro active than that.
if he carries in excess of two passengers he could be considered to be eco friendly, using the lane alone or with one passenger is not eco friendly and to be no different to any other road user, therefore for any cab to be in the bus lane they should fulfill the minimum of two passenger requirement, can't be any more pro active than that. faatmaan
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11:22pm Mon 30 Jul 12

davyboy says...

if his details are not on the councils list, maybe he changed his vehicle and failed to inform them. not likely, mind you, as this would have happened previously too. human error, i would say.
if his details are not on the councils list, maybe he changed his vehicle and failed to inform them. not likely, mind you, as this would have happened previously too. human error, i would say. davyboy
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7:28am Tue 31 Jul 12

Myron Blatz says...

Licensed Taxi Cabs should be able to use 'priority lanes' because they provide a similar function to licensed buses, and four people sharing a taxi is usually more cost-effective (and more reliable) than using a bus. Licensed Taxis are now usually eco-friendly, and provide the added convenience of going when and where passengers want, not where bus operators make their biggest profits!
Licensed Taxi Cabs should be able to use 'priority lanes' because they provide a similar function to licensed buses, and four people sharing a taxi is usually more cost-effective (and more reliable) than using a bus. Licensed Taxis are now usually eco-friendly, and provide the added convenience of going when and where passengers want, not where bus operators make their biggest profits! Myron Blatz
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9:08am Tue 31 Jul 12

xjohnx says...

Let me get this right.

One mistake in all the years since the scheme started.

|Well stap me, shoot the swine responsible!!
Let me get this right. One mistake in all the years since the scheme started. |Well stap me, shoot the swine responsible!! xjohnx
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4:43pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Private Hire Services - Notts says...

Well done to Oxford City/County for having the foresight allowing Private Hire into bus lanes!

When will ALL local authorities understand, it is for the benefit and quality of service for customers such arrangement's are required.

When all is said and done, how many times over the years has the 'taxi' trade been accused of 'going around the houses' and to extending trips in order to clock up higher fares?

By allowing our private hire drivers into bus lanes means a better service for those we serve.

Ray Butterworth.
Hon. Sec.
Assoc. Notts. Private Hire
Operators & Drivers
anpho.secretary@gmai
l.com
Well done to Oxford City/County for having the foresight allowing Private Hire into bus lanes! When will ALL local authorities understand, it is for the benefit and quality of service for customers such arrangement's are required. When all is said and done, how many times over the years has the 'taxi' trade been accused of 'going around the houses' and to extending trips in order to clock up higher fares? By allowing our private hire drivers into bus lanes means a better service for those we serve. Ray Butterworth. Hon. Sec. Assoc. Notts. Private Hire Operators & Drivers anpho.secretary@gmai l.com Private Hire Services - Notts
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