Taxi operators in uproar over new rank proposals

PUBLISHED: 10:40 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010

TAXI operators in Honiton are up in arms over a proposal to move a taxi rank to two sites in High Street.

TAXI operators in Honiton are up in arms over a proposal to move a taxi rank to two sites in High Street.The current rank is more centrally located, but is too small.A proposal, made public during a town council meeting last week, has been mooted to move the rank to two sites past the post office, offering a total of three spaces.Taxi operator Vikki Sparks told the Herald the plan has caused "uproar"."We are setting up a consultation, involving the town, district and county councils, along with the chamber of commerce, police and market supervisor Terry Farebrother," she said. "Moving the rank to a site near Honiton Toy Shop could have a financial impact on the town centre."There are obvious concerns about road safety and 90 per cent of our customers are elderly and infirm or young mums with children."Taxi drivers fear more people will do their shopping at Tesco, or even out of Honiton, if the rank is moved away from a central location.Mrs Sparks said the aim of the consultation would be to give taxi operators a chance to oppose the current plans and to enter into dialogue with policymakers, so a more suitable location can be agreed.


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