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Old 17th May 2019, 14:50
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pasta
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
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I was really thinking all black cabs, rather than just empty ones. If someone driving their own car isn't allowed in the bus lane, why should it be any different if they pay someone else to drive them? There's nothing about the black cab that makes it intrinsically less impactful than the car; in fact it has a greater impact because it's exempt from ULEZ and because, between customers, it's also driven around the streets of London with no passengers on board. Cabs (Black and Mini) are the only vehicles that can average less than one passenger mile per vehicle mile.

Better for congestion and emissions to be encouraging people onto trains/tubes/buses.

Fair point about policing empty buses, but it's fairly obvious when you see a union-flag-liveried open top bus with "The Original Tour" on the side, driving round Wandsworth...
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