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Taxi trade cannot carry this burden
9:46am Wednesday 2nd May 2012 in Letters
IN HIS letter of April 27, Coun Dave Merrett tells us that the council is introducing progressive taxi-licensing measures because poor air quality is causing premature deaths.
If this statement is true, why do we have so many bottlenecks, pinch points and other barriers to easier road use that create such long tailbacks with resulting exhaust fumes? As has been stated in these columns many times, stationary traffic creates far more pollution than free-moving traffic.
I am not a taxi driver and rarely use taxis, but these latest proposals seem to impose far too heavy a burden on the taxi trade when other, more reasonable measures could be taken to alleviate air pollution.
Isn’t this ‘privatisation’ of the problem by stealth, shifting the cost of solving part of the problem from the public to the private sector?
Bob Redwood, Main Street, Askham Bryan, York.