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TPH Notice 09/14 – Victoria Station late night taxi rank trial

Following recent taxi trade demonstrations Transport for London have issued the following notice to the trade.

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13 October 2014

On Monday 20 October 2014 a one month trial of a marshalled taxi rank will begin at Victoria Station on Terminus Place between the hours of midnight and 4am daily.

This trial has been permitted on condition of taxi drivers following the guidance set out in this notice. Unfortunately if drivers are found not following the information in this notice it is highly likely that the trial will be terminated earlier than one month without further notice. Should no issues arise during the one month trial period it is possible an extended trial will be permitted.

The temporary marshalled taxi rank will go-live on Monday 20 October 2014 and will be for up to five taxis.

It is important that taxis do not over-rank or attempt to access the rank outside of the marshalled hours as in recent months there have been significant issues at the station including drivers ignoring the banned left turn signage; bus station staff and bus drivers receiving verbal abuse and threats, taxi and bus passengers being put at risk and, in one instance, a vehicle accident. This has led to ongoing health and safety concerns for taxi and bus passengers and
drivers.

For the trial to be successful it is important that all taxi drivers observe the following:

  • Follow the instructions of the marshals at all times during the marshalled hours of 00:00 to 04:00
  • Do not attempt to access Terminus Place outside the marshalled hours  under any circumstances
  • Do not attempt to access Terminus Place if the rank is already full  during the marshalled hours
  • Do not enter into any disputes or arguments with any staff or the general public
  • Only leave Terminus Place via Buckingham Palace Road and not via the bus lanes in Terminus Place

During the trial the marshalled taxi rank will be monitored to determine whether it is operating successfully and whether arrangements can continue, on an extended trial, for a longer period. The location will also be monitored outside the marshalled hours to ensure drivers do not attempt to access the rank. If  buses, coaches or other works vehicles in the area are impeded by taxis it is  possible that the trial period will be terminated early.

Camera and on-street enforcement will remain in place to prevent issues with over-ranking or use of the banned left turn outside the marshalled hours.

During the trial taxi drivers are only permitted to make the left turn from  Buckingham Palace Road into Terminus Place between 00:00 and 04:00. Taxi drivers making the left turn outside of these times may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

All drivers using the late night taxi rank are kindly asked to observe the terms and conditions set out in this notice in order to help ensure the trial is not terminated early and to increase the likelihood of an extended trial which could benefit taxi drivers and passengers.

Thank you for your cooperation.
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