‘No more black cabs in Wyre’, report urges

Coun Simon Bridge
Coun Simon Bridge

The number of black cabs allowed on the streets of Wyre is expected to stay at the same level it has for over 40 years.

Since 1974, the number of hackney plates issued has been restricted to 160, and a recent survey has found there is ‘no unmet demand’.

London taxis

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A report due to go before the town licencing committe, chaired by Coun Simon Bridge, tomorrow said: “Continual review and thought about ranks – and opportunities to market them – is needed but in general the current status quo is serving the public interest of those using licensed vehicles well.”

The survey involved consulting 250 people and carrying out 593 hours of rank surveys in Fleetwood, Thornton, Cleveleys, and Poulton.

It found that, despite an increase in demand at ranks, overall demand was not high apart from in Poulton.

The report said: “A key factor is vehicles waiting at ranks for telephone calls as well as walk-in fares and this improves the overall service to the public significantly.”

Continual review and thought about ranks – and opportunities to market them – is needed but in general the current status quo is serving the public interest of those using licensed vehicles well

The number of black cabs in Wyre, compared to population, is already above both the county and national average, the report also found.