Call for terror law to be used to solve Camden traffic problem caused by Uber drivers
PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 August 2015
A Camden councillor has called on the council to use terrorism legislation to help tackle huge traffic problems caused by Uber taxi drivers parking outside St Pancras International station.
Black cab drivers have complained of having to double park in Pancras Road due to mini cabs, waiting for ‘e-hails’ from apps such as Uber, sitting in restricted bays for up to 12 minutes.
This is leading to traffic tailbacks along Euston Road in both directions and security risks at Camden’s major transport hub.
The problem is being attributed to former local government secretary Eric Pickles who earlier this year introduced a 10-minute grace period for motorists when parking tickets run out.
The rules also apply to the bays in Pancras Road, which previously allowed motorists to stop for two minutes but now allow cab drivers to sit for up to 12 minutes.
Green Party councillor Sian Berry is calling on the council to use a Traffic Regulation Order restricting waiting to two minutes based on a separate clause in the law covering the risk of terrorism.
Environment chief Cllr Meric Apak said he does not want to use “anti-terrorism traffic orders” and is relying on parking wardens to address the problem.