Well-thought initiative vs. absurd initiative
In Montpellier (France), the local authorities have decided to prohibit cabs from using the new bus lanes, as long as bikes do not have their own dedicated lanes. This creates an absurd and dangerous precedent both for our society and the cab industry.
It’s absurd because it solves a marginal problem (there are not that many cabs driving on the bus lanes) while strongly affecting a practical and fast solution for those who would have decided to give up on their car.
On the contrary, resorting to a taxi rather than using a self-owned car should always be advantaged. Cabs are part of the solution, not part of the problem.
It’s dangerous for our colleagues in Montpellier and it is a risky precedent for the rest of the industry.
Now that we know it can happen, let’s all make sure that such an incomprehensible initiative won’t take place in our territory.
On the other hand, in Brussels, the government is working on the extension of the Bruxell’Air grant, made for the individuals giving up their car. This grant can now be used to rsort to a wide range of mobility solutions, beyond public transport and cycling. This time, cabs are included and the number of potential beneficiaries should triple.
We can only welcome this well-thought initiative which deserves to be spread.
A well-thought initiative, an absurd initiative: our voices must participate in turning the situation around, cabs are part of the solution, not part of the problem.