Crackdown on illegal parking at Neath Port Talbot taxi ranks
MOTORISTS are being urged not to park illegally in taxi ranks throughout Neath Port Talbot.
Licensing officers have been out and about across the county enforcing taxi rank rules to stop people misusing them.
Taxi drivers in Neath are also calling on residents not to abuse taxi ranks in the town centre because of the problems it creates.
Chairman of Neath's Chamber of Trade Andrew Lodwig, who is a town cabbie, said they need to make residents and visitors aware that they can't use the ranks for parking or dropping or picking people up.
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"The rank at The Parade is for the taxis between 8pm and 6am," he said.
"We are coming up with a lot of abuse from the public.
"There is no money in the pot for taxi marshals so we have to deal with the matter ourselves.
"We have been allocated these parking spaces between 8pm and 6am, but drivers are obstructing us so we can't work.
"If people want to park in the night there are some new bays by the Croft area."
Mr Logwig said the bays by Wilkinsons are a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week rank.
"On a Sunday the boys can't park there because of all the cars and they have to go on double yellow lines," he said.
The council's director of finance and corporate services Derek Davies said: "We are aware that members of the public are parking on taxi ranks throughout the borough and licensing officers have carried out recent enforcement advising the public not to park illegally on taxi ranks.
"The licensing section would like to reiterate that the Parade taxi rank in Neath is operational from 8pm to 6am seven days a week."
Neath Port Talbot Council is currently completing a seven- month £1 million upgrade to The Parade, which has included the taxi ranks, new paving and lighting.