Tuesday, January 22, 2008
You are only entitled to use the bus lanes if you are a licenced taxi ... and you must pay the congestion charge. There are rumours that outside of the congestion zone, the bus lane cameras only photograph the front of the taxi, and can't actually see the licence plate on the back of the cab. There is apparently a chap who scans through the photos looking for obvious offenders, and who ignores black cabs immediately. If you are mad enough to risk a £50 fine then feel free to give it a go. And remember that London busses are fitted with forward facing cameras as well. Oh, and you will probably piss off other taxi drivers too.
A message for Mr. EchoPlex - sorry I nicked a photo of your cab, but it is a beauty. I'm on the lookout for a chrome radiator grille and wing mirrors now...