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Sheffield taxi drivers concerned at new traffic cameras

Taxi drivers in Sheffield are concerned about plans to introduce mobile cameras to catch illegally parked vehicles.

Black cab drivers said a lack of taxi ranks meant there was often no choice but to park on double yellow lines.

Hafiz Rehman, of Sheffield Taxi Trade Association, said mobile cameras would threaten drivers with "tickets every other day".

Sheffield City Council said it would consider more taxi ranks for busy areas.

Leigh Bramall, transport and the environment councillor, said he would work with cab drivers to solve problems at busy areas like Sheffield station, West Street, Hillsborough and Castle Market.

'Needs leniency'

Mr Bramall said mobile camera enforcement would not be specifically aimed at taxi drivers, but at illegal parking in general - such as cars parked illegally in bus lanes or dangerous parking near schools.

"There is no issue with taxis stopping to pick up and drop off customers on double yellow lines, providing they stop somewhere appropriate," said Mr Bramall.

Mr Rehman said taxi drivers often helped elderly or disabled people into their homes.

"Parking officers will need to be sensible and ensure that if a taxi is parked illegally and the driver is on a job there needs to be some kind of leniency," he said.

"The last thing we need is a ticket every other day."

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