Hackney Wick minicab firm: Olympic double yellow lines are costing us thousands every year
PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 May 2016
A minicab firm in Hackney Wick claims it receives up to 15 fines a month because of the double yellow lines that the council painted outside its offices for the Olympics.
Kwick Cars London, based at the junction between Cassland Road and Brookfield Road, pays out in excess of £8,000 a year for the fines, its owner Shaf Khan told the Gazette.
Mr Khan said he wanted to find a resolution with Hackney Council and has suggested it provide his company, and other minicab services, with parking spots they can use for a few minutes each day.
“Sometimes they [the drivers] aren’t here all day,” said Mr Khan. “The council could create temporary boxes for us to park in. They issue so many licenses to private hire drivers yet they give them nowhere to park.”
Hackney Council said the restrictions were put in place in areas where parking could pose serious road safety hazards, particularly near junctions and schools.
"The council [...] issue so many licenses to private hire drivers yet they give them nowhere to park."
“The council consulted on introducing a parking zone and both residents and businesses responded in favour,” said town hall neighbourhoods chief Cllr Feryal Demirci.
Mr Khan, 36, claims the problem hasn’t just affected local businesses – people who live in and around Brookfield Road have also been affected.
“The residents can’t even park outside their own houses,” he said. “I’ve been down to the council but it’s like talking to a brick wall.
“I think the council should help us out a little bit.
“This business has been here for 30-plus years – it’s not like we have just come here a few months ago.”
Cllr Demirci said the council would consider parking requests made by the firm, which was founded in 1978 – but would have to be satisfied any changes would not affect road safety or emergency service access.
She added: “In areas where parking can cause a serious road safety hazards, especially near schools and junctions the council places double yellow lines to enable the flow of traffic by allowing vehicles to pass safely. This improves emergency vehicle access and response times.”