POTHOLES, cyclists and mobile phone texters are such a hazard to other road users their presence should be marked with warning signs, cabbies said yesterday.
They have even drawn up a wish-list of some of the new signs they would like to see.
Some are tongue-in-cheek, like the suggested warning: “Rickshaws clogging road.”
Taxi drivers are easily irritated – we all know that. What we may not have known is how easily they can be pandered to in order to secure headline coverage – in this case, by taxi-booking app Hailo:
The cabbies also liked the “Middle-aged men in Lycra zone” sign to warn of cyclists ahead. The list was created for Hailo, a smart phone app that helps customers call a taxi.
Cabbies also want out-dated road signs, such as for horse-drawn vehicles, dropped.
Hailo’s Russell Hall, said: “The new road signs address modern life. Potholes are a common gripe for all drivers.”
Slightly less willing to play ball were the Department for Transport, whose spokesperson offered the most beautifully flat quote:
The Department for Transport said: “It is vital that signs give information road users need. They are reviewed to ensure they’re fit for purpose.”
I’m not sure anything I write could convey how much of a waste of time and space this story is, better than that DoT quote does.