18th of July 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Due to the London Olympics, there have been lanes designated to support traffic for the event. In a bold move local taxi drivers have blocked a major intersection within London to express their objection to not being allowed to travel on these lanes as they are meant for Olympic athletes, officials and VIP's.
Black cabs locked down the intersection on Parliament Square on Tuesday as upcoming traffic was forced to find alternate routes. According to police, other areas affected by the protest were Whitehall and Trafalgar Square.
The first of these 'Game Lanes' has already opened near Heathrow Airport. The remaining lanes will open two days prior to the start of the Olympic Games which take place from July 27th to August 12th.
Jonathan Myers of the United Cabbies union says that it's "unacceptable" not to allow taxis to use these lanes. 'This is a working city and we need to get around and do our job', he said.
John Mason, director of London Taxi and Private Hire, described the driver's actions as "completely irresponsible."
"We strongly urge taxi drivers to ignore calls to join these unnecessary protests and instead show why they are regularly voted the best in the world," Mason said in a comment to the BBC.
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