My second question ‘In light of the fact that private car owners are parking in allocated taxi ranks, can the council review the type of signage in place at the moment in taxi ranks? Banner type signage hung perpendicular to the road would be more suitable and noticeable for all traffic deterring private cars from parking in taxi rank spaces and it would also draw pedestrian attention to the taxi ranks.’
Here is the report: The current signs for the taxi ranks must remain in place in accordance with the Traffic Signs Manual issued by the Department of Transport. The Municipal District Office has examined the request for banner type signage. In order to, hang banner signs perpendicular to the carriageway, traffic movement in the area of the banners would need to be restricted to ensure high roof vehicles do not collide with the obstruction. This would require a single entry and a single exit point to be established by inclusion of kerbing along the outside edge of the Taxi rank. Taxi’s would then enter the queue and would only be able to leave once their vehicle reached the top of the rank. It should be noted from observations in the town; this issue is infrequent and could be addressed through appropriate enforcement. Typically this issue does not relate to motorists who are purchasing parking tickets.