COUNCIL leaders are to reconsider plans to allow taxis to use bus lanes.
Trials in Wakefield Road, Huddersfield, were agreed last year, but never materialised.
Now the council cabinet is to look at reviving the proposals.
Private hire cars would be allowed to use bus lanes, as well as taxis.
Tories today welcomed the move.
Their spokesman Clr Mark Hemingway said: "Bus lanes, which were created as a means of encouraging public transport, are often under utilised and even empty at certain times of the day.
"The Conservatives feel that the opportunity exists to extend the use of bus lanes to other forms of public transport."
Trials should be started as a matter of urgency - and they should include motorcycles, he said.
"Motorcycles are more eco-friendly than cars and should be encouraged," he said.
Police were worried last year about problems if the rules were relaxed.
They feared it might be difficult to tell the difference between private hire cars and ordinary cars - making enforcement a nightmare.
Clr David Payne, cabinet member responsible for environment and transport, said: "Taxis and private hire vehicles are part of the public transport system and it is sensible to allow them to use bus lanes.
"This issue may now be close to being resolved and we shall therefore be bringing a fresh report to cabinet in the near future."
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