PROPOSALS to ban taxis from parking in free bays in Brighouse have moved a step closer.
The Department for Transport is looking over the law and advising Calderdale Council about the next move.
It is thought that new traffic orders will have to be implemented. These will cover 150 free parking bays which councillors want to ban taxis from using during the daytime.
The restrictions are due to be approved by April and introduced in May to free up the spaces for shoppers.
Clr Colin Stout said: “We’re just waiting for the wording to be agreed between our legal team and the Department for Transport.”
Once approved, private hire vehicles and Hackney carriages will no longer be able to park in free bays on Commercial Street, Bethel Street, Market Street, King Street and Park Street, near the bus station.
Clr Stout said: “It will mean the spaces will become free for shoppers instead of taxis parking up in them until they get a fare.”
The current suggestion is to ban taxis from parking in the free bays from 9am until 6pm every day. Access would be allowed after 6pm.
Councillors called for the action after hearing that eight private operators in Brighouse were running 150 cabs out of the town.