TAXIS and private hire cars were sharing a Huddersfield bus lane for the first time today.
The one-year trial covers a stretch of bus lane on Wakefield Road, from Mountfield Road, Waterloo, to King's Mill Lane, Aspley.
If successful, the scheme could be used across Kirklees.
Kirklees Council's Cabinet wants to see what impact the move has on other road users.
Clr David Payne, Cabinet member with responsibility for environment and transport, said: "The trial will give highways officers time to collect evidence to see whether sharing bus lanes with taxis and private hire vehicles is beneficial or not.
"Once we have gained some experience of how this measure affects traffic flows and other road users, the Cabinet will be in a better position to decide whether or not to extend this trial."
He added: "I ask all drivers of taxis and private hire vehicles to take extra care while using this facility, especially as this has not been tried before."
Signs on the stretch of road will be changed so motorists know taxis are allowed to use the bus lane.
Police will also carry out spot checks to make sure the bus lane is only being used by authorised vehicles.
The move to allow taxis into bus lanes has been condemned by West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority.
Its chairman, Clr Mick Lyons, said: "Our policy is simple; a bus lane is for buses. We have written to Kirklees reminding them of our position."
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