As cab drivers are not allowed to use the dedicated “Olympic traffic lanes” in London, they planned to protest, however police had taken timely actions and the strike has been prevented on the Olympic Route Network.
The protest was planned for today. The United Cabbies Group (UCG) intended to hold a procession at Hyde park at around 17.00h, just a few hours before the Olympics opening ceremony. However, the police have managed to deal with this situation adequately, by banning such actions on any part of the Olympic Route Network between 16.00pm and 03.00am. Those who would like to take part of any kind of protests have also been forbidden from any acts of defiance to the north of the River Thames between the times specified. Such demonstrations can be harmful and may cause “serious disruption to the life of the community” says the police.
Bob Crow – general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union does not agree with the cab drivers` prevention from the Olympic lanes, as they are a key part of London`s transport. He says: “It remains extraordinary that the licensed taxi drivers who are a key part of London’s transport system are still banned from the VIP lanes on the eve of the Olympics.”
In favour of his statement he added: “The iconic London black cab was a central part of the imagery that secured London the Games and, even at this late stage, Mayor Boris Johnson should step in and allow them to use the Olympics lanes to help keep the city moving.”
Although the taxi drivers` protests were banned from the Olympic Route Network, they are determined to show their dissatisfaction for not being able to use the dedicated Olympic Lanes, so they have already set up two separate protests. First they caused a traffic jam around the Houses of Parliament and later they all gathered on Tower Bridge to express their displeasure by the situation