|London, 2 Dec 2002.
For immediate release.
"A car carrying passengers is far more efficient in terms of pollution levels and road space use than the vast majority of buses which travel almost empty, it's also much more efficient than the taxis that are allowed free use of bus lanes even without passengers. It's totally ridiculous that the most efficient vehicles are held up whilst the least efficient have priority lanes."The ABD claim their scheme would improve traffic flow for all users:
"Getting some of the cars into the usually empty bus lanes will not impede flow of public transport but will improve overall traffic flow, including that of single occupancy vehicles, the drivers of which invariably have very valid reasons for choosing to use their cars alone. More roadspace will be created for all vehicles."Of course, the ABD has always been committed to the policy of allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes, together with essential users, including Doctors, Nurses or Midwifes attending patients, breakdown services, 'meals on wheels' providers etc. For a full list of criteria that the ABD believes should be applied see: www.abd.org.uk/buslanes.htm