Taxis can go in bus lanes, but they definitely cannot stop in them

Effective today, Vancouver taxis will be able to drive in bus lanes as part of a pilot project to determine whether the new access will improve service.

Taxis may go in bus lanes, but God forbid that they stop.

Drivers have been warned, sometimes in one-on-one sessions, that they will face escalating and expensive suspensions if they are caught loading or unloading in bus lanes. The penalties rise from a four-hour penalty on a first offense to a bruising five days on the fourth violation.

The one-year pilot program is the result of a council motion I proposed in January.