Updated on February 29, 2012
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.