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Taxi firm blames Hull’s ‘illogical cycle lanes’ after mum ‘left in road’
2021-06-09 19:46:00
A Hull taxi firm has explained why a vulnerable Hull mum of two was “left in the middle of the road”. Tahira Quddas, 37, who moved to Hull with her family from London three years ago says that since arriving her family have experienced lots of problems with taxis in the city. She claims that pre-booked taxis from Hull Drive have failed to show on several occasions, meaning she has missed essential medical appointments. But the firm says the incidents are a result of a much wider issues in the city, including a mass shortage of taxis to meet demand and “illogical cycle lanes” making it “near impossible” to drive across the city. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Tahira claims she has been let down time and time again (Image: Tahira Quddas) And for people like Tahira, it is becoming a major problem: “I am NHS medically vulnerable, I have many letters regarding that. “Recently I had an appointment and I pre-booked five hours before and I got a confirmation message. “I even reconfirmed after one or two hours and asked if it was booked so that they couldn't say in the end that I hadn’t booked.” However, after waiting outside for a taxi for 45 minutes, Tahira missed her doctor appointment. She said: “Many times they have left me without any explanation on the road and I am a person who has serious pain medically in my life. “They told me the taxi was on the way. I called back one or two minutes later because I really needed to make the appointment and they said it was two minutes away but it didn't show up. “I have a lot of medical things. I have alopecia, long-term dizziness due to thyroid and because of this thyroid I have skin conditions. I have low blood, anaemia, a B12 deficiency and am a thalassemia carrier. “These appointments are very important for me to attend but many times they are cancelled.” She added: “Taxi’s are very important for me because we don’t drive. A lot of people have contacted me and said the same has happened to them. It has been going on for the entire three years we have been here. I call them for an explanation and they put down the phone. “It seem like such a simple thing but for people who don’t drive, if I have to go to the station for a pre-booked a train I lose my own money – who is responsible then? Hull Drive said it is now 'near impossible' to travel across Hull (Image: Peter Harbour) “People have said why don’t you hire anther taxi but there are only two in my area off Holderness Road. In London if we get a confirmation message it is a serious thing, they really watch it but not here. “We were surprised we were still in England but it is so different from London, too different.” A spokesperson for Hull Drive said: “The current shortage of Private Hire and Taxi drivers working in the city is at a critical level. “This, paired with extensive road improvement schemes and the installation of misplaced and illogical cycle lanes, are at times making it near impossible to drive across the city. “We would like to sincerely apologise to anybody who has been let down by us recently. On a

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