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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 8:51 pm 
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Angry row between taxi firm and council over 'Thank You NHS' trailer

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A furious row has broken out between a taxi company and council bosses over an advertising trailer displaying an NHS "Thank you" message. Village Taxis is in dispute with Liverpool local authority about the large structure outside their cab yard in Garston.

In recent weeks, the trailer, which displays the company name and phone number, has been adorned with a colourful lockdown rainbow, and praise for medics on the frontline. The message reads: "Thank you NHS. Stay safe."

Twice in the last four days, enforcement officers have visited the St Mary's Road premises, ordering staff to remove the trailer. Court action has been mentioned as a possibility.

Liverpool Council today said the trailer was creating an obstruction close to a busy junction and described it as a hazard for motorists in the area. Town hall chiefs also added the company message was illegal as no permission had been obtained to advertise on the street.

It is part of a dispute between both parties which has rumbled on for the past five years, with little sign of resolution.

Letters have been sent and visits been made to the taxi yard by Liverpool Council, which also carries out MOT services, in the past, which has led to the temporary removal of the trailer. But the updating of the trailer with messages of support for the NHS has sparked fresh friction on both sides.

Sharon Hanson, a Village Taxi partner, told the ECHO: "We are flabbergasted. "The trailer is actually on an access road to our property, it's not blocking anything.

"Like others in the city, we've decided to do something nice for the NHS, like having our taxis panelled with messages. "We regularly support good causes like "No More Knives" or the poppy, and we feel this action against us is in bad taste."

A licence to advertise in the street is required from the city council with a fee payable to the Town Hall, which in this case, the local authority said, had not been obtained.

Highways officials have pointed out the trailer is at a busy location close to an intersection and roundabout, claiming that makes the advertising vehicle, illegal.

Village Taxis disagree, and claim to have covered up their telephone number, and dispute the point about driver obstruction.

In a statement, Liverpool city council said: "Road safety is a hugely important issue and the laws around advertising on a public highway are there for a reason - to protect pedestrians and motorists.

"This particular case is well known to our highways team who have repeatedly had to make visits to explain the reason why this trailer is illegal and a hazard.

"We would encourage this business to sit down with us and explore more creative ways to promote their activities - that are both lawful and safe.”

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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 8:53 pm 
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And Liverpool council are publicising the firm very well with their actions.

And coming across as incredibly petty. [-X

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 12:58 am 
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Can't get the precise view here, but if you swing round 180 degrees from here you can see the sign.

https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb ... CnoECBMQBg

Went up the other side to see how it would look for approaching cars, but from the other side the sign has actually been pulled off the road into the garage area, so obviously the Google car took those views on different dates :?

But can't really see any particular problem in terms of safety. The road seems to be one-way, and the sign will be on the left for the approaching cars, so may obscure the view of the slip road slightly, but can't really see how that's a particular problem

Suspect it's more about council coffers. For example, here they'll get uppity about a tiny sign somewhere, but allow advertising on roundabouts because the revenue goes you-know-where [-X


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