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Private hire association speaks out over bus lane ban

What we are trying to do is get a level playing field with black cabs. We carry about 40 million people in Greater Manchester each year, which is a phenomenal number.

With an ageing population, a lot of people use us because they have mobility problems and struggle to get on the bus or drive.

We are finding problems because there are 254 miles of bus lanes, running past medical centres, pharmacies, hotels and so on, where we can't pick them up or drop them off, which is a great disadvantage to us.

– Derek Brocklehurst, secretary of the Manchester Private Hire Association

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