HC Deb 04 March 1946 vol 420 c10W
94 Mr. King

asked the Minister of War Transport whether he will arrange for the abolition of taxicab queues at Waterloo Station, in view of the fact that they are disliked by taxicabmen and the public and cause delay; and under what legal provision either the taxicabman or the fare is guilty of an offence, if a taxi-cab is hired in the precincts of the station without taking their place in the queue

Mr. Barnes

The railway company's bylaws empower them to give reasonable directions to drivers on railway premises about the placing of their vehicles. I cannot express an authoritative opinion whether a legal offence would be committed by the driver or passenger if a cab were hired on railway premises without taking their place in the queue. The queue system, however, ensures that all intending hirers of taxicabs are treated alike and in their proper turns at times when cabs are scarce, and my information is that the public welcomes rather than dislikes the system.