On one side, the world of business thinks that motorcycle taxis are better than sliced pizza (see related articles below), and on the other side, the authorities in their eternal struggle to make life as difficult as possible for bikers, struck a serious blow.
Roissy/Charles De Gaulle airport, the main airport for Paris, France (in the Seine-Saint-Denis area) have ruled that motorcycle taxis are not allowed to stop in the passenger drop-off lanes. There are reserved lanes for cage taxis, but motorcycle taxis are not allowed to use them, and now they are not allowed to use the normal drop-off lanes reserved for normal "people". Instead, the motorcycles need to ride to a "professional" transport zone, away from the terminal, to let their passengers off, or to take them for their journey into Paris.
It means that when you go to the Roissy airport by motorcycle taxi, instead of stopping in front of the terminal building to let you off, they need to ride away from the terminal building, let you off, and then you need to haul yourself for a long distance to your check-in. Scandalous!
This smells rotten. It looks like cage taxis are being favored by the local authorities. They pay a hefty fee to the airport for the privilege of using the airport, so they get a preferential treatment. I can understand that to take on a passenger arriving at the airport, since the bike would have to wait for a while, but to drop-off a passenger .... insane! Cage taxi from outside the zone are allowed to use the drop-off lane, as are shuttle buses. Does this mean some local elected official is now in the possession of a nice lump sum of money in a Swiss bank account?
What is it going to take for local authorities to see that they are shooting themselves in the foot?
They should be ashamed.